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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.


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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Written by Laura Lane   
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

“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,


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, 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 or call (800) 375-7095.

This Friday: 12 Gifts of Christmas! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:40

12 Gifts of Christmas


Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story, Patsy Clairmont,

Mary Beth Chapman, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll,

Anita Renfroe, Harris III, and Lisa Whelchel 



7:00 PM Friday, November 30th 


i-Wireless Center 

1201 River Drive

Moline, Illinois


The Meaning, the Magic, the Music

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above!

There’s no better time to celebrate those gifts than the birthday of Jesus, the greatest gift of all!

Christmas is a time for friends and family, so gather yours for an evening you won’t forget.

You’ll hear the stories and songs of Christmas in a way you might never have heard them. Grammy award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story are joined by the best storytellers around—Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg and Mary Beth Chapman along with comedienne Anita Renfroe—to present event that brings the wonder of Christmas to life. The night wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the magic of Christmas with illusionist Harris III, and he’s bringing something special just for the kids. The evening is hosted by Lisa Whelchel of TV’s “The Facts of Life.”

It’s a time that’s uniquely enjoyable to everyone - a time to celebrate the gifts we’ve been given, the joy of the season and the meaning of it all. That’s what 12 Gifts of Christmas is all about, and you won’t want to miss it!

Tickets are now available through TicketMaster and at the I Wireless Center Box Office!

Ticket prices:

(Buy your tickets at the I Wireless Center Box Office, and avoid paying any TicketMaster fees!)

$25.00 General Admission - red on seating chart; use link below

$35.00 Reserved Seating - blue on seating chart; use link below

$125.00 VIP Reserved Seating includes VIP reception starting at 5:30PM

Reserved Seating Group (15+) $30.00

General Admission Group (15+) $20.00

Group rates are available for both reserved and general admission seats by calling the I Wireless Center group sales department at 309-277-1356.

(Note: A venue service fee of $2.50 will apply for all tickets sold.)

12 Gifts of Christmas Seating Chart:

For your convenience, you can also buy tickets on-line through TicketMaster:

(Additional TicketMaster fees apply for all non-Box Office ticketing points.)

Ages 1 and under free on lap. Doors open at 6:00 pm. General admission seating is located to the rear of the lower bowl and the upper bowl. It is first come-first served but you may be asked to consolidate in order to fit others. For a seating chart go to the iwireless Center website at Group rates are available for both reserved and general admission seats by calling the i wireless Center group sales department at 309/277-1356.


Doors open at 5:30 PM for VIP Seating Only.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for all other seating.


About the 12 Gifts Tour Group

With more than ten million records sold in a career that began in 1987, Steven Curtis Chapman has recorded 17 projects with Sparrow Records, including two RIAA certified platinum albums and eight RIAA certified gold albums. Along with his five GRAMMY® awards and 16 nominations, Chapman has won an American Music Award, recorded 46 No. 1 US radio hits and been awarded 56 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date.


Laura Story is a songwriter, worship leader, artist and soon-to-be mother. Her Grammy winning songs, including “Blessings” and Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable,” have brought hope to millions around the world.


Patsy Clairmont has spoken to millions of women (and men) offering spiritual and emotional hope. Patsy has written books in several genres including devotional, fiction, children’s, and gift offerings. She is one of the founding speakers at Women of Faith and trains people for the platform.


Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven and Mary Beth have been married for 27 years. Mary Beth released the New York Times best selling book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope in September of 2010.


Marilyn Meberg is an extraordinary storytellerwho shares the gospel of Christ’s love through her hilarious tales and heart-touching stories. She is the author of many books the latest of whichis “Constantly Craving”. Marilyn has a masters degree in English and taught at Biola University for ten years. With a second masters degree in Counseling Psychology, she began another career as a professional counselor.


Luci Swindoll has been enjoying life for almost eighty years, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In the past 25 years she’s written 14 books and spoken all over the country, and has been to all seven continents. Luci is an avid fan of her two brothers, Chuck and Orville, who are both engaged in public Christian Ministry as pastor/teachers.


Comedienne and author Anita Renfroe is an overnight Internet sensation. Anita is author of Hyperion release DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse. Anita has been featured in The New York Times, Readers Digest, Women’s Day and The Washington Post.


Harris III has performed as a Christian Illusionist before 1 million people in more than twelve nations on five continents.


Lisa Whelchel was as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club.” Ms. Whelchel is perhaps best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life” for nine years. Her first book, “Creative Correction” released October 2000 and has sold over 200,000 copies. She went on to write over a dozen more books including, “The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me,” “So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling,” “The ADVENTure of Christmas,” “The Busy Mom’s Guide” Series, and her most recent, “Friendship For Grownups.”


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