Bonnie Koloc with Don Stille

Bonnie Koloc with Don Stille


  • July 21, 2018 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $20 advance | $25 door

In the 1970s, Steve Goodman, John Prine and Bonnie Koloc were a veritable trinity of Chicago folk music. Koloc, unquestionably the best singer of the three, had been described by John Rockwell of The New York Times as “a folk-ballad-pop-blues singer of enormous range, charm and charisma.” She was the first artist to record one of Goodman’s songs, and the first to cover Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery,” although her 1972 recording was soon overshadowed by Bonnie Raitt’s 1974 version. No matter. That same year, Koloc had her own hit with “Roll Me on the Water,” from her fourth album You’re Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning.  In the years since, she’s released a total of 15 albums, the most recent a collection of vintage live recordings entitled Seems Like Yesterday. Today she’s one of the top folk singers from the Midwest, recognized for her unique and timeless blend of jazz, folk and blues. Take if from Cedar Rapids’ own Diana Nollen:  “An evening with Bonnie Koloc is something very special indeed. Music just pours out of her soul … Her voice is a veritable orchestra: reedy in her midtones, flutelike popping up to the stratosphere, mellowed by cello warmth in her lower register …. Don Stille is a pianist of extraordinary artistry and technique, buoying Koloc’s vocals with fascinating rhythms ranging from boogie and blues to sweet, twinkling touches and classical lines.”

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