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2013 River Roots Live Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:40

The 2013 River Roots Live festival will be held in conjunction with the Rib Festival on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, in Davenport’s LeClaire Park. Rib vendors will serve food starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free for children 10 and under, free for everybody before 5 p.m., and $5 after 5 p.m. For more information, visit

You’ll find the music schedule below, along with links to new and old River Cities’ Reader interviews with performers.

Photos from the Wild Rovers Tour, August 4 at Codfish Hollow Barn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roberta Osmers   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:35

Photos from the Wild Rovers Tour concert August 4 at the Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa, Iowa. The tour included Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, The Candles, and Space Woman, with special guests Norah Jones and Bucky Baxter.

For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit

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Photos from the Melvins Concert, July 18 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:25

Photos from the Melvins concert at RIBCO on July 18, 2013, with opener Honky. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit

The Melvins:

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Get People to Listen: Caroline Rose, July 30 at the River Music Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:13

Jer Coons and Caroline Rose

The pleasing Americana music and nimble, emotive vocals of Caroline Rose’s “America Religious” – the title track from her debut album – mask massive amounts of meaning. Perhaps more accurately, they mask a lot of words whose meaning you’re left to decipher for yourself.

Take this line, which Rose said she’s frequently asked about: “America religious, I eat slices of white privilege processed by agri-business.”

“What I want people to get out of that line and the song in general is discussion about what race relations are like, and what things like immigration reform mean today, and agribusiness,” she said in a recent phone interview promoting her July 30 performance at the River Music Experience.

That didn’t clear things up much, did it?

“I don’t really care what people think that it means,” she said. “As long as they’re talking about it, I think it’s great.”

Based on America Religious, Rose certainly bears discussion. The music is varied, compelling, and sharp in its genre, with “Here Come the Rain” a standout in texture, arrangement, and vocal performance.

But the lyrics are what leap out.

Jass It Up!: Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, August 2 and 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 22 July 2013 06:00

Dan LevinsonHe’s performed alongside such talents as Wynton Marsalis and Mel Tormé, and worked as personal assistant to jazz great Dick Hyman. He’s toured nationally and internationally, landing everywhere from Paris’ Bilboquet Jazz Club to Los Angeles’ Playboy Mansion. He’s been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and the soundtracks for The Aviator, Ghost World, and Boardwalk Empire.

But in the early 1980s, says jazz aficionado Dan Levinson, he couldn’t even convince friends to listen to the music he loved.

“I was taking records out of a library in Santa Monica,” says the 48-year-old Levinson, “and landed on a record that RCA Victor had put out called The Best of Dixieland, and the last track on it was the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s recording of ‘Livery Stable Blues.’ It was the first so-called ‘jazz record’ ever issued, in 1917, and I was absolutely blown away by it. I couldn’t get enough of it. And I just assumed that when I played it for all my friends, they would feel the same way I did.

“So I played it. I said, ‘Listen to them! Listen to that sound!’ And I remember them saying, ‘Oh, God, turn that off. What is that screeching noise?’ And I said, ‘That’s the clarinet ... .’

“These were the same people who went to rock concerts and had music blasting in their ears, but they couldn’t listen to 1917 jazz. They just looked at me. ‘What happened to Dan?’”

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