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MVBS Presents Guitarist J.P. Soars—Wednesday March 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:50

The 2009 International Blues Challenge winner J.P Soars will be playing a show sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society on Wednesday, March 27th at Martini’s On The Rock, 4619 34th Street, Rock Island IL. Showtime is 7:00; admission is $10, $8 for MVBS members.

J.P. Soars and his band The Red Hots not only won the International Blues Challenge in’09, but that same year J.P. got the coveted Albert King Award for “Most Promising Guitarist”. Since then the raves have continued to roll in with Mr. Soars garnering a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Artist of 2012, based mostly on his new release, More Bees With Honey.

And if you’d like a little taste of this year’s upcoming MVBS Fest 2013, make an effort to come to Martini’s and give a listen to this guitarist extraordinaire, who will be teamed with slide guitarist Damon Fowler and pianist Victor Wainwright in an all-star band called Southern Hospitality who will headline the Tent Stage on Thursday July 4th at 10:00 p.m.

And if that still isn’t enough to entice you, come see J.P. play his homemade, 2-string cigar box guitar for some very old-time blues.

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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.

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