Open Stage at Mandalay Lounge – Monday-Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. 200 North Church Street.
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.
Saturday, October 22
Blues Hawks – Performing at Town Hall Lounge, 5624 N. 2nd St. in Loves Park, starting at 8 p.m. Free admission. For more information call 815-636-9996.
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.
Saturday, November 19
Rockford Operetta Party – Rockford Operetta Party celebrates their 10th anniversary in “Tenth Anniversary Celebrate of Operetta” (TACO) at 7:30 p.m. Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church Street. $10 admission. rockfordoperettaparty.synthasite.com
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).