Open Stage at Mandalay Lounge – Monday-Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. 200 North Church Street.
DJ/Karaoke – Mortimer’s Roadhouse, 105 W. Grove in Poplar Grove. 815-765-0082. DJ/Karaoke w/ RPM every Friday, DJ/Karaoke w/ DJ Double D every Saturday
Mary’s Place – 602 N. Madison St. marysplacebar.com. Open Stage, Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 p.m.-close; Karaoke, Wed. 9:30 p.m.-close.
Bruce L. Warden – For listening & dining every Friday and Saturday 5-9 p.m. at Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St.
Heartstrings, Connections Between Music/Medicine – Heartstrings, a musical event celebrating the connection between music and medicine, will be held at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Heartstrings is held biennially by the Music Academy in Rockford to benefit its scholarship, financial aid and professional development fund. Many Academy students go on to careers in medicine and the sciences. Festivities begin with hors d’oeuvres by GreenFire at 6 p.m. while students perform in both lobbies. Advanced students, faculty and alumni will perform on the main stage at 7 p.m. Alums Jon Rozman, Gabe Roethle and Kodai Speich will be among performers playing selections by Bach, Pagaini and Beethoven. Elegant desserts from the GreenFire Bakery will be served at 8 p.m. while patrons will be entertained by the Screw City Swingers. Reservations are $110 per person and tables of eight for $800. For reservations and information call 815/987-0036 or go to www.musicacademyinrockford.com.
Mike Williamson Trio – Performing at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free.
Larry Higgs – Performing at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free.
Friday, November 3
Mark Stuart – Americana/Folk artist from Tennessee will be performing at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 7th St. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Trinadora’s Boys – Performing at Baci’s, 2990 N. Perryville Rd., from 6-9 p.m. Free
Saturday, November 4
Trinadora Rocks CD Party – Vito’s Restorante, 4866 Bluestem Rd., Roscoe. 8:30-11 p.m. Free admission. Phone (815) 312-5080 to make before-show dinner reservations.
Friday, November 10
Trinadora – Gene’s Place, 4412 Manchester Dr., 6-9 p.m. Free
Saturday, November 11
Lombardi’s All-Stars (Bishoff, Ford, Holm, Leaf) – Rockabilly night at NMT Drink, 2233 S. Perryville Rd. 7-10 p.m. Free
Friday, November 17
The Matchsellers – Bluegrass duo from Kansas City performs at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 7th St., at 7 p.m. Free admission, donations are accepted.