Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, welcomes the Blues Across The Ages (BATA) celebration concert to its auditorium at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22. The event will feature blues specialists “Barstool” Bob Levis, Justin “Boots” Gates and Dan Phelps.
Levis made his home in Chicago before he moved to Rockford several years ago. He toured the world with Otis Rush and Lonnie Brooks and was a long-time member of the famous Kingston Mines House Band. His extraordinary playing is featured on numerous albums, and of his Barstool Blues solo album, CD Universe says, “Blues guitar aficionados all over the world have admired the body of work that Bob Levis has.”
Gates is a 14-year-old blues prodigy whose unique style and virtuosity have gained him recognition at festivals and blues clubs across the country. He is the 2014 Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Youth Jam winner and was recently featured in an extensive Blues.Gr interview.
Phelps is a critically acclaimed acoustic bluesman preserving the tradition of such greats as Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson. He has shared the stage with such notable performers as A Prairie Home Companion’s Pat Donohue. Phelps is currently touring the U.K. and will arrive stateside just in time for his Spring Creek performance.
Accompanying these three blues specialists will be Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson — the Trinadora Duo. The Trinadora Americana potpourri includes many blues numbers and reflects a strong blues and jazz influence. Kenny “D” (Druetzler) provides percussion for the BATA celebration.
Admission to this event is free, although listeners will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for the musicians with a donation and to purchase autographed CDs. Refreshments, including Mama Mia’s Pizza, will be available. Off-street parking is available for the first 100 vehicles. Seating is limited to 225 guests, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat.
Posted Nov. 19, 2014