February 4th Friday – February 23
4th Friday Musical Guest!
Gebel Girls
Bands play 6:30 to 9:30 on 4th Fridays

Trinadora Rocks on the Main Stage!


Trinadora Rocks taps a repertoire of over 500 song and blends versatility, virtuosity, and humor for each performance: “15 genres, 12 instruments, 3 harmonies, 1 fun time – every time.” Janel Nelson selects from keyboard, steel guitar, ocarina, sax, fiddle, ukulele, and concertina to accompany her solo and harmony vocals. Ron Holm’s unusual 6-string bass guitar technique allows him to create a strong foundation that includes rhythm guitar along with his stirring vocals. John Bishoff’s distinctive guitar work ala James Burton sores into the mix as he rounds out the three-part vocal harmony. Internationally celebrated drum standout Brian Duke brings outstanding percussion in a special guest performance tonight.

Ron is noted for his ability to sing Roy Orbison’s songs with “remarkable fidelity” and Janel’s interpretations of Patsy Cline favorites have garnished numerous standing ovations. The band is also noted for their ability to channel the sounds of such iconic artists as Tanya Tucker, Marty Robbins, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, and many others. Their Celtic collection is highly sought after during the St. Patrick’s season. Catchy original songs add sparkle to each performance. In addition to concerts, the band has become a favorite of Northern Illinois dance clubs. Tonight, Trinadora Rocks will be playing their “Free-Range” variety program, with “favorites form Adel to Zevon and styles from Americana to Zombie Stomp”.

Trinadora Rocks formed in 2013, when lead guitarist John – also an accomplished producer and recording engineer – and John collaborated on the “Aerial Roots” album project. Ron and John – steeped in the Americana, rockabilly, and vintage pop traditions – were previously recording artists on the seminal Mountain Railroad Records label – the early recording home of Nirvana producer Butch Vig and songwriter Greg Brown. Before joining the band, Janel enjoyed success as a classical pianist, music educator, and director. Her training and experience bring a unique perspective to the quartet. In addition to their band work, Janel and Ron also play numerous dates as the Trinadora Duo. In 2019, John collaborated with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos on the ‘New Pagans’ concert project. Over the years, Ron has performed with notables such as Chris Isaak bassist Rowland Salley; fiddle legends Vassar Clements and Randy Sabien; and Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson. Tonight the band welcomes internationally renowned drummer Brian Duke. Although he’s a versatile drummer who thrives on variety, Brian’s passion is jazz, and over the years he has shared the stage and done studio sessions with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, and Fareed Haque. Before returning to the USA, Brian was a music educator and performer in Shanghai.

Janel Nelson named the band. She is multi-lingual, and Argentina’s trinador bird makes a warbling sound not unlike her 36-note ocarina.