Roy Orbison might be the most influential musician of all time. He composed dozens of super-hits, developed a unique vocal style, and inspired many stars – most notably Patsy Cline and the Beatles.

The Trinadora Rocks (T’ Rocks, for short) band’s “Orbison’s Ring” celebrates Roy’s legacy, and it is one of the region’s most popular programs. Ron Holm (bass and rhythm guitars) croons Orbison’s vocals as well as tunes by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Conway Twitty. Jannie Nelson (keyboard, concertina, woodwinds) provides the band’s Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, and Cyndi Lauper vocals. John Bishoff (lead guitar) handles Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, and Fats Domino vocals. Tim Austin (drums) delivers Otis Redding and Paul McCartney vocals. All four band members harmonize on Beatles, Wilburys, and even Beach Boys arrangements.

Remarkably, there are even more stars in the Orbison constellation, and the band pays honor to many of them. The result is a joyous celebration of pop, rock, blues, and rockabilly music that rekindles fond memories, engenders toe tapping and singing along, and draws even the most reticent listeners to the dance floor. The band will be showcasing their recently-released ‘Forever Roy’ album of 12 Orbison covers plus 4 Orbison-inspired originals. The album is barely a month old, and sales have been so brisk that T’ Rocks is already considering a second production run.

Music occurs form 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 17th, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Early arrival is encouraged to ensure good seating – Orbison’s Ring has drawn capacity crowds in the past. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., delicious dinners are available at reasonable prices. Lyran Hall is located at 1115 4th Ave, Rockford, IL and free off-street parking is available in the lot directly across the street, immediately north of 4th Ave.

Those wishing details about the event may phone 815-979-1949, email, or visit Rockford’s Lyran Society and Crossroads Blues Society are co-sponsors of the event.