Rock Valley College Old Towne Band offers two free concerts Dec. 5-6

Staff Report

The wildly popular Rock Valley College (RVC) Old Towne Band will present two free concerts at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, in the college’s Performing Arts Room (in the Library Building), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.

At the concert, the band will provide live music to the hilarious 1921 silent film comedy The Goat, starring Buster Keaton. Made at the height of his creative powers, Buster gets mistaken for an escaped murderer and can’t understand why everyone is chasing him. He manages to fall in love, but the girl’s father turns out to be the chief of police! Laughs and sight gags are endless in this madcap romp.

The Old Towne Band is part of RVC’s Community Education program. The 25-piece adult band specializes in playing popular American band music from the early 20th century, such as ragtime, dixieland, circus marches, novelties, boogie-woogie and early swing music. Several “surprised guest soloists” will be selected from the audience to perform with the band on such traditional instruments as the siren whistle, popping balloons, and the ever-popular whoopie cushion. With the band’s usual mix of lively music, audience participation and stupid jokes, a fun evening of musical entertainment is guaranteed for the entire family. Children are especially welcome.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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