Miles Nielsen performs at Tinker Aug. 30

Miles Nielsen will perform a free concert at Tinker Swiss Cottage Aug. 30.
Miles Nielsen will perform a free concert at Tinker Swiss Cottage Aug. 30.

From press release

Miles Nielsen will be featured in the final free “Tinker with Music” summer concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford.

A Rockford-born singer/songwriter, Nielsen came into the world knowing life would be a journey filled with musical adventure and tall tales. A bloodline of music stemming back to his great-grandfather, grandfather and father left him no choice but to follow in the same musical footsteps that had been stamped out before him.

“Most of my childhood was spent on a tour bus traveling across the country with Cheap Trick,” said Miles, son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. That is where Miles’ songwriting began to develop. The songs that began to pour out were obvious childhood wonders—“No New Skin Ever Again,” a tale that is a constant about a child’s wonder if his first serious wound would ever heal. “Don’t Wanna Be a Bricked UP Window” looked at life through an old window’s mind as to the loss of never seeing or dreaming again. These were just a few of the songs that sparked Miles into believing there was a better way to daydream.

“Songwriting has always been a way for me to meld the world of dreams and real life together,” Miles said.

The songwriting process Miles has developed is a testament to a life dedicated to music.

The audience is encouraged to bring beach chairs, picnic blankets and picnic dinners to the concert. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase, and the Tinker Museum Gift Shop will be open during the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the Tinker Visitor Center Community Room, where chairs will be provided.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum, on South Main Street within walking distance of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, will celebrate the music of the diverse communities of southwest Rockford this summer and is open Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Concert guests are encouraged to visit the Ethnic Heritage Museum before going to the “Tinker with Music” concerts.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is beside Kent Creek at 411 Kent St., Rockford. For more information about the “Tinker with Music” Summer Concert Series or other programs or tours offered by Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, call (815) 964-2424 or e-mail Visit the museum’s Web site at to learn more about events and activities that will take place at Tinker this summer.

from the Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2009 issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!