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ComedySportz named Small Business of the Year
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Written by Christine Adamson   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:55

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ROCK ISLAND, IL – ComedySportz Quad Cities, operators of The Establishment, were honored as 2012 Small Business of the Year (21-50 employees) on May 16th, 2012 at the Morning Network meeting, held by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.  The criteria for the award were based on community involvement, innovation, and leadership through adversity and success.

ComedySportz Quad Cities opened at The Establishment in 2010 after renovating the formerly known Rocket Theatre in The District of Rock Island.  With the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce and DARI, ComedySportz QC Ltd. created a new home for family entertainment with room to grow their creative services.

Since opening at The Establishment ComedySportz QC Ltd. has expanded to offer Dueling Pianos, and Wednesday night comedy showcases as well as hosting many private events.  ComedySportz has also developed an improv theatre training center, open to youth and adults.

In the last year ComedySportz has been involved in the community primarily by donating over 20 private performances to schools and charities, donating over 1200 tickets to regularly scheduled ComedySportz matches and have hosted fundraisers for groups such as QCPaws, JDRF, Children’s Therapy Center and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

ComedySportz QC Ltd. recognizes the contributions of both individual and business support that have helped us shape our services and will continue to help us become a greater partner in the community.

The Establishment Theatre is a multi-use venue located in The District of Rock Island.  Visit us online at

Tickets to ComedySportz are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (309) 786-1111 or visiting the website

Cover charge for Dueling Pianos is $5.  Dueling Pianos is a rock and roll all request show featuring national talent.  Ages 21 and over will be admitted.  Full bar and drink specials available.

QCSO Performs in Cool, New Digs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:40

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will perform some cool, new music in some cool, new digs this weekend when the QCSO presents the high-energy, rhythmic compositions of contemporary composer Marc Mellits in Davenport's Redstone Room. Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. This final concert of the Signature Series is in the Redstone Room of the River Music Experience on May 19 at 8:00 p.m.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Principal Percussionist Aaron Williams has selected works from Mellits' high energy and sensual catalog. Helping Williams bring this vibrant music to life will be QCSO musicians: Principal Cellist Hannah Holman, Pianist Mary Neil, and Percussionist Tony Oliver.

Marc Mellits will be hosting this concert and meeting with audience members at 7:00 p.m. before the concert. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets for this concert are $18 and can be purchased at, 800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available at the River Music Experience and can be purchased at the door.

"Smokin' Hot Harmony", May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amos Glanz   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:33

A free public concert entitled “Smokin’ Hot Harmony” will top off the 2nd Annual Acappellooza Festival at Assumption High School Auditorium at 4pm, on Saturday, May 19.  Male and female high school singers from Assumption, Bettendorf, Rivermont Collegiate, United Township, Kimberly Center and Sherrard will demonstrate their mastery of 4-part, a capella harmony, in the barbershop style.

Event sponsors include Quad City Arts, ALCOA, Assumption High School, The Chordbusters and the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Other ensembles featured on the program are:  "A Touch of Fun" quartet, from the Quad Cities and "Indigo" quartet, from the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids region. For more information, call: (563) 340-8743.

One dose of Chordbusters weekly --  recommended by doctors for any man who can't stop singing!

Be There June 9th When The Next Miss Iowa Is Named PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:32

Tickets for pageant in Davenport available now

Davenport, IA – The Miss Iowa Scholarship Program will host its statewide pageant June 7th-9th, 2012 here at the historic Adler Theatre.

Tickets are available now via the Adler Box Office, 136 E. Third St., Davenport, TicketMaster outlets and Tickets are also available by mail order until May 25th. A ticket form is available to download and print at the organization’s web site ( under the 2012 Pageant tab.

In June 2011, Jessica Pray of Johnston, was named the 63rd statewide titleholder. She then reached the Top 10 of Miss America ® 2012 this past January at Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV. At the completion of her year of service, Pray will have earned over $14,000 in scholarship dollars.

The Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is dedicated to community service and enriching the lives of women at several levels of participation from youth to adult. The Miss Iowa program is an official preliminary to Miss America ®.

The Miss Iowa program began with city representatives traveling to Atlantic City, NJ, such as Alta Sterling, Miss Sioux City 1924. In March 1996, the Miss Iowa program was recognized, by resolution of the Iowa Senate, as the “Official Hostess for the State of Iowa.” Follow the program online at or on Facebook (Search: Miss Iowa Scholarship Program).


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.


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