ROCKFORD - Tradition resumes on Nov. 30 at the Rockford Belle when the stage hosts Nashville, Tenn., favorite musicians: Jessica King Matejek, Jimma Matejek and friends. Concert is set for 7 p.m. with the doors open at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend performances located at 135 Market Street, Rockford. A free-will offering is accepted.
Born in Houston and formerly of Katy, Texas, Jimma Matejek grew up listening to family members who played guitar. His childhood exposure to music and influences were Chet Atkins, Elvis, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was just 8 years old when he decided to try his hand at it. After many years of playing in church, local VFW halls, parties, and nightclubs around the country, Jimmy relocated to Nashville on by way of Georgia in the late 90's. In 2000 he started playing acoustic guitar, six-string banjo and performed harmony vocals with Montgomery Gentry on stage in front of thousands of people who enjoy music. When he's not touring, his time is occupied with recording, building guitar-based electronics projects and gigging locally in the Nashville area where he is recognized by other band members as one of the best guitar players on Broadway. Jimmy has played for the military in Iraq and toured Japan, departing just before the tsunami.
Formerly a native of Celina, Ohio, Jessica King started singing with her parents' gospel band (her parents are Jess and Mary Joyce King of Jess King & Country Gospel) at the young age of four years old. She performed here regionally in the Midwest and later traveled and performed in Canada. Around the age of 15 she branched out into the local club and recording scene, playing bass and keyboards, with her brother's band and later with her own band. While in Ohio, Jessica developed proficient abilities on keyboards, bass, acoustic guitar, lead and harmony vocals, which to this day are her main instruments. She even learned a little five-string banjo at that time.
Jessica moved to Nashville at age 18, and since then, has been busy with touring, playing clubs, and recording sessions. She played keyboards with the Music Valley Jubilee Show at the Texas Troubadour Theatre from 2002-2004. Jessica has toured France, Switzerland, Korea and Germany for many artists such as: Michael Peterson, Anita Cochran, Megan Mullins, and Jeremy McComb, Amy Acklyn, and Nashville's all-girl band Broadband. She has also shared the stage with: Billy Dean, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry, and Confederate Railroads-Danny Shirley on special events. Jessica is currently very busy downtown on Nashville's famous Lower Broadway playing clubs and shows. Continue the Thanksgiving holiday spirit with family and friends at the Rockford Belle on November 30 for a rare appearance with Nashville's favorite leading musicians! Contact Tom Rogers at (567) 644-9993 with any questions concerning this event or any other at The Rockford Belle.