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2014 Iowa Solo/Duo Blues Challenge, Sunday July 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Friday, 18 July 2014 13:05

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the 2014 Iowa Solo/Duo Blues Challenge Preliminary Round to be held July 27 at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St., Bettendorf,IA.  Four Solo/Duo groups will compete starting at 4:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 for all persons.

For 21 years, the competition has been sponsored by the Central Iowa Blues Society in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society. The contest is open to any Iowa blues groups that have not been nominated for the Blues Music Awards (Handy’s).

Competitors on July 27 are ‘Detroit’ Larry Davison & Charlie Hayes, Dan Peart, SaJes, and the Zach and Mike Show.  The solo and duo groups will start at 4 PM and perform 20-minute sets.

The winners here will go on to compete in Des Moines.  The winner of the final round earns the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis next January. The prize package, considered one of the best for such a competition, includes cash, travel expenses, and recording time.

Brent Johnson and the Call Ups will play immediately following the competition with a $5 cover.

Moondance 2014 at the RME on October 18th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ellis Kell   
Friday, 18 July 2014 07:46

Mark your calendars for Moondance 2014 at RME, Sat., Oct. 18th, 7 pm. Proceeds benefit Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund. Help make musical dreams come true for youth in need of financial assistance to participate in programs at RME.

Live Music by Bret Dale and Friends of the RME

Silent Auction

Cash Bar

Food provided by Woodfire Grill

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

River Music Experience, 2nd Floor, 129 Main St, downtown Davenport, Iowa   309-314-8084

Cabaret in the Courtyard at Brucemore Presents Alisabeth Von Presley and Ben Schmidt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:56

Brucemore’s sophisticated and saucy nightclub event, Cabaret in the Courtyard, will return for two back-to-back weekends of stars on the stage and on the sky, August 7 - 9 and 14 - 16 at 7:30 p.m. Since 2003, the lovely ambience of the historic courtyard has been magically transformed into a cabaret club with tables, chairs, twinkling lights, and stars on the stage and in the sky. Cabaret in the Courtyard is sponsored by Bankers Trust, Novak Design Group, and Corridor Business Journal.

Alisabeth Von Presley (August 7 - 9) will perform songs from her debut album mixed with fun twists on classic hits during this album release event. She has held many names onstage over the years— Pink Haired Woman, Photographer Lady, and The 'MOO WITH ME' Girl from Rent—but for Cabaret in The Courtyard, she's excited to finally be performing as herself.  Alisabeth’s award-winning music career has included the title of Grand Champion for Converse’s competition  “Challenge, Create, Change” (for her Beautiful Revolution music video); first place for Cellular South’s Jingle Competition; taking the top prize with her a capella jazz group, Jazz Transit, while competing in Europe; and being selected for the Hollywood Round of American Idol Season 12. In addition to performing locally as the guest artist for multiple productions with SPT Theatre (including A Modern Salon at Brucemore earlier this year), Alisabeth has graced the stages of area theaters in more than 50 musical productions, while serving as producer for five more. In reviewing her work, The Gazette writes that Alisabeth “owns every moment of every show she’s in. She is a tour de force who should be in New York, but we’re lucky she’s in Cedar Rapids.”  For more information, visit

Ben Schmidt (August 14 - 16) draws from the roots of American music and a unique sense of poetic phrase to create songs that defy categorization. Join the singer/songwriter for a special evening of original music mixed with select covers of some of his creative influences. With a top notch band of seasoned players, Schmidt will deliver a range of styles including blues, jazz, rock, soul, acoustic, and folk. Schmidt’s relaxed, intimate stage presence invites his audience to enjoy the lyrical storytelling while his sense of groove and shuffle will have you tapping your feet and looking for a dancing partner!  This is your chance to travel the lesser known byways of American music—from the Delta of Texas and New Orleans to the streets of Chicago (where Schmidt was raised) and into the little cafés of Greenwich Village. Self-taught, and continually evolving, Schmidt has been playing guitar for over 20 years and writing songs since he was fifteen. He has released three self-produced CDs—Write it down (2002), While you were Sleeping (2005), and Silt (2010).  Ben is a favorite of Eastern Iowa public radio stations and is a featured artist on WSUI's Java Blend compilation CD, as well as KUNI's Best of Live from Studio One compilation disc.

Advance tickets are $20 per person and $18 per Brucemore member. All tickets are $25 at the gate (if available). Space is limited; please call (319) 362-7375 or visit to purchase tickets. Individuals reserving five or more advance tickets will have tables reserved under their name. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 7:00 p.m. On-site parking is available. Patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages, but no food is allowed.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


“RiffTrax Live: Godzilla” Coming to U.S. Cinemas for a "Big" Two-Night Event Aug. 14 & 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Monday, 14 July 2014 07:52
Hot off the heels of the “Rifftrax Live: Sharknado” premiere (with a second showing in theaters July 15), Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN are excited to announce the Rifftrax crew are back with a never-before-seen take on a ’90s creature feature as “RiffTrax Live: Godzilla” comes to nearly 650 select cinemas nationwide in August (view the trailer here).
Join the RiffTrax crew — Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) — for a “big” two-night event broadcast LIVE from the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN to cinemas on Thursday, August 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT, with a second showing on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
“RiffTrax Live: Godzilla” will be presented at the following cinemas in your area on Thursday, Aug 14:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:29








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