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Don't Miss Jim Gill this Thursday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:56

All sorts of wacky word silliness hits the Main Library on Thursday, Aug. 14, with the Jim Gill Family Room Tour!

Jim Gill is an award-winning children's entertainer and expert on how music and movement promote learning. Kids will move, jump and sing along with Jim while they learn and play. 

Join us at 6:00 pm for a special Hug-A-Book concert for two to five-year-olds and families in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room. Each child will take home a free book to keep, thanks to the Merrill Harris memorial of the Rock Island Public Library Foundation. 

This Hug-A-Book event supports the early learning needs of children ages two to five years old.

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Genesis Doctors In Recital Will Benefit Music Therapy Program For Hospice Patients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:55
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Aug. 7, 2014 -- The musical talents of Quad Cities physicians and families will be featured in a recital to benefit music therapy programs for Genesis Health System hospice patients.

The fifth annual Genesis Doctors in Recital will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Centennial Hall, Augustana College. Quad Cities physicians and their families will be performing a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary.

Sponsors of the event include Augustana College, West Music, Steinway & Sons, Gendler’s Wine & Spirits, Kimberly BMW of Davenport, One Step Printing, Black Ram Restaurant in Rock Island and Genesis Foundations.

The performance will also feature the legendary Steinway Concert Grand Piano from the 2007 award-winning documentary “Note by Note” Steinway L1037.

Following the performance, will be a meet-and-greet with the performers at Gendler’s Wine & Spirits/Black Ram.

Music therapy programs are available to Genesis hospice patients in their homes, Genesis hospitals, nursing homes and at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Music therapy has been shown to bring quality to life, diminish pain and promote relaxation during end-of-life care.

Tickets are on sale to the public for $20 and $15 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861 or go to


West Music Quad Cities to Host Education Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:05

Moline, Illinois – August 16, 2014 – West Music Quad Cities is excited to host an education open house on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00AM-12:30PM.  This event is an opportunity for the public to learn about individual lessons and group classes available for all ages and abilities at the West Music Quad Cities Conservatory.  The open house will include an instrument petting zoo for school age children to check out and play instruments.  Teachers from the Conservatory program will also be available for a meet and greet.  Additionally, West Music Quad Cities is offering a free demo class of its early childhood music and movement program, Sing & Play & Learn Today! beginning at 11:00AM.  Come find out how you can experience the power of making music at the West Music Quad Cities Conservatory – it’s never too late to learn!

West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois 61265.  Please call West Music Quad Cities at 309-764-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Extreme Sunday Brings "Amazingly Amusing" Fun to Last Day of Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:57

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2014)(readMedia)-- Discounted admission, rock legends and family fun round out the last day of the 2014 Iowa State Fair, set August 7-17. Gate admission on Extreme Sunday, August 17, will be $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 11 until 9 p.m.

Grandstand Entertainment

Rock legends Foreigner and Styx wrap up the 2014 Grandstand performances at 8 p.m. Foreigner, hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, has 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 top-thirty hits and over 75 million albums sold. They are responsible for rock anthems such as "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like the First Time," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." Styx has secured two Super Bowl appearances and four consecutive triple platinum albums. They transformed a generation of rock music lovers with hits like "Come Sail Away," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Mr. Roboto," "Fooling Yourself" and "Babe".

Tickets for all concert and track events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 800/745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating. All track events are general admission. The State Fair Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

Free Stage Entertainment

Extreme Sunday will feature an array of top musical acts all free with gate admission, including the Bill Riley All Star Show featuring Carrie McDowell and Love Train at 7 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Here Come the Mummies, a group dressed as Egyptian mummies that plays "funk from beyond the grave," performs at 8 p.m. on the Fairview Stage sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KCCI 8 News.

Fastball, a rock group known for singles like "The Way," "Sooner or Later" and "Out of My Head", plays at 8 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage sponsored by ABC5.

Charles Esten, best known for his role on ABC's Nashville, will perform songs like "Keep Coming Back" and "Like New." The show kicks off at 8 p.m. on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17.

Family Fun

Final day family fun abounds with the Bill Riley Talent Search championships, a dog agility demonstration, and numerous contests including the Mother-Daughter Look-alike contest, the Pigtail, Ponytail, Braid, Mohawk and Mullet contest, and a cribbage tournament. In addition, don't miss your last chance to watch chainsaw artists A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan in Heritage Village at 10 a.m., Noon, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Bandaloni One Man Band will be showing off his impressive musical skills at the Putney Family Cattle Barn at 11 a.m. and the Rock Island Triangle at 1 and 3 p.m. Take a picture with "God Bless America", a statue by Seward Johnson depicting Grant Wood's "American Gothic" located at the entrance of Pella Plaza. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be parading for the final time at 2 p.m. on the Grand Concourse and Rock Island Avenue. Lastly, give a round of applause to the Red Trouser Show as they show off crazy acrobatic tricks and hilarious stunts. The Red Trouser Show will be performing at Noon, 3 and 6 p.m. on Expo Hill.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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The Holmes Brothers—Saturday, August 16 at the Muddy Waters, Bettendorf PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristy Bennett   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:30

The internationally acclaimed Holmes Brothers will make their only Quad-Cities appearance at The Muddy Waters (1708 State Street, Bettendorf IA) on Saturday August 16.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and admission is $15.  Advance tickets are available only at The Muddy Waters for this special show in an intimate venue.

The Holmes Brothers perform “Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk” (New York Times).  Their brand of roots music was recognized this year when the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Holmes Brothers a National Heritage Fellowship in the Folk and Traditional Arts.  The NEA Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

The Holmes Brothers – Wendell Holmes (guitarist/pianist/vocalist/songwriter), Sherman Holmes (bassist/ vocalist/songwriter) and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon (drummer/vocalist) – are true treasures of American roots music. For 35 years, The Holmes Brothers’ joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country has been captivating audiences around the world. Their spine-tingling three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone, brings the spirit of gospel-inflected deep soul music into every song they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complementing Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band expertly blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock and blues with the gospel passion of Sunday morning’s church service. Rolling Stone says The Holmes Brothers play “impressive, fervent country soul.”  Entertainment Weekly goes farther, declaring “The Holmes Brothers are juke joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music…timeless and rapturous.”

The band’s new Alligator Records album, Brotherhood, was produced by Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle, Marc Cohn), Chris Bruce (Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Seal) and Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie). It is another stellar chapter in The Holmes Brothers’ storied and still-evolving history. It’s also their most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, a proto rock ‘n’ roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with an amazing dose of Sunday morning spirit. Featuring fourteen songs—including eight new Holmes Brothers originals and six carefully-chosen covers—Brotherhood finds The Holmes Brothers at the top of their game, creating timeless roots music.  Brotherhood is a testament to the uplifting musical power that comes from the close-knit, fraternally telepathic relationship of The Holmes Brothers.

All of The Holmes Brothers’ musical gifts are displayed in full force on Brotherhood. With their deeply soulful singing, uplifting harmonies and unsurpassed musicianship, The Holmes Brothers’ ability to deliver gospel fervor and raw blues intensity is as legendary as their ability to bring audiences to their feet. The band is eager to bring their new release to the stage. "We’re looking forward to exposing the new songs to our fans, and bringing new fans to our songs," says Wendell. "If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready, and The Holmes Brothers are always ready."

The Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all—from winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Osborne, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle. With Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers prove yet again they are, as USA Today says, “glorious…full of soul and surprises.”  "Fervent, inspired and joyful blues, R&B, soul, roadhouse rock and gospel…beautiful harmonies, true magic."–NPR

Their journey started in Christchurch, Virginia, where Sherman and Wendell were raised by their schoolteacher parents, who nurtured the boys’ early interest in music. As youngsters they listened to traditional Baptist hymns, anthems and spirituals as well as blues music by Jimmy Reed, Junior Parker and B.B. King. According to Wendell, "It was a small town, and my brother and I were about the only ones who could play anything. I guess you could say we were large musical fish in a small pond. So we played around in all the area churches on Sundays." The night before, though, they would play blues, soul, country and rock at their cousin’s local club.  "When he couldn’t get any good groups to come from Norfolk or Richmond, he’d call us in," Wendell recalls. "That’s how we honed our sound. We used to say we’d rock ‘em on Saturday and save ‘em on Sunday."

Sherman studied composition and music theory at Virginia State University, but in 1959 he dropped out and headed to New York for a promising job with a singer named Jimmy Jones (of "Handy Man" fame). His younger brother Wendell joined him in New York after completing high school. The two brothers played in a few bands before forming The Sevilles in 1963. The group lasted only three years, but they often backed up touring artists like The Impressions, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Butler, gaining a wealth of experience. Sherman and Wendell met drummer Popsy Dixon, a fellow Virginian, at a New York gig in 1967. Dixon sat in with the brothers and sang two songs. "After that second song," recalls Wendell, "Popsy was a brother." They continued to play in a variety of Top 40 bar bands—Wendell even toured with Inez and Charlie Foxx (“Mockingbird”)—until 1979, when the three officially joined forces and formed The Holmes Brothers band.

In the early years, the band worked primarily at Dan Lynch’s, a New York club that featured weekly jam nights and performances by a wide variety of blues acts, most notably The Holmes Brothers. More importantly, the club served as a meeting ground for many members of New York’s blues community, including future members of Blues Traveler, Joan Osborne, and producer/harmonicist Andy Breslau, who brought the group to Rounder Records.

Since their debut on Rounder in 1989, The Holmes Brothers have toured virtually non-stop. They’ve performed in 50 different countries, including dates across the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, and in Singapore, Japan, Russia, Turkey, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to their four critically acclaimed Rounder albums, they recorded Jubilation for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label in 1992, becoming the first American group to record for the standout world music imprint. 1996 found The Holmes Brothers starring in the independent motion picture Lotto Land, for which they also recorded the soundtrack. Their albums all received massive praise. "Mind-blowing," said the Boston Herald. "Rich and satisfying," raved The Washington Post.

The Holmes Brothers joined Alligator Records in 2001, releasing the Joan Osborne-produced Speaking In Tongues to overwhelming popular and critical acclaim. They followed with 2004’s Simple Truths, 2007’s State Of Grace and 2010’s Feed My Soul (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart), each release earning the band more fans and more accolades. The success of their albums led to multiple appearances on national television, including visits to The Late Show With David Letterman and two trips to Late Night With Conan O’Brien, as well as a rousing performance on CBS Saturday Morning. Profiles and concerts on NPR have put them in front of millions of listeners. They have appeared on Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion and performed on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert. They played their original song "Opportunity to Cry" with Willie Nelson for the Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws And Angels TV special. The Holmes Brothers continue to tear up the highway, touring across the country and around the world. Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune said The Holmes Brothers are a "joyous, foot-stomping carnival...a gift to the world of music."

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