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Photos from River Roots Live, August 16 and 17 in LeClaire Park PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson and Roberta Osmers   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:34

Photos from River Roots Live, held August 16 and 17 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

Vintage Trouble

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Calculated Risks Mean a Bold Departure for Quad City Symphony Season PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Frederick Morden   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:20

With its adventurous selection of 20th and 21st Century American music along with a broader sampling from the standard repertoire, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season represents a sharp contrast from its most recent one. Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith said in a phone interview that the challenge was “finding the right balance between the familiar and unfamiliar.”

He has succeeded in both selection and placement. The award-winning contemporary American music has been sprinkled among stalwart European masters, resulting in imaginatively diverse, bold programming spanning 250 years in the six Masterworks concerts.

This year, the orchestra will present works by American composers in four of the six programs and feature two world premieres of music commissioned by the Quad City Symphony organization. “This is what I like in a season,” Smith explained. “Giving composers a forum for their work” and providing a “variety, and that’s what the audience likes.”

 
Photos from the Golden State – Lone Star Revue Concert, August 12 at The Muddy Waters PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Roberta Osmers   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00

Photos from the Golden Sate – Lone Star Revue concert August 12 at the Muddy Waters. The band includes singer and harpist Mark Hummel, guitarist “Little Charlie” Baty, guitarist Anson Funderburgh, bassist R.W. Grigsby, and drummer Wes Starr.

For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

Photo by Roberta Osmers, OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com

 
Looking at the Greater Whole: The Wallflowers Headline River Roots Live, August 17 at 9:30 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:53

On paper, the Wallflowers’ 2012 album Glad All Over has the whiff of trying to recapture past glories.

It was the band’s first album of new material in seven years, a hiatus that included a rote best-of compilation, a couple tours, and two solo albums by frontman/songwriter Jakob Dylan.

But talking to Dylan last week – and, more importantly, listening to the album – it’s clear that the band and its leader aren’t crassly trying to capitalize on fondness for the quadruple-platinum Bringing Down the Horse (and its chart-topping single, “One Headlight”) from 1996. As the All Music Guide correctly summarized, with Glad All Over the Wallflowers “now feel the freedom to mess around, and they’ve come up with one of their loosest, liveliest records that not-so-coincidentally is one of their best.”

So the long absence of the Wallflowers – headlining River Roots Live on August 17 – can be explained by Dylan wanting the band to survive and thrive. He obviously views it as his band – less in the sense of belonging to him than being his primary musical outlet.

 
Out of the Lurch: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – River Roots Live, August 17 at 11 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:44

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Jessica Hernandez had a good story to tell about being signed by the venerable jazz label Blue Note Records. She canceled a meeting with the company’s president in New York, and instead had him fly to Detroit to hear her in a loft space she created above her family’s bakery.

She got a record deal.

That was a few years ago, and recently her tale turned more typical. Warner Music Group acquired the label from Universal (a deal that was finalized in July), and Hernandez – who had been working on her debut album – found herself in the classic music-industry lurch.

 
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