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Blues in the Schools Feb. 25 to March 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:10

Hal Reed and Kevin Burt:  “Generations of Blues”

Blues in the Schools Residency

February 25 – March 1

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Hal Reed and Kevin Burt for its Blues in the Schools Artists in Residency Series for the week of February 25 to March 1, 2013.  Hal and Kevin will conduct their “Generations of Blues” workshops at area schools and two Open to the Public performances:

  • Moline Public Library, Gold Room—Tuesday Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. (3210 41st Street, Moline)
  • River Music Experience, Community Stage—Thursday Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. (2nd and Main Streets in Davenport IA)

Through storytelling, discussions, and musical demonstration, Hal and Kevin will trace blues music’s history and culture from its African roots through today’s era, showing how and where the blues originated and threaded its way through all cultures in our society. The goal is that students today continue to appreciate, understand and carry their fathers’ and mothers’ music into the next generation.

Blues harmonica player, guitarist, singer and educator Hal Reed was born in Mississippi just a few miles from the Delta, where he grew up influenced by his grandfather, a talented southern folk-blues artist who in addition to inspiring young Hal’s love for the blues taught Hal the need to pass it on from generation to generation.

Besides being a bandleader in the Quad-Cities, Hal is also the owner of The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, where he brings in blues artists every week. And for the past five years he has been a teacher at the River Music Experience’s Winter Blues program.  Hal along with Ellis Kell have been the moderators at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival’s BlueSKool, where they have taught and presented the kids from the RME’s Winter Blues program.

Hal has brought his “Generations of Blues” program to area schools three times before, to great acclaim.  Kevin Burt joins a team that has included Ellis Kell, Donald Kinsey, Chris Avey, and Bret Dale.

For over 20 years, Kevin “B.F.” Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the nation, dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa.  His soul-inspired presentation is unique, which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.  Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) who has also had some stage acting experience.  In the off-Broadway play, Klub Ka, the Blues Legend, Kevin played Papa Gee and arranged all of the blues music.  The play, which originally ran in Iowa City and then in Washington DC, also had a two week run at LaMama’s Experimental Theater in New York City and was sold out each night.  Kevin has also had roles in several other plays at the University of Iowa—for example, playing Whining Boy in the acclaimed August Wilson play The Piano Lesson.

Kevin was recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in 2009, and he has been the MVBS artist in residence for Blues in the Schools before.  Kevin is a registered artist educator with the State of Iowa Arts Council.  He has written and published a classroom harmonica method book called Just Play It: an Introduction to Blues Harmonica.  Kevin has shared the stage with many greats, including Albert Collins, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards, Janiva Magnus, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Robert Cray, Rod Piazza, Terrance Simien, the Holmes Brothers, the Neville Brothers, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Besides playing at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and other Midwest blues festivals, Kevin has performed at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife (Washington, DC).

The Hal Reed and Kevin Burt “Generations of Blues” residency is made possible by major support from the Riverboat Development Authority. Additional support is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, the Moline Foundation, Alcoa, KALA-FM, and The Lodge of Bettendorf.

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Phil Roberts   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:24
Davenport, Iowa (Feb. 17, 2013) – The contracts are signed and the grandstand lineup is set for this year’s 94th annual
Mississippi Valley Fair (, being held July 30 to Aug. 4 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St.

Here are the attractions:
Tuesday, July 30: Toby Keith
Wednesday, July 31: Uncle Kracker
Thursday, Aug. 1: Dwight Yoakam
Friday, Aug. 2: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Saturday, Aug. 3: Diamond Rio
Sunday, Aug. 4: Jake Owen

Many new and different grounds attractions also will be featured again this year, according to MVF general manager Bob Fox. They’ll be announced in the next few months.

Fox noted there is no price increase this year for Fair Fun Cards, which are good for grounds admission and are the only way to be admitted into the grandstand. They’re being sold now at the fair office for $40 each. The price goes to $45 after July 6.

Call (563) 326-5338 for more information.

Christian Worship Band forming PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shawn Skinner   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:19
Attention christian musicians! We are seeking musicians and vocalists for our worship band. Auditions will be held March 2 and March 9 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Visit or call the church office at 563 391-7308 for more information and to schedule an audition time.

Icarus the Owl - Spring Tour Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zach McLean   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:25

Portland Oregon's Icarus The Owl is coming through on their spring '13 tour! The band has been featured on, with the new album Love Always, Leviathan receiving complimentary reviews from Sputnik Music, Absolute Punk and many other review sites.  The band will be performing at Rozz Toz in Rock Island on Sunday April 28th.

Linden String Quartet Performs at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:31

The Linden String Quartet will perform at Brucemore on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. Coached by the legendary Tokyo Quartet, the Cleveland-based Linden String Quartet has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality….” (MusicWeb International). The quartet’s members – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – are currently part of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, the Auditorium Chamber Music Series (Moscow, Idaho), Sheldon Friends of Music (Lincoln, Neb.) and the Chamber Music Society of Logan, Utah.

The hour-long concert and commentary will take place in the Great Hall of the Brucemore Mansion. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. A light reception will follow the performance. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 per adult and $5 per Brucemore member or student.  All tickets at the door 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.

About the Linden String Quartet

Described as “riveting” by MusicWeb International, the Linden String Quartet is a winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Founded in spring 2008, the Quartet has enjoyed remarkable success, also winning the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff Competition, First Prize at the 2010 Kauder Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the Borciani International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet was recently selected for the prestigious A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Fellowship, including a $25,000 award. Featured engagements for the 2012-13 season include the season-opening concert on New York's renowned Schneider Concert Series at the New School and a weeklong residency for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, culminating in a performance with Grammy award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. For more information, visit

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


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