Rockabilly legend at Kryptonite May 19

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Footage of show to be used in documentary about Sleepy LaBeef’s career

Sleepy LaBeef, otherwise known as the “Godfather of Rockabilly,” will make an appearance in Rockford Saturday, May 19, at Kryptonite in downtown Rockford.

LaBeef has been recording and performing rockabilly since the 1950s, releasing several successful albums and sharing the stage with everyone from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash.

Also known as “The Human Jukebox,” Sleepy LaBeef, 67, still plays more than 200 shows per year and will shoot footage at Kryptonite for an upcoming documentary about his career.

According to music promoter Ted Felder, LaBeef’s recording efforts amplify the guitarist’s ingenuity during his live shows. Felder also said seeing LaBeef in concert should be a priority for every music fan.

“Sleepy is a true pioneer,” Felder said. “He’s the type of artist that flies under the radar, until you see him live. Then, the radar detector breaks. His picking style has been truly unmatched for the last 50 years.”

Rockford band Midwestern Death, which is gaining a solid regional following, will open for LaBeef.

Kryptonite is at 308 W. State St. in Rockford’s Stewart Square. For cover charge and other information, the club can be found online at and by calling (815) 965-0931.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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