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Only Name Tour: Big Daddy Weave coming to Davenport! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:05

Big Daddy Weave, Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons

6:30 PM Sunday April 13th
Adler Theatre
136 East Third Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801

Truly compelling music makes the personal universal and few artists have done that more consistently or more movingly than Big Daddy Weave. This inspirational band will take the stage at the Adler Theatre on Sunday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. Big Daddy Weave has been traveled among their musical journey for 14 years to share their musical gift and passion for Christ and faith to audiences around the world.

If there's one word to aptly describe both Group 1 Crew's artistic ingenuity and personal growth since we last heard from the five-time Dove Award-winning troupe, it's certainly Fearless as the title to their fourth studio CD so boldly proclaims. Besides pushing the musical envelope towards an endlessly infectious stream of hip-hop, rap, pop, rock and inspirational confections, it's impossible not to notice the exponential personal growth for co-vocalists Manwell Reyes and Blanca Reyes Callahan.

Tickets ($17.00, $25.00 & $32.00) are now on sale for the April 13th show. Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office, TicketMaster, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster Outlets.  Show time: 6:30 p.m.

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Brought to you by High Praise Unlimited

Wartburg Wind Ensemble to present free concert in DeWitt March 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:10

The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will stop at the Central Performing Arts Center in DeWitt Saturday, March 22, for a free-will concert as part of its annual spring tour of Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. The concert will be held in the auditorium at Central Community High School, beginning at 7 p.m.

The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Craig A. Hancock, director of bands at the college, located in Waverly. The group tours the Midwest each spring and makes an international tour every third year during May Term.

In their college years, both Josh Greubel and Brittany Manning, Central’s high school and middle school band directors, toured with the Wind Ensemble as did Central and Wartburg graduates Duane Bierman, Stephanie Wiese, Rachel Vickers, Melanie Saunders and Colleen Tague, among others.

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Written by Jared Johnson   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:04

Davenport, IA-The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and WVIK-Augustana Public Radio are presenting the Amadeus Trio, one of the foremost piano trios in the world, as the fourth installment of their Signature Series. The Amadeus Trio is recognized for their brilliant virtuosity and superb musicianship. The Los Angeles Times has proclaimed them "a world-class ensemble. Yes, world-class!" The Amadeus Trio, a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist, is comprised of Hiroko Sasaki, piano; Timothy Baker, violin; and David Teie, cello. The Amadeus Trio is performing works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall in the Denkmann Memorial Building at Augustana College. This performance is sponsored by the Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes.

Celebrating twenty-two seasons of rave review performances to overwhelmingly enthusiastic audiences, the Amadeus Trio is generally acknowledged as occupying a position among the foremost piano trios in the world. All three artists also enjoy award-winning solo careers. The Amadeus Trio has appeared with regularity in principal cultural centers including New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Miami, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City. In addition to their formal concert season, the Trio is an established guest at summer chamber festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Numerous performances of the Amadeus Trio have been broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today and they have been hailed as "a powerhouse American chamber group!" by the Toronto Star.

The Amadeus Trio will be touring Quad City schools during the week as participants in the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist series. During their week-long residency, the Amadeus Trio will visit 15 schools and other outreach sites.

The Signature Series is presented by WVIK-Augustana Public Radio 90.3 FM in collaboration with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Augustana College. Performed in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall and rebroadcast on WVIK, this versatile and intimate six-concert series features select members of the QCSO and visiting artists from across the nation. Under the artistic direction of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, the Signature Series is a testament to the vitality of the classical music community in the Quad Cities. This performance by the Amadeus Trio will be rebroadcast on WVIK-Augustana Public Radio 90.3 FM on Sunday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m.

WVIK/QCSO Signature Series

featuring the Amadeus Trio
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist
Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College
This concert is sponsored by the Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes

Wallenberg Hall is on the second floor of the Denkmann Memorial Building, 3520 7th Avenue, Rock Island. Elevator access is available. Parking is in Lot E adjacent to Centennial Hall lot or Lot H adjacent to Lutheran House, with handicapped parking immediately behind the Denkmann Memorial Building.

Tickets for the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series are $25, with a $10 student ticket available. Get your tickets today by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276) or visiting Tickets will also be available at the door.


Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry Complete Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up News Releases PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 14 March 2014 07:58

Grandstand Tickets on Sale April 12

DES MOINES, IA (03/10/2014)(readMedia)-- The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 9. The show completes this year's Grandstand line-up. Tickets for all shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2014 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.

The Goo Goo Dolls perfected their unique blend of pop music and rock and roll to become one of the most successful adult alternative rock bands of the 1990s. Their string of number-one hits includes acoustic power ballad, "Iris," as well as "Name" and "Slide." Daughtry has sold nearly nine million albums worldwide and produced four chart-topping singles including "It's Not Over," "Home," "Feels like Tonight" and "No Surprise."

With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 top-thirty hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal including rock anthems like "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." Arena rock veterans Styx have firmly established their legacy as a hard-hitting and powerful force of classic rock with hits like "Come Sail Away," "The Best of Times" and "Show Me the Way." The two rock artists will perform on Extreme Sunday, August 17.

Alternative hard rock artists Chevelle and Halestorm will perform on August 15. In just 15 years in the music industry, Chevelle has released six studio albums and a dozen top-twenty singles including "Jars," "Letter from a Thief" and "I Get It." Grammy Award-winning hard rock artists Halestorm have built their loyal fan base through poignant top-twenty hits like "It's Not You," "Here's to Us" and "I Miss the Misery."

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum has produced five platinum country hits including "I Run to You," "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss." Special guests Billy Currington and Kelsey K will open the August 16 show.

Shows featuring Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen and the Eli Young Band round out this year's country selections. Florida Georgia Line will perform with special guest Colt Ford on August 12. The Cadillac Three will open for Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour featuring Jake Owen and Eli Young Band on August 14.

Contemporary Christian artists the Newsboys will bring their soulful tunes to the stage opening night, August 7. They will be joined by special guest Matthew West.

The Stars from A&E's Duck Dynasty will feature a conversation with Willie, Korie and Si Robertson. The three will offer a behind-the-scenes look at their successful reality show, family life and multi-million dollar business on August 10.

The Grandstand will be filled with hits from the 60s and 70s on August 8 with the Happy Together Tour 2014 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary U.S. Bonds, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

Motor sports action kicks into high gear August 9 with the Iowa State Fair debut of Winged Sprint Car Races followed by the Deery Brothers Summer Series on August 11. The Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull roars into the Grandstand August 13, and the Demolition Derby and Figure Eight will tear up the track for a morning session on August 16.

Tickets for all concert and track events will go on sale Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 800/745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating. All track events are general admission. Beginning July 7, the Fair's Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

A complete listing of event dates, times and ticket prices follows:

2014 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 7

Newsboys with special guest Matthew West, 8 p.m., $30

Friday, August 8

HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2014 starring THE TURTLES featuring FLO & EDDIE, CHUCK NEGRON formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary U.S. Bonds, MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS, GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS, 8 p.m., $25

Saturday, August 9

Winged Sprint Cars

9:30 a.m. Hot Laps, 10 a.m. Races, $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry, 8 p.m. $39

Sunday, August 10

The Stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty A Conversation with the Robertsons: Willie, Korie and Si, 8 p.m., $32

Monday, August 11

Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks

5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $17 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 12

Florida Georgia Line with special guest Colt Ford, 8 p.m., $40

Wednesday, August 13

Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, 2 p.m.

$20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Sponsored by Iowa Farmer Today

Thursday, August 14

Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour starring Jake Owen & Eli Young Band with special guest The Cadillac Three 7 p.m., $40

Friday, August 15

Chevelle and Halestorm with special guest to be announced, 8 p.m., $35

Saturday, August 16

Demolition Derby: Modified Weld, Stock Weld and Compact Weld; Figure Eight: Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive, 11:30 a.m., $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Lady Antebellum with special guests Billy Currington and Kelsey K, 8 p.m., $49

Sunday, August 17

Foreigner and Styx with special guest to be announced, 8 p.m., $39

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Written by Candace Avery   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:59

March 6, 2014...Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). 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.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at

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 be signed 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 ISC judges includes:

Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Nas; Imagine Dragons; Josh Turner; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Florida Georgia Line; Dido; Michael W. Smith; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Mark Foster (Foster The People); Alejandro Sanz; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jason Isbell; Joshua Redman; Brian Setzer; Avicii; Keane; Jeremy Camp; McCoy Tyner; Jon Secada; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); Boney James; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Black Francis (Pixies); John Mayall; Anoushka Shankar; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Bombino; Chayanne; Jimmy Needham; and Matt Thiessen (Relient K).

Industry Executives: Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bryan Leach (Sr. VP of A&R Urban, RCA Records and President, Polo Grounds Music); Richard Stumpf (President, Imagem Music US); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music Mktg, MTV International); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Lori Tieg (VP of Talent, VEVO); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Kim Buie (Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory).

ISC is sponsored by: Presonus, Lowden, Marshall Amplification, Solid State Logic, Berklee College of Music, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Airplay Direct, D'Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers,, Sonicbids, The Music Business Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, TuneCore, Independent Mastering, George Stein, Esq., Songtrust, and Taxi

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at

Contact: Candace Avery at or call 615.251.4441.

International Songwriting Competition
1307 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
ph: 615.251.4441
fx: 615.251.4442

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