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Nmt  Drink

Nmt Drink features a vintage bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. Enjoy live music as well as slots, bumper pool, and darts.

Mary's  Place 

Mary's is the oldest bar in Rockford and is home to some of the best live music in the Rockford area. Mary's offers open stage from 9:30 - 2 on Tues/Thurs.

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Tad's on  the Rock

Tad's on the Rock features live music on the deck seasonally on Sunday's and major holidays. Enjoy specials and 12 boat slips with free customer parking.


Rock-A-Bago has a full bar with live shows on Saturdays. Pool, darts, and video gaming. Daily drink specials and Mama C's Pizza and pasta. 

Dusty Boots Saloon & Eatery delivers a great country experience with food, drink, and live country music every Saturday night. 

Dusty Boots

Grand Avenue Pub

The Grand Avenue Pub in downtown Beloit features an amazing menu that will tantalize your taste buds!. Great live music all week long, too.

Cucina di Rosa

Cucina di Rosa is your neighborhood stop to get away for a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meet with friends or an evening out with pleasant conversation and flavorful desserts.

Baci's Kitchen

Baci's Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. They also offer catering, and delivery. along with a host live music.

The District 

The District Bar and Grill is your downtown Rockford destination for great food, drinks and live entertainment!  They often host national touring artists, too.

Whiskey's Roadhouse

Whiskey's Roadhouse has an amazing menu and live music. They also offer drink specials and Karaoke during the week.

Shooter's North

Shooter's North is located inside Forest Hill's Lanes at 7742 Forest Hills Road in Loves Park. The bar features live music on the weekends.

Town  Hall 

Town Hall offers live music on the weekends. Enjoy daily drink and food specials, darts, and video gaming. Plenty of room For large groups.

Located inside Park Lanes, Splitters is one of the hottest spots for live music and features some of the area's favorite bands.



Rascals Bar & Grill features live music on weekends and offers a wide range of daily food and drink specials.  Enjoy their Friday fish fry before the band starts.

Rockton Inn

Great people, food and drink!
They specialize in smoked brisket, ribs, pork loin, pulled pork and smoked ham.  Live music featured on weekends.

Firehouse Pub

The Firehouse Pub in Roscoe is fun for the family and friends! Lots of daily food and drink specials!. They also feature live entertainment. 


Treat yourself to a fun night out and enjoy great food, slots, cold beer, and live music. They have plenty of daily food and drink specials to go along with friendly service! .

Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, along with Alchemy and adjoining bar, Big Al's, has been a staple for live music since 1977.


Jime Z offers great food, Tiki bar, lots of TVs and live entertainment . Located in Roscoe, Jime Z is open for lunch and dinner. 


Shooters is located inside Don Carter Lanes and offers drinks, slots, an OTB facility, pool tables, and an arcade. They also feature live entertainment on weekends. 

Shooter's East 

Located inside the Cherry Bowl, Shooter's East is a full-service bar with great drink and food specials daily, with bands every weekend without a cover charge!

Rockford Vinyl and Music News is a place to share in words, pictures, sounds, vide about records, albums, LPs, vinyl, and album art.

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Daily Music Updates

Kevin posts a daily update on Facebook that features venues where you can see local music, interact with musicians and learn about various happenings in and around Rockford.

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Muscians Unite

The group's goal is  to promote and encourage unity among all musicians, and to help musicians achieve their musical goals faster, all while having fun.

Band's Bulletin Board

The Rockford Area Bands Bulletin Board promotes bands by posting their songs and videos in addition to their scheduled shows throughout the stateline area.

North Main Bar

DC hosts musicians, artists, authors, dancers, models, actors & anyone else he finds cool, funky or just plain ol' badass for a chat.

Rockford Area Music Industry Fundrasising

.Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) is a non-profit that helps fund several music scholarships and promotes local music. 

The North Main Bar is by the roundabout at North Main and Auburn streets. Check out their pizza and live music on weekends.

First Fridays

First Friday brings Rockford a monthly evening of art, musis, shopping. dinner specials, and late-evening entertainment.Among the participants are Mary's Place, and the Owly Oops Sports Bar

One Spirit Listening Room

One Spirit Center at 1801 Charles Street, hosts live performances on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Open Mic nights, performers sign up to play at 8:00pm.

Music on the Rock

Music on the Rock is held on Wednesdays throughout the summer on the banks of the Rock River behind Burpee Museum. Food and Drink starts at 5:30
Music starts at 6:30 (90 minute set. Lawn Seating is Free to the Public

Music in the Park

Dedicated in 1950, the Music Shell in Sinnissippi Park is an acoustic amphitheater that can accommodate as many as 700 on benches, and up to 3,000 on the terraces and lawn. Local, regional and national acts perform furing the summer.

Dinner on the Dock

The 2018 Dinner on the Dock music series is presented by Prairie Street Brewing Co. and offers guests great food, craft beer, and some of the best musical acts from Rockford and the surrounding areas


Rockford City Market

This event aims to create a weekly tradition that draws people into the heart of the city, creating a vibrant community center and increasing business at downtown.

Music on the Mall

Music on the Mall runs on select Fridays from May 11 through September 14 at  the Edgebrook Shopping Center. Showtimes are 6:30- 8:30 p.m.---seating is limited so --bringing your own chair is encouraged.

Live at Levings

Live at Levings is a combination of talent shows and concerts that run on select Sundays from June 3-August  12. Talent shows are from 4:00-6:00 pm,  and concerts are from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Music on Chicago is an live music series, beer garden, and open-air market in Freeport. It 's to raise money for the growth and beautification of downtown.

Music on Chicago

Franchesco's  Concerts

Francheso's Summer Concert Series,  held Wednesdays and Fridays on the patio, is back, and features Mark Reed and WaddyCole BrandtGary the Band, and The Vince Chiarelli Band!

Rockton River Market

Shop to great live music in downtown Rockton while visiting a variety of food and goods vendors every Wednesday in June through August from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Festa Italiana

The 40th Annual Rockford Festa Italiana. will run from August 3-5, 2018. As usual, there will be plenty of awesome  Italian food, entertainment, Bocce, rides, and more!

Louie's Tap House

Louie's Tap House features 40+ craft drafts, craft cocktails, and tasty breakfast, lunch & dinners daily, They also offer lots of live music, 

Crazy times

Crazy Times Pub & Grill offers quality food , drinks, and fun, ranging from burgers to sandwiches, They also feature live entertainment.

Casey's Pub

Casey's has a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and food and drink specials. .Check out their party room and live entertainment on the weekends.

Stage Two 

Two Wheel Inn

The Two wheel Inn features two pool tables, darts, and  pinball. They also host live music. It's the place to be to celebrate birthdays.

The Attitudes will return to Mary's place on Saturday, December 29. They'll play from 9:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Cutting Room Floor 

Bobbers  Tap

Bobbers Tap. an outdoor Tiki bar on the edge of the Pecatonica River, has a very friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Open at 11 am Thurs - Sun.

Hope &  Anchor

Enjoy live music by local musicians on weekends, or the beer garden bonfire with Smores. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

In honor the recent release of the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody," which is now playing at area Showplace Theaters, here's Liz and Jenni performing the theme song at Town Hall. Complete with headbanging, I might add. No lawsuit has been filed as of this time.

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Irish Rose Saloon

The Irish Rose is a downtown restaurant & saloon known for using only the freshest and best quality meat, seafood, & produce.  They host live music, too.

The Nordlof Center

The Nordlof Center is Rockford's premiere cultural, arts and community resource. Inside you’ll find the 280-seat J.R. Sullivan Theater. It's located at 118 N. Main St.

Katie's Cup    Series

Katie's Cup is  a  coffee shop and lunch spot. But, it's also a hub in the neighborhood for community interaction. Their Fall Concert Series features live music on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.

Stockyard Burger Bar

The Stockyard Rock Burger Bar is Rockford's first and only burger, barkade and entertainment bar located in the North Town Mall.  

Concerts on the Creek

Concerts ONthe Creek resumes monthly in February from 7 to 9 pm on Saturdays. Doors and gardens open at 6, rain or shine. Free admission, donations welcome, music CDs available for sale.

Old Settlers Days

Old Settlers Days will start on June 14, 2018, and will last for four days, featuring a variety of National acts. Among them will be Chase Rice, Steve Moakler, Nelly, Rick Springfield, Greg Kihn, Tommy Tutone, Jordan Davis & Chris Janson.

Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. 

Miles Nielsen 

Leaving JanesVegas

Leaving JanesVegas is  an acoustic trio that covers from 1960's to present day music, and the genres include classic rock, country, and blues (or whatever else the audience may want to hear 

Minimal is a trio featuring: Zach DeCarlo: vocals, cajon and percussion: Leanne Leonard guitars, bass and vocals: Gregg DeCarlo guitars, bass, synths and vocals.  Their tunes span from 70s to today.


CD Southern  Charm

CDSC is a high energy modern country cover band. One of the hottest, most exciting bands in the area! Since Southern Charm and The Courtney Davies Band merged in 2015

Three Good Men

Three Good Men are a spinoff of the widely recognized Northern  Illinois favorites Men of Our Times, in an informal, acoustic set. You'll  hear some songs you wouldn't expect.


AudioDrive is a powerful rock act that shines with excellent vocals, killer guitars and a thunderous rhythm section that knows no bounds. They're a longtime local favorite.

Pink Beam

Pink Beam was formed over the summer of 2013 by John Tallman (vocals/guitar) and Jacob Verble (drums). Luke Brown (bass/vocals) was quickly added to the mix to round out the lineup. 

Name The Moon is a  rock band consisting of Derek Luttrell - Mossy Vaughn - Scott Ford - Jerry Sofran and Gavin Epperso. They were awarded the 2017 RAMI Album of the year.

Name the Moon

Onyx Bar & Grill

Enjoy their schedule of live music with plenty of seating, and food and drink specials. Serves lunch, dinner, coffee,  and takes reservations.


Rocky's promotes itself as a real bar and people often talk about the Harley burger. They offer daily lunch and dinner specials and some live music.

Taboo Blah Blah

In times like these, the truth lies somewhere between the unspeakable and the absurd. That is where you’ll find Taboo Blah Blah. Basically, the band consists of Lincoln Flowers and Gavin Epperson. 


Amperage is a hard rock cover band who play tunes ranging from the 1980s to today. Amperage is Eric Drager, guitar, Mike Purl, vocals, Ryan Powell, guitar, Maurice Dunk Drums, Jeff Brooks, bass guitar


Rain or shine, Franchesco's hosts its summer concert series on Wednesday nights from May through September. Call today at 815-229-0800 to reserve your seat.

Tattoo You


Prairie Street

Tlattoo You is one of the country’s best tribute acts. They recently took time to talk to Rockford Rocked about how his group got together and his enduring passion for the Stones and their music.

The Sensations have become one of the premier bands in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area with their much acclaimed Saturday night performan at the On The Waterfront  in 2007.

Whiffle Tree

Vinyl  Daze

Vinyl Daze is a 197O'S groove band from the stateline aea. According to the band , good music doesn't have an expiration date. Bring your flip flops and tie-dyed t-shirts and they'll turn the music up.