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Cars frontman Ric Ocasek found dead in New York apartment

Staff Report NEW YORK - Ric Ocasek, frontman and rhythm guitarist of The Cars, has died, NYPD spokesmen reported Sunday night. According to reports, Ocasek was found earlier today in his bed by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova. While…

Cancer claims rocker Eddie Money

By Kristin M. Hall Associated Press A publicist for Eddie Money said the rock star has died after he recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70. Cindy Ronzoni provided a statement from the family and said Money…

Irish band One for the Foxes coming to Mendelssohn Sept. 17

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - It will be an evening of unique Irish music Tuesday, Sept. 17, as One for the Foxes takes the stage at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St, Rockford. The show is sponsored by…

21st Annual RAMI Spring Benefit March 23

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- This 21st Annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Spring Benefit will be Saturday, March 23, at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dancing starts at 7 p.m. Live music will be…

Aretha Franklin’s music rise on charts following her death

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while…

Former RSO director Crawford Gates dies

By Victor Yehling WNIJ News SALT LAKE CITY - Crawford Gates, longtime music director for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and professor emeritus at Beloit College, died at the age of 96 in the…

Coronado’s risky venture pays off

For a first stab at something outside the Coronado's normal scope of performances, last week's Ryley Walker show was very well thought out and executed.