Doug MacLeod takes stage at JustGoods Sept. 19

From press release

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts and the Crossroads Blues Society are teaming up to bring you “A Rockford Premiere” featuring Doug MacLeod at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the true American tradition, a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the trials, and carries forward a magnificent tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters—from the faceless to the legendary—to strikingly real life. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks: “Never play a note you don’t believe” and “Never write or sing about what you don’t know about.”

Like the masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that boils down to a sense of what matters. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod’s music and stories that others overcome the trials of their own lives.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations, in Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. New outlet: Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail, send a check and SASE to 306 Theodore St., Loves Park, IL 61111. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal ($1 per ticket service charge). Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

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

From the Sept. 15-21, 2010 issue

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