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WIU-QC, QC LIBRARIES, NON-PROFITS JOIN TO PRESENT AMERICA'S MUSIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:08

MOLINE, IL -- From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits throughout the Quad Cities region will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded "America's Music" project.

Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island public libraries, in collaboration with Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and River Music Experience, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music and live performances as part of "America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway."  The project covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock and roll, mambo and hip hop.

Featuring 19 presentations, the local effort is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Each screening and discussion session will examine an American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, giving attendees of all ages an opportunity to recognize the influence of these popular music forms on the cultural landscape.

The series will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 with a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners, The Candymakers, at the River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport.

Discussions, along with a call for stories about memories of the Quad Cities musical landscape, will be led by program scholar Daniel S. Malachuk, associate professor of English at WIU-Quad Cities, and several faculty colleagues, including Everett Hammer (English), Nancy Schaefer and Tammy Werner (sociology), and Chelsea Clearman and Jill King, two students in the WIU-Quad Cities English graduate degree program. With help from his students, Malachuk will present some of the local stories collected at the final event in the series, "Celebrating America's Music in the Quad Cities," from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus atrium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories about the great variety of music heard in the Quad Cities over the past 50 years. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments, as the event will close with an open mic event of local performers.

A full list of performances and locations is available at americasmusicqc.com. For more information, visit americasmusicqc.com, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it mail.com or call (309) 524-2470.

"America’s Music" is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute, in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. "America's Music" has been made possible by a major $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding was received from the Riverboat Development Authority, Sedona Technologies, UAW Local 2282, Friends of the Moline Public Library, along with in-kind sponsorships from the River Cities' Reader, WQAD-TV, STAR 93.5, WQPT Quad Cities PBS and WVIK Augustana Public Radio.

 
Noche De Fiesta Cinco at the Peoria Civic Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate DeGroot   
Friday, 22 March 2013 14:45
(Peoria, Ill.) – The SMG managed Peoria Civic Center and the Peoria Hispanics announce Noche De Fiesta Cinco to be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday, April 6th. Tickets are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Noche De Fiesta Cinco features live music by the Chicago band IMPACTO BORICUA playing from 8pm to 11pm. Impacto Boricua is a Chicago based tropical band whose repertoire is highly versatile, offering their unique blend  of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Cha-Cha-Cha and more. Blending vocal harmonies, hot percussion and high energy dance routines, Impacto Boricua provides a complete entertainment experience that is sure to get  audiences on their feet and on the dance floor.

Dance lessons and music by DJ Caballero will be offered from 7pm-8pm and the night will include performances by Salsa Touch and Peoria Latin Vibe.There will be prizes and proceeds go to benefit the Peoria Hispanic Outreach.

Noche De Fiesta Cinco is sponsored by Brewers Distributors, CEFCU, Centerplate and the Peoria Civic Center.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of the event and just $10 for students.

For more information please contact Megan Pedigo at (309) 680-3640 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Nova Singers Presents: A Procession Winding Around Me PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Friday, 22 March 2013 12:57

Featuring Fareed Haque

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Procession Winding Around Me, featuring classical guitarist Fareed Haque, on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm in Kresge Recital Hall at Knox College in Galesburg, and on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00pm at First Congregational Church in Moline.

These performances will introduce a completely different side of Nova Singers! We will join forces with Fareed Haque to explore the sound of choir and guitar. Featuring Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano, both written for a chorus of voices and a guitar accompaniment, this program is truly not to be missed.

“In each piece,” says Dr. Laura Lane, “the guitar paints images of the text, such as rushing water, dissonance, or even aggression. These works highlight the incredible spectrum of emotion both guitar and voice are capable of conveying.”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical soul with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers’ events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please take the time to check out our brand new website as well at www.novasingers.com!

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Nova Singers’ 2012-2013 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

 
America's Music Quad Cities, April 11 through May 23 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:43

America’s Music Quad Cities is  a cooperative effort from Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Libraries, along with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, to present the series of programs America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.  This six week series features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular culture, and live performances.

Detailed information about the series schedule can be found by visiting our web site http://americasmusicqc.com.

Quad City Libraries, Non-profits Band Together to Present 19 Programs for “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway”

From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded “America’s Music” project.

Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. Featuring 19 presentations in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities, the local effort is one of just 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Starting with blues and gospel and ending with swing jazz, the general audience programs will explore the connections between six uniquely American genres of 20th century music and the influence of music on the history, culture and geography of the United States. Each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, giving attendees of  all ages an opportunity to recognize the influence of these popular music forms on the cultural landscape.

A full list of performances and locations is available at www.americasmusicqc.com, but the basic line-up is as follows:

Program partners and sponsors will kick off the series with a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the River Music Experience. Blues and gospel fill the week of April 15, with film/discussion events of “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” and “Say Amen Somebody” at the Rock Island Main Library and Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch.

Broadway and Tin Pan Alley fill the week of April 22 with film/discussion events of “Broadway: The American Musical” at Moline Public Library and River Music Experience, along with a Broadway performance by The District Theatre and Tristan Layne Tapscott at the Moline Public Library.

Bluegrass and county music are the focus of the week of April 29, with film/discussion events of “High  Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” at Western Illinois University-QC and the Bettendorf Public Library. Bettendorf Library will also host a bluegrass performance by River Town, a four-piece ensemble performing traditional bluegrass and folk favorites.

Classic rock and roll takes the stage during the week of May 6, with film/discussion events of “The History of Rock ‘n Roll: Plugging In,” at the Bettendorf Public Library and Rock Island Main Library. The Rock Island Library will also host a performance by Meet the Press, a dynamic three-piece band performing 80s and 90s originals.

Mambo and Hip Hop music will fill the week of May 13, with film/discussion events of “Latin Music U.S.A. and “From Mambo to Hip Hope: A South Bronx Tale,” at Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. The Davenport Public Library will also present a Hip Hop dance performance and instruction event with Midwest Academy of Dance.

Swing Jazz events fill the week of May 19, starting with a jazz performance at the Polyrhythms Third Sunday jazz at the River Music Experience. The event, featuring the Bill Bell Trio, is the only ticketed event in the series. Cost is $10 general admission or $15 for reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling 309-373-0790. Free swing jazz film and discussion events with excerpts from “Ken Burns Jazz” and the “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” take place during the week at River Music Experience and Moline Public Library.

Discussions, along with a call for stories about memories of the Quad City musical landscape, will be led by program scholar Dr. Daniel S. Malachuk, associate professor of English at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, and several faculty colleagues, including Dr. Everett Hammer (English), Dr. Nancy Schaefer and Dr. Tammy Werner (Sociology), and two students in the English Masters program, Chelsea Clearman and Jill King.

With help from his students, Dr. Malachuk will present some of the local stories collected at the final event in the series, “Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities, “ from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, at the Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Riverfront Atrium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories about the great variety of music heard in the Quad Cities over the past 50 years. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments, as the event will close with an open mic event of local performers.

For details, please visit www.americasmusicqc.com or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 309-524-2470.

“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding for the Quad City effort was received from the Riverboat Development Authority, Sedona Technologies, UAW Local 2282, Friends of the Moline Public Library and Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, along with in-kind sponsorships from River Cities Reader, WQAD-TV News Channel 8, STAR 93.5, WQPT Quad Cities PBS and WVIK Augustana Public Radio.

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ANITA RENFROE’S “MOTHER OF ALL COMEDY” TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST HENRY CHO COMING TO PEORIA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate DeGroot   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 09:53
(Peoria, IL) – March 20, 2013 – The SMG managed Peoria Civic Center is excited to announce Anita Renfroe’s
“Mother of all Comedy” tour will be coming to the Peoria Civic Center Theater with special guests Henry Cho
and Warren Barfield on May 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. and tickets are available now for $22.50 and $27.50 at
Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Peoria Civic Center Box Office and by phone at 800-745-
3000.

If laughter is the best medicine, then we’ve got just what the doctor ordered! The Mother of All Comedy Tour!
coming this spring, YouTube-sensation Anita Renfroe and Comedy Central-featured comedian Henry Cho
have teamed up and hit the road! These two acclaimed comedians have packed their bus full of zingers and
hilarious stories, and they’re headed your way. When “Froe and Cho Bring the Show,” you can count on a no
holds barred outlook on life’s hilarious and sometimes, downright unbelievably crazy moments.

Anita Renfroe debuted with her own 3-minute rendition of the William Tell Overture titled “Momisms.” This
highly celebrated video, summing up all those things a mother says to her children, rapidly acquired an
overwhelming 10 MILLION YouTube views catapulting Anita to countless mainstream media stops including
ABC’s Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox and Friends, Dr. Phil, and more. Renfro’s other credits include an
ABC sitcom pilot with co-star Ryan Stiles, a New York Times Magazine featured story, and the chance to be a
presenter at the GMA Dove Awards in 2008. For more information, visit www.anitarenfroe.com.

Henry Cho, the quick-witted Tennessean-Korean comic with a slow-burning Southern accent, made his splash
into the scene via Comedy Central. This special was filmed in his southern hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Being a full-blooded Korean, Cho refers to himself as… well… “South Korean.” Henry’s TV and film credits
include appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late, Late, Show, and countless others. He served
two years as host of NBC’s Friday Night Videos and has made numerous guest appearances on various
network sitcoms. Cho’s own GAC sitcom, “The Henry Cho Show” debuted in the Fall of 2011. He can also be
heard daily on Sirius/XM and Blue Collar Radio.

“Froe and Cho” will be bringing their side-splitting family friendly comedy to Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

 
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