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An Afternoon of Burning Hot Jazz

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Kate Grafer

2:00pm: Sunday, June 9th

'the Listening Room' at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park

This past weekend, Crystal Lake welcomed guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and organ wizard Tony Monaco to 'the Listening Room' stage (located at the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, home of the historic Dole Mansion) for what was an afternoon of exemplary musical skill. Haque, Sting's former guitarist and professor at Northern Illinois University, Monaco, and drummer Greg Fundis gave a concert to remember.

"This is the type of music Crystal Lake has been waiting for," said 'Listening Room' house manager Roger Reupert after Sunday's performance. "These are world class musicians. It was amazing to have them in our space."

Currently, the trio is recording an album and preparing for the Chicago, Detroit, and Columbus Jazz Festivals. In a way, Sunday afternoon's performance brought those events closer to home. The trio wowed the audience with their fast paced playing and fluid improvisational skills. Monaco's athletic organ solos and Haque's flawless mastery of the guitar left the crowd cheering for an encore.

Next 'the Listening Room' welcomes pianist Ian Gindes for his concert "The American Pianist Debut". August 24 at 7:30pm.

For more information on 'the Listening Room' or Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, or for a calendar of upcoming performances and events, visit

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