Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts will offer a series of three free concerts at Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St., this summer. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Those attending the concerts are welcome to bring picnic baskets, although alcohol is not permitted. Rain site for all three concerts is Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. Call (815) 987-8800 after 2:30 p.m. the day of the concert for rain site info.
The Music Shell is wheelchair accessible. An assistive listening system is available for those who are hard of hearing. For special assistance, call the Rockford Park District at (815) 987-1600 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours in advance. Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts can be reached at (815) 964-2238 or online at charlotteswebofrockford.org.
Following are the details of the three scheduled concerts:
Saturday, June 25—Bonnie Koloc—www.BonnieKoloc.com
Genre: Portrait of a Renaissance Woman
The enduring and versatile voice of Bonnie Koloc has been heard in Chicago since 1968. For a decade, Bonnie was a pivotal act at the Earl of Old Town, drawing standing-room only crowds. In time, her folk-oriented style merged with jazz and blues, and her versatility took her to Mr. Kelly’s, a long-time Chicago landmark. “One of the giants of the ’70s old town scene that included John Prine and Steve Goodman, and still going strong…” said Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune.
She received a Governor’s Award in 1973 for Best Singer and recorded 10 albums, two of them with Epic. In 1984, she starred in the Public Theater’s production of The Human Comedy, earning her the theater World Bronze Award for Outstanding New Talent on Broadway and a Drama Critics Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
In 1997, Bonnie created a one-woman musical commissioned by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Set in the country of Trashmania, a land of artists and good dogs, the story concerns a woman’s attempts to fulfill her vocation as a singer while regaling us with stories of her eccentric aunts, also artists, in the royal Trashmanian Circus.
Today, Bonnie continues to pursue her music, performing and recording, and at the Sinnissippi Music Shell, she will be joined by a trio of outstanding musicians: Don Stille—piano & accordion; Al Ehrick—upright bass, and Elliott Delman—acoustic guitar.
Saturday, July 9—The Kilborn Alley Blues Band—www.KilbornAlley.com
Genre: Gritty Chicago Blues
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band does gritty Chicago blues and Southern fried soul for all generations of blues lovers. This music speaks for itself; better still, it compels you to listen. Featuring Andrew Duncanson on guitar and lead vocals; Josh Stimmel on guitar; Chris Breen on electric bass; and Ed O’Hare on drums, this group rips out the blues with fire! The Blues Blast, the formidable weekly blues e-zine, recognized Kilborn Alley Blues Band with two nominations for its 2009 awards. Kilborn Alley also recently walked away as the winning band for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award.
Saturday, July 23—Ernie Hendrickson—ErnieHendrickson.com
Genre: Americana, rock, country, folk
Ernie 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.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Ernie Hendrickson grew up on a steady diet of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens and Jerry Garcia. These early heroes opened the gates to the deep well of American roots music, which he continues to draw inspiration from.
From the June 22-28 issue