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America's Music Project Bands Together Libraries, Non-Profits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:33

From April 11 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded “America’s Music” project.

Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music and live performances.

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. Featuring 19 presentations in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities, the local effort is one of just 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Starting with blues and gospel and ending with swing jazz, the general audience programs will explore the connections between six uniquely American genres of 20th century music and the influence of music on the history, culture and geography of the United States. Each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, giving attendees of all ages an opportunity to recognize the influence of these popular music forms on the cultural landscape.

A full list of performances and locations is available at, but the basic line-up is as follows:

Program partners and sponsors will kick off the series with a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the River Music Experience. Blues and gospel fill the week of April 15, with film/discussion events of “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” and “Say Amen Somebody” at the Rock Island Main Library and Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch. Broadway and Tin Pan Alley fill the week of April 22 with film/discussion events of “Broadway: The American Musical” at Moline Public Library and River Music Experience, along with a Broadway performance by The District Theatre and Tristan Layne Tapscott at the Moline Public Library.

Bluegrass and county music are the focus of the week of April 29, with film/discussion events of “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” at Western Illinois University-QC and the Bettendorf Public Library. Bettendorf Library will also host a bluegrass performance by River Town, a four-piece ensemble performing traditional bluegrass and folk favorites.

Classic rock and roll takes the stage during the week of May 6, with film/discussion events of “The History of Rock ‘n Roll: Plugging In,” at the Bettendorf Public Library and Rock Island Main Library. The Rock Island Library will also host a performance by Meet the Press, a dynamic three-piece band performing 80s and 90s originals.

Mambo and Hip Hop music will fill the week of May 13, with film/discussion events of “Latin Music U.S.A. and “From Mambo to Hip Hope: A South Bronx Tale,” at Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch and Western Illinois University- Quad Cities. The Davenport Public Library will also present a Hip Hop dance performance and instruction event with Midwest Academy of Dance.

Swing Jazz events fill the week of May 19, starting with a jazz performance at the Polyrhythms Third Sunday jazz at the River Music Experience. The event, featuring the Bill Bell trio, is the only ticketed event in the series. Cost is $10 general admission or $15 for reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling 309-373-0790. Free swing jazz film and discussion events with excerpts from “Ken Burns Jazz” and the “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” take place during the week at River Music Experience and Moline Public Library.

Discussions, along with a call for stories about memories of the Quad City musical landscape, will be led by program scholar Dr. Daniel S. Malachuk, associate professor of English at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities, and several faculty colleagues, including Dr. Everett Hammer (English), Dr. Nancy Schaefer and Dr. Tammy Werner (Sociology), and two students in the English Masters program, Chelsea Clearman and Jill King.

With help from his students, Dr. Malachuk will present some of the local stories collected at the final event in the series, “Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities, “ from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, at the Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Riverfront Atrium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories about the great variety of music heard in the Quad Cities over the past 50 years. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments, as the event will close with an open mic event of local performers.

For details, please visit or 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.


Brucemore Arts Share PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:23

Enjoy an intimate evening of literature and music during the second Brucemore Arts Share on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. The event continues the tradition started by Brucemore’s second family, the Douglases, who frequently entertained guests and celebrated local artists in the Mansion’s Great Hall. Graduate students from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Anna Morrison and Jessie Hennan, will read original poetry and fiction. Trio Brava, an ensemble of piano, clarinet, and viola, will follow with a performance of pieces by undiscovered composers inspired by Mozart and Schuman. A light reception will follow the hour-long program. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 per adult and $5 per Brucemore member or student.  All tickets at the door (if available) are $10. Space is limited; purchase tickets by visiting or calling (319) 362-7375. This performance is made possible by a Better Futures for Iowans grant through The University of Iowa’s Office of the Provost.

Jessie Hennen grew up near St. Paul, Minn., and received her Bachelor of Arts in English and German literature from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She then moved to Munich, where she worked as a governess and a marketing project manager. Currently, she is back in the Midwest and working on her first novel at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Julia Anna Morrison is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop from Atlanta, Ga.  She teaches creative writing to undergraduates at the University of Iowa.  Julia's work has recently appeared in Redivider and Gulf Coast.

Trio Brava is exploring new paths in the world of chamber music. Inspired by the established repertoire of Mozart and Schumann, its members are now seeking treasure in lesser-known works for this instrumentation and commissioning a wealth of new works, especially by undiscovered composers. Megan Gray (viola), Asami Hagiwara (piano) and Lisa Wissenberg (clarinet) are pursuing their Doctorates of Musical Arts at the University of Iowa.

About the Arts Share

Arts Share continues The University of Iowa's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theater), the School of Art and Art History, and the Writers' Workshop. Arts Share aims to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. Through this program, artists have traveled as far as Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Buffalo Center, Keokuk, and Lamoni to present interactive performances, workshops, readings, residencies, master classes, and more.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


John Prine Reschedules March 15th Performance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Pedigo   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:45
PEORIA, Ill. – Due to a recent bout with the flu and a heavy touring schedule, John Prine is needing some time to recuperate. The concert scheduled for March 15 in Peoria will be rescheduled for this fall on Friday 9/13.  Full reschedule information can be found at or Tickets purchased for the March 15 show will be honored on the new September 13th show date. John looks forward to playing for his fans at the Peoria Civic Center Theater in a few months.

Local Students Travel to New Orleans With Culver-Stockton College's Spring Music Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Culver-Stockton College Communications   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:13

CANTON, MO. (03/08/2013)(readMedia)-- Continuing a spring tour tradition that spans more than 60 years, the Culver-Stockton College Concert and Chamber Choirs, as well as the Wind and Jazz Ensembles traveled throughout Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Tuesday, March 5 for a series of concert performances.

Tyler Hast, freshman music major from Silvis, Ill. performed with the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir.

Ian Sodawasser, junior musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa performed with the Concert Choir.

Highlites of the trip include performing in New Orleans' St. Louis Cathedral, as well as on the Creole Queen-Chalmette Battlefield River Cruise in New Orleans. The groups also performed at the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Ark.

Oz: The Great and Powerful - See it on the GIANT Screen! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:08
Wait to see it where it's meant to be seen, on the Putnam's GIANT Screen!

Oz: The Great and Powerful
Coming in May!

Oz: Great and Powerful COMING IN MAY!
Oz The Great and Powerful -- Official Disney Trailer | HD
Watch the trailer!

Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804

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