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Monster Jam and Moline Police Department Don't Text & Drive Program! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Sturgell   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:37


Monster Jam® and Moline Police Department Join Forces to Educate Moline High School Students About the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Event on Wednesday, May 7 to feature special video message from monster truck driver Frank Krmel and student pledge signing

WHAT & WHO: Monster Jam® and the Moline Police Department will join forces to present a special enrichment program for about 800 Moline High School students to educate them about the dangers and consequences of texting and driving.

The "Monster Jam® Don't Text & Drive" event will kick-off at 9 am with a presentation by the Moline Police Department.

Following the presentation, monster truck driver Frank Krmel has a special video message asking students to take a pledge not to text and drive. All participants will move outside where students will sign a car as a representation of their promise. On opening night of Monster Jam at the iWireless Center, the car will be crushed, symbolizing crushing texting and driving.

Students who sign the pledge wall will receive a buy-one, get-one coupon to attend the show at the iWireless Center May 17 & 18.

WHEN:                   Wednesday, May 7 : 9 am-11 am

(Video presentation and car signing to begin at approximately 10:15 am)

WHERE: Moline High School, 3600 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL 61265

SHOW INFO: The world's premier monster truck series produced by Feld Motor Sports® will make a roaring return to the iWireless Center on Saturday, May 17 at 7 pm and Sunday, May 18 at 2 pm Ticket prices start at $10 for kids and $20 for adults if purchased in advance. All ticket prices increase $2 on the day of the show. Event tickets are available at the iWireless Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information on Monster Jam, log on to

Chamber Music Quad Cities presents Amir Eldan and David Bowlin in concert on Friday, May 16th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ellen Bowlin   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:17
Chamber Music Quad Cities presents Amir Eldan and David Bowlin in concert on Friday, May 16th at 7:30PM  at the Unitarian Church, 3707 Eastern, Davenport.
The program will include two cello suites by J.S. Bach, performed by Amir Eldan, and a solo violin work by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, performed by David Bowlin. The program will conclude with Maurice Ravel’s engaging Sonata for Violin and Cello.
Amir Eldan has performed as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and was the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra when he won the position of Assistant Principal Cello at age 22. He has performed live broadcasts on public radio in the U.S., Israel, and Europe. Currently he serves on the cello faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a member of the Oberlin Trio with violinist David Bowlin and pianist Haewon Song.
David Bowlin has been artistic director of Chamber Music Quad Cities since 2007. He won first prize at the Washington International Competition in 2003 and has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, and Symphony Space. Recent recordings include works by Huang Ruo and Luciano Berio for Oberlin Music. Currently Bowlin serves on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the Oberlin Trio.
Payment is made at the door: $12 for adults and $5 for students. For further information, please call 309-797-0516 or visit the website at

QCWE Concert May 10th, featuring 2014 DCamp Competition Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCWE Publicity   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:01

The Quad City Wind Ensemble’s (QCWE) Spring Concert will be performed on Saturday, May 10th at 7:30pm.  The concert will feature 2014 winner of the Charles B. DCamp Young Performers' Competition, Gabrielle Hartman, bassoon.  Location for the performance is the Allaert Auditorium at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the St. Ambrose campus.  Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade.  See attached poster for details.

Bassoonist Hartman, a sophomore at Muscatine High School, will perform the first movement of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the QCWE.  Second place winner of the 2014 DCamp Young Performers' Competition went to Jacob Nishimura, a sophomore alto saxophonist from Iowa City West High School.  Third place winner was tuba player Donovan Klutho, a freshman at Bettendorf High School.

Themed "Oh, The Places We've Been", the concert includes selections chosen by QCWE members from repertoire recently performed.  Selections from this concert will also be performed during the QCWE performance at the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) 2014 Conference May 15. The conference takes place at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa.

The IBA includes a membership of over 1,000, most of whom are directors of school bands.  It is one of the largest and most active of all state bandmaster organizations in the country.  Its driving force has kept good bands and good band music thriving in communities of all sizes through the state of Iowa.

The QCWE was founded in 1987 by Dr. Charles B. DCamp of St. Ambrose University, and has become one of the finest adult bands in the nation. In 2012 the QCWE was the Community Division winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance.  For additional information, please visit, or

West Music Quad Cities to host Uke-A-Palooza PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:45

Moline, IL - May 10, 2014 – In partnership with the Quad Cities Ukulele Club, West Music Quad Cities is pleased to host Uke-A-Palooza, an extravaganza celebrating the ukulele. This daylong event will take place at West Music Quad Cities, 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, IL on Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 11:00AM. Beginning ukulele lessons are available, as well as guest speakers, special pricing on ukuleles and ukulele accessories, and guest performances throughout the event. For more information, please contact Leif Rehnberg, West Music Quad Cities Store Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 309-764-9300.

Uke-A-Palooza Schedule

Event Title

Instructed by


Beginning “Uke Can Do It” Workshop

Erin Mahr

11:00AM - 12:00PM

“Uke Can Strum It” – focusing on strumming patterns

Beth Eddy

12:15PM – 12:45PM

Acoustic/Electric Ukulele Clinic and Performance

Maureen Carter

1:00PM – 1:30 PM

Advanced Strumming Patterns and Hammer on Techniques

Phil Vernon

1:45 – 2:45PM

Love Your Uke – Care and Maintenance

Tony Carducci


“Uke Can Afford It” – High End Ukuleles

Phil Vernon


2nd Anniversary Performance

Quad Cities Ukulele Club

3:45 – 4:15PM

About The Quad Cities Ukulele Club

The Quad Cities Ukulele Club (QCUC) was formed in early 2012 by Erin Mahr, a resident of the Quad Cities. The club is open to any and all ukulele enthusiasts and meets bi monthly at West Music Quad Cities, as well as performs at many community functions. Participants are encouraged to show up, trade ideas, and have fun! Find out more about QCUC by visiting their Facebook page.

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music continues creating musical communities by providing knowledge, products, and services people need to experience the power of making music! 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 eight retail locations in Iowa and western Illinois including two new locations with their recent merger with Kephart’s Music Center. For more information, visit West Music’s website at or call 1-800-373-2000.

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River Roots Live Announces 10 Year Anniversary Lineup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Gilliland   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:10

Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, North Mississippi Allstars Headline

(DAVENPORT- IA) River Roots Live, the Quad Cities’ premiere music festival, is celebrating its ten year anniversary with an incredible lineup featuring headliners Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and the North Mississippi Allstars.   Additional national acts include ZZ Ward, Ben Kweller, Cracker, The Jayhawks, Foxy Shazam, The Ballroom Thieves, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, and Twins.  The Quad Cities’ own talent will also be showcased by the One Night Standards and The Dawn.

As always, Ribfest BBQ vendors from across the country will be serving up delicious BBQ throughout the weekend. River Roots Live will be held on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River. The festival is free both nights before 5 p.m. and admission is only $10 after 5 p.m.

“With 2014 being the festival’s ten year anniversary, we really wanted to increase the look and feel of River Roots Live, said Jason Gilliland, Director of Events, Downtown Davenport Partnership.  “Fans can expect to find a bigger second stage that includes an improved sound system and banners rivaling many other festivals in the country.  In addition, our lineup has more nationally touring acts and we’re thrilled to provide a festival of this quality for the Quad Cities.”

The Bands 

Hailing from Texas, Los Lonely Boys are a Grammy Awarwd-winning sibling trio whose music draws equally from Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto, and Tejano. After recording their debut album at Willie Nelson’s studio in 2003, the single “Heaven” started climbing the charts with the album selling double Platinum.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band is a funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist, Robert Randolph.  This high energy, festival staple band was described by the President of Blue Note Records as having “mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner and Bonnaroo.” This is a high energy band that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

The North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996, the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. Eventually, Luther and Cody formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll. The Allstars continually expand the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that has inspired them from the beginning, but as Rolling Stone aptly notes, “the Allstars may be children of tradition, but they’re digging deep in undiscovered country.”

On her way to River Roots Live, ZZ Ward will be showcased at Bonnaroo, Summerfest and Red Rocks this summer.  Live, ZZ Ward’s smoky vocals and deliberate, varied arrangements make her one not to miss.  Last year, she toured with Fitz and the Tantrums, Grace Potter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Allen Stone and this year launched multiple near sell-out U.S. headline tours.

Ben Kweller has been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. His ability to weave together opposites that coexist happily on the same album is something few can do.

American alternative rockers Cracker will take the stage on Saturday.  Formed in 1991 the band has released 10 studio albums including the gold-selling album, Kerosene Hat, which included the hit songs “Low” and “Get off This.”

The Jayhawks have been described as forging a rootsy sound that wasn't quite rock or country - "Hank Williams on speed." That sentiment can be heard on such hits as “Save it for a Rainy Day,” “Blue,” and “Waiting for the Sun.”

Named one of the “100 bands you need to know” by Alternative Press, Foxy Shazam has been showing off their rock chops since 2004.  Lead singer Eric Sean Nally says "When I listen to a Foxy Shazam record I think of Evel Knievel; Bruce Springsteen; my childhood; Van Morrison; my old friends from high school I don't talk to anymore; Elton John; the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and beyond; Iggy Pop; and my first kiss."

Rounding out this year’s lineup will be the Ballroom Thieves, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Twins, the One Night Standards and The Dawn.

Ribs & Fest Info 

It wouldn’t be River Roots Live without Ribfest BBQ!  This isn't your neighbor burning some hotdogs and calling it BBQ. Our vendors travel the nation and represent the top tier of professional BBQ cookers in the United States.  So loosen your belt, and we suggest trying every single one of 'em throughout the weekend.  Patrons will be able to vote for their favorite!  The West Music Jr. Jam Tent returns to offer fun educational workshops for kids and performances from the River Music Experience’s Rock Camp bands.

With well over 20,000 attendees, River Roots Live has continued to grow every year since its inception in 2005. For complete details regarding band bios and festival activities, please visit

Produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber, River Roots Live is supported by partners Living Lands & Waters and the River Music Experience – all nonprofit organizations.  River Roots Live is proud to help promote music education programs at the River Music Experience, environmental clean-up efforts on the Mississippi River by Living Lands & Waters, and the growth of historic downtown Davenport.

River Roots Live is presented by U.S. Cellular and the Riverboat Development Authority. Please visit to see the complete list of our generous community sponsors.

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