Music Calendar

Week of Sept. 24-30, 2014

Upcoming Events

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center announces Mendelssohn Chorale 2014-15 season – “Dreams of the Fallen” will be performed Nov. 8. Monday night rehearsals 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.

October Lunchtime Concerts – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St. Every Thursday thru October, 12:15-1 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch, or call ahead at 815-985-0143 by the Tuesday of the concert week to reserve a lunch for $5. Oct. 2: Trish Rooney and Wayne Hatwich, keyboard performances.

Order Tickets for Kip Moore: CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke – Coronado Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. or www.coronadopac.org.

Order Tickets for “A John Denver Musical Tribute” – Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, Wis. Date: Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50, $35, $25, $20. Info: 608-325-5700.

Order Tickets for Charlotte’s Web Series: James Lee Stanley – Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 815-964-9713.

Order Tickets for Canadian Brass – Coronado Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. or www.coronadopac.org.

Order Tickets for Camelot – Coronado Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. or www.coronadopac.org.

Order Tickets for Rockford Barbershop Chorus 66th Annual Show “Back in the Old Routine” – Rockford Theatre, Rockford Woman’s Club, 317 Park Ave. Date: Oct. 18, 7 p.m. All seats reserved, $20 (students half-price). Meal plus entertainment. Cash bar. Order online at rockfordbarbershopchorus.com (Paypal) or mail to: 324 Allen St., Belvidere, IL 61008. Include a SASE and a check payable to Rockfcord Barbershop Chorus. For mail-in orders only, a 10% discount applies for tickets ordered before Oct. 1. Specify discount code KTWWS14. Include: Name, phone number, number and type of tickets (adult or student), balcony or no balcony and special notes (handicap, aisle seating, etc.). Info: 815-978-8213.

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 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 will 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.

Crossroads Blues Society will hold a Blues Challenge for bands, solo/duo and teen acts desiring to qualify to compete in the 2015 IBCS in Memphis, Jan. 20-24, 2015. Eligiblity rules at http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge/international-blues-challenge-official-rules/. Entry fee: $25 in advance. Contact Steve Jones at sub_insignia@yahoo.com. Competition will be a Sunday in late September or early October. Open to all blues bands, solo/duo acts and teen acts who live within 150 miles of Rockford and who have played within 40 miles of Rockford at least twice in the last year (Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014).

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Summer Concert Series w/Frank Calvagna– Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.

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.

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.

UW-Rock County Concert Band – UW Rock County, Wells Cultural Center, Room 139, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 7:30 p.m. Open to all ; no audition needed. UW-Rock County Jazz Band meets at 9:15 p.m. after concert band practice, open to those who play jazz. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 350.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Tres Vidas – Rock Valley College, Performing Arts Room, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 7:30 p.m. Chamber music theatre work performed by The Core Ensemble. Free. Info: 815-921-3337.

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.

Roxtar w/Razor’s Edge – 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.

Friday, Sept. 26

The Last Vegas – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Mana Kintorso, Das Boton, Micky Rosenquist & The Black Squirrel Project – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-962-7944.

Ryan & Ryan Piano Duo (Mainstage Concert Series) – Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $6 students.

Pistol Pete – American Legion, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 8 p.m. following fish fry dinner. All welcome. Free.

Fresh Hot Fritters – Rockford City Market, 100 E. State St. & Water St. 3-7 p.m. Free.

Chris Farrell – JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St. 7 p.m. Info: 815-965-8903.

Shifty Shafer – Shooter’s Bar & Grill East, 7171 CherryVale Blvd., Cherry Valley. 9 p.m.

Sweet Lucy – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.

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

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

Brother K Band – Pleasant Street Tavern, 6828 Pleasant St., Garden Prairie. 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

Saturday, Sept. 27

Concerts on the Creek: Mike Williamson – Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Free.

P-H-M – Community Block Party Event, 3326 Halsted Road. Free. All-day event.

Dueling Pianos – District Bar & Grill, 205 W. State St. 8 p.m. $5. Info: 815-977-4524.

The Saps – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.

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

Men of Our Times – Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 5223 Torque Road, Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Unhinged – Sahara Tavern & Lounge, 7400 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Vintage Vinyl – Shooter’s Bar & Grill East, 7171 CherryVale N. Blvd., Cherry Valley. 9 p.m.

Big Daddy Woo Woo – Splitters Bar & Grill, 5318 N. Second St., Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Rat Baxter – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.

Desolation Row – Stillman Valley Fall Festival, 120 N. Walnut St., Stillman Valley. 3-5 p.m. Free.

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

Sunday, Sept. 28

Westminster Presbyterian Church 2014-15 Concert Series – 2821 N. Bell School Road. 3 p.m. with renowned organist Ahreum Han.

Sounds from the Sanctuary: River Bend Bronze – First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St. Community handbell choir. 3 p.m. Free-will offering.

Sunday Blues Jam – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 8915-965-0931.

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

Pablo & the Rhythmix – Stillman Valley Fall Festival, 208 N. Walnut St., Stillman Valley, Ill. 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

Tuesday, Sept. 30

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 Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue