Wayne Brooks, Concert to Save Atwood

Charlotte’s Web is offering separate shows on Friday and Saturday—both for entertainment and for a specific objective. Take your pick, or try them both for a change of pace.

Wayne Baker Brooks

Wayne Baker Brooks will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, April 9, at Leisure Tyme, 1434 N. Main St., Rockford. Musical heritage is in his genes. Brooks is known for bringing the house down, whether performing with his own WBB Band, legendary dad (Lonnie Brooks), or jamming with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, John Mayal and Otis Rush.

With his debut release Mystery last year, Brooks served notice of a new, powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals and liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist managed to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre. He has also played with famous rockers like Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, George Thorogood and Slash of Guns N’ Roses.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The show is co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM and Crossroads Blues Society.

Concert to Save Atwood Park

Come to a swinging benefit and help save a local environmental program. Sons of the Never Wrong, Live Bait, and Lily & Grace Henley will lend their talents to the concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

Sons of the Never Wrong have created original “turbo-charged folk music” for 10 years to a cult-like national following. Their songs are filled with joy, poignancy, improvisational hilarity and remarkable musicianship.

Live Bait will reel you in with regional favorites with their unique eclectic music and sweet three-part harmonies—from old standards to traditional Delta Blues. Members are Dave Hackbarth (bass), Gregg Nybo (guitar) and Pete Jonsson (guitar). Throw in a tackle box of harmonicas, percussion instruments, some extra guitars in different tunings, and you have the recipe for a variety of songs.

Lily & Grace Henley have been called the future of acoustic music, blending virtuoso fiddle and beautiful Celtic harp. These talented musicians add their own special charm to the show, which is co-sponsored by Friends of Atwood Park.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for students. For all performances, tickets are available at 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.

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