Nordlof Events

Rockford Certified Open Mic & Poetry Slam!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Are you a comedian, singer, dancer, actor or spoken word artist? Join us for our monthly open mic! We will begin with true open mic time followed by the poetry slam. The slam is an interactive event in which the audience will hear and judge some of the best poetry in Rockford. Any performer may sign up for the open mic. Have a least two original poems ready if you would like to participate in the slam. Admission is free. This event will be held in lower level studio Theatre.

One Million Cups!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 9:00am

1 MILLION CUPS is a free, nationwide program designed
 to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. We
 believe in the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions
 and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee.
 Drop in on our community of innovators and entrepreneurship
 enthusiasts to connect and support our local startups.

Meetings are every Wednesday at 9am.
Always free and open to the public!

Latin Night Friday's
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00pm

Looking for a unique, one of a kind activity on a Friday night? Dust off your sexy Latin moves because Latin Night Friday's are BACK!

Come down to the Nordlof Center and join Jumpoff Javi, Isaac, Gus One and the rest of the Ocho 15 Entertainment crew as they spin the best in Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Reggaeton tracks. Please dress to impress!

Admission is $10 per person at the door. Cash bar will be available. This is a 18+ event. Patrons under the age of 18 or patrons without proper identification will not be admitted. Doors open at 10pm.

The Rockford Wind Ensemble
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3:00pm

In 2001, a small group of musicians in northern Illinois met to discuss the possibility of forming a new, first-class wind ensemble in the Rockford community. Faced with creating a new ensemble that would enrich the cultural scene and provide challenging opportunities for local musicians, the group had several things to consider.

The Rockford area – the second largest metro-area in Illinois – was already home to several established community bands. The success of a more exclusive ensemble would depend on finding the right mix of talented musicians, securing sponsors, locating a performance venue, and eventually attracting an audience. To the extent that issues could be foreseen, plans were made to address them. The group approached Kevin Jensen, one of the area’s experienced high school directors, to serve as their conductor and the Rockford Wind Ensemble performed its premier concert in the spring of 2002.

Since that first “experimental” concert the RWE has gone on to an annual four-concert season that includes one concert with an all-star high school honor band. Working with the Rockford Park District, the RWE is responsible for the popular summer band concerts at the beautiful Sinnissippi Music Shell. Now in its fifteenth season, the ensemble has performed nearly five hundred pieces in concert. Their performances have included a remarkable range of musical styles. RWE audiences have learned to expect historically significant works, outstanding soloists, world-premieres, as well as popular favorites and concert band standards. Concerts are presented at the newly remodeled Sullivan Theater inside the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.

There is no reserved seating for Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts. All of the seats at the Nordlof Center are great seats!

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office immediately prior to each concert, but patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets by calling Rockford Wind Ensemble at 815-227-8550.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information or to discuss group pricing – call 815-227-8550 or e-mail rockfordwinds@gmail.com

Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts are family-friendly events, with plenty of convenient parking available.

Dean Lowry Meet and Greet!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Rockford Public Library Foundation invites you to attend a fund raiser, “One for the Books, An Evening with Dean Lowry.” Lowry is a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. He played high school football at Boylan Central Catholic High School, before going on to play at Northwestern on a scholarship. At Northwestern, he was a four-year starter at defensive end. He was drafted after his senior year of college by the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft.
 Appetizers, cash bar, auction with program beginning at 7 pm. Hear about Dean's exciting rookie year.

Night of Vinyl - Indie Music Documentary + Pop Up Record Shop
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Each year we host a MUSIC DOCUMENTARY NIGHT and POP UP RECORD SHOP with area record stores in hopes of raising money for an organization in our community that brings KIDS closer to MUSIC.We believe music and culture are so important for children, so Culture Shock - Clothing and Records brought together Toad Hall, Kate's Pie Shop Cafe & Records, and CD Source for the ultimate NIGHT OF VINYL and this year net proceeds will benefit Rock and Roll Institute!Enjoy a 4-Store Pop-Up Record Shop in the lobby! Listen to sweet jams! Hear performances from student musicians... And then settle in for the Indie Documentary.... Breaking a Monster!

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the children's music camp, Rock and Roll Institute!

21+ Cash Bar, more surprises TBA

About Documentary: Trailer: http://bit.ly/1tlFv3u
BREAKING A MONSTER begins as the three members of band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square--often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry. Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time--BREAKING A MONSTER is the story of this rapid transformation.

Traveling to Africa panel & wine tasting!
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

Traveling to Africa panel & wine tasting.

The African wine tasting starts at 6:00p. Tickets are $30. Wines will be paired with small bites of African cuisine. Seating is limited to 50. Please reserve your ticket for the wine tasting by noon on Monday, Feb. 27 by calling 815-987-6626 or registering here..... http://www.rplexplorer.org/events/single/south-african-wine-tasting-paired-small-bites-african-cuisine?delta=0

The travel panel begins at 7:00p. Armchair & actual travelers, persons interested in Africa & wildlife, and anyone who enjoys an evening filled with stunning photographs and African dance should come down!. The panelists bring a variety of experience and knowledge. The evening will conclude with a performance by the RVC Multicultural Club Dance Team! This portion of the program is free and no registration is necessary.

Join us. It's going to be a great evening!

The Rockford Wind Ensemble
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3:00pm

In 2001, a small group of musicians in northern Illinois met to discuss the possibility of forming a new, first-class wind ensemble in the Rockford community. Faced with creating a new ensemble that would enrich the cultural scene and provide challenging opportunities for local musicians, the group had several things to consider.

The Rockford area – the second largest metro-area in Illinois – was already home to several established community bands. The success of a more exclusive ensemble would depend on finding the right mix of talented musicians, securing sponsors, locating a performance venue, and eventually attracting an audience. To the extent that issues could be foreseen, plans were made to address them. The group approached Kevin Jensen, one of the area’s experienced high school directors, to serve as their conductor and the Rockford Wind Ensemble performed its premier concert in the spring of 2002.

Since that first “experimental” concert the RWE has gone on to an annual four-concert season that includes one concert with an all-star high school honor band. Working with the Rockford Park District, the RWE is responsible for the popular summer band concerts at the beautiful Sinnissippi Music Shell. Now in its fifteenth season, the ensemble has performed nearly five hundred pieces in concert. Their performances have included a remarkable range of musical styles. RWE audiences have learned to expect historically significant works, outstanding soloists, world-premieres, as well as popular favorites and concert band standards. Concerts are presented at the newly remodeled Sullivan Theater inside the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.

There is no reserved seating for Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts. All of the seats at the Nordlof Center are great seats!

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office immediately prior to each concert, but patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets by calling Rockford Wind Ensemble at 815-227-8550.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information or to discuss group pricing – call 815-227-8550 or e-mail rockfordwinds@gmail.com

Rockford Wind Ensemble concerts are family-friendly events, with plenty of convenient parking available.