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A Jamaican Christmas with Ainsworth Rose and the Sunshine Band

A Jamaican Christmas will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd. Ainsworth Rose will provide entertainment for residents and the public with his Sunshine Band.

Rose has been performing the music of his homeland, Jamaica, across the Midwest for over 15 years. In August 2010 he transitioned from a solo performer to the Sunshine Band, adding a colorful flair to his presentation.

The self-taught musician plays two keyboards with built-in drum machines and steel drum sounds. Combined with his electrifying singing, an exotic steel band and reggae performance emerges. Spontaneous audience participation is also a highlight of this island act.

Rose release his first CD, “Sweet Jamaica,” in 2000 and has since released six more, including “Spanish Reggae,” “Sunshine Music” and “A Very Reggae Christmas.” He was also the 2001and 2002 winner of the Calypso Performer of the Year Award, presented by The Chicago Music Awards.

The band’s extensive repertoire includes reggae, calypso, soca, Latin, Hawaiian and American songs. With sunny smiles, harmonious singing and beautiful rhythmic movements, Rose and his band are very contagious.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Don Reitsma brings a German Christmas to the Timbers

Don Reitsma performs at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. Don Reitsma will perform in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Reitsma is an established entertainer having toured the United States, Europe and Canada. He has performed on radio, television and for a wide variety of special events. He is a highly versatile musician with a rich baritone voice who plays the keyboard, accordion, piano and organ.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Irish duo Switchback delivers Christmas performance at the Timbers

Irish duo Switchback delivers Christmas performance at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. The Irish duo known as Switchback will present a Christmas performance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community, 1100 N. River Rd. The public is invited.

For more than 20 years, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack have been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots music blended with Celtic soul. FitzGerald plays guitar and mandolin, and McCormack plays bass and guitar. They both perform the vocals.

In 1986, FitzGerald was a mandolin student of Jethro Burns and had already been touring with Clifton Chenier when he met McCormack, an award-winning voice student of Whelma Oshiem at the American Conservatory of Chicago and a member of the Star Search-selected band, Beyond Blue.

They were both chosen by legendary County Kerry composer and concertina master Terrence ‘Cuz’ Teahan to join his traditional Irish group. Teahan taught FitzGerald and McCormack the old country techniques of Irish musical entertainment making them one of the last generations to be directly influenced by a master of this musical genre.

Teahan and the power of seeing such Texan greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely and Rodney Crowell fueled FitzGerald and McCormack’s songwriting which led to the formation of Switchback in 1993.

Their first album was a commercial success with Chevrolet using one of the songs to promote its Chevy Blazer. Switchback has shared the stage with such notable Celtic musicians as Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, and John Williams.

FitzGerald and McCormack annually tour Ireland and frequently perform at the Westport, County Mayo pub owned by The Chieftain’s Matt Malloy.

Switchback also conducts educational programs and songwriting workshops for school and community organizations. The duo has created and developed several instructional programs, and they are able to customize the programs to fit the curriculum or concepts of the clients. Many of these seminars are held in elementary and high schools and libraries but have been conducted in settings as far-ranging as juvenile detention centers and church camps.

Wherever they play, no matter the size or age of audience, Switchback always captivates and charms folks with their energy and creativity.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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