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Written by Cathy Wonderlich   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:52

The 39th Annual Barnes Family Bluegrass Music Festival will be held September 2, 3 and 4, at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Aledo, Illinois.

Shows start;
Friday at 7:00 PM
Saturday; 12:30 and 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM

Admission for the weekend;
Friday $15; Saturday $20; Sunday $10. Weekend Passes are $37.

Children under 16 are free with a parent.

Camping fee is $12 per day and electricity is available.

Bring your own lawn chairs. RAIN OR SHINE!!! There are shelters in case of rain.
Concessions on the grounds.

For more information go to www.barnesbluegrass.com

Proceeds benefit the Children’s Therapy Center


The Barnes Family is gearing up for what is sure to be their most exciting festival to date!

The Expedition Show blends tight vocal harmonies and unique entertaining musical journey of hot picking, and side-splitting humor into a fast paced, non-stop, crowd-pleasing show! One of the fantastic surprises of this veteran Original songs and fresh sounds combined with old-school traditional spirit. Critically acclaimed master musicians and singers trained by the forefathers of bluegrass and the legends of the Grand Ole Opry have forged into a very special musical experience!

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing, named in honor of Bill Monroe. Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. They are touring in support of their new DVD, “Monroe Crossing Live,” which features audience favorites and original compositions from “Heartache & Stone,” their latest CD. “Heartache & Stone” boasts seven band originals and songs from four other Minnesota songwriters, including pop rocker Prince

The Harman Family Bluegrass Band today consists of first and second generation musicians having deep roots dating back to 1975. Their music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and other various types of music.

The Bankester Family, of Carbondale, IL, is becoming a crowd favorite throughout the bluegrass festival scene.  Their latest CD, The Bankesters, has been released on Blue Circle Records and features the family’s beautiful harmonies as well as growing instrumental abilities.  The family was also fortunate enough to feature Jamie Johnson of The Grascals on this CD, with the song, “My Love Will Follow You.”  The Bankesters have only been touring a few short years, but can put on a show like true professionals.

Ashley Lewis has fronted the spirited bluegrass band, Ashton Gap, for nine years. Her musical influences are derived from a bluegrass heritage in Kentucky. Known for her sparkling vocals and dynamic mandolin and fiddle performances, Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and evidence of her bluegrass legacy appears in the words and music of her original songs. By blending a variety of mandolin styles and her own rhythmic technique, Ashley has developed a unique sound that is true to the traditional roots of bluegrass with her own flair added.

Maria Pena-Fuller Benefit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Fuller   
Monday, 15 August 2011 13:28

4 bands, free live music!
Lots of raffle prizes!
Poker Run! 

Doors open at 1 p.m.
Food, Bounce House, Silent Auction, 50/50 drawing

Poker Run August 21st
Sigh up at Purgatory 2104 State Street Bettendorf, from 10:30 to 12 p.m. Last vehicle in at 5 p.m. $10 per person with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and many door prizes. Cars and motocycles welcome!!!

Maria was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in 2008. After several years of expensive medical treatment, and many painful exhausting days, she was blessed to be a recipient of a double lung transpland. During her recovery she will need to establish residency in Iowa City, as well as paying for the home she shares with her husband and two children in Davenpot. She will have to stay in Iowa City for three months in oredr to participate in daily physical therapy, and to undergo lung cultures to ensure no rejection.

Your donations will go towards her living and medical expenses, and to maintaining a stable living environment for her family.

Donations can be made to the Fullers
908 E. 10th St.
Davenport 52803  

If you have any questions contact Karen Fuller 324-0775 or Amanda 209-0371 or Cathy Pena 676-6861

Thanks for all your love and support!!!!!!

News Releases - Local Events
Written by Rebecca Green   
Monday, 15 August 2011 13:26

WHAT:   Quad   City   Arts   Gingerbread   Village   Workshop  

DATE:  August 31, 2011   

TIME:  6:30 pm –  8:00 pm    

WHERE: RiverCenter, South 2nd Floor Arkansas/Platte Rooms   136 East 3rd Street   Davenport ,  IA   52801    

R.S.V.P. by Monday, August 29, to Rebecca (309)793-1213 ext. 100 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Please join us for the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Gingerbread Village Workshop on August 31,  6:30 pm  at the RiverCenter. The workshop will feature an informative session about how to create a Gingerbread House or Ginger Art to enter in Festival of Trees. Guests will learn helpful hints, tried and true techniques and tested recipes demonstrated by professional bakers and sugar artists. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes, and purchase gingerbread goodies. Don’t miss out on being part of this year’s 26th Celebration. Let your imagination go wild!  It’s FREE, so bring a friend! R.S.V.P. by Monday, August 29th to Rebecca at  309.793.1213  ext. 100 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear at River Roots Live with Chad Pregracke PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kyle Carter   
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:05

What: World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear at River Roots Live with Chad Pregracke
Saturday, August 20  

Time: 4:30 p.m. (Budweiser Wagon arrives in park for beer tasting) 7 p.m. (Full Hitching of horses in Freight House lot)
LeClaire Park and Freight House Parking Lot
Media Contacts: Please see below  

We’re excited to announce that the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be appearing at River Roots Live on Saturday, August 20!  The iconic Budweiser wagon will arrive at the festival at 4:30 p.m. to provide beer samples, and all 8 Clydesdales will be hitched to the wagon in the Freight House parking lot beginning at 7 p.m.  The public is welcome to come and meet the Clydesdales while they’re being hitched at 7 p.m.   

The Quad Cities’ own Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters, will be riding up to the stage in the wagon later in the evening to welcome everyone to River Roots Live.  Chad will be available for comment this evening (Thursday, Aug. 11) at the Living Lands & Waters Barge Party taking place at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  All media are welcome to attend; please visit the media tent by the barge upon your arrival.   


The Budweiser Clydesdales have a rich and interesting history; please refer to the fact-sheet provided for additional details regarding the horses.  A DVD with approved video of the Clydesdales is available upon request at the Chamber’s Davenport office.  Visit www.RiverRootsLive.com for additional festival details, and please take note of the Budweiser contact listed below for additional questions pertaining to the Clydesdales.

Media Contacts
Kyle Carter
Marketing Director, Downtown Partnership
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
130 W. Second St. Davenport, IA
Phone: (563) 823-2674

Dale Wienke 
Sales Director 
Vanguard Distributing Corp
(563) 391-7777 Ext. 820.

Community Calendar Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Yaudas   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:28

WHO:                  GENERAL PUBLIC 


WHEN:                SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th AT 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.




Immanuel Lutheran Church & Preschool is having their 4th Annual Neighborhood Ice Cream Party on Saturday, August 27th 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. There will be Ice Cream, Hot dogs, Chili dogs, Popcorn, Iced Tea, and Lemonade; Live music, Kid’s activities, and much much more for all our neighbors in the West end!

Live Music will be provided by the Band "Smile", Ice cream with a wide variety of toppings to choose from, face painting, Bounce House, pony rides for kids, and fun. All food items will be priced at $1.00 each or less! Come and join your neighbors and friends for some great family fun! This event is outdoors; feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain event will be held indoors.

Thanks to West Scott Thrivent Chapter for supplementing this event. This is open to the public, and all are welcome to join us. For more information please contact the church office at 563-324-6431.

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