Thea Ennen, Momma Kemba perform Feb. 13, 14

This weekend, Charlotte’s Web presents two distinctly different performances for adults and kids. Take your valentine to a show!

Thea Ennen–artist of many talents

Wisconsin songwriter Thea Ennen will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., Rockford. She’ll be performing in a duo with guitarist/mandolinist Dave Peterson. Many of the songs she will sing are from her new release Still Life, her fourth in a series of highly acclaimed musical offerings.

Praised as a prime songwriter by reviewers nationwide, her album All Aboard received a Minnesota Music Award in 1994 for Best Folk Album. Though essentially roots-driven and folky in style, her pieces evoke the Midwestern landscape and speak about topics ranging from the mytho-poetic, to the nature of relationships and day-to-day snapshots of life. Her piano style and lyricism propel her tunes beyond the category of traditional folk to the realms of country, jazz, and even to what has been described as “folkadelic” music.

On her four CDs released between 1994 and 2003, Ennen’s rich melange of sounds are described by some as “folkadelic” and “country-soul.” Percussion and varied colors of steel, flute, banjo, accordion and vocal harmonies are woven into some of the tunes as well. Album Network raved, “… one might superficially classify Thea’s music as countryfolk, but that would be selling her far too short. She is simply a wonderful songstress, with a penchant for creating music that is multi-textured, melodically rich, and lyrically adept.” “Recommended folk music,” said Rolling Stone.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church, 964-9713; 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.

Momma Kemba as Harriet Tubman

On Saturday, Feb. 14, come to the Rockford Public Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman, to see Momma Kemba in a presentation of “The Life of Harriet Tubman.”

Momma Kemba keeps the spirit of strong black women in American history alive through dramatic storytelling and song. Extensive research is evident in each of her presentations described as “spiritual, riveting, dynamic, fine-tuned, motivational, inspirational and educational.” The story of Harriet Tubman, who was born and reared under the brutality of slavery, comes alive in this riveting performance. She escaped to the North, but returned South 19 times to lead more than 300 Africans out of bondage. Even a $40,000 reward on her head could not deter her from this task. Learn about this great American heroine who selflessly risked her life to free her people. The show starts at 11 a.m. and it’s free!

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