Rod MacDonald brings show to Rockford July 18

Acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Rod MacDonald is bringing his show to Rockford at 8 p.m., Monday, July 18. Catch him at Minglewood, 317 W. Jefferson St., downtown Rockford. He’ll be doing a program on “Songs of Love and War.” The show is cosponsored by Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee.

Formerly of New York but now residing in Palm Beach, Fla., MacDonald paid his dues as a journalist, law student, conscientious objector and traveling folksinger before becoming a major player in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk” movement in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

MacDonald is a regular at Palm Beach clubs such as Paddy Mac’s and the Coffee Gallery Café, where he often invites local talent to join him on stage. On a recent night at the CG, he looked as if he belonged, unfazed by passing cars, boisterous teen-agers, bikers, and the noisy cover band 2 Doors Down. The political messages still inhabit his songs, but MacDonald’s latest album, Into the Blues (1999), tempers an angry attitude with songs about the weather, marriage and nature. Web site:

Cover charge is $5 to $10, on a sliding scale, almost a free will offering. No one will be turned away.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell of Rockford Peace & Justice at (815) 964-7111.

From the July 13-19, 2005, issue

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