September through spring, Concerts on the Creek will feature one concert per month in the auditorium at Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. Concerts are free, although a free-will offering is taken for the performers. Popcorn, pop and pizza from Mamma Mia’s are available for purchase.
First up in the monthly series is local jazz vocalist Mike Williamson, who will take the stage at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.
Williamson began his singing career with the Proud Americans. The group performed as opening act for The Lettermen and also at the State Department Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Conrad Hilton requested that the Proud Americans perform for him at a Rochester, Minnesota, event. Hilton was a fan of the group.
Williamson’s first night club gig was at Snoopy’s with Brent Valentine and Louie Buffalo. He started singing with the Ron Pedersen Trio at many area venues and also with Julian DeLuna.
“Magic Monday,” a benefit for the American Cancer Society, was created by Williamson and friends Bob and Joy Dummer. The show ran for 16 consecutive years at both the MetroCentre (now BMO Harris Bank Center) and Coronado Theatre and raised many thousands of dollars to help in the fight against cancer.
Williamson has sung many times with his friends, The Lettermen, and has produced musical revue shows all over the Midwest. He currently sings regularly at The Butterfly Club in Beloit, Wisconsin, with talented musicians Rick Burns, Bob Rub and Bob DeVita. His new album, Now You’re Here, includes original songs written by Williamson and collaborator Bruce Warden. The album is available on CD at CDBaby.com. The “Mike Williamson & Friends” radio show airs in Rockford on WTPB, 99.3 FM.
Williamson will appear at the Concerts on the Creek performance with Bob Rub on keys and Bob DeVita on drums and saw.
Rub has a master’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University. He is Music Ministry leader at Trinity Lutheran Church (Rockford) and also a member of the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He works regularly with Williamson and also with The Groove Hotel.
DeVita has a master’s degree in music from the Cincinnati Conservatory. He has performed with a range of entertainers from Jose Feliciano to Bob Hope. He has been featured on musical saw with both the Cincinnati and St. Louis symphony orchestras. He works regularly with Williamson at The Butterfly Club and with several other regional musical acts.
Posted Sept. 24, 2014