An acclaimed Chicago-based Americana band, Eric Lambert & Friends, makes its Rock Island Brewing Company debut Friday night. The 9:30 p.m. show, at 1815 2nd Ave., has a $4 cover.
"Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass and blues can be detected throughout his music, which is delivered with energy, soul and inspiration," according to the website, ericlambert.com. "His voice, presence and precision moves audiences to their feet, while his playful spirit and warm sense of joy makes them feel right at home."
Mr. Lambert's career highlights include playing with Virgil Kane, Alabama and George Strait, and being a front man in bands such as Big Shoulders, Heartsfield, Valerie Smith Band and most recently Chicago's Henhouse Prowlers, being featured on their latest album release, "Verses Chapters and Rhymes."
Music education continues to be a mainstay in Mr. Lambert's life, fulfilling a dream and supporting his mission of helping others learn how to play the guitar. For the past 35 years, he's been professionally teaching music, including the art of flatpicking, which is a style for which he's become known.
In 2012, he was awarded a position as an official TrueFire artist and educator, teaching guitar along side the world's best musicians. Mr. Lambert's interactive guitar course, "1-2-3 Bluegrass," was designed to introduce people to the world of bluegrass guitar through a series of easy-to-understand lessons.
His band features himself on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin, with Dan Rogers on bass, Pat Fiddle on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and a cast of other talented musicians and friends playing guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, percussion and even the washboard from time to time. Mr. Lambert says he has a diverse range of musical tastes,fueled by "his genuine love and deep respect for all walks of Americana music."
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.