Kraig Kenning performs, offers workshop Oct. 24

From press release

Kraig Kenning, always popular with Charlotte’s Web audiences, shares his talents on two levels this Saturday, Oct. 24, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford. In addition to his 7:30 p.m. performance, he will also offer a slide guitar workshop at 1 p.m.

The workshop has only 20 available spots, so sign up quickly! It encompasses all levels of skill. Learn fundamentals of the slide, some techniques, tunings, set up for the instrument, types of slide bottles and right-hand tech. Listen and watch Kraig perform close up and talk about the songs. Chicago-area musician Kraig Kenning recently captured first-place honors in the first National Slide Guitar Festival competition (1997). Sponsored by the National Guitar Company, along with co-sponsors Acoustic Guitar magazine, Highlander Pickups, John Pearse Strings, and Web Straps, the festival was held for three days, Aug. 22-24, in Brevard, N.C. Kenning’s stellar performance on slide guitar beat out formidable competing players in the
Acoustic Division for Unsigned Artists.

The judges included noted slide artist Bob Brozman, plus other musicians and instrument industry specialists. They awarded the Streamwood, Ill., resident first place in his division, along with a brand-new, custom-made, one-of-a-kind National guitar, Radio Tone model. Acoustic Guitar magazine also interviewed Kenning for an upcoming issue on the fest.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American Fingerstyle or Americana. Regardless of the genres crossed, Kenning manages to leave every audience feeling like they’ve just spent some quality time with an old friend. Few artists are as capable of connecting so directly with such diverse listeners while playing more than 200 dates a year, receiving airplay on 40 stations nationwide, and selling 60,000-plus recordings of six self-produced CDs. But Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet, touring non-stop for the past decade.
There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place,

says Kenning.

Tickets for the concert are $10 advance, or $15 at the door. Cost for the workshop is $35 workshop only; $40 workshop and concert. Workshop tickets available at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., (815) 963-6765 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Credit cards accepted only at via PayPal. ($1/ticket service charge). For concert, advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the October 21-27, 2009 issue

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