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MVBS Presents Lucky Peterson with Shawn Kellerman Wednesday Dec. 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:50

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents, for your holiday pleasure, a “powerhouse” of a blues show featuring blues veteran and multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson, his wife Tamara on vocals and, tearing it up on guitar, the “Canadian Face-Melter” Shawn Kellerman. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19th at Rascal’s, 1414 15th Street in Moline. Admission is a very reasonable $10 ($7 for MVBS members) for a show of this caliber.

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Lucky Peterson, who last played here at our 1993 Blues Fest (the “Airport Fest”), was a child prodigy who played his first gig at age 3, recorded his first single—produced by the legendary Willie Dixon—at age 5 and went on to play The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson by the time he was age 6. He’s recorded for major labels such as Verve, Evidence and Alligator and, in 2010, his album You Can Always Turn Around won a Blues Music Award for Best Blues Album of 2010. He plays guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and trumpet—but for this show, we suspect Mr. Kellerman will be handling most of the guitar fireworks.

Shawn Kellerman has played the Quad City area several times, including our Blues Festival in 2010, and is known for his thrashing blues-rock style as well as his mastery of straight-ahead blues.

You won’t want to miss this show!  Have your nearest loved one give you an early Christmas present and get tickets for Lucky Peterson with Shawn Kellerman.

Steve Brundies, President

 
MVBS Presents Scottie Miller PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:49

Sunday Dec. 16 at Martinis on the Rock

 

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society welcomes Scottie Miller and the Reuptake Inhibitors to Martinis on the Rock on Sunday, December 16.  The show will start at 6:00pm, and admission will be $7.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.  Martinis on the Rock, an MVBS business member, is located at 4619 - 34th Street, Rock Island, right on the beautiful Rock River.

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An accomplished and highly regarded keyboardist, Scottie offers up a diverse blend of blues, funk, soul and jazz, in addition to nailing down the New Orleans groove so tight this Minneapolis resident will have you wondering if the Mississippi River started flowing backwards.

Taking up piano at age six, Scottie Miller attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music, where, although he could only afford one year’s tuition, he managed to complete all four years of proficiency requirements.  From there he went on to play with fellow Minnesotan Big John Dickerson and Blue Chamber, and later with Bo Diddley.

Currently, when not touring with his own band, he’s been backing Ruthie Foster for the past four years.  In addition to being a keyboardist and bandleader, he’s also a fantastic singer, songwriter, arranger and lyricist.  He’s released seven CDs, including the solo acoustic effort Between the Black and the White, which compares favorably to Charles Brown’s similarly classic album In a Grand Style.

The Events Committee has been trying to snag these guys for a couple of years, and we’re fortunate to get them on this date, shortly after Scottie returns from a tour of Australia and a show in New York with Ruthie Foster.

Steve Pedigo

 
Anthony Gomes At Rascals Live—Saturday December 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:48

Billboard Magazine’s ranked #1 blues artist Anthony Gomes will be at Rascals Live (1418 15th St.) in Moline on Saturday December 15. Advance tickets are for sale now at Rascals (1414 15th St.) for only $15. Day of show tickets will be $20. Tickets can be bought online by emailing Rascals at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling Rascals at 309-797-9457.

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Singer-guitarist Anthony Gomes lives by that credo of truth as an artist, constantly challenging himself to expand his explorations of heart and sound. The release of his latest album Up 2 Zero represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straightahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments.

Gomes was named BluesWax Magazine’s “Artist of the Year,” which elevated him to the top of the blues field.   Music Is the Medicine, released in 2006, peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Gomes’ endless touring kept him atop the blues field as he continued to be nominated for BluesWax Artist of the Year awards for several years in a row. 2008′s LIVE is Gomes’ greatest commercial success to date, reaching number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.

Up 2 Zero, Gomes’ latest offering, bristles with that passion and personality of the blues, a testimony to the healing power of music to uplift, console, move and motivate the spirit. American Blues Scene writes, “Anthony Gomes is back. Not that he really left — but he IS back, invigorated and full of fire. His new album oozes energy and renewal, and his band is kicking too! What makes this album really interesting is that though there are songs that are not strictly ‘blues’ per se, these still reference blues that the listener will recognize and appreciate.” Up 2 Zero is the culmination of all that Gomes has learned over the course of his previous albums and touring.

One of the key songs on the new CD is the searing mission statement of “Back To The Start.” Comments Gomes, “I wanted to begin the CD with a powerhouse shuffle to set the tone of where we are at musically. Lyrically, the song says it all. As simple as it sounds, you have to follow your heart and I had to get back to where I started. For me, it’s the blues. I can always try different things, but I always find myself going back to where the music started.”

Kenny Bailey

 
Nova Singers Presents: A Nova Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:59

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Nova Christmas: Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA, and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg.

Nova Singers’ most popular concert of the year is fast approaching! Get your friends and family into the Christmas spirit with a program featuring Christmas songs of all kinds, including Kirby Shaw’s arrangement of Silver Bells and Irving Berlin’s timeless White Christmas. Victoria’s Ne Timeas Maria and Muehleisen’s A solis ortus cardine are sure to take your breath away. We also celebrate local talent, featuring Galesburg composer Daniel Godsil’s newly published Choral Meditation on “The Holly and the Ivy” and pianist Megan Clewell on a tango from Puerto Rico and a delightful arrangement of Shepherd’s Shake Off Their Drowsy Sleep.  And of course, it wouldn’t be A Nova Christmas without an audience sing-along!

Nova Singers will be joined by youth choirs for both concerts. On Friday the 14th in Davenport at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the guest choir is the Sudlow Select Choir, under the direction of Kim Knoche.  On Saturday the 15th in Galesburg at First Lutheran Church, Nova will be joined by the Galesburg Singing Streaks, directed by Pier Debes.  Each choir will perform their own set of music before combining with the Nova Singers for three beloved Christmas carols.

Artistic Director Laura Lane says that the Christmas concert is one of her personal favorites. “It’s true! Music has always been an important part of the holiday season for me. Every year, I love finding new Christmas carols that we’ve never done before that I think are perfect for Nova Singers. And this year I have found so many that are uniquely beautiful! I adore the mystical, deep motets from the Renaissance by Hassler and Victoria, but I’m also  thrilled with the A solis ortus—written a year ago, I believe this will be only its second performance ever! Based on chant, it’s haunting and full of rich, lush harmonies and just absolutely gorgeous. I’m also really excited about finally singing Silver Bells and White Christmas with Nova Singers: two of my dad’s favorite carols.”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical holiday spirit with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities since 1986, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. Nova Singers season tickets will still be available through this performance. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please take the opportunity to visit our Facebook page under the keywords ‘Nova Singers’.

 

A Nova Christmas is sponsored by Miller Dredge Insurance.  Nova Singers’ 2012-2013 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

 
McDonough Launches Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:44
HOLIDAY GRANDE 2012:

“Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough Launches Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous

MONTICELLO, IA (November 27, 2012) — It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas! “Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough and his orchestra and singers are touring the state with a sensational all-new production show benefitting Camp Courageous of Iowa. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

The spectacular holiday stage production -- new for 2012 -- features International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, Jim McDonough at the concert grand piano, his 14-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season.

The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a production perfect for all generations. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s filled with spectacular musical arrangements, and it benefits a wonderful organization.”

For seven years, McDonough has toured to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The “Holiday Grande 2012” tour encompasses seven shows in six of Iowa’s most beautiful venues:

Ottumwa – Saturday, December 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bridge View Center Theatre
Des Moines – Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place
Dubuque – Saturday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater
Cedar Rapids – Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre
Davenport – Saturday, December 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre
Cedar Falls – Sunday, December 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Perf. Arts Ctr
Jim McDonough’s 15 CDs – including his brand new album “One Nation Under God” – are available at gift shops across the country and via his Web site, www.PianoFavorites.com.


ABOUT JIM McDONOUGH

After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Monticello native, Jim McDonough, began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, the International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist’s CDs are available in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, www.PianoFavorites.com. Jim’s independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has already sold nearly 200,000 of his CDs.

The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. A falling piano crushed three fingers on his right hand – and nearly crushed his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing – with a cast on his right hand – and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand. “Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far he’d come.

McDonough was recently honored by the legendary piano maker, Steinway & Sons, naming him to its worldwide artist roster. From classical pianists like Lang Lang, to jazz stars like Harry Connick Jr., to pop icons like Billy Joel, to “immortals” like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; as a Steinway Artist, McDonough joins an exclusive international list of the most accomplished and discriminating performing artists.

His discography includes Requests (2002); Home for Christmas: Christmas Favorites Vol. I (2003); Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen (2004); An Ivory Christmas (2004); Music of the Night (2004); Simple Gifts: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. I (2005); With Love: Timeless Love Songs, Vol. I (2006); Homeward Bound: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. II (2007); Country Dreaming (2008); A Christmas to Remember: Christmas Favorites Vol. II (2008); Rat Pack Remembered (2009); Isn’t It Romantic: Timeless Love Songs, Vol. II (2010); Young At Heart (2011); Christmas Eve: Christmas Favorites, Vol. III (2011); and his brand new release, One Nation Under God: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. III (2012).

For more information, visit Jim McDonough’s web site at www.PianoFavorites.com or call (800) 375-7095.

 
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