Sounds of Good News ends Black History Month with a bang

As February comes to a close, National Black History Month will go out with a bang with a unity community concert celebration highlighting the lives of four forefathers of American music.

The concert is a tribute to Thomas “Fats” Waller (swing), Edward “Duke” Ellington (jazz), William C. Handy (blues) and Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey (gospel).

The “Four Fathers” concert is being called a unity community concert celebration by the Sounds of Good News (SOGN) Productions, the group participating in and sponsoring the event.

Carl A. Cole, founder and CEO of SOGN, is one of the main musicians performing in this dynamic concert.

Cole, a RAMI Hall of Fame member, also brings the talent of his wife, Dianna, and his son Andrew, who will play bass.

Lots of other musicians will also participate, including Frank Robinson, SOGN vice president; Maestro Bill Doll, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Bill Drenkhahn, trumpet; Tim Austin, drums; Bobbie Collins, vocalist; and Julian Swain, song and dance historian and Chicago’s “Outstanding Senior.”

Special guests of the evening will include “Miss Rockford,” Christina DeVoe; Louis and Jill Vega; Jeff Weishaar; and the “Young Eagles Soaring” Inspirational Choir.

The concert is hosted by the Boone County Arts Council (BCAC).

“The BCAC is excited to have us,” Cole said. “They have never done an event that features black artists before.”

The event will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at Belvidere High School’s Performing Arts Center, 1500 East Ave., Belvidere, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $3-$5 in advance, $7 at the door. Children younger than 13 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, Belvidere and Alpine Bank locations.

Info: or 815/544-6242.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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