Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts at New Mendelssohn Hall March 1

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Rockford’s own Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts will take the stage at the New Mendelssohn Hall (formerly First Presbyterian Church), 406 N. Main St., Rockford, at 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 1.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The event is presented by The Element.

Somewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Nielsens stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-esque cosmic Americana: pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long-lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth-as-butter keys.

Born in Rockford, home of Cheap Trick and “Symbol,” power pop DNA runs through the veins of his songs and performances. Thirteen years spent playing bars, clubs and theaters, Nielsen has played and performed as vocalist / lead guitarist in many Midwestern bands from past to present: Harmony Riley, HMS and most recently, as a member in the Appleton, Wis., via Rockford ensemble, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons — as well as his own band when time permits as Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts.

Aside from opening for acts such as Medeski, Martin & Wood, to Cake, to Moe, he also co-owns a recording studio in Rockford, FUSE, that has served as the recording home to Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. He has worked with many artists such as Augie Meyers, Lonnie Brooks, Gabriel Reed, Cheap Trick and The Good Year Pimps.

From writing and performing his own tunes to recording and performing on other artists’ songs, Miles Nielsen continues to help carry out that very rare rock ’n’ roll torch that only few can claim out loud, “that sound? … it came from the Midwest.”

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Posted Feb. 28, 2013

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