Nob Hill Boys return Feb. 10

Returning favorites Nob Hill Boys will grace the Charlotte’s Web stage at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

Nob Hill Boys are an established bluegrass unit whose commitment to tradition is clear in every aspect of their performances. This Wisconsin-based quintet captures the straight-forward soulfulness that has made bluegrass powerful for generations. With a strong commitment to tradition (but a sharp focus on the here and now), the “Boys” evoke in audiences a rare sense of continuity in American folk culture, which is energized by their exceptional vocal harmonies. This award-winning band has produced three CDs and entertained audiences all across the Midwest for the past six years in venues of all sizes from coffeehouses to festivals to a performance on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Nob Hill Boys won a WAMI Award for Bluegrass Group of the Year in 2003 and released their third CD, Live at Mother Fools. In 2004, the group won two MAMA awards for Best Bluegrass Band and Best Bluegrass Recording for “Live @ Mother Fools.”

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Feb. 8-14, 2006, issue

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