Roy Book Binder performs at JustGoods Oct. 8

Tickets for Roy Book Binder's Oct. 8 performance at JustGoods are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Photo provided

From press release

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts will present “a decades-overdue return engagement” featuring Roy Book Binder at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8,  in JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

Back in the early 1960s, Roy Book Binder learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis, who was thrust into the national spotlight when Peter, Paul and Mary recorded his song, “If I Had My Way.”

After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who, by the way, was the “Pink” in Pink Floyd). Pink’s stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on.

In his travels, Book Binder has run across quite a cast of characters, including three peg-legged dancers and a 90-year-old classic blues singer with a sparkling smile, who was known as “Diamond Teeth” Mary (Bessie Smith’s half sister). All of these characters have become a part of a “Roy Book Binder show” which is a hilarious educational experience not to be missed! Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna and J.J. Cale. He has been invited to many festivals including: The National Story Telling Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 14 years. Roy Book Binder is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

This show will finally end the more than three-decade absence from Charlotte’s Web, and you don’t want to miss it.

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 the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; and 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. Please indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. There is a $1/ticket processing fee included. Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

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

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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