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Anthony Gomes At Rascals Live—Saturday December 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:48

Billboard Magazine’s ranked #1 blues artist Anthony Gomes will be at Rascals Live (1418 15th St.) in Moline on Saturday December 15. Advance tickets are for sale now at Rascals (1414 15th St.) for only $15. Day of show tickets will be $20. Tickets can be bought online by emailing Rascals at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling Rascals at 309-797-9457.

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Singer-guitarist Anthony Gomes lives by that credo of truth as an artist, constantly challenging himself to expand his explorations of heart and sound. The release of his latest album Up 2 Zero represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straightahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments.

Gomes was named BluesWax Magazine’s “Artist of the Year,” which elevated him to the top of the blues field.   Music Is the Medicine, released in 2006, peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Gomes’ endless touring kept him atop the blues field as he continued to be nominated for BluesWax Artist of the Year awards for several years in a row. 2008′s LIVE is Gomes’ greatest commercial success to date, reaching number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.

Up 2 Zero, Gomes’ latest offering, bristles with that passion and personality of the blues, a testimony to the healing power of music to uplift, console, move and motivate the spirit. American Blues Scene writes, “Anthony Gomes is back. Not that he really left — but he IS back, invigorated and full of fire. His new album oozes energy and renewal, and his band is kicking too! What makes this album really interesting is that though there are songs that are not strictly ‘blues’ per se, these still reference blues that the listener will recognize and appreciate.” Up 2 Zero is the culmination of all that Gomes has learned over the course of his previous albums and touring.

One of the key songs on the new CD is the searing mission statement of “Back To The Start.” Comments Gomes, “I wanted to begin the CD with a powerhouse shuffle to set the tone of where we are at musically. Lyrically, the song says it all. As simple as it sounds, you have to follow your heart and I had to get back to where I started. For me, it’s the blues. I can always try different things, but I always find myself going back to where the music started.”

Kenny Bailey

Nova Singers Presents: A Nova Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Lane   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:59

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Nova Christmas: Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA, and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg.

Nova Singers’ most popular concert of the year is fast approaching! Get your friends and family into the Christmas spirit with a program featuring Christmas songs of all kinds, including Kirby Shaw’s arrangement of Silver Bells and Irving Berlin’s timeless White Christmas. Victoria’s Ne Timeas Maria and Muehleisen’s A solis ortus cardine are sure to take your breath away. We also celebrate local talent, featuring Galesburg composer Daniel Godsil’s newly published Choral Meditation on “The Holly and the Ivy” and pianist Megan Clewell on a tango from Puerto Rico and a delightful arrangement of Shepherd’s Shake Off Their Drowsy Sleep.  And of course, it wouldn’t be A Nova Christmas without an audience sing-along!

Nova Singers will be joined by youth choirs for both concerts. On Friday the 14th in Davenport at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the guest choir is the Sudlow Select Choir, under the direction of Kim Knoche.  On Saturday the 15th in Galesburg at First Lutheran Church, Nova will be joined by the Galesburg Singing Streaks, directed by Pier Debes.  Each choir will perform their own set of music before combining with the Nova Singers for three beloved Christmas carols.

Artistic Director Laura Lane says that the Christmas concert is one of her personal favorites. “It’s true! Music has always been an important part of the holiday season for me. Every year, I love finding new Christmas carols that we’ve never done before that I think are perfect for Nova Singers. And this year I have found so many that are uniquely beautiful! I adore the mystical, deep motets from the Renaissance by Hassler and Victoria, but I’m also  thrilled with the A solis ortus—written a year ago, I believe this will be only its second performance ever! Based on chant, it’s haunting and full of rich, lush harmonies and just absolutely gorgeous. I’m also really excited about finally singing Silver Bells and White Christmas with Nova Singers: two of my dad’s favorite carols.”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical holiday spirit with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities since 1986, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. Nova Singers season tickets will still be available through this performance. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please take the opportunity to visit our Facebook page under the keywords ‘Nova Singers’.


A Nova Christmas is sponsored by Miller Dredge Insurance.  Nova Singers’ 2012-2013 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

McDonough Launches Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:44

“Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough Launches Holiday Concert Tour to Benefit Camp Courageous

MONTICELLO, IA (November 27, 2012) — It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas! “Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough and his orchestra and singers are touring the state with a sensational all-new production show benefitting Camp Courageous of Iowa. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

The spectacular holiday stage production -- new for 2012 -- features International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, Jim McDonough at the concert grand piano, his 14-piece orchestra, a cast of singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season.

The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a production perfect for all generations. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s filled with spectacular musical arrangements, and it benefits a wonderful organization.”

For seven years, McDonough has toured to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The “Holiday Grande 2012” tour encompasses seven shows in six of Iowa’s most beautiful venues:

Ottumwa – Saturday, December 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bridge View Center Theatre
Des Moines – Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place
Dubuque – Saturday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater
Cedar Rapids – Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre
Davenport – Saturday, December 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre
Cedar Falls – Sunday, December 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Perf. Arts Ctr
Jim McDonough’s 15 CDs – including his brand new album “One Nation Under God” – are available at gift shops across the country and via his Web site,


After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Monticello native, Jim McDonough, began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, the International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist’s CDs are available in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, Jim’s independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has already sold nearly 200,000 of his CDs.

The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. A falling piano crushed three fingers on his right hand – and nearly crushed his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing – with a cast on his right hand – and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand. “Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far he’d come.

McDonough was recently honored by the legendary piano maker, Steinway & Sons, naming him to its worldwide artist roster. From classical pianists like Lang Lang, to jazz stars like Harry Connick Jr., to pop icons like Billy Joel, to “immortals” like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; as a Steinway Artist, McDonough joins an exclusive international list of the most accomplished and discriminating performing artists.

His discography includes Requests (2002); Home for Christmas: Christmas Favorites Vol. I (2003); Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen (2004); An Ivory Christmas (2004); Music of the Night (2004); Simple Gifts: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. I (2005); With Love: Timeless Love Songs, Vol. I (2006); Homeward Bound: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. II (2007); Country Dreaming (2008); A Christmas to Remember: Christmas Favorites Vol. II (2008); Rat Pack Remembered (2009); Isn’t It Romantic: Timeless Love Songs, Vol. II (2010); Young At Heart (2011); Christmas Eve: Christmas Favorites, Vol. III (2011); and his brand new release, One Nation Under God: Songs of Faith & Inspiration, Vol. III (2012).

For more information, visit Jim McDonough’s web site at or call (800) 375-7095.

This Friday: 12 Gifts of Christmas! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:40

12 Gifts of Christmas


Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story, Patsy Clairmont,

Mary Beth Chapman, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll,

Anita Renfroe, Harris III, and Lisa Whelchel 



7:00 PM Friday, November 30th 


i-Wireless Center 

1201 River Drive

Moline, Illinois


The Meaning, the Magic, the Music

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above!

There’s no better time to celebrate those gifts than the birthday of Jesus, the greatest gift of all!

Christmas is a time for friends and family, so gather yours for an evening you won’t forget.

You’ll hear the stories and songs of Christmas in a way you might never have heard them. Grammy award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story are joined by the best storytellers around—Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg and Mary Beth Chapman along with comedienne Anita Renfroe—to present event that brings the wonder of Christmas to life. The night wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the magic of Christmas with illusionist Harris III, and he’s bringing something special just for the kids. The evening is hosted by Lisa Whelchel of TV’s “The Facts of Life.”

It’s a time that’s uniquely enjoyable to everyone - a time to celebrate the gifts we’ve been given, the joy of the season and the meaning of it all. That’s what 12 Gifts of Christmas is all about, and you won’t want to miss it!

Tickets are now available through TicketMaster and at the I Wireless Center Box Office!

Ticket prices:

(Buy your tickets at the I Wireless Center Box Office, and avoid paying any TicketMaster fees!)

$25.00 General Admission - red on seating chart; use link below

$35.00 Reserved Seating - blue on seating chart; use link below

$125.00 VIP Reserved Seating includes VIP reception starting at 5:30PM

Reserved Seating Group (15+) $30.00

General Admission Group (15+) $20.00

Group rates are available for both reserved and general admission seats by calling the I Wireless Center group sales department at 309-277-1356.

(Note: A venue service fee of $2.50 will apply for all tickets sold.)

12 Gifts of Christmas Seating Chart:

For your convenience, you can also buy tickets on-line through TicketMaster:

(Additional TicketMaster fees apply for all non-Box Office ticketing points.)

Ages 1 and under free on lap. Doors open at 6:00 pm. General admission seating is located to the rear of the lower bowl and the upper bowl. It is first come-first served but you may be asked to consolidate in order to fit others. For a seating chart go to the iwireless Center website at Group rates are available for both reserved and general admission seats by calling the i wireless Center group sales department at 309/277-1356.


Doors open at 5:30 PM for VIP Seating Only.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for all other seating.


About the 12 Gifts Tour Group

With more than ten million records sold in a career that began in 1987, Steven Curtis Chapman has recorded 17 projects with Sparrow Records, including two RIAA certified platinum albums and eight RIAA certified gold albums. Along with his five GRAMMY® awards and 16 nominations, Chapman has won an American Music Award, recorded 46 No. 1 US radio hits and been awarded 56 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date.


Laura Story is a songwriter, worship leader, artist and soon-to-be mother. Her Grammy winning songs, including “Blessings” and Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable,” have brought hope to millions around the world.


Patsy Clairmont has spoken to millions of women (and men) offering spiritual and emotional hope. Patsy has written books in several genres including devotional, fiction, children’s, and gift offerings. She is one of the founding speakers at Women of Faith and trains people for the platform.


Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven and Mary Beth have been married for 27 years. Mary Beth released the New York Times best selling book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope in September of 2010.


Marilyn Meberg is an extraordinary storytellerwho shares the gospel of Christ’s love through her hilarious tales and heart-touching stories. She is the author of many books the latest of whichis “Constantly Craving”. Marilyn has a masters degree in English and taught at Biola University for ten years. With a second masters degree in Counseling Psychology, she began another career as a professional counselor.


Luci Swindoll has been enjoying life for almost eighty years, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In the past 25 years she’s written 14 books and spoken all over the country, and has been to all seven continents. Luci is an avid fan of her two brothers, Chuck and Orville, who are both engaged in public Christian Ministry as pastor/teachers.


Comedienne and author Anita Renfroe is an overnight Internet sensation. Anita is author of Hyperion release DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse. Anita has been featured in The New York Times, Readers Digest, Women’s Day and The Washington Post.


Harris III has performed as a Christian Illusionist before 1 million people in more than twelve nations on five continents.


Lisa Whelchel was as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club.” Ms. Whelchel is perhaps best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life” for nine years. Her first book, “Creative Correction” released October 2000 and has sold over 200,000 copies. She went on to write over a dozen more books including, “The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me,” “So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling,” “The ADVENTure of Christmas,” “The Busy Mom’s Guide” Series, and her most recent, “Friendship For Grownups.”


Watch a Sneak Peak of "BON JOVI – Inside Out" - Broadcast to Select Cinemas on November 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scoop Marketing   
Monday, 26 November 2012 15:12
Coming to select movie theaters nationwide next week for one night only, NCM Fathom Events and AEG Live present BON JOVI Inside Out on Tuesday, November 27 at 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT and tape delayed 7:00pm MT / 8:00pm PT.
In a first-ever interactive theater event, Bon Jovi fans from across the country will have the opportunity to submit their questions for a very special Q&A with Bon Jovi, hosted by Allison Hagendorf of The CW's "THE NEXT:  Fame Is At Your Door Step." The  Q&A will be broadcast LIVE from Times Square on Tuesday evening. Questions can be submitted in advance of the event and live on event night. There are two ways to join the conversation:
1.       Tweet your questions now via Twitter using the hashtag #AskBonJovi
2.       Text in your question on event night using a number provided onscreen during the event (This option is for Eastern and Central Time Zones only as the event will be tape delayed in Pacific and Mountain Time Zones)
Featuring a hand-selected set list from their catalog of hits, BON JOVI Inside Out includes the iconic group’s best performances from their sold-out, 12-night stand at London’s The O2, the inaugural multi-night run at New Meadowlands Stadium, and their celebratory shows at the famed Madison Square Garden.
For a sneak peek, click here to watch video of the band performing their classic hit, “Livin’ on a Prayer."
Tickets for BON JOVI Inside Out are available now at participating theater box offices and online at
Click here for a full list of participating theaters (theaters and participants subject to change).
Please contact us for BON JOVI Inside Out review tickets, high-resolution artwork (or click here), or any other details on Fathom’s upcoming events. For more information on Bon Jovi visit
"BON JOVI – Inside Out" Hits the Big Screen for One Night Only in
Select Cinemas on November 27
NCM® Fathom Events and AEG Network Live Present a Bon Jovi Concert Event Featuring a LIVE Intro and Interactive Q&A Plus Split-Screen Footage from New Meadowlands Stadium, Madison Square Garden and London’s The O2
Centennial, Colo. – Nov. 9, 2012 – Bon Jovi’s epic concert performances will hit the big screen this fall, when NCM® Fathom Events and AEG Network Live present BON JOVI Inside Out,” a special in-theater event on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed in MT and PT).  The one-night-only event showcases split-screen concert footage of Bon Jovi performing a “Dream Set” of their timeless hits, handpicked especially for movie theater audiences, and pre-recorded live at three different venues:  London’s The O2, New Meadowlands Stadium and Madison Square Garden.  This not-to-be-missed cinema event will feature a LIVE broadcast from Times Square, at which the band will share exciting details about their upcoming 2013 world tour and highly-anticipated studio album to be released in the spring.  Additionally, theatergoers will get unparalleled insider access during an interactive Q&A session.
Tickets for “BON JOVI Inside Out” are available now at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be broadcast to nearly 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Critics were unanimous in their praise of Bon Jovi’s New Meadowlands concerts, with The New York Times stating that Bon Jovi "lays claim to his home turf with exultant pride, and with exhortative anthems about hanging in and hanging on." The New York Post wrote, "...the forever-young singer and his band of Jersey pop giants christened the shiny new stadium with a rollicking extravaganza of light, sound and performance energy...," while The Star-Ledger simply raved that "it was spectacular."
"Fans have never seen the band perform like this as the split-screen footage from New Meadowlands, MSG and O2 concerts allow movie theater audiences to experience each song differently,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Business Development for Fathom Events. “Although Bon Jovi’s performances may vary from concert to concert, the music continues to rock arenas and on Nov. 27, movie theaters across the country.”
Blazing a trail across the globe, Bon Jovi will hit the road in 2013 to fill stadiums and arenas worldwide with “BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour.” The band will bring their signature brand of rock n’ roll to fans in North America, Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia beginning February 2013. The group’s return to the road is the next step in the incredible run which has secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band.  View the “BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour” video here. #BecauseWeCan
Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million albums, performed 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans and racked up a stellar resume of career accomplishments. For more information on all things Bon Jovi, visit
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology.  The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2011, approximately 680 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 720 locations in 170 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit or
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, American Idols, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Trey Songz and Wisin & Yandel. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain opening in December and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
About AEG Network Live
AEG Network Live is the industry‘s premier provider of live, digital and 3D entertainment, offering fans unparalleled access to the artists they want—when and how they want it—via broadband, TV, radio, wireless, theatrical and retail. AEG Network LIVE has completed successful tour and album launch campaigns for AEG Live clients including Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Prince, Linkin Park, Usher, Garth Brooks, and many others. More information on AEG Network Live can be found at


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