Rogue River Blues Series

Kids Night at Rockford’s Rogue River Blues

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

United Bank teamed up with Bella Vista Church’s Extreme 5 Junior High team for Kids Night at the Rogue River Blues concert on Tuesday, July 14.   Kids in the audience were treated to tattoos, crafts, coloring, bubbles and ice pops. “Having a theme night is one way United Bank can give back to the community,” explained Devon Gaines, branch manager and sponsor of the event.   “It was a privilege working with the kids from Bella Vista Church.”

United Bank is proud to be the new sponsor of the successful Rogue River Blues Series.

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

“The Blues Series is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Once again, United Bank has shown its strong community spirit to ensure the success of this event for years to come,” says Michael Young, City Manager. Area residents have enjoyed the Blues Series in downtown Rockford since its beginnings in 2003. The success of the series is evidenced weekly as families and friends gather in Downtown Rockford’s beautiful Garden Club Park to hear the sounds of local area musicians. This free musical series has grown from a 4-week to the current 10-week series. The 2015 United Bank Rogue River Blues Series begins on Tuesday June 9 and runs through August 11. The 2015 line up of musicians will begin June 9 with Hannah Rose and the GravesTones performing. Hannah Rose was recently named the 2015 WYCE Jammie winner for Best Blues/Soul Album of the year by the local music awards. She is another great example of the success of our very own Rockford High School graduates. Billy Strings and Don Julin will please the audience with the sounds of bluegrass. This duo on guitar and mandolin are in high demand, touring nationally this summer. The United Bank Rogue River Blues Series was thrilled to book them for July 7. Back by popular demand, The Crane Wives will be in the musical line up this summer. It has been said that they have “contagious energy.” Always a fan favorite. “The Blues on the dam is a wonderful place to experience some of this area’s best music. Maybe more important though, it provides a beautiful occasion to socialize with friends and neighbors. I truly feel it instills a sense of community in Rockford” states Jim Wendling, Mr. Open Mic by the Dam Tammy Uecker, United Bank Branch Manager says, “I am thrilled that we are able to support the City of Rockford and this community as sponsor of the blues series. I am excited to be a part of this great community and hope to meet many of you on Tuesday nights this summer. Come and join the fun!”  

Music in the air and the Squire was there

August 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 […]