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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:28

Fans of Ne-Yo, Stefano and Nelly Furtado – Listen Up! Win a Trip to See Your Fave

NorthPark and SouthPark Malls are partnering with three top artists to give away an exciting concert getaway.  It’s “Your Music, Your Choice.” If you win, you can pick who you want to see: Ne-Yo, Stefano or Nelly Furtado.

The process is simple. Guest 18 years of age and older can enter for a chance to win by visiting
between August 1st and September 3rd.  The winning shopper and the guest of his or her choice will receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations to the concert or artist event of their choice.

Guests must enter online only by visiting for a chance to win.  We encourage our loyal shoppers to pick out the perfect concert attire and stop by NorthPark and SouthPark Malls as we prepare for back-to-school sales and events.

NorthPark Mall
320 W Kimberly Rd

SouthPark Mall
4500 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

Guests can explore our retailer mix and get the most up-to-date information by


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents "Prince of Blues" Chris Beard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Friday, 27 July 2012 08:10

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Chris Beard and his band on Sunday August 5 at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf IA. The show begins at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for MVBS members and $10 for non-members (member applications will be available at the door).

When you grow up in a house filled with the blues, when your father grew up on Beale Street, when music was in your DNA, then blues is who you are and what you do.

Born in Rochester, New York, Chris Beard is the son of well-known bluesman Joe Beard. He took the first step of his musical career at the age of five when he picked out the melody for "Green Onions" on the guitar. It was a prophetic beginning, as the funky mix of blues and instrumental panache of the classic Booker T and the MCG's soul instrumental continues to be a hallmark of his style today.

"I grew up as Joe Beard's son in the house of the blues, around Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy," says Chris. "Matt always told me that the guitar has to become an extension of you, and that will always stick with me."

On Sunday, August 5, Beard will be backed by a band of musicians that Beard has recorded and traveled with for many years. (One of the stops on their 2011 tour was the Bandshell stage at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.)

The objective of the Blues Society is to educate the general public about the native art form of blues-related music through performance, interpretation and preservation, thus enhancing appreciation and understanding. The Society will make all events sponsored by it accessible to the general public by being non-profit and using volunteers.

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Great Seats Available for 2012 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Shows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:43

DES MOINES, IA (07/26/2012)(readMedia)-- Music-loving Fairgoers still have time to purchase tickets for this year's line-up of award-winning Grandstand entertainment and track events. "Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair set August 9-19.

Seats are still available for performances by hit Christian performer TobyMac, country stars Hank Williams Jr. and Miranda Lambert, pop-rockers Big Time Rush, and comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

All reserved seats for the Journey concert with Pat Benatar and Loverboy on Saturday, August 18, are sold out.

Tickets for all other concert and track events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. The Fair's Ticket Office, located on the front porch of the Administration Building, is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). During the Fair, the Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.

Complete line-up follows:

2012 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

Presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 9 TobyMac with special guests Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace, 8 p.m., $32

Friday, August 10 Happy Together Tour 2012 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams, 8 p.m., $25

Saturday, August 11 Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier, 8 p.m. $35

Sunday, August 12 Miranda Lambert with Pistol Annies and special guest RaeLynn, 8 p.m., $48

Monday, August 13 Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 14 The Band Perry with special guest Easton Corbin, 8 p.m., $35

Wednesday, August 15 Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull sponsored by Iowa Farmer Today, 2 p.m. $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 16 An Evening with Big Time Rush, 7 p.m., $38

Friday, August 17 Hank Williams Jr. "Taking Back the Country Tour," with special guest George Thorogood and the Destroyers 8 p.m., $39

Saturday, August 18 Demolition Derby, 11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Saturday, August 18 Journey with Pat Benatar and Loverboy, 8 p.m., $48

Sunday, August 19 Farmers Insurance presents Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge, 7 p.m., $59

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 8 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Willow Folk Music Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Irene Schubert   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:20

The 45th Annual Willow Folk Music Fest, Aug 11th & 12th, will be held on the Willow Church grounds, near Stockton, Illinois.

Hours: Saturday

  • 11am - 10pm - Open Stage performances featuring flutist/songwriter Debbie Leininger from 6pm-6:30pm.


  • 6:30am - 9:30am Breakfast followed by Gospel Music Service,
  • 10:15am-11:15am Christ's Country Choir (please joinus for this)
  • 12pm-5pm Open Stage performances.

More than 100 amateur bluegrass and country singers and acoustic musicians pefrom from a hay wagon on a country church lawn.  Jam sessions in the pasture.  Food and drinks may be purchased on the grounds.  Admission is $5 per day, ages 8 and under are free.  NO dogs, NO alcohol or drugs allowed on Church grounds.

Directions: Willow Church is 3 miles east of Stockton on Rt 20, turn right (south) on Willow Rd, travel six miles. From Freeport go west on Rt 20 past the Lena Kolb Cheese plant for 2 miles, to Willow Rd, turn left (south) and travel six miles.

For more information, please call 815-947-3789.

Ballet Quad Cities Announces 2012-2013 Season & Partnership With Orchestra Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 14:36

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rock Island, IL - Ballet Quad Cities' upcoming season will be nothing short of monumental as it celebrates the return of Domingo Rubio in his role as Dracula and enters into a partnership with another premiere performing arts organization, Orchestra Iowa based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Ballet Quad Cities' 16th season will include live music with Orchestra Iowa for both the holiday favorite

The Nutcracker and the most beloved fairytale of all times Cinderella. To help open Iowa Orchestra's season, dancers from Ballet Quad Cities will perform during their famed season-opening Brucemorchestra! on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids September 9th. The professional dance company will perform to Gershwin's American Paris and Copeland's The Promise of Living. Additionally, 8 performances of two productions will be presented with Orchestra Iowa accompaniment at the Adler Theater in Davenport and the newly refurbished Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids during the Ballet's 2012-2013 season.


Ballet Quad Cities' historic 2012-2013 season officially opens September 26 and 27 as Dracula is performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, with renowned dancer Domingo Rubio capturing the lead role he first danced in the Quad Cities in 2008 at the Capital Theater. The original choreography and music collage is by the company's resident choreographer Deanne Carter; the ballet loosely follows the Bram Stoker's piece of litature "Dracula".


After providing professional ballet to the Quad Cities region for 16 years, the Ballet's leadership is excited and looking forward to expanding across the state of Iowa. 2012-2013 marks the beginning of an exciting cultural partnership between the Ballet and Orchestra Iowa. The two premier state arts organizations in their respective fields team up for two classic productions. In December, they present Tchaikovsky's famous The Nutcracker ballet and in April, Prokofiev's magnificent masterpiece, Cinderella. Both productions will be staged at both the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Local auditions will be held for community cast dancer for the productions in both cities.



Annual subscription renewals for the 2012-2013 season may be made by calling the Ballet Quad Cities office at (309) 786-3779.

Become a Charter Member of Partners in Performance

Ballet Quad Cities is partnering with Orchestra Iowa! This is your invitation to be part of history. Please consider a financial contribution to help us make the magic happen.


For the very first time, Ballet Quad Cities will be presenting live music for our outstanding productions of The Nutcracker and Cinderella! Both of these time-honored performances will be held at the Adler Theater. Please mark your calendars because you don't want to miss either memorable performance.

  • The Nutcracker will be performed with 89 minutes of live music on December 8th and 9th, 2012
  • Cinderella will be performed with 64 minutes of live music on April 20th and 21st, 2013

You can become a Charter Member of the Partners in Performance by pledging a minimum of $100 by August 27, 2012.  Please consider giving at one of the following levels:

  • $100 will sponsor 10 minutes of live music
  • $250 will sponsor 25 minutes of live music
  • $500 will sponsor 50 minutes of live music
  • $640 will sponsor 64 minutes of live music
  • $890 will sponsor 89 minutes of live music

Of course, we will gratefully accept donations at ANY level. All Charter Members of Partners in Performance will be recognized in the annual Ballet Quad Cities program and on a banner to be hung at all performances of The Nutcracker and Cinderella.


Want to help us make history? Your gift of $100 or more will help underwrite the $30,000 cost associated with bringing Orchestra Iowa to Ballet Quad Cities. In return, we'll send you two tickets to the performance of your choice (The Nutcracker or Cinderella) and recognize your generous contribution in print.


We hope that you are as thrilled as we are to be a part of this extraordinary time in Ballet Quad Cities' history!


Tax deductible contributions may be sent to:

Ballet Quad Cities

613 17th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201


Questions?  Call (309) 786-3779 or e-mail Diane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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