Men At Work’s Colin Hay at Sullivan Center May 18

Colin Hay. Photo provided

From press release

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind, one-night-only performance in downtown Rockford!

Charlotte’s Web was approached by Chris Wachowiak of Kryptonite Bar a couple months ago with a proposal to bring in the man from Men At Work—Colin Hay—for a solo concert at the Sullivan Center. It was too good an idea to pass up.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, in a one-night-only midweek special event at Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Kryptonite Bar, The Element and Charlotte’s Web will present Colin Hay in concert. Seating is limited—fewer than 300—and the theater is intimate, so get your tickets now!

More than 25 years have passed since Hay and his band Men At Work topped the charts with hits like “Down Under,” “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Overkill.” Yet, thanks to the frequent use of the songs on soundtracks (including TV’s Scrubs and the film Garden State), they—and Colin Hay himself—are being rediscovered by new generations of fans. Since his time as lead vocalist and principal songwriter for Men At Work, Hay has enjoyed a successful solo career that spotlights his enduring and evolving talent. His shows intersperse classic and new songs with hilarious, poignant and surreal stories drawn from his spectacular three-decade-long career.

“Although I’m not technically an American citizen, I’ve been living here for 20 years,” reflects Hay from his California home. “I like it here. You look up at the sky, and there’s no evidence of anything. It’s amazing to think that, under that sky, there is so much horror going on here…but it’s so beautiful at the same time.”

Hay’s new album American Sunshine, available from Compass Records, is marked by a perilous balance between potential and reality, along with knowing ruminations on the transformative effects of love and the passing of time, set to some of the purest pop, hardest rock, and most emotionally bare acoustic balladry Hay has yet laid down. Curiously, the America of American Sunshine is profoundly shaped by two very different dream factories on nearly opposite ends of the country: California and Nashville. Rockford’s own Miles Nielsen, fresh off his tour with Cory Chisel, will open the show.

This event is co-sponsored by,, and

Tickets are $30 general; limited reserved seats are available by calling Kryptonite at (815) 965-0931 or go to

Tickets are on sale online at and at all outlets. Advance tickets for all shows 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; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Indicate artist or performance date on check. 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. Tickets for Colin Hay are also available at: Kryptonite, Octane, 124 N. Main St., (815) 965-4012, and J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit Or, call Kryptonite at (815) 965-0931 or visit the club’s Web site at

From the May 12-16, 2010 issue

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