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Week of Aug. 20-26, 2014

Upcoming Events

Registration for “Music of the River Tour” – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Summer tours include gourmet take-along lunch, 90-minute boat cruise on an authentic paddle wheel boat, followed by a historic trolley tour. Enjoy songs performed on board by local musician Kevin Kramer. Cost: $42/person. Info: 815-220-7386.

Register for Fall Music Classes at NIU – NIU Community School of the Arts, Room 132 Music Building, DeKalb. Various classes for young children, older children and adults. Scholarships available for students 18 years old and younger. Application deadline for financial aid for fall semester is Aug. 21. Info: 815-753-1450 or www.csa.niu.edu.

Register for Council Choraleers – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Dates: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 2. For youth ages 9-12. No auditions, free thanks to generous sponsors. Participants accepted through the end of September. Info: 815-963-6765..

Order Tickets for Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., Dixon. Date: Sept. 6, 7 p.m. With guest Bonnie Koloc. Tickets: $25. Info: 815-285-4924.

Order Tickets for Tribute to the Stars: TomJones – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Dates: Sept. 16, 17. Matinee performance, 11:30 a.m. includes lunch buffet and show. Tickets: $32/person. Reserve at 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Order Tickets for RSO’s ComEd Classics Series: “Celebrating International Peace Day” – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Feat. violinist Bella Hristova. Tickets: 815-965-0049 or www.rockfordsymphony.com.

Order Tickets for Moonlight Jazz 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala – Giovanni’s Grand Ballroom, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 8. Cocktails, dinner, dancing. Ticket prices range from VIP $75; dinner/dance $50; show only, $35. Visit moonlightjazz.com for event details.

Sign up for Mendelssohn Chorale – Rehearse with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. “Dreams of the Fallen” will be performed by the full chorale Saturday, Nov. 8. Monday night rehearsals begin Sept. 8 at 7p.m. at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. Info: 815-964-9713.

Join the Art Song Project – Special interest group of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Group wil meet two Tuesdays of each month at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. Enter thru back porch door. Cost: $45. Info: 815-398-4257 or cathyherd@comcast.net.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Tunes on the Terrace: Dave Timcke & Friends – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. 5-7 p.m. Jazz. Free. Rain site: Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens lobby.

Jazz & Blues Jam Session with Tony Vecchio Quartet – Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Drive, Machesney Park. 7-10 p.m.

Desolation Row – Best Dam Bar, 13963 Best Road, Davis. 8 p.m.-midnight. No cover.

Summer Concert Series w/Mark Reed & Waddy – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m.

Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.

Karaoke – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. No cover. Info: 815-962-7944.

Open Mic – Sharky’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3 N. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris. 6 p.m.-close.

Karaoke with Bob – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.

Harlan Jefferson – The Wiffletree Bar & Grill, 11347 Main St., Roscoe. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21

Jazzin’ After Work feat. Carla Prather with ZZAJE – Rock Valley College, outside Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science & Math, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. 5 p.m.

Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Every Thurs.

Dinner on the Dock: Sidewalk Chalk – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Every Thurs. 5-10 p.m. Music, 6-9 p.m.

Three Good Men – Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 5223 Torque Road, Loves Park. 7 p.m.

Mark Bannard and Acoustic Junk – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St.

Friday, Aug. 22

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 5 p.m.-midnight. Click here for full schedule and details.

Music on the Mall: Paper Airplane – Mary’s Market, Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Rock the Hill (Save the Stage) Music Festival” – Rockford Ski Club, 1/2 mile northwest of I-39 Baxter Road exit, 4250 Rotary Road. 5 p.m. Bands include: Nominate The King, Desolation Row, Dead Timbre, Rending The Self, La Historia, Taboo Blah Blah, King of the Demons, Static Signal, Trip Effect, The Rockford Peaches En Regalia, Hilly Jones, Toast ’n’ Jam. Two-day festival. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the gate.

Sonicbloom – Rockford City Market, 100 E. State St. & Water St. 3-8 p.m.

Soundscape – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 8-11p.m. $5. Info: 815-229-0800.

Emily Hurd – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 7 p.m. Free.

Phil Ramsey & Tom Miller – The Butterfly Club, 5246 E. County Road X, Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m.

Two of Us – Gene’s Place, 4412 Manchester Drive. 7 p.m. Info: 815-977-4365.

Born in ’86 – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-0931.

Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Kerry Atoms, DJ Hyperactive, LOKO, Nick Graceffa, Jason Healey, J Akerman, Tom & Jerry – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.

Unhinged – Mike’s Roadhouse, 614 Broad St., Beloit, Wis. 9 p.m. Info: 608-361-1100.

DJ Steve – Mortimer’s Roadhouse, 105 W. Grove, Poplar Grove. 9 p.m. Info: 815-765-0082.

Dance Dance Dance! – Murphy’s Pub & Grill, 510 S. Perryville Road. Every Friday.

Steve Duchrow – Prairie State Winery, 217 W. Main St., Genoa. 7 p.m.

Metal & Punk: Flaccid Pickle, Deadron, Alejandro and the Alcholics, Hacksaw & Those Dirty Thieves – Rock Hollow Bar, 1971 Rt. 75 East, Freeport. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Ages 18 and up.

Smoking Gunz – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Crossroads Blues Music Festival– Lyran Park, 4781 S. Bend Road, Rockford. Gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at noon. Headliner: Lurrie Bell. Advance tickets $5, or $10 at the gate. Ages 5 and younger, free with an adult. Camping is available for both Friday and Saturday night on a limited basis. $20 per day for campers and RVs, tents, $10 each per day. Tickets available at Rockford: Guzzardo’s Music, Culture Shock Records, Toad Hall, The Lyran Club, CD Source JustGoods Store. Loves Park: Woodman’s Supermarket, Hope and Anchor English Pub. Beloit: Paradise Guitars. Byron: Leombruni’s Italian Village, Byron Bank, Snyder’s Pharmacy, Felker’s Value Fresh Market. Oregon: Snyder’s Pharmacy. Winnebago: Snyder’s Pharmacy. Reserve camping at 815-964-0511.

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 5 p.m.-midnight. Click here for full schedule and details.

Concerts on the Creek: June’s Got the Cash – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Tribute to June Carter and Johnny Cash. Free.

The Sensations – Big Al’s Bar, 610 N. Bell School Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-398-6411.

Our Name is Jonas (Weezer tribute) – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Loose Screw, 45 Church St., German Valley. 8 p.m.

Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Harlan Jefferson & The White Chocolates feat. Danielle Juhre – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.

Manifesto – Murphy’s Pub & Grill, 510 E. Perryville Road. 10 p.m. Info: 815-986-0950.

Shifty Shafer – Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 5223 Torque Road, Loves Park. 9 p.m. Info: 815-636-9207.

Audio Rewind – Rockford University’s Rock the Rock, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St.

Pablo & the Rhythmix – Rhythm on the River, 244 N. Main St., Fort Atkinson. 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

The Crave – The White Bear Tavern & Grille, 723 S. Park Ave., South Beloit. 9 p.m.

Sun Set Strip – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.

Sunday, Aug. 24

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 5 p.m.-midnight. Click here for full schedule and details.

Open Mic – Sharky’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3 N. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris. 6 p.m.-close.

Monday, Aug. 25

Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.

Bun E. Carlos & His Monday Night Band – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Tuesday Evening in the Gardens: Harlan Jefferson – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Doors open 5:15 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 teens, children 12 and younger free. Free to Anderson Gardens members.

Karaoke – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 10 p.m.-close. Info: 815-965-0931.

Open Mic – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Starts at 5 p.m.

Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.

Unhinged – Mustang’s Bar & Grill, 482 Gardiner, South Beloit. 6 p.m. Info: 779-475-0048.

Open Mic – Stumpy’s, 5801 Columbia Pkwy., Rockford. 8-10 p.m. Free. Info: 815-316-1225.

Karaoke w/Bob – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: 815-877-8007.

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From the Aug. 20-26, 2014, issue