Music Calendar


Ongoing Events

Open Stage at Mandalay Lounge – Monday-Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. 200 North Church Street.

Friday, August 26

Mike Williamson Trio – Performing at the Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. For information call 815-397-3534.

Bootleg Flyers – Performing at the Mt. Morris Band Shell on Wesley Ave. in Mt. Morris. Performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public

Saturday, August 27

7th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival – Lyran Park, 4781 S. Bend Road. Opens at 11 a.m. and music goes from noon to at least 9:30 p.m. Check it out at Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Tad Robinson, Ghost Town Blues Band, Joanna Connor, the Flaming Mudcats & Birddog and Beck will entertain all day.  $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Trinadora Rocks – Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Rd., Lake Geneva. 4 p.m.

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Town Hall Lounge, 5624 North Second St., Loves Park.

2016 Summer Jam – Miss Linda Evans, daughter of the late great Bernard Wilson of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, has brought together a plethora of great musicians comprised of players from Earth, Wind and Fire, The Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, and more! They have come together to back the vocals for Sapphires’ Blue Notes. Sapphires’ Blue Notes is a multi-faceted conglomeration of musicians dedicated to the lovers of Old School Music, and they bring it to the stage with a presence of greatness that few performers ever achieve. Sapphires’ Blue Notes, will be hosting, along with other bands, a 16-hour music extravaganza known as the 2016 Summer Jam, locally, at the Mendelsson Performing Arts Center right here in Rockford, starting at 8 a.m. Tickets are just $15 in advance, $25 at the door, and are selling out quickly so hurry to get yours. Tickets for Sapphires’ Blue Notes Summer Jam are available from the Mendelsson Performing Arts Center, and online at, and For more information please contact WQOR at (815) 683-TALK. Don’t miss this wonderful chance to experience live music that takes you back to a time when things were “the way they were”!

Andrew Robinson – Performing during Greenwich Village Art Fair Night at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. Free admission. 7-11 p.m. Drink specials, giveaways, raffle tickets.

Sunday, August 28

Dance – VFW, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park, across from Sunrise Restaurant.7 p.m. Admission is $7.

Friday, September 2

Trinadora – US Roots at Verdi Club, 782 N Madison St. 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 3

Big Daddy Woo Woo – The Loose Screw, 45 Church St., German Valley.

Trinadora – Trinadora presents their US Roots program at Nmt Drink, 2233 S. Perryville Rd., from 7-10 p.m. Free admission

Friday, September 9

Trinadora – US Roots at Pig Minds Brewery, 4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park. 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

Big Daddy Woo Woo – That Place on Palmyra, 628 Palmyra Rd., Dixon.

Sunday, September 11

Dance – VFW, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park, across from Sunrise Restaurant.7 p.m. Admission is $7.

Saturday, September 17

Denny Diamond & The Jewels – “Beautiful Noise” A Neil Diamond Tribute. 7:30 p.m. at Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. 815-338-5300. Tickets are $28-38.

Saturday, September 24

Trinadora Rocks – Line Dance Party at Betty’s Western Wear, 6202 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park. 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 25

Trinadora – Special Orbison & Stompers Dixieland Concert. 3 p.m. at 4500 Spring Creek Rd. *Free Ice Cream*

Tuesday, October 11

Denny Diamond & The Jewels – “Beautiful Noise” A Neil Diamond Tribute. Noon  Lunch and Performance at Sam’s Ristorante, 6075 E. Riverside Blvd. 815-893-9202. Tickets are $38.

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