Monday, November 9, 2009

Filisko and Noden Blues in the Schools (BITS)

It’s once again time for Blues in the Schools (BITS) and Joe Filisko and Eric Noden will be returning to the Rockford area for another round of programs and events. They will be in town for two days, Wednesday November 18th and Thursday November 19th.

The first day will be two afternoon programs due to travel and other gigs. The sessions are at RESA Middle School at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM respectively. That evening we will be hosting an evening show at Big Cities Lounge at 7:30 PM. The show is $7 in advance and for members, $10 at the door, and free for students accompanied by adults.

On Thursday they will be at Spring Creek Elementary School at 9 AM and Montessori Magnet School at 2 PM, both in Rockford. That evening we will hold both a harmonica and guitar lesson workshop. Joe will school those who sign up on blues harp while Eric will instruct attendees on blues guitar. This will be held at Katie’s Cup on 7th Street in Rockford at 7 PM. Lessons are $20 per person.

Joe Filsiko & Eric Noden’s first CD“Live” featured versions of early blues and roots songs by Sonny Terry, Daddy Stovepipe, Fred McDowell and the Gwen Foster. The CD’s success led to several European tours as well as festival and workshop appearances in the US. Their new release “I.C. Special” continues to draw on American music from the 1920’s & 30’s. All 15 tunes on “I.C. Special” were written by either Joe or Eric and each represents a different branch of American roots music. This new work brings Joe & Eric into a realm that embraces their influences while blending them together in unique ways. This fall the duo will be performing at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany as well as the Harmonicales festival in Condat, France. For more information on the two artists, visit:

Contact Steve Jones at 779-537-4006 for information, evening show tickets or to sign up for the workshops. We hope to see a lot of members at the show, workshops and, if you’d like, at the school programs!

Complete schedule:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BITS School Programs at 1:30 and 2:30 PM

RESA Middle School

Address: 1800 Ogilby Rd , Rockford , IL (near Klehm Arboretum).

Dinner: TBD

Evening Show at 7:30 PM

Big Cities Lounge

$7 in advance and for members, $10 at door; tickets available at Big Cities or call steve Jones a4r 779-537-4006

Address: 905 E..State St., Rockford , IL

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BITS School Program 9:00 A.M. -10:00 A.M

Spring Creek Elementary School

Address: 5222 Spring Creek Road , Rockford , IL 61114

Lunch : TBD

BITS School Program 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M

Montessori Magnet School

Address: 4704 N. Rockton rd, Rockford , IL 61103

Dinner: TBD

Guitar adn Harmonica Workshop 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Katie’s Cup

$20 per attendee- constact Steve Jones at 779-537-4006 to sign up

Address: 502 7th St , Rockford , IL 61104-1215

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