Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues at Music Shell July 28


Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues closes out the 14th Annual Sinnissippi Summer Series with a 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, performance at the Sinnissippi Bandshell. Admission is free. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts and the Rockford Park District close out the 14th Annual Sinnissippi Summer Series with an out-of-this-world concert event featuring Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues. Catch it at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford.

Is it blues, or is it classical? Walking the line between Beethoven and B.B. King and armed with the creative genius and instrumental prowess that have defined his career for nearly four decades, Corky Siegel has pioneered an original, genre-busting Chamber blues — a fresh, innovative sound capturing the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional melodic style of blues, all within an intimate chamber setting.

Under Corky Siegel’s lead, The West End String Quartet and percussionist Frank Donaldson complete the Chamber Blues Band.

Described by critics internationally as: remarkable, astonishing, extraordinary, hot, mesmerizing, joyous and outrageous fun, their music and concerts have delighted diverse audiences globally, and their genre-defying presentations are drawing new and old concert-goers to places they have never been before.

Gritty Chicago blues and rarefied classical chamber music might not seem like a match made in heaven — until you’ve heard Corky Siegel bring the two together … a crowning achievement.” — Chicago Tribune

Charlotte’s Web extends a great big thank you to the Rockford Park District for making the Charlotte’s Web Summer Series at Sinnissippi possible, free, at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Rain site 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. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. All concerts are free! Picnic baskets are welcome, although no alcohol.

The Rockford Park District welcomes the opportunity to assist guests with special needs. The Music Shell is wheelchair accessible. An assistive listening system is available for those who are hard of hearing. For special assistance, call (815) 987-1600 (voice TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.

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

From the July 25-31, 2012, issue

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