Rick Nielsen to teach ‘tricks’ at Music Academy Jan. 18

Staff Report

Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen will reveal the tricks of the music business to Music Academy and Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) students and the audience at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, in the auditorium of The Music Academy, 226 S. Second St., in Haight Village.

The legendary Nielsen will share his insights and experiences with six accomplished young musicians who aspire to careers in music as well as with the audience.

The afternoon opens with a performance by Miles Nielsen, who will perform a set of his original music, and then will be joined by his dad as well as other Nielsen family members. Steve Shannon of WZOK will host the event.

A “Pics with Rick” session follows for preferred seating patrons. It will provide an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet Nielsen.

Reservations for limited general seating are available for $25 for adults and $12 for students younger than 12. The “Pics with Rick” session and limited seating in front rows is available for $100. Reservations may be made on a first-come, first-served basis through The Music Academy office, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Music Academy auditorium is not handicap accessible.

Sponsors of the Rick Nielsen event include RAMI, the Smith Charitable Fund, WZOK and The Rock River Times.

The Music Academy in Rockford is a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable instruction and performance opportunities to Academy students, regardless of age or ability. For more about the Nielsen event or Academy classes, call (815) 986-0037 or go to www.MusicAcademyInRockford.com.

From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue

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