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America's Music Quad Cities Kickoff, April 11 at 4:30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Friday, 05 April 2013 10:01

April 4, 2013

WHO: Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in partnership with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities invite local media to attend the kickoff event for America’s Music Quad Cities.

WHAT: America’s Music Quad Cities partners will discuss the six-week grant-funded series America’s Music: A Film History of our Popular Culture from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, which runs April 11th through May 23rd.  Representatives from partner organizations will be available to speak with media.  After profiling the series, the celebration continues with a performance from Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: River Music Experience, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA

WHY:  America’s Music Quad Cities is a bi-state, multi-agency partnership hosting the Tribeca Film Institute, American Library Association, and National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded program.  This six-week series (April 11 – May 23) features film viewings and discussions of distinguished documentaries featuring uniquely American music genres, performances by local acts, and Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad Cities, with a focus on local musical memories with an open-mic session.  America’s Music Quad Cities is only one of fifty nationwide recipients of this grant.

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Written by Bob Harrington   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:03
Record Store Day 2013 is fast approaching - Saturday, April 20th.

Ragged Records, located at 418 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa will be open 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Record Store Day is an international event. For one day only, over 400 rare and limited-edition titles will be released on LPs, EPs, 45s and box sets.

A Complete list of titles is available at or can be viewed at Ragged Records during regular business hours.

This year’s event will be even bigger than the last. Ragged Records is releasing volume two of last summer’s huge success, “Hello Quad Cities”. “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two features 12 area bands and artists, including: Chris Coleslaw, Speaking of Secrets, Orchard Keepers, Idpyramid, White Zephyr, Comfort, The Post Mortems, Dynoride, Puddle Jumper, Sub Atlantic, US Mode, and Busted Chandeliers. “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two is an vinyl-only release limited to 400 copies on colored vinyl.

Five of the bands featured on “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two will be playing during the Record Store Day event. The bands playing are: Idpyramid, Speaking of Secrets, Busted Chaneliers, Puddle Jumper, and The Post Mortems.

There will be giveaways and drawings, including vinyl test pressings of “Hello Quad Cities” volumes one & two.

Ragged Records will also have 20% off all used merchandise – including records, CD’s, stereo equipment and more. Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing (located in the same building) will also feature 20% off all vintage clothing and accessories during the Record Store Day event.

For more information, please call Ragged Records (563-324-3579) during store hours (Monday thru Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm), follow us on facebook, or check out For further information on “Hello Quad Cities” Volume Two, go to or like it on facebook.

Spring Fling Dance at CASI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Friday, 05 April 2013 09:00
GOLDBOOK presents the Spring Fling Dance at the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI), (1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport) Friday, April 5th. Come dance the night away from 7:00-10:00 p.m. with music provided by The Tony Hamilton Orchestra. The cost is just $10 at the door!

But wait, there’s more! Interested in learning some line dancing steps before the dance begins? There will be FREE Line Dancing lessons starting at 6:15 p.m.! Make sure to mark the Spring Fling Dance on your Friday night schedule and we’ll see you and your dancing shoes at CASI!

For more information please contact Sarah Arp at CASI (O) 563-386-7477 ext. 229 ( C ) 563-343-0038 (E) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




West Music Quad Cities to Participate in International Guitar Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sara Volz   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:04

Moline, IL - April 1, 2013 – West Music Quad Cities is excited to get spring rockin’ by celebrating International
Guitar Month throughout the month of April. The store will host weekly clinics to educate and celebrate the versatile instrument. West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. For questions or more information, please call 319-351-2000.

Clinic Information
Before anyone can play, they need to pick out a guitar. West Music will kick off the month with a “How to Pick Out the Perfect Guitar for You” clinic on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 6:00 pm. The clinic, hosted by Ellis Kell, is designed to help musicians find the right guitar for their needs, as well as cover the differences between acoustic and electric guitars, various body styles, and pickup configurations. He will also cover how certain guitar models are beneficial for beginners, advancing players, or those looking to play a certain style. This clinic is great for anyone looking to start playing, shopping for a gift, or just interested in learning more about different types of guitars. There will be free giveaways for participants.

The second clinic, “How to Care for Your Guitar,” on Saturday, April 6th, starting at 1:00 pm, will teach guitar care basics. Attendees will learn from clinician and luthier, Tony “Sweeps” Carducci, how to tune and clean their guitar, as well as how to change its strings. West Music will also have care kit bundles for sale, in addition to discounts on accessories such as strings and tuners. Musicians in attendance will also be able to sign up for guitar lessons and have their registration fee waived.

So you’ve got your guitar and you know how to take care of it. Now what? On Saturday, April 13th, beginning at 3:30 pm, the third clinic, “How to Play – Free Guitar Demonstrations!” will teach the foundations of playing the guitar, including learning how to play chords, a simple song, as well as provide information on how to find the right teacher and lesson format. The presenter will be Andy Cowan. The clinic will host a drawing for free giveaways, as well as provide free guitar lesson registration, and special discounts will be available on select lesson book bundles.

On Saturday, April 20th, at 1:00 pm, the fourth clinic, “How to Make Your Guitar Sound Like the Greats with Effects,” taught by Scott Whitehall, will teach guitarists new ways of expression through the creative use of effects pedals. Local guitar legends will teach the tips and tricks to guitar effects to help musicians capture the elusive tones established by greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Johnny Greenwood, and Matt Bellamy. Attendees will continue to be able to win free giveaways, register for guitar lessons for free, and get discounts on select guitar effect pedals.

To end the month in celebration of one of the best instruments around, the final event, “Guitar Shows & Open Mic Sessions,” will take place on Saturday, April 27th, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. The event will begin with an informal open mic with appetizers and drinks. The stage will be set up with various products and a sound system so players can jump on up and jam. The event is open to all guitar lovers, who are encouraged to bring their own prized classic, cool, and unique guitars to the guitar show to display for everyone to look at and then jump on stage to show everyone how great they sound. This event will be a fun finale to International Guitar Month with West Music!

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music’s mission to “Enrich peoples’ lives through participation in music” is at the root of its success and continued growth. 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 six retail locations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. For more information, visit West Music’s comprehensive online website at or call 1-800-373-2000.


The Official No Shoes Nation Pre-Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Pedigo   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:18

Presented by Corona Light and The New 104.9 The Wolf

Peoria, IL -- The New 104.9 the Wolf and Corona Light are teaming up with the Peoria Civic Center and Centerplate to bring you The Official No Shoes Nation Pre-Party on April 26th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Before you head into the arena to see Kenny Chesney, The Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, enjoy food, drinks and music outside in downtown Peoria.  The Pre-Party will take place just outside the Peoria Civic Center Carver Arena on the Jefferson Avenue sidewalk.

Admission is free and open to the public, you do not need a ticket to attend the Pre-Party.  104.9 the Wolf will be giving away tickets to the concert and other prizes at the Pre-Party. In the event of inclement weather, the Pre-Party will move indoors to the exhibit halls.

The No Shoes Nation Tour featuring Kenny Chesney, The Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves starts at 7:00 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are still available at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets,, and 1.800.745.3000.

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter..

Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to over 219 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, and convention, congress and exhibition centers.  With facilities across the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG manages more than 11 million square feet (1.1 million square meters) of exhibition space, and over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide. For additional company information, visit


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