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Rock Island Library Celebrates Rock and Roll for America’s Music Project with Two Programs Next Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:19

The grant-funded “America’s Music” project has filled local libraries and non-profits with the beat of American Blues, Broadway/Tin Pan Alley and Country/Bluegrass musical genres in the past few weeks. Now it’s time for Rock and Roll, with two events at the Rock Island Public Library next week.

The Rock Island Library hosts a viewing and discussion of the film, “The History of Rock ‘n Roll: Plugging In,” from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7 at the Main Library, 401 19th Street. This episode from the 10-part series centers on the reinvention of rock in the 1960s, combining performance footage with commentaries from such musicians as Arlo Guthrie, Judi Collins, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townsend. Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan’s decision to ‘go electric’ at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival shocked and dismayed many, but marked a turning point in rock history. The film also chronicles the emergence of 1960’s California groups, the rise of guitarist Jimi Hendrix and the emergence of the rock concert as an art form.

On Thursday, May 9, the Rock Island Library hosts a performance by Meet the Press, a classic/contemporary rock group known for its crisp sound, three-part harmonies and a high energy stage show. Featuring original band members Robbie Bahr on lead guitar and vocals, Steve Law on drums and vocals, and John Resch on bass and vocals, Meet the Press mixes songs of the 80s and 90s with popular music of today. The free performance starts at 6:00 pm in the Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.

Meet the Press formed in 1984 with Bahr, Resch, Law and Dan Allen, and found local radio success in 1985 and 86 with hits “Dance Her Life Away” and “She’s Cool.” The group was able to tour with such bands as Edgar Winter, Foghat and Head East. After a few years of playing in different forms, the group reformed in 2012.


As part of “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” project partners Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities have hosted documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances. Each week in the series covers a different musical style. After Rock and Roll, the project goes on to consider the genres of Mambo/Hip Hop and Swing Jazz.

The project concludes on May 23 with “Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities,” a night of stories about Quad Cities music in the past 50 years and an open microphone event for local performers, at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Atrium. A full list of performances and locations is available at

For more details, please 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.


Iowa State Fair Grandstand Tickets on Sale Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:01

DES MOINES, IA (04/29/2013)(readMedia)-- Tickets for the much-anticipated Iowa State Fair Grandstand shows will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2013 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.

This year's line-up includes performances from top country artists Toby Keith, Gary Allan and Alan Jackson as well as Grammy award-winning rock artists Train. Former Saturday Night Live comedians Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon will offer their own unique flavor of comedy in a stand-up routine, and pop sensations Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted will offer up their own multi-platinum hits.

Print at home discounted admission tickets are also on sale now at Fairgoers can purchase gate admission tickets online and print their own tickets at no extra charge. Fairgoers can also purchase food tickets, Fair Play Packs, midway tickets, zipline passes and 11-day punch cards online and have them mailed to them directly for a nominal fee.

Tickets for all concert and track events will go on sale Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 800-745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. Beginning July 8, the Fair's Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

A complete listing of event dates, times and ticket prices follows:

2013 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 8

Casting Crowns with special guest Jeremy Camp, 8 p.m., $30

Friday, August 9

Happy Together Tour 2013 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys, 8 p.m., $25

Saturday, August 10

Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon from SNL, 8 p.m., $38

Sunday, August 11

Dierks Bentley with special guest Justin Moore, 8 p.m., $39

Monday, August 12

Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Dirt Trucks, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $17 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 13

Victoria Justice with special guest Pentatonix, 8 p.m., $29

Wednesday, August 14

Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull sponsored by Iowa Farmer Today, 2 p.m., $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 15

Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour presented by Ford F-Series with special guest Kip Moore, 8 p.m., $49

Friday, August 16

Train with special guest Matt Nathanson, 8 p.m., $39

Saturday, August 17

Demolition Derby: Demolition Derby: Modified Weld, Stock Weld and Compact Weld; Figure Eight: Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive, 11:30 a.m., $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted with special guest TBA, 8 p.m., $35

Sunday, August 18

Alan Jackson and Gary Allan, 8 p.m., $39

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Derby Day with the QCSO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:08

The afternoon of races, live music, food, and fun begins at 2:30 p.m. and concludes after the running of the Kentucky Derby.
Arsenal Island Golf Club
Rock Island, IL

New this year will be live music from QCSO musician Ben Lorentzen and his blue grass band comprised of professional musicians and members of the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras playing side-by-side.

Live auction items include a french meal for eight prepared by the QCSO’s new Executive Director Benjamin Loeb and served with live music in your home; a week's stay in a vacation home just outside Estes Park, Colorado; the perfect picnic package to Riverfront Pops with tickets for 8, food from the Barrel House, and wine and cheese from The Grape Life; a romantic “staycation” package courtesy of Hotel Blackhawk, Spa Luce, Bix Bistro, and BolEro Unique; and even more exciting prizes! For up-to-the-minute detail on these exciting auction items, visit

Tickets are $75 per person or $520 for a table of eight. The price includes a buffet of traditional Derby cuisine, live music, a bourbon tasting, prizes for each of the horse race contests, giant screens for enjoying the Kentucky Derby, and a commemorative Derby Day mint julep glass.

All proceeds from Derby Day benefit youth music education in the Quad Cities.

Be sure to follow this event and watch for announcements on facebook.


This Weekend at Adler Theatre - Cast of Impractical Jokers Live & Bill Cosby PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:45
Cast of Impractical Jokers Live - April 26

You've seen the cast of Impractical Jokers on TV.  Now come see Q, Sal, Joe and Murr live on Friday, April 26. For tickets to the show, click here. Want to meet the guys?  Click here for meet and greet tickets.  Patrons need to purchase a ticket to the show to purchase a ticket for the meet and greet.  The meet and greet will take place after the performance.


Bill Cosby - April 27

One of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby, has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books.  Bill Cosby is coming to the Adler Theatre for a very special evening this Saturday, April 27.  Find tickets here!

Wax Cannon releases album - I'm Afraid of Birds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Murray   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:43

The Iowa City band Wax Cannon has recently released its sixth album entitled I'm Afraid of Birds on Commie Martyr Records. I would like to know whether you'd be interested in receiving a CD copy for your collection and consideration for review in the River Cities Reader. It is available from the online sites Spotify, I-tunes and through as well as the Record Collector in Iowa City.

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