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The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents The 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Brundies   
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:55

The first Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge will be held July 5, at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. The first of three bands will start at 3 PM and each will perform 20‑minute sets with 5 judges making a decision on which band is the best.

Bands within a 175 miles radius of the Quad Cities will be eligible to compete, but before a band can progress to the final round at the festival, they must first surmount a preliminary round on April 28, at The Muddy Waters, Bettendorf, IA, to decide on the top three bands for the final competition at the festival.

The winner earns the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, January 21-January 25, 2014. The prize package also includes cash, travel expenses, and the opportunity to perform July 6, 2013 at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa.

The deadline for applications is April 20.  All interested bands can find applications at

MVBS Presents Bobby Messano Sunday March 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Brundies   
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:46

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society will present guitarist extraordinaire Bobby Messano on Sunday, March 10th, at The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street, Bettendorf IA) at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, only $8 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members.

Messano, hailing from New Jersey, is best known for touring for a year as Steve Winwood’s guitarist as well as being the only guitarist with a featured solo on a Clarence Clemons’ (Bruce Springsteen’s sax player) release. He also was the lead guitarist for Frankie and The Knockouts and recorded with Peter Criss (of Kiss). Messano’s latest release, in 2012, That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues, even made it through to the first round of a Grammy nomination.

We’ll be catching Messano on his way to Nashville to record his new, but yet-to-be-named CD on March 19, which will feature Deanna Bogart (who will then tour with Messano as part of his band), Ivan Neville, Shaun Murphy, Jimmy Hall (the harp player for Wet Willy and Hank Williams Jr.) and maybe even Mr. Winwood himself—Messano said he’s still working on that.

Don’t miss your chance to catch this blues-rocker in his first appearance in our neck of the woods.

Brandisa: Brandon Heath and Mandisa coming to Davenport! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:55

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.

Quad City Wind Ensemble Concert Sunday March 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyné Rieck   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:49
The 27th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble continues Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00pm. The theme of the concert is "The Women’s Movement," music that focuses much-needed attention on the myriad contributions of women composers to the contemporary wind band repertoire

Conducted by Brian L. Hughes, the QCWE will perform works by Anne McGinty, Nancy Galbraith, Colette Hausey, Shelley Hanson and Julie Giroux. The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats.

Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade. We hope you can join us at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the campus of St. Ambrose for this special event!

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Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:09
High-Definition Concert Contains the Hits “Keep On Loving You,”“Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run” and Many More
Los Angeles, CA – Feb. 26, 2013 - Palladia and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the television debut of the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Palladia, Viacom's high-definition music channel, will debut REO Speedwagon’s “Live at Moondance Jam” on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST. The channel will air the program six additional times, including March 2 at midnight,  March 3 at 3:30 pm, March 5 at 10:30 pm, March 6 at 12:30 pm, March 10 at 4:30 am and March 13 at 1:30am  (all times ET).  Following the run on Palladia, VH1 Classic will premiere the concert on Friday, March 22 at 9 pm ET.
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records.  The group’s nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) keep thrilling concert audiences with fan favorites such as “Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and “Take It On the Run.” In addition to featuring those three smash hits, “Live at Moondance Jam” —recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in the summer of 2010— features “Don’t Let Him Go,” “Keep Pushin’,”  “Golden Country,” “Like You Do,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Back On The Road Again,” and “Roll With The Changes.”
“Live at Moondance Jam,” the first high-definition REO Speedwagon concert, is available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray here.  In addition to 13 songs, including all the aforementioned tracks, the package features an exclusive interview with Kevin Cronin.
After seeing REO Speedwagon on TV, fans can go out and see them live this spring. Last year’s “Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012.” It was such a success that rock’s finest from the heartland —REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent—are teaming up again for another round of shows.  The tour starts on April 18 in Grand Forks, ND and will hit more than 20 cities before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. REO will then continue with headlining tour dates and festival shows throughout the summer.
About Palladia
Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 30 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.
About VH1 Classic
VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the '70s, '80s and '90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal. Because when it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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