Patchouli and Jazz Legends to perform

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Different musical styles will be highlighted this weekend as Charlotte’s Web hosts Patchouli on Saturday and Jazz Legends of Rockford on Sunday.


Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli form the duo that takes Julie’s name. Hear them at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at The North End Neighborhood Coffee Bar, 1408 N. Main St. They recorded their first tape together in 1993 in a church in Chicago with Bruce on acoustic guitar and Julie on a 5-gallon pail. Later, they played together in a folk rock band, touring the country for four years. In 1996, they recorded and produced their first duo album on tour; Strawberry Blues was released in December that year.

In summer 1997, a month after the band had relocated to record in Chicago, Julie was injured in a traffic accident, and music took on a bigger meaning as it became part of the healing experience. Two months later, Bruce and Julie were married, and Julie resumed playing with the band. After the spring tour of 1998, they parted ways with the band and moved back to the Pacific Northwest. Their second album was Sunshine Baby, recorded live in a series of summer days. Soon after the recording, they returned to the Midwest and called their new musical project “Patchouli.”

Julie’s passionate, playful vocal imagery and music versatility together with Bruce’s fluid guitar improvisations make any performance an engaging, diverse and organic experience. The duo recently released their seventh CD, Once in the Ring.

The name Patchouli comes from an exotic herb made into perfumes that promotes confidence and positive feelings while alleviating stress. This pair weave their tapestries of Celtic tuning, folk world rhythms, jazz and flamenco to thoroughly enchant audiences. Patchouli has been selected for several showcases, with performances at APCA, NACA, ACUI, and Chicago’s MOBfest.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Jazz Legends of Rockford

We welcome the Fifth Annual Jazz Legends of Rockford on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Rd., Rockford. Performances will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Featuring the 15-piece Bill Engeberg Orchestra with vocalist Harriet Ford, the 8-piece Cary Sheley/Ken Stein Little Big Band, and the 19-piece Moonlight Jazz Orchestra, it’s an experience not to be missed. This is always a standing-room-only event with plenty of great big band hits for dancing the day away! The event is presented by the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center and Charlotte’s Web, co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM.

Tickets are $12 (available at MPAC and Web outlets). 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.

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