Open Stage at Mandalay Lounge – Monday-Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. 200 North Church Street.
Friday, September 30
Paul Hieser – Acoustic Jams of the ‘70s & ‘80s @ Rockford’s City Market located at Salvaged by Sonya, 330 E. State St. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission.
Tom Mac – Performing at Just Goods, 201 7th Street. 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.
Mike Williamson Trio – Performing at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free admission.
Saturday, October 1
Prime Time Live Band – Green House Bar & Grill/Garden Hotel, 200 Dearborn Ave., South Beloit. 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Free admission.
Rebel Soul – Rock-a-Bago Hall, 4303 W. State St. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. No cover.
Thursday, October 6
Trish Rooney & Wayne Hatwich – Performing as part of Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s ASPIRE committee lunchtime concert series. 12:10-1 p.m. Lunch can be reserved by calling 815-603-0255, guests may bring their own. Performance takes place at 412 N. Church St.
Friday, October 7
Prime Time Live Band – Shooters East / Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale North Blvd. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission.
Herdeman Kelly Duo – Classically trained Emily Herdeman Kelly (violin) and Joshua Kelly (viola) will be joined by Christina Giuca Krause on a 9-foot Steinway grand piano and Dowd harpsichord to perform works old to new, spanning from Mozart to Scottish folk music to a world premiere performance by contemporary composer Christopher Walczak and more. This upbeat and diverse program celebrates the heritage of Baroque, Classical, and Folk while embracing modern perspectives of the instruments. Performance will take place at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St. Tickets are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door; and $5 in advance for students, $7 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.mendelssohnpac.org. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
First Friday – Takes place at Pinecrest Grove Community Center, Pinecrest Grove Community Center is located six blocks south of IL Rte 64 on McKendrie Street in Mt. Morris. The show will begin at 6 p.m. Musician sign-up will be at 5:30 p.m. Also, seating capacity in the Theatre at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center in Mt. Morris has been increased to guarantee First Friday’s fans a good seat. The musical format will remain unchanged. After the individual performances, all of the musicians will gather on stage for a jam session to wrap up the evening’s festivities.
Trinadora’s US Roots Music Program – Stockholm Inn, Rockford Plaza Shopping Center, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. No admission. All ages show.
Saturday, October 8
Paul Hieser – Acoustic Jams of the ‘70s & ‘80s @ Midtown Art Scene located at Katie’s Cup, 502 7th St. 6-7 p.m. Free admission.
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.
Saturday, October 15
Prime Time Live Band – Shooters North / Forest Hills Lanes, 7742 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park. 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Free admission.
Rebel Soul – Brew Haus, 8090 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. No cover.
Friday, October 28
Gang-A-Tsui with Avalon String Quartet – This unique cross-cultural concert will introduce Nanguan ancient Classical Chinese music and theater and explore how these traditions are extending into the 21st century. Newly composed pieces will be presented by Taiwanese group Gang-A-Tsui with guest collaborators and MPAC favorites Avalon String Quartet through an interactive workshop-style concert to provide insight into this intimate form of traditional music. Performance will take place at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St. Tickets are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door; and $5 in advance for students, $7 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.mendelssohnpac.org. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18
Suite to Suite – Explore the evolution of the musical suite from the 14th century dancing to 19th century jazz as we welcome some of the region’s best area musicians to our main stage. The concert begins with soloists Michael Beert (cellist) and Jesse Parker (pianist) performing Baroque and Romantic Suites respectively and concludes with Claude Bolling’s “Toot Suite” featuring Mark Baldin (trumpet), Joel Ross (piano), Jim McDowell (bass), and Brian Webber (percussion. Performance will take place at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St. Tickets are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door; and $5 in advance for students, $7 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.mendelssohnpac.org. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 2
Paul Hieser – Acoustic Jams of the ‘70s & ‘80s @ Ice Hogs Pre-Game Party – Upper Concourse at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 5-7 p.m. Standard Ice Hogs admission required ($9 to $29).