12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs featured at Emerson House Feb. 7

Online Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents the fourth concert in the “Charlotte’s Web Troubadour Series” with 12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at the historic Emerson House on the Mendelssohn PAC campus, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Jacobs is a masterful performer on the 12-string acoustic guitar. With his own captivating style of playing that the St. Louis Riverfront Times describes as “mesmerizing” and the Austin Chronicle describes as “the rockin’est since early Leo Kottke.”

Jacobs covers the world vibe with music diverse as Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra.

He draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories with his audience. To learn more, visit: www.neiljacobs.com.

The Troubadour Series of Charlotte’s Web, a division of MPAC, features the singer/songwriter and the instrumentalist. Those attending may hear a duo, a trio or even a quartet, but mostly these are solo artists. Instruments on stage at the Troubadour Series will range from piano, guitar and mandolin to banjo, fiddle, bass and voice.

The focus of this series is on listening and experiencing the more subtle nuances of the intimate house concert setting Mendelssohn’s historic Emerson House offers. The artists presented are some of the very best in their craft, and their original songs and compositions will weave an aural tapestry befitting the acoustically and architecturally beautiful Emerson House. Cookies, coffee, pop and water will be available for purchase at intermission and before the concert.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students up to age 25. Tickets are available and may be purchased online at www.mendelssohnpac.org, by calling (815) 964-9713 or at the door. All seating is first come, first serve. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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