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ABSOLUTELY JASON STUART Podcast on TradioV! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Modern Artists   
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:35
Podcast on TradioV!
Watch every Tuesday at NOON
Actor & Comedian JASON STUART is adding podcast host to his talents! ABSOLUTELY JASON STUART takes us to the days of chat shows with smart, funny and talented actors, comedians, singers with thought provoking talk.
Currenty Jason is rasing funds for his new Web-Series MENTOR starring himself, PAUL ELIA and international star ALEXANDRA PAUL. He is making his directorial debut written by himself and Elia. MENTOR is funny and engaging! You will relate to this series no matter where you live, or what business you work in. MENTOR is about pursuing your dreams, supporting your friends, and trying not to over-eat or have sex with people you don’t know when things get too hard. TO GIVE FUNDING.
Jason came out on the GERALDO SHOW in 1993 when there was no Ellen, no Rosie, no Ricky, no Neil, or even Jodie.  Jason was the first openly gay actor & comedian to consistently headline mainstream comedy clubs and sell-out shows in the USA.
After recognizing the lack of oppertunity in Hollywood for his LGBT actor brothers and sisters, Jason co-founded The SAG/AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee. Since 2006, Jason has been its National Co-Chair. He says, ”When you’re out, your not just out for yourself, you out for all of us”. Currently the committee is conducting a survey with The Williams Institute at UCLA on openly gay actors in film & television. This is a groundbreaking study, the first of its kind in the world.
This Sunday July 14th, Jason will be seen in the romanatic comedy
BIG GAY LOVE at OUTFEST.  Next up he has several films in the can, including playing  "Hoarder" in James Franco's HOLY LAND.

Twentieth Anniversary Bluesmore Music Festival: Lineup Includes Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Peterson, The Scott Holt Band, and LCBS All Stars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 14:22

Music lovers and blues enthusiasts alike will revel in the live performances on Brucemore’s First Avenue lawn during the twentieth annual Bluesmore on Saturday, August 3 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Presented by Brucemore and the Linn County Blues Society, Bluesmore performers will include Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Peterson, The Scott Holt Band, and LCBS All Stars.  The 2013 Bluesmore festival sponsor is Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust and media sponsors are The Gazette, Hoopla, and KCRG-TV9.  Home Town Restyling sponsors Tom Bruner and the Back Porch Band.

Lucky Peterson, a searing lead guitarist, first-rate vocalist, and talented organist, is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, with a father who owned one of the area’s most renowned blues clubs, Peterson was exposed to music from a young age. At the age of 5, the R&B hit “1-2-3-4” on his first record resulted in television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What’s My Line. As a teenager he attended Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts before paying dues in the bands of Etta James and Otis Rush. He has since performed with a long list of blues greats, including B.B. King and Albert Collins, and made his name through electrifying live performances.

Scott Holt, a six-string powerhouse and soulful storyteller, began his musical career when he was invited to join the band of blues legend Buddy Guy at age 19. Born in Tennessee and raised in Texas and Mississippi, Holt’s music is as diversified as his roots. Holt caught rock ‘n’ roll fever when his parents took him to his first concert, Elvis Presley, while his teenage discovery of Jimmy Hendrix inspired his musical passion and artistic spirituality. In much of Holt’s work, one can hear echoes of Hendrix’s stinging vibrato, as well as sounds that are warm, human, and undisguised by technology. Holt has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the world.

LCBS All Stars features ten of Eastern Iowa’s finest blues musicians on one stage for a special twentieth-anniversary Bluesmore celebration. The lineup includes Ron DeWitte, Eric Douglas, Craig Erickson, Tommy ‘T-Bone’ Giblin, BillyLee Janey, Bryce Janey, Dan ‘DJ’ Johnson, Denny Ketelsen, Skeeter Louis, and Dennis ‘Daddy-O’ McMurrin.

Advance Bluesmore tickets are $15 per adult and $13 per student or Brucemore/Linn County Blues Society member. All tickets are $20 at the gate - no discounts are available the day of the event. Children age 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  Advance tickets must be purchased by August 2 and are available through Brucemore by calling (319) 362-7375, by visiting, or at the following outlets: Brewed Awakenings, Chappy’s Safari Lounge, Checkers Tavern, Music Loft, Guitar Center, J.M. O’Malley’s, The Longbranch Hotel, Parlor City Pub and Eatery, and West Music (Marion). Tickets are non-refundable.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Bands will perform from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the First Avenue lawn at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No on-site parking is available except handicap parking by entering on Dows Lane. No pets, coolers, or outside food is allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors are available on-site, including the Jaycees beer tent. For further information on Bluesmore, please visit,, or call (319) 362-7375 or (319) 399-5105.

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


Chris Tomlin coming to the iWireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Weston Weeks   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 14:18
CHRIS TOMLIN is coming to Moline!! With special guest speaker Louie Giglio!  On Friday, October 25th to the iWireless Center at 7:30pm.
Tickets Available At:  iWireless Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster Outlets
Phone: 800-745-3000

Under a vast, October sky, standing on stage before tens of thousands deep in the heart of Africa,
Chris Tomlin felt right at home. Even all those miles removed from the familiar, Tomlin detected
the steady, burning light that’s universal and uniting. He’s aware that no matter where in the
world, we all seek connection, to know that we’re part of a grander narrative, a special story in the
exquisite design of creation.

For that reason Tomlin has dedicated his life career to a singular pursuit: to bring people closer to
God. Building a career is just fine, he says, but nothing compares to building bridges through
music that lead to hope, healing and higher ground.

“I have to put out songs that bridge the gap,” Tomlin says, putting the emphasis on “have to” as
though his musical life depended on it. “I want to write songs that people sing to God. There's
nothing wrong with a three-minute pop song, but I want these songs to be special to the church.
There's more of a laser focus on that than ever.”

Yet Tomlin also embodies something rare in popular music. On his latest disc, Burning Lights, he
not only hits the mark for deep substance, but also delivers lean, muscular songs that exert a
magnetic pop pull. True to its title, Burning Lights shines like a sonic supernova, yet never loses
its human scope and beating heart in the process.

That’s because Tomlin—after ten No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and eight additional
nominations, 21 Dove Awards, one platinum album and four gold discs—touches the hearts of
listeners like no other. On the one hand, he’s achieved global scope that moved TIME magazine to
proclaim him “likely the most often sung artist anywhere.” It’s estimated that more than 40
million men, women and children sing Chris Tomlin songs each week.

But for all those people it’s still personal, as Tomlin gives voice and narrative to the most
elemental longings any believer can profess. You can hear it on “Awake My Soul,” where Tomlin
pleas for breath-of-life deliverance: “Awake, awake, awake my soul/ God resurrect these bones/
From death to life, for You alone/ Awake my soul.”

“This is record number 10 for me, and it's so exciting to feel this great about it,” Tomlin says. “We
definitely did not hit cruise control. This record developed in a way that no other record has and I
feel it's the strongest thing I've ever put together.”

Tomlin extends props to three talented producers—Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole,
Tenth Avenue North, Rebecca St. James, Point of Grace), Dan Muckala (Backstreet Boys, Amy
Grant, MercyMe) and Ed Cash (Kari Jobe, Laura Story, Bebo Norman)—along with a wide range
of musical guests, including Kari Jobe, Phil Wickham, Lecrae and Christy Nockels.

But to tell the story of Burning Lights properly, you have to start near the end. As Tomlin and
crew wound down the scheduled album sessions, they had every reason to believe they’d
accomplished their mission. Little did they know they’d get sent back to the well not once, not
twice, but three times in pursuit of the best material they could muster.

For Tomlin, it was the artistic equivalent of Naaman’s bathing in the Jordan River seven times—a
test of patience and persistence that yielded startling results. Each time, he fashioned new tracks
that propelled Burning Lights to higher melodic and lyrical vistas. And to get there, Tomlin had
to empty himself and lean on God like never before as a recording artist.

To hear Tomlin tell it, his albums almost always start with a full complement of finished songs,
ready for him and his musicians to execute. “But this time, we met with the record company as we
were wrapping up and they said, ‘We don't feel that it's quite finished yet. Maybe there's more.’
And that's a big hit to take when you’ve already put your heart on your sleeve.”

Then came the majestic triumph of “Awake My Soul,” a song that had been orphaned earlier in
the album sessions because it didn’t match Tomlin’s exacting standards. He tackled it with
renewed vigor and then called on his friend Lecrae, who telegraphs a spoken-word interlude from
Ezekiel 37 with a preacher’s passion. Looking back, Tomlin’s still amazed that this once-rejected
track now kicks off Burning Lights. “That’s the result of being pushed by your team—people who
are not just yes people—and being asked to give your best.”

But it also crated a dilemma. Tomlin’s team loved the song so much, they wondered what might
happen if he tried to pull another rabbit out of the musical hat. The singer was flustered; he had a
few musical ideas, but nothing fully formed. So he texted Ed Cash, an ally from way back. As
providence would have it, Cash had just written a chorus and was about to contact Tomlin to see if
he wanted to help him finish the song.

That collaboration became “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies),” a dynamic song that
celebrates God’s constant companionship, set to a soundtrack framed by chiming guitars and a
crisp, military-style snare drum.

Relieved, Tomlin delivered the result to his label, and here’s what happened: “They asked me, ‘Do
you have anything else?’ Now this was the third time. I thought, ‘Who do you guys think you are?
I've worked my tail off!’”

But Tomlin bit his tongue, racked his brain and searched his heart. He sent in a demo that
updated the hymn “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” expecting rejection. “But sure enough they
said, ‘This is amazing, we have to put this on the record.’”

The recorded version teams Tomlin with Matt Maher, a Christian artist who’s Catholic. As the
session started, they came to learn an amazing fact: “This song is a back and forth between the
Catholic and Protestant churches. Several verses were written in a Protestant way and some were
written a Catholic way. One side claimed it as theirs, and so did the other. We sat at the piano and
started laughing. We thought, ‘How divine is that?’” A special spotlight vocal by Kari Jobe also
graces the track.

To be sure, the rest of Burning Lights lives up to the thrill of those three tracks, from the spirit of
surrender that raises “White Flag” to the tenderness that brings “Shepherd Boy” to life. It’s also
the song that gives the album its moniker. “David was a shepherd boy right before he was king,
out in the field, keeping watch over his flock and singing a song of praise to God: ‘I'm just a
shepherd boy, singing to a choir of burning light.’ That sums up what I feel inside. I want to be
that. The people I sing to are the burning light, and I sing to them night after night.”

“I love at the end of the day how we got all these left and right turns and tried to follow them,”
Tomlin says of the path that led to Burning Lights. “It was a lesson in humility. It was great to
take a step back, listen to what people were saying and go for it. When a song like ‘Whom Shall I
Fear’ comes along at the last minute, it's not only something you could hear on the radio, but at
any church. And that means more to me than platinum records, tours and sales.”

He adds: “It's not just about good marketing. It's songs that become part of the fabric of the
culture. That's God's spirit, God's favor on a song. And to be part of that in some little way is so
special. It lasts so much longer than quick fame.”

Americanarama Festival - Peoria 7/11/13 - Moved to Peoria Civic Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Lynskey   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:56

The Americanarama Festival featuring Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio scheduled to play Dozer Park on July 11 has been moved to the Peoria Civic Center Arena.   Tickets purchased for the Dozer park show will be honored.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Drum Corps International to Perform in Muscatine 7:00p Thursday, July 11, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Heid   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:23
What: Percussion on the Pearl – A Drum Corps International extravaganza
Where: 2705 Cedar St., Muscatine, Iowa (Muscatine High School Football Stadium)
When: 7:00p Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Why: To experience the DCI phenomenon
How: Buy tickets at
Tickets: Range from $15-$20 in advance (lowest price in the area!), $15-25 day of the show

MUSCATINE, Iowa - They are athletes, artists and performers and guaranteed to present a spellbinding performance. Drum Corps International, known as the Major League of Marching Music, will perform in Muscatine, Iowa, at 7:00p on Thursday, July 11th.

Drum Corps is sometimes described as marching band but there’s no real comparison. Each drum corps performance is an intense, highly competitive, choreographed musical that is rehearsed and developed daily throughout the summer months. Drum Corps is composed of students age 13 to 22 playing brass, percussion or color guard - no woodwinds.

“It will be the second time Muscatine will host a major Drum Corps International event,” said Muscatine High School Director of Bands Jeff Heid, who is organizing the event. “It will be an outstanding competition among seven great drum corps from around the country.”

The eight corps performing are: The Colt Cadets from Dubuque, IA; Legends from Kalamazoo, Mi; Pioneer from Milwaukee, WI; Colts from Dubuque, IA; Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta, GA; Crossmen from San Antonio, TX; and Madison Scouts from Madison, WI!

Active participants in U.S. Drum Corps hail from more than 15 countries, and the annual DCI tour consists of more than 100 events throughout North America. Each summer more than 400,000 fans attend live events, and more than 8000 students audition for 3500 marching spots.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $25 and can be purchased online at for a discount if purchased in advance.

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