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Attention Wedding Disc Jockeys and Masters of Ceremonies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kearston Zerzanek   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:24

Orion, IL Resort looking for Wedding DJs for a New Reality Show

May 15, 2012, Orion IL– My Wedding DJ a new reality based television show being filmed at Hillcrest Events Center is holding open auditions. The premise of our show is a wedding DJ competition highlighting all the different aspects of entertaining guests at weddings and other events. These skills will range from music knowledge, to complying with requests, to focusing on the audience and keeping them entertained while keeping the bride and groom happy. Eight DJs will be selected per show to compete in five elimination rounds ranging from loading and unloading equipment, correcting sound and technical issues, and knowledge of various genres of music. The final 3 DJs will be judged by a bride and the winner will be DJ’ing the wedding.

The show will be filmed over the course of five days and it will be a difficult process, but the experience and exposure is priceless. The competition is open to any DJ who believes they have the skill to entertain guests and make the big day special for the bride and groom. Equipment will be provided, but professionalism, knowledge of a variety of music, and patience with guests is an absolute must. If you're confident in yourself and your abilities, come out and see how far you can get into the competition.

If you think you have what it takes to be the best and defeat other DJs for the job, then come out to showcase your skills. If you have the skills, the confidence, and the will to win then come out to Orion May 22nd and 24th for open interviews. Interviews will be held from 10am to 2pm, then again from 4pm to 8pm each day. The Hillcrest Event Center is located at 16260 E 350 th St, Orion, IL.

Hillcrest Event Center is a family recreational event center. Hillcrest has tent and RV camping throughout the season, as well as an Olympic size swimming pool, Champion Executive Golf Course for all skill levels and a sports club and grill. Hillcrest is located just 10 miles from the Quad Cities Airport at 16260 E. 350th St. Orion, IL 61273. For more information visit us at or call (309)755-6550.

Hillcrest Event Center is also the home of reality TV show American Resort and My Wedding DJ.


Meet composer Marc Mellits at Rhythm Unleashed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:07

Marc Mellits will be appearing at Rhythm Unleashed, a collection of his works performed by the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, in the RME's Redstone Room on May 19 at 8:00 p.m. Mellits' unique blending of classical instrumentation with high-energy, rock rhythms is as sensual as it is intelligent.

Heading this project is Principal Percussionist Aaron Williams with help from Principal Cellist Hannah Holman, Pianist Mary Neil, and fellow percussionist Tony Oliver. The team will perform a variety of Mellits' repertoire, including 5 Quiet Machines, Disciples of Gouda, Mara's Lullaby, and Paranoid Cheese.

Tickets for Rhythm Unleashed are $18 for adults and $7 for students. Buy them now online by clicking here.

‘Dark Knight’ Executive Producer Named 2012 Trailblazer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:51

As a blue-collar kid in the New Jersey suburbs, Michael Uslan swore an oath: to restore his beloved superhero’s true identity as a darkly serious creature of the night, stalking criminals from the shadows.

As executive producer of five provocative Batman feature films – including the highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises,” being released this summer – Uslan has originated an action-filled psychological movie franchise unlike any other.

For that vision, today (May 9) he will receive CINE’s 2012 Trailblazer Award.

“Through his determination to bring his unique understanding of a comic book character to the big screen, he essentially created a new film genre,” says CINE Board President Rita Mullin.

“Michael Uslan has been a genuine trailblazer.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy – like Uslan, an avid comic book fan – will present the award during CINE’s Annual Awards Gala at La Maison Francaise in the French embassy in Washington, D.C.

Uslan says he’s proud to be recognized.

"In an industry that is often creatively divided between those who are forward looking, innovative and daring and those who spend their days looking over their shoulders and fearing to take an unproven course, I am so honored and thrilled by CINE's presenting me with its 2012 Trailblazer Award,” he says.

Since boyhood, he has been determined to make the world see his idol through his eyes. He recounts the journey in his memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman (

A passionate fan of comic books from a tender age, young Uslan consumed them all – from Archie to Superman.

“My mother may have given birth to me, but my comic books formed me and made me who I am,” he says.

By far, his favorite hero – the man who taught him powerful life lessons – was and still is Batman.

“Batman made himself the strongest, the smartest, the best detective. He was the only superhero who didn’t have superpowers, so I could aspire to be just like him,” Uslan says. “To be Superman, you had to come from Krypton, but Batman’s greatest superpower was his humanity.”

It was the premiere of the “POW!” “BAM!” 1966 “Batman” TV series that inspired Uslan’s youthful vow to rescue the Dark Knight from campy pop cultural mediocrity.

“I was horrified when I realized the world was laughing at Batman,” he says. “I swore an oath that I would make it my life’s mission to restore his true identity, the one his creators gave him back in 1939. With the help of many, many talented people, I believe I’ve done that.”

Other CINE 2012 award winners include Eileen O’Neill, group president for Discovery Channel and TLC, who will receive the Leadership Award, and composer Marvin Hamlisch, recipient of the first Legends Award.

Past Trailblazer Award winners include Ted Turner, founder of the first 24-hour cable news network, CNN; and comedians The Smothers Brothers, who challenged TV’s political boundaries.

CINE is a non-profit organization that serves emerging and established film, video and new media professionals.

About Michael Uslan

Michael Uslan, (, is the executive producer, along with his partner Benjamin Melniker, of the Batman franchise of motion pictures. In his 36 years in the film and television industry, he has been involved with such projects as “National Treasure,” “Constantine,” and countless animated projects. His projects have won Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. He recently formed a motion picture development and production consulting company called The Uslan Company, LLC.

Quad Cities Rocks With Hillcrest Event Center’s Upcoming Rock and Country Outdoor Hillcrest Music Fest! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Darlan Erlandson   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:36
The Hillcrest Music Fest is coming to Orion June 15th thru June 17th!

The Hillcrest Event Center is the site that the new reality TV show, “American Resort” is being filmed.

Events include Sat. night's Headlining show--- Southern Rock Headliner---JIMMIE VANZANT BAND!!

Fri. night will feature Country Bands, Sat. night---Rock with several bands, including Jimmie VanZant Band, and Sunday features a Father's Day Golf Outing.

Folks from the Quad Cities, Peoria, Rockford, Iowa City, and Madison---mark your calendar for the Hillcrest Music Fest June 15thJune 17th.

. Come out to one of the area’s only outside event center-The Hillcrest Event Center and enjoy a country music concert Fri. June 15th and a rockin’ good time with rock concert on Sat. night June 16th.  Saturday night’s special Legendary Southern Rock headliner- Jimmie VanZant- keeping Southern Rock ALIVE! Come the entire weekend and camp with us with affordable rates for a weekend of fun and music!  (more info about Jimmie VanZant Band- EPK is being sent with this press release)

This Hillcrest Music Fest will feature TWO nights with 7 BANDS at ONE OUTDOOR VENUE, with admission prices tailored so that everyone can come out for a weekend of fun and music.

Friday night’s concert will be 5pm-1am with country bands including Wild Oatz, Dirt Road Rockers, Slough Buoys, and Dani Lynn Howe Band for an unforgettable country concert.

Saturday’s concert will run from noon til 1am with an entire rockin’ day and evening of  rock bands:  Sinners & Saints, Wicked Liz & The Bellyswirls, Meet The Press, Dani Lynn Howe Band, and Headlining Southern Rock Band---The Jimmie VanZant Band! There will also be a Father’s Day Golf Outing for you and your father for $40. that covers  9 holes of golf, cart and all you can eat pancake breakfast.

Food and Food vendors will be available all weekend.

The Hillcrest Event Center is located at the Hillcrest Resort- 16262 E. 350th St.-Orion, Il 61273 and is the site that the new reality TV show, “American Resort” is being filmed.  Call (309) 755-6550 for more info including special camping rates for festival!

Tickets are $40. per person, which include admission for BOTH days and FREE TENT CAMPING!  You can’t beat that price for a weekend of fun and music!  For an added $40.00, you get a RV site with water and power.   Limited VIP tickets are $100.00 per person which includes VIP parking; Platinum tickets are available for $200. per person-includes food & beverage; sponsor and vendor are available (call for pricing-limited tents are available.) To purchase Hillcrest Music Fest tickets online, please go online to:

There aren’t any outdoor event centers between Chicago and Des Moines, and the Hillcrest Event Center has worked to make it THE special events venue within a 3-4 hour radius.  The Hillcrest Resort includes a sports bar/restaurant, a 9-Hole Golf course, 68-site campground, and Olympic Size swimming pool-everything for your comfort and relaxation for a great time. Located on the edge of two states (Iowa and Illinois) the Hillcrest Event Center will quickly become your favorite place for events at affordable rates with a comfortable and relaxing setting.

The Oak Ridge Boys Live in Concert! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:56
The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry, will perform at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, June 23. 
You are invited to purchase your tickets before the general public beginning today at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 p.m. Click on the orange "Find Tickets" button below and enter the password ELVIRA.  Tickets, priced at $23.50, $31.50 & $37.50 (plus applicable fees), will go on sale Friday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring over three decades of charted singles to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.

The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, June 23; 7:30 pm
Adler Theatre

Tuesday, May 8; 10:00 am - Thursday, May 10; 10:00 pm

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