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Upcoming 2022 Concerts: 

Concert start times vary and are noted in the schedule below. Doors open one hour before concert. Seating capacity is 150. Advance ticket purchase will guarantee your seat at $6 each using the "GO TO TICKETS" link above. Walk-ins are welcome when doors open as long as seats are available, with a minimum $10 suggested donation.

  • SUN Sept 25 - 3 PM MATINEE Gala free-admission church fundraiser featuring music by Jodi Beach, Mark Dvorak, Denny Diamond, Chip Messiner, Tom Mac, and Trinadora (Jannie Nelson/Ron Holm duo). Free-will donations will help Spring Creek United Church of Christ make structural improvements to the building and sustain its outreach mission to the community. There will also be free homemade, hand-packed ice cream served by our pastor!

  • SAT Oct 15 at 7 PM Chicago's million-selling folk star Dave Rudolf presents his "British Invasion"

  • SAT Oct 29 at 7 PM The Lone Canary - Rockford's celebrated original Americana duo

  • SUN Nov 13 at 3 PM One hour/no intermission Inspiration on the Creek featuring uplifting songs by Trinadora (NOTE NEW TIME)

  • SAT Nov 19 at 7 PM Christo's Novelty Combo - virtuosic blend of jazz, Hawaiian, and more

  • SAT Dec 3 at 7 PM Second City Chorus - Rockford's premier acapella close-harmony chorus sings in the holiday season

  • SAT Dec 24 at 5 PM Spring Creek United Church of Christ family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve Service (watch for more Advent and Christmas event information on our home page in December)

This promotional video was generously created for Concerts on the Creek by the event planning team of McMullen & Wife in support of our challenging endeavor to restart the music after the long pandemic hiatus that silenced not only our beloved "Pay What You Can Afford" Saturday concerts, but most live music world-wide in March 2020. Our mission continues to be bringing affordable, high-quality live performances by top notch artists to the Rockford community. We are grateful for the financial sponsorship of Oak Street Health which has helped keep the initiative alive as we rebuild our following.

Our Saturday Concerts on the Creek (COTC) are two hours long and include one intermission. Regional artists of many genres are featured, including Americana, hip-hop, jazz, folk, rockabilly and more. Once each month on selected Sunday afternoons, we offer shorter 60-80 minute Inspiration On The Creek (IOTC) concerts which celebrate songs of hope, justice, peace, and faith. The music will uplift the spirit and feed the soul for listeners of all faith traditions. All concerts are general seating and doors open one hour before the music starts. 

Seating capacity and parking at all our events is limited. About 98 vehicles fit in our parking lot. We no longer expand seating into the fireside room and our sanctuary capacity is 150. Although our concerts are still primarily funded by "pay-what-you-can-afford" donations and walk-ins are welcome as long as seats are available, we encourage making a $6 advance reservation at THIS LINK to help us estimate attendance. Suggested donation for walk-ins is $10 per person. Doors open one hour before each concert.


Thanks to our sponsor Oak Street Health, financial assistance is available for anyone who finds a $6 donation to be a difficult burden. Contact 815.979.1949 or email to request help from one of our COTC organizers. 

For those who want to support more of our church's outreach initiatives, opportunity to contribute directly to our current PayIt4ward recipient will also offered at each concert, continuing a tradition that began in 2018 and has benefited many worthy non-profits in Rockford and the wider community.

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Musicians wishing to inquire about future bookings are encouraged to contact us via this email form.


Concert coordinators will do our best to acknowledge your inquiry promptly, but please be aware that we are all volunteers who have other jobs in addition to our Concerts On The Creek responsibilities.

PLEASE do not leave time-sensitive phone inquiries about our concerts on the church answering machine. A church staff member is usually available to answer the phone during our office hours of 10-2 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday but many inquiries will have to be redirected to concert committee members.

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