Miles Nielsen, Ernie Hendrickson offer Thanksgiving Concert Nov. 24

Born in Rockford, Miles Nielsen is one of the few who can say, "That comes from the Midwest." Photo by Brian Milo

From press release

How many times before an event qualifies as “annual”? Last year was No. 2 for this event, and Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts had such a blast that they’re doing it again! Each previous Annual Thanksgiving Concert Event featuring Miles Nielsen and Ernie Hendrickson has delivered above and beyond the ordinary concert line, and this year promises nothing less.

Kryptonite Bar and The Element join with Charlotte’s Web to bring you this must-see event at The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m., Nov. 24. Seating is limited at The Sullivan Center, and this show could definitely fill a larger theater. Nonetheless, this venue offers an intimacy with the stars not found elsewhere.

Hendrickson has been crafting songs straight from the heart of Middle America with a songwriting style that’s as natural as a summer breeze, venturing into the realm of acoustic blues, bluegrass, folk and pop with a seamless transition. Having spent years creating an identity in Chicago’s aggressive music scene, Hendrickson has found his place among the finest national singer-songwriters. With a never-ending dedication to his music, this is one artist to watch.

Somewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen stirs up his own brand of Beatles-esque cosmic Americana with pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long-lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines as smooth as butter keys. Born in Rockford, Miles is one of the few who can claim out loud, “That sound…it comes from the Midwest.”

Bands and special guests will be part of the show. Cash bar in the lobby. All tickets are $15 general admission.

Ernie Hendrickson has found his place among the finest national singer-songwriters. Photo provided

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; JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; and 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 There is a processing fee. Print your receipt.

Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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