The Rockford Listening Room, formerly known as JustGoods Listening Room, is the brainchild of local Rockford musician and dedicated promoter, Ron Holm (Emery Christensen, Trinadora, Roy Roots). Trying to fill a spot in the local live music scene at the Historic Midtown District of Rockford, Ron approached JustGoods about having a small music series for 4 Friday Nights in October 2011. Before the concert series even began, Ron had interested musicians wanting to book for the next 4 months!
The Friday Night Concert Series has been offering free concerts on Friday nights with musicians such as Mark Dvorak, Eric Lambert, Tom Mac, Ernie Hendrickson, Derek Luttrell, The Burns Brothers, Greg Herriges, Trinadora, Truman's Ridge, Buddy Mondlock just to name a few. And the list grows as local up-and-coming talents as well as touring musicians across the United States flock to this intimate room to showcase their talents to an eager Rockford crowd.
The building, located at the corner of 7th Street and 1st Avenue at the northern edge of the Historical Midtown District is the home to Rockford Urban Ministries (affectionately called RUM). The building was also the home to JustGoods Fair Trade Store which closed its doors in September 2019 after 14 years of offering unique fair trade gifts from around the world. The building is a Not-for-profit Green Energy building lovingly rehabilitated by a dedicated group of volunteers and partially fueled by a wind turbine and solar panels on the roof.
The building is currently seeking new owners and we at RLR hope that we will be able to continue offering free music to the Rockford community as the Midtown District continues to change and grow.