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The Westbrook Singers - The Promise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Marovich   
Friday, 20 September 2013 15:18
By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog
The Promise is another outstanding contribution by East Moline, Illinois’s Westbrook Singers.
The mixed gospel group, whose 2008 Live was equally impressive, blends traditional and contemporary gospel with a dash of classic church to offer what sounds like part Richard Smallwood Singers, part Winans, and part Earth, Wind & Fire.  It is a musical mélange that bespeaks of the group’s deep roots in the COGIC church.
Perhaps the album’s most striking ingredient is the singers’ sumptuous harmonies.  They are tight, sometimes daredevil, rising and veering like a rollercoaster ride, but always compelling.  Accompanied by a jazzy acoustic piano, the group’s arrangement of the hymn “It Is Well” is the album's best example of their harmonies.  The group also makes use of clever harmonic shifts on “I’ll Take Jesus,” along with some bluesy singing on the vamp.
There are several energetic mid-tempo songs on The Promise, notably “More than Life,” “Solid Rock,” and the title track.  The group also revisits the Hawkins’ “What Is This” and provides a senior choir-esque version of the spiritual, “My Lord What A Morning,” complete with delicate piano accompaniment.  Snippets of classicism can also be found in the upbeat evocation of the hereafter in “Face to Face.”
The production quality helps a great deal.  All the songs were written, arranged, and produced by LySanias "DJ" Broyles Jr., the Westbrook Singers’ music director.

Known as the Quad Cities’ First Family of Gospel, the Westbrook Singers would be even better known if they lived in Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville, or some other major music city.

The Westbrook Singers

The Promise (2013)
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Written by Karen   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:08

River Bend Bronze, the Quad City Community Choir, will perform a benefit concert at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 - 13th St., Moline, on October 6 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  

The concert will feature a variety of bells and music styles, both sacred and popular.  Refreshments will be served following the concert.  

There is no fee, but a freewill offering will be taken, all of which will be given to the Community Resource and Learning Center, Inc. a family literacy program.

The Learning Center provides free ABD/GED and ESL classes for anyone with children; while the parents attend the classes, the Center offers infant care and preschool and pre-kindergarten classes for their children. 

The Music Faculty at Augustana College Presents Tikkun Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John DeGreve   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:12

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.

At the Unitarian Church, 3707 Eastern Avenue in Davenport.

Please join us for a concert with Rob Elfline on piano, Nina Ehrlich on cello, Deborah Dakin on viola and Paul Olson as narrator.

"And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary"

Composed by Laura Kaminsky

At the beginning of the concert, Ms. Kaminsky will talk about her experiences and her process in writing this piece.

A Free Will Offering will be collected with a portion going to an AIDS charity.

Reception following the performance - meet the composer and performers.  Cookies, punch, conversation.

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Karaoke Night Fundraiser Oct 18th at UUCQC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John DeGreve   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:08


*Free Will Offering Appreciated

7—9 PM


Fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation QC

3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport     

Ph 563 359-0816

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

Brought to you by Jam Productions.

More Information on John Mayer available at:


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.

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