Four-month program presented by Riverboat Development Authority celebrating the Jewish heritage in popular music
DAVENPORT, IA – The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (www.jfqc.org) is turning up the volume on “Jews Rock” – a four-month series of activities celebrating popular music’s Jewish heritage – presented by Riverboat Development Authority (RDA).
All events will be hosted at River Music Experience (www.rivermusicexperience.org), 129 Main Street, Davenport, IA. In addition to the RDA and the venue (RME), sponsors include Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Stanley and Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund, Bernard and Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund as well as Presenting Media Partner KWQC TV 6 and Event Partners The Sedona Group, The Dispatch-Argus and Quad-City Times.
The cornerstone of “Jews Rock” are photos by Janet Macoska (www.janetmacoska.com). A nationally recognized rock photographer from Cleveland, OH, she curates a series of images featuring Jewish performers from the last 50 years of popular music. The photos will be displayed at RME beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10th with a free public lecture by Macoska at 7:00 PM, and will remain on site for public viewing through December 10th, 2014. The photo exhibit is free and open to the public during RME’s regular business hours. Details on a silent auction to own one of the limited edition prints will be announced soon. (A full list of Jews Rock activities follows this release.)
“Our goal at the Jewish Federation is to connect people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds with the incredible variety of Jewish culture and to develop partnerships with other community resources like River Music Experience,” said Allan G. Ross, Executive Director. “Thanks to the RDA and our other sponsors, the ‘Jews Rock’ program will be a great way to visually, and of course musically, tell the story of the significant Jewish contributions to popular music in our country. Having the RME host it is a perfect fit.”
“The RME is excited to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities in this great program,” said Deb Sandry-Powers, CEO of River Music Experience. “We are fortunate that two non-profit entities can collaborate to share space and resources to highlight another Quad City cultural program featuring the music and art of our heritage.”
The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites (www.jfqc.org) is a non-profit, 501 c (3) Illinois corporation founded in 1980. With other local organizations, JFQC addresses a broad range of needs to include cultural, religious, educational, family welfare, care of the elderly and interfaith relations. The Federation combats hate and anti-Semitism by supporting religious liberty and civil rights for everyone.
The core mission of JFQC is to preserve, protect, enrich and enhance Jewish communal life and the well-being of Jews locally, in Israel and throughout the world. It is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America (www.jewishfederations.org). The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jewishfedqc.
Summary of Events For “Jews Rock” (September-December, 2014)
The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and River Music Experience are combining to stage “Jews Rock” in the Fall of 2014 presented by the Riverboat Development Authority. Events planned include a photography exhibition, educational presentations and performances that highlight the role of Jews in popular music.
Wed., Sept. 10 - Kickoff with photographer Janet Macoska – 7 PM Lecture – River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Free and open to the public. Nationally recognized rock photographer from Cleveland, OH, Macoska’s images of Jewish rock musicians will be the cornerstone of the exhibition. Her photos will be on display in the River Music Experience Sept. 10th-Dec. 10th, 2014. www.janetmacoska.com
Sun., Oct. 26 - AKA Doc Pomus movie – 4 PM – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free – One man connects Elvis, Ray Charles, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Dion…his name is Doc Pomus. Filmmaker Will Hechter documents the extraordinary life of one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music. This documentary was premiered at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, 2014 and will have its Iowa premiere at Jews Rock. www.akadocpomus.com
Wed., Nov. 19 - Lucky Break – Doors 7 PM/Show 7:30 PM – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $10 in advance; $12 at the door; Students with ID - $5 – Tickets available through www.rivermusicexperience.org – This Midwestern band takes you through an evening of Bluegrass standards as well as a treatment of Jewish music with a twang. www.luckybreak.us
Tue., Dec. 9 – “There Was A Fire: The History of Jews in Modern Music” – Words and Music From Ben Sidran – 7 PM Doors/7:30 PM Show – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $10; Seniors (60+) and Military $8; Students Free (Tickets available at the door) – Songwriter, historian and musician Ben Sidran hosts a one-man performance and lecture based on his recent book. www.bensidran.com
Wed. Dec. 10 – An Evening With The Ben Sidran Quartet – 7 PM Doors/7:30 PM Show – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $20 in advance; $25 at the door; Students $5 with ID – Tickets available through www.rivermusicexperience.org – One of the preeminent voices in smooth jazz, this songwriter, musician and historian will join us to perform with his band in an evening of Jazz leading into the holidays. Sidran performs all over the world and has collaborated with many of the greats in music. www.bensidran.com
Events presented by Riverboat Development Authority; Presenting Media Partner: KWQC TV-6; Event Partners: The Sedona Group, Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Bernard & Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund, Stanley & Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund; Media Sponsors: Quad-City Times, The Dispatch-Argus