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Smokey Robinson's June 7, 2013 iWireless Center Date Cancelled PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:42

The June 7, 2013 Smokey Robinson concert at the iWireless Center has been cancelled due to a personal scheduling conflict. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase beginning Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10 am.

The iWireless Center will offer all patrons who purchased Smokey Robinson tickets the opportunity to purchase tickets for Chicago at the iWireless Center scheduled for June 17, 2013 at a $10 per ticket discount.





De Witt Operahouse Theater Presents "Back Road Blues" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Modern American Cinema   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:50

Greetings from Modern American Cinema! The next film in the De Witt Operahouse Film Series will be Back Road Blues, directed by Blake Eckard, will be screening at 2PM on Sunday, May 19th.

De Witt Operahouse Theater
712 6th Ave
De Witt, IA 52742-1638
When a drifter is slowly working his way towards home, he finds himself without money. He ends up finding a job that doesn't pay much, but it will do for now. While working he gets to know another young man who started a month earlier, and the two eventually bond. What follows is a story of drifters trying to move on.

"A minor masterpiece, Back Road Blues is hilariously absurd and tragic- like America itself" says Dennis Grunes, author of A Short Chronology Of World Cinema
Back Road Blues is the second movie written, produced, directed, and edited by Missouri based filmmaker Blake Eckard. In June 2004, after Eckard spent four years working on a film about the Sasquatch Oregon, he returned to his hometown of Stanberry and wrote a thirty page script. Two months later shot the film in seven straight days on 16mm recans (film that has been open, loaded into the camera, but not used). The film was originally intended for broadcast on PBS. It had short theatrical release during the summer of 2008 in Toronto, Canada through a company called Film We Like. In 2012, Back Road Blues along with three other titles from Blake Eckard were picked up for distribution by Modern American Cinema, LLC (distributors of Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye).
Modern American Cinema is Iowa based independent media distributor with interests in both broadcast and theatrical exhibition. Founded in 2010 by Rock Island native, Kristian Day (director of Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye and Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer), the company distributes between five to six films per year to art houses, student cinemas, and rural town theaters.

Jazz and Popsicles Open Free Concert Series in West Branch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 10 May 2013 15:05

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— “Jazz and Pop” will kick off this year’s Music on the Village Green concert series in West Branch, Iowa. The award-winning West Branch High School Jazz Band, followed by student a cappella singers, performs on Friday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. Main Street West Branch will hand out free popsicles during “Jazz and Pop”.

Following the May 24 performance Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in cooperation with Main Street West Branch, invites visitors to a series of special musical events each Thursday night in June. The weekly performances feature folk band The Hollands (June 6), bluesman Kevin “BF” Burt (June 13), guitarist Scott Cawelti (June 20), and bluegrass band The Feralings (June 27). The concerts are free and begin at 7:00 p.m. at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

“We’re excited about the bands coming to perform this year,” said park superintendent Pete Swisher, “and about bringing the community together around events in Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.”

The outdoor concerts will take place on the village green at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street in historic downtown West Branch.  The village green provides a classic small town setting in which to enjoy an evening of free entertainment.  There is ample parking nearby, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or ground blankets.

Scott Cawelti’s performance on June 20 is courtesy of Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performs Free Concert at Brucemore Celebrating Hancher’s 40th Anniversary and Commemorating the Five Year Anniversary of the 2008 Flood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 10 May 2013 12:33

Brucemore will host a special 2013 event celebrating Hancher’s 40th anniversary and commemorating the five-year anniversary of the flood. On June 13 at 7:00 p.m., Living with Floods, will bring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hancher's opening performers in 1972—back to Iowa for a series of seven free outdoor concerts. Named for the esteemed music venue in the heart of New Orleans's French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a true national treasure. Hailed as "America's Best Traditional Jazz Band" by All About Jazz, the group has been a driving force in American music ever since its inception in 1961, counting jazz royalty like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong among its distinguished alumni. Now in its 51st year, this national treasure continues to honor the dirty rags, mournful blues, and laid back swing that form jazz's legacy.

The concert will be set amidst the historic charm near the Formal Garden on the Brucemore estate. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. No on-site parking is available except handicap parking by entering on Dows Lane. Outside food and beverages are allowed; however, pets are not. For further information or a listing of other concert sites across the state, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Living with Floods project

The University of Iowa’s Hancher, College of Engineering, College of Education, Interdisciplinary Flood Institute, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Flood Center, iExploreSTEM, and State Hygienic Laboratory are partnering for this program. In keeping with the University of Iowa's mission of teaching, research, and service, this project aims to provide services to communities throughout the state. The project will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2008 flood, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of strategies to mitigate floods as well as of the interconnectedness of our environment and watershed. In addition to the partners listed above, this project is supported by Back to the River, Iowa Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. For further information, visit and

About Brucemore

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


News Release: Rock Island Public Library to Offer Downloadable Music PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:21

(Rock Island, IL) Rock Island Public Library has joined Library Ideas™’ network of public library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Rock Island Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its music collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Rock Island Public Library can download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via the library website,  The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.

Libraries all over the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).

The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries.  The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas.  “A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources.  More than anything, that is the reason for the service.”

Facts about the Rock Island Public Library subscription to Freegal Music Service:
•       Users must have a Rock Island Public Library card in good standing.
•       Patrons will need their library card number and PIN to access the website.
•       Up to three (3) songs may be downloaded per patron per week.
•       Downloaded songs become part of the patron’s personal music library. They do not need to be returned, nor do they disappear after a set time-period.
•       Downloaded music will play on a variety of devices.

The library has scheduled a number of programs on using the downloadable music service. For details, visit, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.

For questions about using the Freegal Music Service, or other downloadable materials from the Rock Island Public Library, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 309-732-7341.

About Library Ideas:   Library Ideas is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia.  The Company offers music, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite.  Library Ideas was named “One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12” by EContent Magazine.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad  array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.


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