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Nitelite Promotions & 102.7 WIRL Present Happy Together Tour 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Pedigo   
Friday, 05 April 2013 14:04

Peoria, IL-- The Happy Together Tour will stop at the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7 pm. This year’s lineup will feature THE TURTLES featuring FLO & EDDIE, CHUCK NEGRON formerly of THREE DOG NIGHT, GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP, MARK LINDSAY former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders and GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS. Tickets are $49.50, $42.50 and $35.50. Tickets go on sale Friday April 12th at 10:00AM at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets,, and 1.800.745.3000.

The evening will take fans back to the cool rock of the ‘60s, complete with plenty of timeless classics and universal hits. For more information visit or .

ZO ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS Chief Keef and GBE with Def Jam Artist Lil Durk & King Louie PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Pedigo   
Friday, 05 April 2013 12:26

Peoria, IL— The SMG managed Peoria Civic Center and ZO Entertainment are excited to announce Chief Keef  and GBE  with Def Jam Artist Lil Durk & King Louie coming to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday May 5th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $57, $47, $42, $37, $32 and $27 and go on sale Monday April 8th at 10:00 am. Tickets will be available at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets,, and 1.800.745.3000.

Long before Chief Keef (born Keith Cozart) was one of the most popular teenage rappers in America and the youngest major label head in history, he was a legend among kids on the South Side of Chicago. Keef's music, primarily comprised of minimalistic homemade string and drum tracks punctuated by his menacing, nihilistic lyrics, sounds like the next evolutionary step in the style of tracks by Lex Luger and Waka Flocka Flame. But more importantly, his music accurately and honestly reflects the violence, hopelessness and frustration, as well as moments of joy and victory, of the environments that Keef and hundreds of thousands of other poor and working-class kids live in all over the world.

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


Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Passing of Roger Ebert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:04
MEXICO CITY - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement Thursday afternoon from Mexico, where he is on a trade mission:

“I was very saddened to hear today that my good friend Roger Ebert has passed away. I – along with the people of Illinois – offer condolences to his wife Chaz, with whom I had the privilege of spending some time just last week.

“Even in recent years when illness robbed him of his ability to speak, the mere act of raising his thumb brought auditoriums full of people to their feet in applause. One of my best memories was getting a ‘thumbs-up’ from Roger in 2011 when I proclaimed “Roger Ebert Day” at Ebertfest in Champaign.

“Roger Ebert was Everyman with a cinematographer’s eye and an artist’s passion. His unique gift was the ability to communicate with everyday people about all kinds of movies and ultimately, the real values of life. He was one of our best-known and most respected journalists, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize as a Chicago Sun-Times film critic, and a proud and generous graduate of the University of Illinois where he began his journalism career at the Daily Illini.

“The whole state joins me in mourning his passing. Roger Ebert was a great man. No doubt Gene Siskel is saving him a seat in the balcony upstairs.”


America's Music Quad Cities Kickoff, April 11 at 4:30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:01

April 4, 2013

WHO: Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in partnership with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities invite local media to attend the kickoff event for America’s Music Quad Cities.

WHAT: America’s Music Quad Cities partners will discuss the six-week grant-funded series America’s Music: A Film History of our Popular Culture from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, which runs April 11th through May 23rd.  Representatives from partner organizations will be available to speak with media.  After profiling the series, the celebration continues with a performance from Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: River Music Experience, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA

WHY:  America’s Music Quad Cities is a bi-state, multi-agency partnership hosting the Tribeca Film Institute, American Library Association, and National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded program.  This six-week series (April 11 – May 23) features film viewings and discussions of distinguished documentaries featuring uniquely American music genres, performances by local acts, and Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities, with a focus on local musical memories with an open-mic session.  America’s Music Quad Cities is only one of fifty nationwide recipients of this grant.

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Written by Bob Harrington   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:03
Record Store Day 2013 is fast approaching - Saturday, April 20th.

Ragged Records, located at 418 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa will be open 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Record Store Day is an international event. For one day only, over 400 rare and limited-edition titles will be released on LPs, EPs, 45s and box sets.

A Complete list of titles is available at or can be viewed at Ragged Records during regular business hours.

This year’s event will be even bigger than the last. Ragged Records is releasing volume two of last summer’s huge success, “Hello Quad Cities”. “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two features 12 area bands and artists, including: Chris Coleslaw, Speaking of Secrets, Orchard Keepers, Idpyramid, White Zephyr, Comfort, The Post Mortems, Dynoride, Puddle Jumper, Sub Atlantic, US Mode, and Busted Chandeliers. “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two is an vinyl-only release limited to 400 copies on colored vinyl.

Five of the bands featured on “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two will be playing during the Record Store Day event. The bands playing are: Idpyramid, Speaking of Secrets, Busted Chaneliers, Puddle Jumper, and The Post Mortems.

There will be giveaways and drawings, including vinyl test pressings of “Hello Quad Cities” volumes one & two.

Ragged Records will also have 20% off all used merchandise – including records, CD’s, stereo equipment and more. Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing (located in the same building) will also feature 20% off all vintage clothing and accessories during the Record Store Day event.

For more information, please call Ragged Records (563-324-3579) during store hours (Monday thru Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm), follow us on facebook, or check out For further information on “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two, go to or like it on facebook.

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