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Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 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.

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center announces Mendelssohn Chorale 2014-15 season – “Dreams of the Fallen” will be performed Nov. 8. Monday night rehearsals begin Sept. 8 at 7 p.m at Starr Center, 415 N. Church St. Holiday Pops with the RSO will be performed Dec. 20 and 21. Monday night rehearsals begin Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Info: 815-964-9713.

Register for UW-Rock County Guitar Classes – UW-Rock County, Wells Cultural Center, Room 139, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville. 7 p.m. Cost: $145, plus cost of a book that can be purchased from UW-Rock County Bookstore. Students must provide their own guitar/ Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra is accepting members – Students from elementary thru high school with at least one year of experience with a band or stringed instrument can join the youth orchestra. Practices are Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. A concert will be held Nov. 20. No auditions are required. Fee to participate is $150 for the year. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

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. 27

Tunes on the Terrace: Sonicbloom – 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. Info: 779-423-2147.

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

Desolation Row – Hydeout Bar & Grill, 13502 Julie Drive, Poplar Grove. 7-10 p.m. No cover.

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.

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.

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

Thursday, Aug. 28

Roxtar & special guest Drumrave – The Back Bar, 1901 Beloit Ave. (Hwy. G), Janesville, Wis. Bands play 9 p.m.-2 a.m., doors open 7 p.m. No cover.

Summer Concert Series w/Olivia Dvorak– Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m.

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. Info: 815-962-7944.

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.

Audio Drive – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.

Friday, Aug. 29

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

Mark Reed & Waddy & Dirty Fishnet Stockings – Rockford City Market, 100 E. State St. & Water St. Reed & Waddy, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Stockings, 7-8 p.m.

David Lipmann – JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St. 7 p.m. Folk songs and parody. Free.

Switchback – H.I. Lincoln Building, Franklin Grove. Two shows: 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 donation or call 815-456-3030 daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., noon-4 p.m. Sun. or stop by the building in person. Tickets may be available at the door, but previous shows have sold out.

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

Nominate the King, Hilly Jones, Static Signal – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9 p.m. Free.

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

Primier 55 – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Concerts on the Creek: Joe Jencks – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-979-1949.

Prime Time Live Band – Abbey Resort/Waterfront Café, 269 Fontana Blvd. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Free.

Trinadora – Bino’s Restaurant, 6935 11th St., New Milford. U.S. roots music. 6-9 p.m. Free. Antique car show in parking lot, 1-7 p.m.

Common Ground – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. $7.

Egon’s Unicat, Blump, Pink Beam – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.

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

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

Desolation Row – Union Bar & Grill, 109 Second St., Byron. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover.

Stateline Country Music – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free.

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

Monday, Sept. 1

2nd Annual “Songspiration” Labor Day Music Fest – Rockford University, Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State St. 6-9 p.m. With Carl & Dianna Cole, the “YES” Club Core Choir, Betty Pumphrey, and others. Open Mic Talent Showcase at 8 p.m. Free-will offering.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2

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.

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.

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014, issue