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 Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.