Music Calendar


Wednesday, May 4

Open mic – Mandalay Lounge, 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

Amateur Night – Mandalay Lounge, 5 p.m.

Friday, May 6

Amy Dixon-Kolar – Solo show at JustGoods, 201 7th Street. 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Donations to the musicians are appreciated and autographed CDs available for purchase.

Trinadora – Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info: 815-397-3534

Shifty Shafer – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main Street. 9 p.m.

The Beatles Band of the Sixties – Nordlof Center (J.R. Sullivan Theatre), 118 N. Main Street. 6-9 p.m. Free admission.  Hear Beatles Scholar Aaron Krerowicz speak about the music of the Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation.  Q&A and book signing will follow.  Then, hear a live acoustic performance by “John” & “George” of Chicagoland’s “Meet the Beatles” tribute band, “Lads not quite from Liverpool.”

Mark Sturm – Gene’s Place, 4412 Manchester Drive. 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, May 7

Rebel Soul – Splitters, 5318 N. Second St., Loves Park. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover.

Live Strolling Music – Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-397-3534.

Love & Thunder – The Grove, 100 E. Grove, Poplar Grove. 9 p.m. $5 cover at the door.

Pablo and the Rhythmix – Shooter’s Bar & Grill North, 7742 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Classical Blast From Bach to Rock – Hope and Anchor English Pub, 5040 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. Classical Blast blurs musical lines, melding classical music into classic rock hits or rocking music by Beethoven, Bach and composers from other centuries, sometimes adding original lyrics. From Bach to classic rock to metal to pop, we hope you’ll find our approach to music a refreshing change. It’s the past, present & future all brought together in perfect harmony! An evening with Classical Blast is a total blast for any age! Join us for the ride. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Sunday, May 8

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

Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra – Special Mother’s Day Concert featuring: Zach Peterson, Beloit native, concert violinist,  performing special music; Sam Hansen, Janesville native, rising young pianist phenom; Emma Campbell, Edgerton native and violinist; Karen Koyama, Beloit College music faculty. Concert will take place at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Bluff St., Beloit, WI. $10.00 Donation at door requested. Proceeds for scholarships for our young performers for studies abroad in Germany during TCCO’s  2017 European tour. Attendees will receive a coupon from Clara Bo & Gatsby Wine Bar in Beloit good to come into the restaurant on Saturdays or Sundays for a buy one, get 1/2 off a second lunch.

Thursday, May 12

Trinadora’s Original’s Concert with Luke McGowan – Katie’s Cup, 502 7th St. Free admission; an opportunity for free-will donations to the musicians will be provided. Doors open at 6 p.m. concert begins at 6:30.

Saturday, May 14

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus concert – The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus comes to Rockford to celebrate Chicago in their Spring Concert: My Kind of Town. This experience will whip you across musical genres spanning from Madrigal to Motown; with music from Bessie Smith, Goldrich and Heisler, Louis Armstrong and many more. Additionally, an art exhibit, The Art of Acceptance: Building the Bonds of Peace, will feature works by local artists and will be open for concert goers in the Emmanuel gallery. Performance takes place at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Avenue. Tickets are $20 for General Admission; $15 for Students and Seniors. Available for purchase at or the church office at 815-963-4815.

The Jimmys – Performing as part of Hope & Anchor English Pub’s Second Saturday Blues series. 8 p.m.-12 a.m., $5 cover after 7 p.m. or free prior to that for dinner guests. 5040 N. 2nd Street, Loves Park. Call 815-633-2552 for information.

Pablo and the Rhythmix – Logan’s Bar & Grill, 1805 S. West Ave., Freeport. 8 p.m.

Kantorei Spring Concert – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Road. 3 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $15  for students. Kantorei’s final concert of the season.

Sunday, May 22

Rockford ChristianFellowship Band 31st Anniversary Concert – First Covenant, 316 Wood Road. 4 p.m. Free admission, free will donations are accepted. For more information visit

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

Saturday, May 28

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 5223 Torque Dr., Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Friday, June 17

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Big Al’s, 610 N. Bell School Rd. 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 18

Desolation Row – Splitter’s Bar & Grill, 5318 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover charge. Call  815-877-6051 for more information. Dynasty Dart Association Event.

Friday, June 24

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

Desolation Row – Switchyard Bar & Grill, 200 N. Washington St., Rochelle. 9 p.m.-1 a.m.  Call 815-561-6275 for more information. No cover charge.

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