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2005 Articles
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - Latest Installment Is Set To Thrill Rockford

Devotees will need no introduction, but for those who don't know about Harry Potter (have you been hiding under a rock the last few years) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth movie in the series. The films are based on the series of books by JK Rowlings and center around a young man named "Harry Potter" who is the child of a witch and a wizard, but didn't know that fact for many years. He only found out (both of his parents were killed in an attack that left him both orphaned and scarred) when an emissary from Hogwarts (a school for magical education) shows up to bring him to the school. That event happened in the first book and movie, and since then there have been a lot of adventures.

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The Rockford Area - Still Haunted After All These Years

Greetings fellow ghost hunters and ghost busters, it is that time of year again - the haunting time of Halloween. That means it's time once again to turn our attention to stories of the otherworldly focused in the greater Rockford area. This time we will stay completely close to home ground, with the only stories not taking place actually in the forest city itself occurring in Machesney Park and Cherry Valley.

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Robert Cray Expresses Himself to the On The Waterfront Crowd

If you had to sum up Robert Cray's performance at the 2005 On The Waterfront Festival it would be "expressive". Fortunately I have more than one word to do it in, though. Cray and his band brought their show to the Left Bank stage on Saturday September 3rd, and it was an awesome one. Seldom have I seen a band perform better than they did live.

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Steve Ditzell and The Blue Lightning Band Rocks The Waterfront

Looking at Steve Ditzell's musical credits over the years would lead one to expect a strong show from him and his band. Based on the show that I saw on Saturday September 3rd at the Left Bank stage of On The Waterfront, you would still not be fully prepared. Ditzell and his cohorts (Dave Kaye on bass and Marty Binder on drums) simply tore up the stage - and they did it all musically, as there was not a lot of stage presence on show.

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Take a Deep Breath...
Before we can even walk or talk, we know how to breathe efficiently and effectively.  The irony is that as we get older we lose this important skill, casting it aside like many things we deem unimportant. > More
Haight Village National Register Historic District Home and Garden Tour

For the first time in ten years, the residents of Haight Village will be opening their homes to the public on September 10 and 11, 2005. The tour features eight homes in one of Rockford's oldest treasures with most of the neighborhood's homes boasting ages of 100 to 150 years.

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Sister Bernie's Bingo Bash - A Benefit Show for New American Theater
Sister Bernie's Bingo Bash is an original comedy about the hard-luck lives of a priest and two nuns who lost their parish because of an unfortunate mishap with a broken bingo board.  With hope of making enough money to reopen their church, this traveling trio takes their bingo game across the USA. > More
Bling Bling at The Getaway - Hip Hop Night For Kids
Rockford has approximately 28,000 students in its school system. Outside of school-year programs, kids complain that there's not a lot of places for youths under 21 year of age to hang out. Rockford Park District's The Getaway has just the thing for youngsters who like to get their groove on without getting a headache. > More
Dot Rocket Media Training Center - Sit Back, Relax and Let the Music Flow

Located in a renovated school building at 921 West State, Dot Rocket Media Training Center offers the budding recording engineer, musician or filmmaker access to a wide variety of classes and services.  Dot Rocket provides community access to a computer lab, a full recording studio and audio/video editing lab for a nominal fee.

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Take a MGD Live Music Walk in Rockford's River District

Downtown Establishments Host Night of Great Music July 9th; $5 Admission Covers Entry to All Participating Venues

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Spotlight On Bass: Charles Mack's Next Generation Blues

Bassist Charles Mack belongs on a big stage. Best known as Grammy Award Winner James Cotton's bass player, Mack has a healthy roster of achievements of his own, including the release of his first solo effort Next Generation Blues.

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Eat, Drink, Relax and Surf for Free!
Sitting here is the relaxed atmosphere of the Olympic, one of Rockford's fine local eateries; I thought it would be the perfect time to start on this article.  But first I must decide if I want a Bud, a Miller or a Diet Pepsi. > More
Chasing that Rock-N-Roll Dream: Summer Rocks 2005

Summer Rocks, a rock music summer camp for students age 11-17, will premier in June at Keith School in Rockford.  Local musicians will teach the Summer Rocks classes, and celebrities scheduled during the camp include Dave Ellefson, the original bassist from Megadeth; Troy Stetina, personal guitar coach to Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge (formerly Creed), and Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, an indie-rock band based out of Seattle, WA.

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All Keyed Up: Joe Moss Band at Big Cities

Joe Moss Band played Big Cities Lounge on Saturday, April 23, rounding out Rockford's week of music and fun.

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