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Windy City Gay Idol kicks off 11th year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Duff   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:38

CHICAGO -Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 11th year, kicks off the 2013 search for the best amateur gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) singers in the Chicago area. What began as a fun promotion has grown into the largest and most highly anticipated annual competition in Chicago's GLBT community.

Past Windy City Gay Idol winners have gone on to sing at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Allstate Arena, Market Days and at festivals around Illinois, Milwaukee, Toronto and Vancouver. In addition, the 2012 Windy City Gay Idol Finals featured Josh "JDA" Davilla who landed in the Top 40 on Fox's American Idol 2013. Plus the 2008 Windy City Gay Idol Finals featured a then-unknown Lady Gaga as a guest performer. Audience members never know what they will see and hear. Come sing, or simply come vote while enjoying the show.

Windy City Gay Idol, produced by Windy City Media Group, kicks off Sunday, April 7 at The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark St. The competition continues through June with competitions in Chicago's bars and clubs.

Windy City Gay Idol 2013 preliminary competitions are one-night-only at different bars. As many as 20 participants sing at each venue, where all contestants compete for the chance to advance to the semi-finals Saturday, June 15 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted. Results from every preliminary, semi-final and final event come from audience votes. Votes from friends, family and audience members hopefully land them on the stage at the finals Wednesday, June 26 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse.

The 2013 Windy City Gay Idol Premium sponsor is Smirnoff. Other Sponsors include Ketel One, Tanqueray, Don Julio, Creaoke, Broadway in Chicago, American Airlines, and SpeedPro Printing.

With more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, all contestants will face local celebrity judges that include singers, DJs, actors, talent and casting agents, and others familiar with the performance arena.

Each winner collecting the most votes at each preliminary bar will win $100 cash. Two winners from each bar will advance to the semi-finals. Audience members at each bar also have the chance to win great prizes, such as Smirnoff merchandise, concert and theater tickets, new DVD & CD releases, and much more.

The finals feature big prizes for audience members as well as the top three contestants, including weekend stays at downtown hotels, vacation trips and tickets to top Chicago theaters and concert venues.

The finals winner crowned at Mayne Stage is awarded $1,000 in cash, a premium prize, Smirnoff gifts, theater and concert tickets, plus the coveted title of Windy City Gay Idol 2013.

The promotion is open to all amateur singers age 21 and above, regardless of sexual orientation. There is a $10 signup fee for singers, and a $5 fee for audience members at all preliminary events.

The Windy City Gay Idol 2013 schedule:


Sunday, April 7: The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark, 8pm sign up, 9pm start

Friday, April 12: Hideaway, 7301 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, 9pm sign up, 10pm start

Wednesday, April 17: Touche, 6412 N. Clark, 9pm sign up, 10pm start

Sunday, April 21: T's bar, 5025 N. Clark, 7pm sign up, 8pm start

Wednesday, April 24: Mary's Attic, 5400 N Clark, 8pm sign up, 9pm start

Thursday, May 2: The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr, 7pm sign up, 8pm start

Tuesday, May 7: Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark, 9pm sign up, 10pm start

Thursday, May 16: DS Tequila, 3352 N. Halsted, 8pm sign up, 9pm start.

Thursday, May 23: Crew, 4804 N. Broadway, 8:30pm sign up, 9:30pm start

Chordbuster Chorus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Monday, 18 March 2013 15:08
The Chordbusters Chorus will be performing at the Central Performing Arts Center in DeWitt Iowa on Mar 23, 2013  7:00 pm.

The Chordbusters Chorus of Davenport are a group of men who love to sing and entertain audiences with their four-part barbershop harmony. Their motto is: “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

Happy Joe's will be providing root beer floats at this performance!

All tickets: $10

You can get tickets for upcoming events one of three ways:

Purchase them at DeWitt City Hall
510 9th St, DeWitt IA 52742 (Google Map)
(563) 659-3811
Visit our page on
At the door, one hour before showtime.

Concertmaster set for intimate engagement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:01

Concertmaster set for Signature Series debut


This second concert of the Signature Series features violin and piano duets from QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz and pianist Marian Lee performing at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The program includes Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Prokofiev's Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor, and Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for free hor d'oeuvres and cash bar. The music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Canadian violinist Naha Greenholtz was born in Kyoto, Japan, where she began her violin studies at age three. Since her solo debut at 14, concerto appearances include engagements with the Vancouver, Madison, Quad City, Burnaby, Kelowna, and National Repertory Symphony Orchestras in works ranging from Bach to Stravinsky.

Marian Lee is also new to town as the recently appointed assistant piano professor and head of piano area at St. Ambrose University. She made her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Artists International Award and has concertized in Austria, Italy, France, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Poland, Brazil, Byelorussia, Estonia, Hong Kong, and Thailand, as well as Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall in NYC, the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage and Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

You can find out more about this concert by clicking here.

Brandon Heath and Mandisa coming next week Thursday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:58

Brandon Heath & Mandisa

The BranDisa Tour

7:00 PM Thursday, March 21

Adler Theater
136 East 3rd Street

Collaborating to bring their celebrated sounds into one highly anticipated live experience, Dove Award winners and GRAMMY®-nominated artists Brandon Heath and Mandisa will perform at the Adler Theatre on Thursday, March 21.

America's Music Project Bands Together Libraries, Non-Profits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:33

From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded “America’s Music” project.

Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. Featuring 19 presentations in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities, the local effort is one of just 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Starting with blues and gospel and ending with swing jazz, the general audience programs will explore the connections between six uniquely American genres of 20th century music and the influence of music on the history, culture and geography of the United States. Each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, giving attendees of all ages an opportunity to recognize the influence of these popular music forms on the cultural landscape.

A full list of performances and locations is available at, but the basic line-up is as follows:

Program partners and sponsors will kick off the series with a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the River Music Experience. Blues and gospel fill the week of April 15, with film/discussion events of “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” and “Say Amen Somebody” at the Rock Island Main Library and Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch. Broadway and Tin Pan Alley fill the week of April 22 with film/discussion events of “Broadway: The American Musical” at Moline Public Library and River Music Experience, along with a Broadway performance by The District Theatre and Tristan Layne Tapscott at the Moline Public Library.

Bluegrass and county music are the focus of the week of April 29, with film/discussion events of “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” at Western Illinois University-QC and the Bettendorf Public Library. Bettendorf Library will also host a bluegrass performance by River Town, a four-piece ensemble performing traditional bluegrass and folk favorites.

Classic rock and roll takes the stage during the week of May 6, with film/discussion events of “The History of Rock ‘n Roll: Plugging In,” at the Bettendorf Public Library and Rock Island Main Library. The Rock Island Library will also host a performance by Meet the Press, a dynamic three-piece band performing 80s and 90s originals.

Mambo and Hip Hop music will fill the week of May 13, with film/discussion events of “Latin Music U.S.A. and “From Mambo to Hip Hope: A South Bronx Tale,” at Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch and Western Illinois University- Quad Cities. The Davenport Public Library will also present a Hip Hop dance performance and instruction event with Midwest Academy of Dance.

Swing Jazz events fill the week of May 19, starting with a jazz performance at the Polyrhythms Third Sunday jazz at the River Music Experience. The event, featuring the Bill Bell trio, is the only ticketed event in the series. Cost is $10 general admission or $15 for reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling 309-373-0790. Free swing jazz film and discussion events with excerpts from “Ken Burns Jazz” and the “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” take place during the week at River Music Experience and Moline Public Library.

Discussions, along with a call for stories about memories of the Quad City musical landscape, will be led by program scholar Dr. Daniel S. Malachuk, associate professor of English at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities, and several faculty colleagues, including Dr. Everett Hammer (English), Dr. Nancy Schaefer and Dr. Tammy Werner (Sociology), and two students in the English Masters program, Chelsea Clearman and Jill King.

With help from his students, Dr. Malachuk will present some of the local stories collected at the final event in the series, “Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities, “ from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, at the Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Riverfront Atrium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories about the great variety of music heard in the Quad Cities over the past 50 years. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments, as the event will close with an open mic event of local performers.

For details, please visit or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 309-524-2470.

“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Additional funding for the Quad City effort was received from the Riverboat Development Authority, Sedona Technologies, UAW Local 2282, Friends of the Moline Public Library and Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, along with in-kind sponsorships from River Cities Reader, WQAD-TV Newschannel 8, STAR 93.5, WQPT Quad Cities PBS and WVIK Augustana Public Radio.


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