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Strike out along the Inca trail at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:39

Strike out along the Inca trail at the Figge Art Museum

Don't miss Caminos del Inka this Saturday, June 1, at the Figge Art Museum presented by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Accompanied by a choreographed visual slide show and documentary footage, QCSO principal flutist Jessica Waren-Acosta and harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams perform music from South America. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with free hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar and guided tours of the Figge Art Museum. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.

An audiovisual presentation containing documentary-style photos and video is choreographed to the music. These images enhance the audience's understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of the music. Caminos del Inka works closely with traditional musicians from around the Americas to create an accurate educational film. As a result of their work, you gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural context.

As part of this collaboration with the Figge Art Museum, docents will be giving tours of the Art and Devotion in Viceregal New Spain exhibit from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Focusing on the Spanish colonial period of present-day Mexico and Central America, this gallery includes a large collection of religious and devotional art. These works were used in the religious rites and ceremonies of the liturgy or for private devotion. Indeed, an inextricable bond existed between the Church and the image-making traditions of Hispanic cultures.

Seating is limited, so buy your ticket today by clicking here.

West Music Quad Cities to Host 9th Annual Parking Lot Jam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:10

West Music Quad Cities is ready to rock into the summer with its 9th Annual Parking Lot Jam on Sunday, June 9 beginning at 1:00PM. Bring your lawn chairs to West Music Quad Cities for a day of cool music and hot food. This free family-friendly concert will be held rain or shine. Music lovers will be able to enjoy great live music, pose for rock star photos, and enjoy nachos, pretzels, fried pickles, and more from QC Family Entertainment Center. West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois. For more information, contact Leif Rehnberg, Store Manager, at 309-764-9300 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Parking Lot Jam is a celebration of the musical partnerships between West Music Quad Cities studio teachers, local musicians, and West Music lesson students. The public will be able to see over 20 different bands as they take the stage live with their instructors. The concert highlights the musical bond that spans generations as local musicians of all ages perform together. West Music Quad Cities instructors and local musicians include Ellis Kell, Dana Starkell, Tony Carducci, Andy Cowan, Rick Ely, Wes Weeber, Greg Collister, Terry Hanson, Jenni Pickering, and Nicholas Nolte.

This event is one of many hosted by West Music throughout the year for students, teachers, friends and the general public. This is a great opportunity for students to come together and perform for a live audience while showcasing their passion for music and their creativity. Best of all, Parking Lot Jam brings to life West Music’s mission to "enrich people’s lives through participation in music.”.

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music’s mission to “Enrich peoples’ lives through participation in music” is at the root of its success and continued growth. West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has six retail locations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. For more information, visit West Music’s comprehensive online website at or call 1-800-373-2000.

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Library Lines: Great Summer Fun For All PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:55
Read to Win, Starting June 3!

book with wings attached With reading programs for children, teens and adults, the family that reads together this summer may just win together. Have Book Will Travel and Beneath the Surface reading contests for children, adults and teens start June 3 and run through July 26 at the Rock Island Main Library, 30/31 Branch and Southwest Branches.


Have Book Will Travel reading logs for children from the "read-to-me" to "reader" levels will be available Monday, June 3. Pick up a form, add your name to the reading globe,  and start tracking your reading journey! Kids can track by title or time read, with prizes and extra chances to win awarded at the half-way and ending destinations. Prize pick up starts June 17.


Adults can stow away on their own reading adventure simply by completing an entry form for every book audiobook or eBook they finish between June 3-July 26. One entry per book read, please. Winners will be chosen by random drawing with rewards including a Kindle eReader, Kindle Fire HD tablet or gift cards.


Teens ages 12 to 18 are dared to go Beneath the Surface of reading by completing a bingo card form of various actitivies, which include reading and attending programs. 10 squares qualify teens for a prize drawing, with 25 squares equalling an automatic prize.


Check our website for free programs!

More Fun for Adults

book as suitcasePick up your free travel notepad on June 3 (while supplies last) and make a note to attend these free programs:

Have Book Will Travel: Free travel planning tips from Marsha Holmes of Gulliver's Travel Agency. 6:30 pm, June 4, Main Library.


Independent Movie, 6:00 pm, June 6, Main Library.


Historic Cemetery Tours, 7:00 pm. June 10 at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island; and 7:00 pm, June 17 at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Explore the fascinating history at two of the Quad Cities' oldest cemeteries. Registration requested but not required: Call 732-7341.


Movie Flick: Free popcorn and movie based on a book. 5:30 pm, June 18, Main Library. Tip: This movie might make you decide you need a bigger boat!

More to do for kids this summer!
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Storytimes, Lego Clubs, Math Clubs, Kids' Scrapbooking, Special Performers - it seems there's no end of ways to take flight with reading and free activities this summer. Here is just a brief sample of the fun to be had this summer at your library:


Global Math Club: 3:30 pm, Tuesdays, June 11-16, Main Library. Fun with math, from tutor Elizabeth Russell.


Kids' Scrapbooking Mondays: Free for 2nd grades and up. Materials supplied! 3:00 to 4:00 pm, June 10, Main Library; June 17, 30/31 Branch, and June 24, Southwest Branch.


Niabi Zoo at Your Library: Free show & tell with zoo animals. 11:00 am, June 13 at Main Library and 11:00 am June 20 at Southwest Branch.


Friday Fest Movie: 1:00 pm, June 21, Main Library.


Games from Around the World Night: Learn more about the world by trying the games people play in other countries. Fun for the whole family! 6:00 pm, June 27, 30/31 Branch.


To see all your traveling options, pick up a brochure or calendar today! Or visit our website.

Tons for Teens

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Teen Feature: Classic movie & free popcorn. Pick up your reading logs, too! 1:00 to 3:30 pm, June 7, Main


Library Treasure Hunt: Follow the clues to uncover the treasure & win great prizes! 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 13, Main


Teen Iron Chef: Create a culinary masterpiece and win! 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 18, Southwest


Teen Gaming Night: 6:00 to 7:30, June 20, Main Library. Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii, board games & snacks!


Zombie Night: Be prepared for the zombie invasion with a plan, zombie make-up, a zombie movie & snacks. 6:00 to 7:30 pm, June 27, Main Library

New Service for Music Lovers!

Now you can download music from the Rock Island Library - and what's more, you can keep it.


Freegal Music serviceRegistered cardholders of the Rock Island Public Library with accounts in good standing can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month via the library website. Downloaded tunes become part of your personal music library - they do not disappear or need to be returned after a set period.  Sorry, this service is not available to patrons of non-subscribing libraries.


Full instructions are available on the Rock Island Library website under "Download This."

A free class will also be offered at 6:30 pm on June 19 at the Main Library.


Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Headline Blues Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:49

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will close out the 29th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on Saturday July 6 on the Bandshell in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.  Sponsored in part by Wieblers Harley-Davidson of Davenport, Shepherd’s set will show why Guitar World named him the world’s #3 blues guitarist—right after B. B. King and Eric Clapton.

Still barely in his 30s, the Louisiana-born axeman and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. He met Stevie Ray Vaughn at 7 and shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13.

From 1995 on, Shepherd took seven singles into the Top 10, and holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with Trouble Is.   Shepherd has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and has received two Billboard Music Awards, and two Blues Music Awards.

In 2007, he released a critically-acclaimed and two-time Grammy-nominated DVD–CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. The film and album document Kenny Wayne Shepherd as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians, many of them now gone. As they tour the backroads, Shepherd, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats including Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, blues harp master Jerry "Boogie" McCainCootie Stark,  John Dee HolemanEtta Baker, and Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards.  There’s also a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters' and Howlin' Wolf's bands, including luminaries such as Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Pinetop Perkins.

“It’s exciting to have such a name and talent as Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the BluesFest,” said Bob Covemaker, co-chair of the committee that books acts for the festival.  “His energy is perfect for drawing in more young people, the future of the blues.”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is one of 27 acts on two stages at the Blues Festival, which begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday July 4 and runs through July 6.  Free workshops by festival artists are scheduled for all three days, and BlueSKool for the kids runs Friday and Saturday.

Discount advance tickets are available until June 30 from Hy-Vee stores in the Quad-Cities, Clinton, and Muscatine, by calling the Mississippi Valley Blues Society at 563-32-BLUES, or online at  Gate admission is $20 per day, with children 14 and under free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Besides the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, this year’s artists include, Mighty Sam McClain, Walter Trout, Southern Hospitality, John Primer (who will receive the RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award), C. J. Chenier, W. C. Clark, The 44s, Anthony Gomes, Samantha Fish, and Davina & the Vagabonds—among a total of 27 acts on two stages.

Also this year the festival will see the first-ever Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge.  Three bands from within a 175-mile radius of the Quad-Cities will compete in the final round on July 5, with the winner playing a full set on July 6 at the festival and representing the Mississippi Valley Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2014.

Hurricane Gumbo To Headline At 24th Annual Gumbo YaYa Festival In Rock Island, IL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenny Errant   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15:03

Chicago, IL – Hurricane Gumbo will headline the 24th annual Gumbo YaYa fest in downtown Rock Island, Illinois on Friday, June 7th 2013 followed by an encore performance on Saturday, June 8th.

Chicago’s Hurricane Gumbo combines zydeco, rhythm & blues, jazz and funk to create some of the finest in Louisiana party music. Through an energetic mix of eclectic originals and cover material, the eight-piece group has performed together for more than 10 years at festivals and clubs throughout the Midwest, including the House of Blues in Chicago, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and the Taste of Chicago.

“We are very excited to once again be a part of this incredible fest!” says Bill Rosas, lead vocalist and keyboardist with HG. “Gumbo YaYa is one the best festivals in the country! It captures all the sights, sounds and atmosphere of New Orleans.”

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