Photo by TOM SCOTT What a gorgeous day for an art show on Saturday, September 10 at Garden Club Park by the Rogue River. The attendance was excellent as well as the coffee, juices, morning snacks provided by the Rockford Area Arts Commission and a local baker. Sales were way up this year compared to last year’s cold and very wet day. The music was provided by Kyle Clements and his friends the Kingston Trio playing in the afternoon. Noel Skiba won best in show. All in all, it was a perfect day for an art show in downtown Rockford.
Rockford Garden Club Park
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last week was all about concerts for the Squire staff who stretched themselves thin by covering four local musical extravaganzas – two in downtown Rockford’s Garden Club Park and two at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Amphitheater. Photographer Tom Scott was present at the next-to-last concert of this year’s very successful Huntington Bank sponsored 2011 Rogue River Blues Series on Tuesday evening, featuring the world beat of the Red Sea Pedestrians. Thursday evening, Photographer Scott, along with Squire Editor Beth Altena and Office Manager Kate Sickrey, covered the Rock the Dam finals sponsored by: Studio D2D, Sweet Tooth of Rockford, Grand Dental, Dam Dogs, Custard by the Dam, The Corner Bar, Stafford Media Solution & Rockford Independent and Mackinaw Harvest Music Group, Inc. Also Thursday evening, your reporters, Cliff and Nancy were part of a standing room only (literally and figuratively) crowd at the twin bill Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos concert at Meijer Gardens. Not only was the concert sold out, many in attendance were on their feet for the entire concert – singing, clapping, and dancing to the infectious Tex-Mex blues and rock rhythms of these two iconic groups. For a combined 2 hours and 37 minutes, we enjoyed one of the finest outdoor summer evening concerts we have ever attended. Both of these groups left their egos at the Gardens’ gates. They obviously enjoy one another’s company and revel in the times when they find themselves performing on-stage together, as they did at the end of the first and ending set. They feed off one another’s virtuosity and the audience’s enthusiastic participation. You had to be there to experience it. Everyone was on their feet and grooving as both groups closed out the evening’s performance when they performed Los Lobos huge hit “La Bamba”. We’re not given to a star rating system here but if pressed we would have to offer up 5 out of 5 stars for the evening’s over-the-top concert. To top off the week, the Squire was again back at the Gardens on Friday evening, when Squire Office Manager Kate Sickrey and her guest covered the return of Garrison Keillor’s 2011 Summer Love Tour. To say that Sickrey is a huge fan of […]
The City of Rockford is pleased to announce that Huntington Bank is the proud sponsor of this year’s Huntington Rogue River Blues Series. The Blues Series will once again provide the Rockford community with Tuesday evening concerts in Downtown Rockford, Garden Club Park, from 7 to 9 p.m. These family-oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent free of charge to the public. Come early and enjoy dinner in one of Rockford’s fine eating establishments and stroll through the wonderful shops. Then bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of wonderful music. Garden Club Park is located in downtown Rockford, north of the Rockford Dam on Bridge Street, directly behind the Squires Street shops. The Rogue River Blues Series schedule is as follows: • June 14—Harper • June 21—The Vincent Hayes Project • June 28—Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues Band • July 5—BMF Band • July 12—Root Doctor • July 19—Steve Hilger Band • July 26—Thirsty Perch Blues Band The After the Blues Series schedule is as follows: • August 2—Mind’s Eye (jazz) • August 9—Red Sea Pedestrians (world beat) • August 16—Small Town Son (country/rock) If inclement weather, the event moves to the Rotary Pavilion, which is located in downtown Rockford at the corner of Courtland and Squires streets. Parking Suggestion: South Squires Parking Lot, accessed from Bridge St. entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery, or from Main St. entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.