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Music Calendar: Week of Feb. 5-11, 2014
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center – Avalon String Quartet. Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students. Jayme Stone & The Other Side of Air.Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: Feb. 28. Attend one, two or all three sessions: Educational Experience: 2 p.m. ($25 adults, $15 students). Dinner, 5:30 p.m. ($15/person). Concert, 7:30 p.m. ($20 adults, $10 students). Save $5 when you attend the educational experience & the concert. Save $10 when you attend all three. Info: 815-964-9713 or www.mendelssohnpac.org.
Order Tickets for “Legacy of Love” at Starved Rock Lodge – Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Dates: Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. Matinee performances include lunch and show, $32/person. Evening performances include dinner and show, $37/person. Reserve at 815-220-7386.
Order Tickets for Gaelic Storm – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: premium reserved seats $37 adults, $32 students and seniors. Regular reserved seats, $30 adults, $25 students and seniors. Purchase at box office, by phone at 815-758-1225 or online atwww.egyptiantheatre.org.
Order Tickets for Sweethearts Show feat. The Cody Clauson Trio – Evangelical Covenant Church, 220 E. Harrison St., Belvidere. Date: Feb. 16, 2 p.m. Songs around a Valentine’s Day theme, various music styles. Tickets at 877-819-2252.
Registration for Music Classes at NIU Community School of the Arts – NIU Music Building, DeKalb. Square One Piano: Group Basics Class, ages 13 and older. Piano Forte: Building Piano Skills develops piano skills from the past or from the Square One class. Piano Starter for Children, ages 5-7. Info: 815-753-1450 or www.csa.niu.edu.
Registration for Trip to Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse: “The Buddy Holly Story” – Date: Feb. 27. Pick up at Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon at 9:30 a.m., return by 6 p.m. See “The World’s Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical.” Cost: $55 for Rock River Center members, $60 for non-members.Includes transportation, show tickets, lunch (dessert optional), all taxes and gratuities. Reservations and prepayment can be made in person at Rock River Center or by mail. Call 815-732-3252 or toll-free 1-800-541-5479 for information. Register early; seating is limited. Info: www.rockrivercenter.com.
Order Tickets for RSO Classics: Songs of a Wayfarer feat. Gerard Sundberg, baritone –Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: March 8, 7:30 p.m. With Mike Beert & Ben Weber. Selections from “Don Quixote.” Tickets start at $24.75. Info: 815-968-5222 orwww.coronadopac.org.
Registration for Rock Valley Children’s Choir Spring Semester – Do-Re-Mi singers (Grades 1-3), Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m, Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Rd. $160 ($150 tuition + $10 materials fee).Music Makers (grades 4-8), Tuesdays, 4-5:45 p.m.. MPAC’ s Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. $170 ($150 tuition + $20 materials fee). Crescendo (Grades 6-8 auditioned), Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., MPAC’s Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. $170 ($150 tuition + $20 matierals fee). Encore (High School), Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., MPAC’s Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. $170 ($150 tuition + $20 materials fee). Info: 815-964-9713. Register by Feb. 10.
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center announces Mendelssohn Chorale 2013-14 spring season – “Alexander Nevsky,” by Prokofiev, will be performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra April 26. Monday night rehearsals begin March 3, 7 p.m. Dress rehearsal, Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. Orchestral rehearsal Thursday, April 24. Indicate your interest to participate no later than Feb. 10. Info:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order Tickets for Billy Currington “We Are Tonight Tour” – NIU Convocation Center, DeKalb. Date: March 20, 7:30 p.m. With guests Brett Eldredge & Chase Rice. Tickets: $35.50 pit, floor, lower bowl; $28.50 upper bowl; at box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Sponsorships available for Field of Blues Festival hosted by Crossroads Blues Society – Date: June 28. Festival Sponsor: $5,000. One available. Festival name will include sponsor; benefits include logo integrated into festival logo on T-shirt front, and all uses, name on banner on stage, recognition in program, other advertising plus 100 free tickets. Platinum: $1,000 and up. Gold: $500-$999. Silver: $200-$499. Bronze: $100 businesses, $50 individuals. Gold and above sponsors get to have a tent/booth at the festival and may place banners in the park. All proceeds will be used to fund and possibly expand Blues in the Schools (BITS) program. Info: http://fieldofblues.blogspot.com/ or 779-537-4006.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Jazz & Blues Jam Session with Tony Vecchio Quartet – Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Drive, Machesney Park. 7-10 p.m. Info: 779-423-2147.
Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.
Karaoke – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.
Open Mic – Otto’s Niteclub & Underground, 118 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 9 p.m. Info: 815-758-2715.
Open Mic – Sharky’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3 N. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris. 6 p.m.-close.
Karaoke with Bob – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Roxtar w/other musicians – The Back Bar,1901 Beloit Ave. (Hwy. G), Janesville, Wis. Open 7 p.m.; bands play 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Info: 608-741-0001.
Open Mic – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St.
Bargo & Karaoke – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Info: 815-965-0931.
Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. 5 p.m.
Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Every Thurs. Info: 815-962-7944.
Open Mic – Cronie’s Grill, 9032 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Every Thursday.
Box Car Boys Unplugged – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
Friday, Feb. 7
Rye Peterman Trio– JustGoods, 201 Seventh St. 7 p.m.
Charlotte’s Web Troubadour Series: Neil Jacobs, Guitar – Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students (up to age 25). Info: 815-964-9713.
Hip Hop, Rap & R&B local acts – The Back Bar, 1901 Beloit Ave., Janesville, Wis. 9 p.m. $10.Info: 608-741-0001.
Jamie Campbell & the Redneck Romeos– The District, 205 W. State St. 10 p.m. Info: 815-977-4524.
Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Nominate the King, Small Town Hymnal, Don Peterson, Danny Fox – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-962-7944.
DJ Steve – Mortimer’s Roadhouse, 105 W. Grove, Poplar Grove. 9 p.m.
Dance Dance Dance! – Murphy’s Pub and Grill, 510 S. Perryville Road. Every Friday.
Stevee Nix – Onyx Bar & Grill, 1001 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 p.m. Info: 815-904-6842.
Open Jazz & Blues Jam Session with Tony Vecchio & The Pig Mind All-Stars – Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Drive, Machesney Park. 7-10 p.m. Info: 779-423-2147.
P-H-M (contemporary Christian music) – Restoration Café, 625 W. State St. 6 p.m. Free.
Open Mic – Take 20, 438 Bypass U.S. 20, Cherry Valley, Ill. 7 p.m. Info: 815-332-9920.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Young Musicians Series Recital: “Classics in Winter,” Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. 1:30 p.m. Music from Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras by talented music students. Free to the public. Reception follows recital. Info: 815-964-9713.
Infinity – The District, 205 W. State St. 10 p.m.
The Gaelic Fury – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. Info: 815-633-2552.
The Stragglers – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Info: 815-962-7944.
DJ/Karaoke w/DJ Double D – Mortimer’s Roadhouse, 105 W. Grove St., Poplar Grove, Ill. 9 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party with DJ Jes One – 2nd Cousins Bar & Grill, 6246 E. Riverside Blvd.
Pablo & the Rhythmix – The White Bear Tavern & Grille, 723 Park Ave., South Beloit. 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9
160th Anniversary Concert –First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St. 3 p.m. Feat. Gregory Gyllsdorff, Minister of Music. Free. Info: 815-962-6691.
Monday, Feb. 10
Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Karaoke – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 10 p.m.-close. Info: 815-965-0931.
Crossroads Blues Society presents Ben Miller Band & Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.
Rock ’n’ Roll – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.
Open Mic – Stumpy’s, 5801 Columbia Pkwy., Rockford. 8-10 p.m. Free. Info: 815-316-1225.
Karaoke w/Bob – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
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From the Feb. 5-11, 2014, issue