Many communities have free musical events in downtown areas, and Rockford, IL is no exception. Music on the Rock occurs every Wednesday in June and July, right on the banks of the Rock River. Hosted by The Burpee Museum of Natural History, Music on the Rock brings local, regional, and national talents to the area in a family-friendly environment.
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We went to see blues singer and harmonica player John Németh and his band. It was a rainy evening, so the show was moved inside to the Riverview Room, overlooking the terrace and the Rock River. In addition to the free music, a local vendor sold tasty tacos and soft drinks, and the Prairie Street Brewing Company, a local brewpub, offered several varieties of craft beer and wine.
Sadly, it was a small turnout, but the band rewarded those of us who made the trip. Check out these videos for a little taste of the tunes:
Unfortunately, events like this aren’t widely publicized. I found out because I’m a member of the Crossroads Blues Society and I got an email about it the day before. (Good reason to join your local music club, right?) Thanks to that membership, we’ve seen a lot of great bands, often for free, including Dave Fields, Cash Box Kings, and several performers at the Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival.
It’s a shame to hear people say, “There’s nothing to do around here,” and then see such a low turnout for a great band. Support your local music scene, people, and there will always be something to do!
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