Beppe Gambetta at Emerson House Feb. 17

Beppe Gambetta performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford. (Photo courtesy of

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is happy to welcome back Italian artist Beppe Gambetta, who, with his irrepressible smile, charmed us back in 2007. Not only an extraordinary guitarist, he is an extraordinary performer, who achieves a musical “koine’” (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars bridge two continents in an expression of pure joy.

See him at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St..Come with him on a beautiful musical journey. With the horizon’s line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavors. With his unique background as an Italian musician who loves both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, he has traveled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar. Residing in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times a year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kans.; Merlefest in North Carolina; the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows All Things Considered and E-Town. Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — as well as Charlotte’s Web in Rockford!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL 61105-0765. 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. Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Feb. 15-21, 2012, issue

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