Music Calendar

Week of Sept. 17-23, 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.

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 Jake Owen – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets at box office or www.concertticketcenter.com.

Order Tickets for Ryan & Ryan Piano Duo (Mainstage Concert Series) – Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $6 students. Info: 815-964-9713.

Mark the Date for Westminster Presbyterian Church 2014-15 Concert Series – 2821 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 28, 3 p.m. with renowned organist Ahreum Han.

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 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. 17

Classic & Pops Series Opening Night Tickets – RSO holds one-day sale. Tickets to opening night performances of Classics & Pops Series will be available for $25 per ticket. Purchase online at www.rockfordsymphony.com (use the code RSO80) and at the RSO box office for the following performances: ComEd Classics Series: Celebrating International Day of Peace, Sept.20, and Rockford Health System Pops Series “Things that go Bump in the Night,” Oct. 25.

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.

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.

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

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

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. 18

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

Roxtar w/other bands & musicians – 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.

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.

Friday, Sept. 19

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

Radio Stars – Rockford City Market, 100 E. State St. & Water St. 3-7 p.m. Free.

KIDZ BOP Presents “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Tickets: www.coronadopac.org.

The Sensations feat. Holland Zander – Big Al’s Bar, 610 N. Bell School Road. 9 p.m. With horticulture presentation by Mark Dwyer.

Audio Drive – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m.

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

Daniel & The Lion w/Stagg – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.

Kelly Steward & The Restless Kind – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free.

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

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

Pat McCurdy in Concert – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall Commons, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Noon-1 p.m. Outdoors if weather permits.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Main Street District 2-Block Party w/Mike & Joe, Jamie Campbell & the Redneck Romeos, Stroker Red, The Smokes & Tristan Bushman – 200 and 300 W. State St., 100 N. Main St., 200 Elm St. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. VIP Weekend Pass: $10 in advance. Info: dickson.jake@gmail.com. Print your tickets and bring them to any of the gates.

Jake Owen – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets at box office or www.concertticketcenter.com.

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

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

Missing Links – Big Al’s Bar, 610 N. Bell School Road. 9 p.m.

Dueling Pianos – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m.

Randy Nicholson – Josiah’s Place Coffeehouse, 1175 Madison Road, Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m. Country, gospel, traditional Christian music.

Flatfoot 56, Brick Assasin, Court Street Scrappers – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free.

Soul 2 Soul – Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 5223 Torque Road, Loves Park. 9 p.m.

Avariss – Shooter’s Bar & Grill, 4007 E. State St. 9 p.m.

Big Earl & The Falcons – Shooter’s Bar & Grill East, 7171 CherryVale N. Blvd., Cherry Valley. 9 p.m.

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

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

Sunday, Sept. 21

Bach, Blues & Brews – Carlyle Brewing Company, 215 E. State St. 4-7 p.m. $25 adults, $15 students.

Sunday Blues Jam – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m.

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

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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.

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

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. 17-23, 2014, issue