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The Beloved Holiday Classic 'Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS' Returns to Select U.S. Cinemas December 14 & 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Friday, 21 November 2014 09:46

Fathom Events and Paramount Home Media celebrate the 60th anniversary of the timeless Irving Berlin musical as the beloved holiday classic returns to cinemas for a special two-day celebration event. Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMASwill be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, December 14 at 2 pm and 7 pm (local time) and on Monday, December 15 at 7 pm (local time). The special theatrical presentation features Berlin’s phenomenal music and starsBing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. In addition to the film, the event will include a featurette of backstage stories, a retrospective of Irving Berlin’s timeless song “White Christmas,” as well as the original theatrical trailers.

White Christmas will be shown at Cinemark 53 cinemas at 2pm and 7pm on Dec 14th and at 7pm on Dec 15th.

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Written by Candace Avery   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:46

Enter Your Love Songs And/Or Social Cause Songs

November 18, 2014 - Nashville, TN, USA...Do you have a great love song? Do you have a great song about a social cause? ISC is opening entries from November 18 - December 4, 2014 for songs relating to either of these topics. To enter, go to

ISC's "Sing Your Heart Out" promotion is for songs about love, falling in love, heartbreak, or anything to do with love. ISC's "Pick Your Cause" promotion is for songs about any sort of social cause. When you enter either promotion, you will receive a free Radio Airplay account, have your love song included on the "Independent Love Songs" or "Sounds Of Social Cause" radio station, and receive 100 free spins, per entry, to your Radio Airplay account whether you are a new or existing Radio Airplay member. A group of winners will also be selected and will receive promotion and airplay from and Radio Airplay.

Entrants will also be automatically entered into the ISC 2014 competition. ISC Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

The complete list of 2014 ISC judges includes:

Recording Artists
Tom Waits; American Authors; Sarah McLachlan; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Natasha Bedingfield; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; Femi Kuti; and Bela Fleck

Industry Executives
Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music
Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Edward Chmelewski (President, Blind Pig Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Shannon O'Neill (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY); and Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works)

ISC is sponsored by: Ableton, Airplay Direct, Berklee College Of Music, Celebrity Access, D'Addario, Disc Makers, George Stein, Esq., Hammond USA, Indie Pro Mix and Final Mix, Inc., Gauge Microphones, Indie Venue Bible, LowdenGuitars, Lurssen Mastering, Slate Digital,, The Music Business Registry, Taxi, Thayers, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat.


Quad Cities Celebrates the Holiday Season - Holiday Performances PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:42

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss, from Aledo, Illinois, who made her way to Nashville, is one of country music’s enduring treasures. In this fun holiday show on Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m., Bogguss and her band will perform a double-set of songs from her Christmas albums. Show takes place at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Trace Adkins' The Christmas Show 2014 Tour is a family-friendly theatrical production, featuring songs from his Celtic Christmas album, The King's Gift. The show combines fireside story-telling with performances of classic carols. Enjoy the show on Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

Back by popular demand, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written including "Happy Holiday", "Sisters", "Blue Skies" and, of course, the legendary title song! Based on the popular movie, this musical promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family! Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse is a beautifully restored Vaudeville-era theater and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 1828 3rd Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. Call 309-786-7733 for reservations or visit

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The Giving Tree Band - This Friday - The Redstone Room at River Music Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Giving Tree Band   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:24

Hello everyone!

We like to remind you about The Giving Tree Band's return to The Redstone Room at River Music Experience in Davenport, IA this Friday. We grateful to be joined by The Nick Moss Band and the nationally recognized environmental charity Living Lands and Waters.

The doors open at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are still available at $12 for general admission and increase to $15 on the day of the show.

Click here for ticket Information and click here to RSVP.

Much love!

-The Giving Tree Band

Local Students perform in Wind Ensemble PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Kelly   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:06

MOUNT VERNON, IA (11/17/2014)(readMedia)-- The wind ensemble, composed of about 55 students, performed a concert on Nov. 7 in King Chapel.

Tony Clifton of Bettendorf was one of the performers.

Andrew (Drew) Klocke of Coal Valley was one of the performers.

Margaret (Maggie) Stone of Rock Island was one of the performers.

The ensemble and performs both original wind band music and transcriptions of pieces for this specific instrumentation. This ensemble has performed works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Dello Joio, Persichetti, and Rorem, as well as marches by composers such as Sousa, Alford and King.

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Martin Hearne, offer performance opportunities in vibrant, well-respected groups to all students by audition. Approximately 80% of members are non-music majors.

Cornell's small size allows students to become soloist or concerto performers. Students also enjoy leadership roles for their own parts and those of their section, giving a feeling of ownership of the ensembles in which they participate.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. The One Course schedule provides students the chance to dive into their studies, focus more intensely on the disciplines of their choice, and learn authentically with the unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Cornell has been recognized by numerous publications for the value its education offers and for academic excellence. This year it was named one of the 20 "Best Buys" in higher education by the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," and one of the 100 best values in liberal arts education by Kiplinger's. It has also been called a "Great School at a Great Price" by U.S. News and World Report. Ninety-three percent of Cornell graduates earn their degrees in four years, compared to the national average of slightly more than five years. In 2013 Cornell was named one of the 25 colleges with the best professors by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. For more information, visit

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