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John Mayer - On Sale Saturday, September 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:25


Born & Raised Tour!

Special Guest Phillip Phillips

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00pm

iWireless Center

Moline, IL

On Sale Saturday, September 21 at 10 am!

Reserved seats ($29.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50 plus applicable fees) will be available at the iWireless Center box office, charge by phone at 800/745-3000 and online at

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Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has announced additional dates for his current U.S. tour after a successful summer run, selling out in Los Angles, Denver, Houston, and Dallas among other territories. This is the singer's first tour following a three-year hiatus.

The new tour dates kick off on 11/19 in Moline, IL and run through 12/17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, with Phillip Phillips ("Home," "Gone, Gone, Gone") continuing to support for most U.S. shows. Tickets go on sale for most cities on September 20and 21 at 10 a.m. in respective time zones. Citi cardmembers will have exclusive access to presale tickets with most dates going on sale September 17 at 10 a.m. EST. For full details please visit and .

Mayer's new album Paradise Valley debuted at #1 in 4 countries, and in the Top 10 in another 8 countries. The new album also marks his highest career chart entry in Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Italy, and Belgium. His previous albums-Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum, live album Where the Light Is, Battle Studies and Born and Raised-have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide combined.

Mayer is using the U.S. tour to both raise funds for and heighten awareness of the effects of post- traumatic stress on our military veterans. One dollar from each tour ticket sold in the United States will go to the Northern California Institute for Research and Education. Mayer partnered with NCIRE two years ago to create programs that help veterans return to healthy and productive civilian lives.

He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations.  Mayer has also been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Guitar" issue. Last year, he was honored in Washington, D.C. by the Recording Academy for his philanthropic work on behalf of both U.S. military veterans and young people interested in music.

Youth Orchestra alumna Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir to open Signature Series this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:38

Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra alumna Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where the LA Times praised her for her "emotional intensity." This Sunday, Thorsteinsdottir will be bringing this same emotional intensity back to the Quad Cities as she performs in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall. The concert starts at 3:00 p.m. and features Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello, a world premiere from local composer William Campbell, and other selected works. Since the time her career burgeoned in the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra, Thorsteinsdottir has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Coatia. Please come welcome her back to the Quad Cities.

 Thorsteinsdottir will be performing with pianist Benjamin Loeb, recently hired as Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. This will be Loeb's first appearance on a QCSO concert. As a pianist, Benjamin Loeb has been praised by the Boston Globe: "[His] vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that [makes] this music live." His concerts have taken him around to the world to major venues and on radio and TV in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Panama City, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and on tours across the United States. He has performed for community concerts and has been featured as Artist-in-Residence on NPR's Performance Today with violinist Livia Sohn.

William Campbell's Green Fire Variations for cello and piano is music about the energy within wild things. The title uses words borrowed from writer and conservationist Aldo Leopold: "We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes...I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view." (Sand County Almanac)

This first Signature Series concert will be in Wallenberg Hall at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. Get your tickets today for this very exciting start to the 2013-14 Signature Series at the QCSO box office, by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276), or by clicking here. Tickets will be available at the door.

Chris Duarte Tour Stops in Rock Island--Sunday September 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:51

Master blues guitarist Chris Duarte is touring from Florida to California, and the Quad Cities is fortunate to have him making a stop at Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th Street, Rock Island, IL on Sunday September 15. Chris’ performance will start at 6:00 p.m. with a $12 cover charge, or $10 if you are a member of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

Chris Duarte has been a perennial touring act since the 1990s, playing as many as 200 dates a year, and has developed a legion of loyal fans spanning across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Duarte’s strong commitment to touring allows Chris to ply his trade and to work and rework melodic ideas. “I can practice all day in my basement but it’s a totally different ballgame when I get on stage.”

When the spotlight is on him, Chris Duarte’s style of playing is intense blues-rock. He keeps it loud and heavy but still staying on the blues side. Duarte performance will bring to mind legendary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Johnson.

Duarte has recently released two albums, Live by the Chris Duarte Group, and My Soul Alone, and he will be showcasing many of the songs from these recordings at the September 15 show.

This extraordinary occasion to see Chris Duarte perform at Martini’s on the Rock is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and is happening in conjunction with the East West Riverfest, a two-week celebration of arts, culture and heritage in the Quad Cities.

As part of the September 15th events, MVBS is hosting a Bikes and Blues Fun Run starting at The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street, Bettendorf) with check-in at 10:30 a.m. and last bike out at noon. The poker run route is approx. 110 miles. Last bike back in to Martini's by 5:00 p.m. To participate in the Fun Run there will be a recommended donation of $10 per participant and will include admission to the Chris Duarte show. All proceeds from the Fun Run will go to the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. All vehicles welcome.

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Brass Ensemble Benefit Concert at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janes Beaudry   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:26

Mount Carroll--The M A Brass Ensemble will perform a benefit concert for Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) on Saturday, September 21 at the theater in Mount Carroll. TLP has been a cultural cornerstone of Northwestern Illinois for 52 summers, and both the Playhouse and the Brass ensemble are excited about this first joint venture. The one-night-only concert event will begin at 7:00 pm at TLP. General admission is $15 at the door. Large groups may purchase in advance at 815-244-2035.

M A Brass includes Aaron White, Jon James and Elizabeth Judd of Sterling, Mark Dempsey of Dixon and Mark Bressler of Mount Carroll. The regionally renowned musicians will perform an evening of American standards. Mr. White said, “M A Brass would like to thank Timber Lake Playhouse for helping us bring live music to people everywhere.”

TLP Executive Director James Beaudry added, “Music is such an integral part of what we do, and we’re proud to employ professional musicians for all of our musicals at TLP. When we were approached by the ensemble about a concert, we were thrilled to be a part of it.”

Later this fall, TLP will present the 3rd annual interactive presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday, October 26 at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 815-244-2035 or at Interactive prop bags may be purchased for $10 each.

Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road in rural Mount Carroll, IL.

About M A Brass:

Aaron White, 1st Trumpet Aaron lives in Sterling, Illinois with his wife Dawn, and three children Jessica (10), Caylee (3), and Logan (1).  Aaron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Currently, Aaron works for Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Sterling as a truck loader.  Aaron performs with Sterling Municipal Band, Rock River Jazz Band, as well as M A Brass.

Jon James, 2nd Trumpet  Jon James graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Music Education in 1992.  He is currently the Band Director for Polo Schools and is the Director of the Sterling Municipal Band.  Jon resides in Sterling, Illinois with his wife Cathy.  Jon performs and directs the Rock River Jazz Band, and he performs with Dixon Municipal Band, as well as M A Brass.

Elizabeth Judd, French Horn  Elizabeth lives in Sterling, Illinois with her husband Paul.  Elizabeth is the Band and Chorus Director at Rock Falls High School.  She performs with Sterling Municipal Band, as well as M A Brass.

Mark Dempsey, Trombone  Mark lives in Dixon, Illinois with his wife Jessica, a part-time teller for Midland States Bank.  Mark works as a machine operator at Rayovac in Dixon.  Mark performs with the Sterling Municipal Band, the Rock River Jazz Band, as well as M A Brass.  Mark and Jessica are expecting their first child in July.

Mark Bressler, Tuba  Mark lives in Mt. Carroll, Illinois with his wife Emily and his two boys Wilson (5), and J.T. (4).  Mark is the director of the Sauk Valley College Concert Band as well as the Dixon Municipal Band.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree from Western, Illinois University.  Mark performs with Sterling Municipal Band, Rock River Jazz Band, as well as M A Brass.


Blues Duos Come to Live Music Night at Pepperjack’s American Food & Spirits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Friday, 06 September 2013 12:47
DAVENPORT, IA – Friday is Live Music Night at Pepperjack’s American Food & Spirits, and on Sept. 6 and 13, Pepperjack’s will feature these Blues Duos:
Fri., Sept. 6, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Blues Duo: Detroit Larry Davison and Rob Dahms
Fri., Sept. 13, 7:00 -10:00 p.m.
Blues Duo: Detroit Larry Davison and Charley Hayes
Pepperjack’s American Food & Spirits, located at 1225 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa, is the place to go for unique dining selections and exciting entertainment. Be sure to check their Facebook page regularly for upcoming events and specials:

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