Rabson, Ritchie perform at Mendelssohn, Krypto

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-114487009411709.jpg’, ‘Photo by Dan Fitzpatrick’, ‘Ann Rabson, who has been playing and singing the blues professionally since 1962, will perform at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 13.’);

Charlotte’s Web presents two acts this weekend at different venues.

Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., Ann Rabson comes to Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

Rabson has been playing and singing the blues professionally since 1962. A member of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, she also performs solo and with various other bands.

2003 marked Rabson’s seventh nomination for a W.C. Handy Award as Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.

Rabson is also performing four “Blues in the Schools” programs in Rockford. Her performance is co-sponsored by Crossroads Blues Society. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, students free.

Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., see Rob Ritchie at Krypto Music Lounge, 308 W. State St.

Armed with a vigorous piano style, an engaging wit and an armload of songs, Ritchie turns the solo singer-songwriter experience into a lively cardiovascular workout for himself and audience alike.

“It’s obvious within seconds that Rob is a Tanglefoot alumnus. There’s that same over-the-top driving energy, that familiar word-rich songwriting and those interesting characters and stories within those songs. It may be condensed Tanglefoot, but it sure ain’t Tanglefoot lite,” said Mike Agranoff of Minstrel Coffeehouse.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 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 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; and Tin Whistle, N. Main and Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. Info: 964-2238.

From the April 12-18, 2006, issue

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