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Corey Chisel, Miles Nielson perform at Block 5 Festival Aug. 28

August 25, 2010

Described by Rolling Stone as one of the Best New Artists in 2009, Corey Chisel and the Wandering Songs have been touring the world during the last year, filling 2,500-seat venues and even making time for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last October. Photo provided

From press release

Music aficionados, food lovers and fans of pedicures, salons and boutiques all know Block 5 (500 block of East State Street in Rockford’s River District) is one of the true epicenters of Rockford’s entertainment and arts scene. Aug. 28, the merchants of Block 5 will host the 17th Annual Block 5 Festival featuring Corey Chisel and Wandering Sons as well as special guests Miles Nielsen and Mickey Rosenquist. For just $5, you can enjoy an evening of music, food and drinks from 7 p.m. to midnight on one of the premiere blocks in downtown Rockford.

Described by Rolling Stone as one of the Best New Artists in 2009, Chisel and the Wandering Sons have been touring the world during the last year, filling 2,500-seat venues and even making time for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last October. “Born Again,” the lead track on the band’s most recent CD, Death Won’t Send A Letter, ranked No. 20 on Radio Milwaukee’s top 100 songs, and last fall, the track was featured on USA Today’s Playlist.

Although Chisel and the Wandering Sons are the headliners, many music fans in the area will be excited to see local favorites Nielsen and Rosenquist complement the lineup.

Nielsen, who on his website states, “most of my childhood was spent on a tour bus traveling with Cheap Trick,” has evolved into an accomplished musician and songwriter, performing throughout the Midwest while earning legions of fans through Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Like Nielsen, Rosenquist is also a career musician. He started playing live in the area 15 years ago with bands such as Fluid Oz and the Snaggs. A graduate from Northern Illinois University with a degree in music, Rosenquist still performs regularly in addition to teaching music privately and at Keith Country Day School.

Along with the amazing entertainment, Block 5 will feature food, food and more food as well as an assortment of drinks. Most downtowners agree, when it comes to culinary choices as well as a range of drink specials, you can hardly find a better lineup than the Irish Rose Saloon, Bamboo, Brio Restaurant, Social, Deli Italia, Red Lion or the Office Night Club—all of which have partnered to make Block 5 better than ever.

In addition to the restaurants, Block 5 organizers include MedicineMan, 5 Spa, Scratch Pedicure Parlour, Plush Gift Gallery and the Element. For more information about Block 5, call Sandi Kohn at (815) 969-0960.

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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