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Cadillac of Rock & Roll - Coupe DeVille headlines this year's Teen Battle of the Bands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:12

Event Date:  July 14, 2012


Experience the excitement of local teen musicians live on stage as they perform for the top spot on Saturday, July 14, at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue).  The battle is headlined by the legendary, “Cadillac of Rock & Roll” Coupe DeVille at 11:00 a.m., followed by the battle at 1:00 p.m.

Get your picture taken between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the library’s large 25’ Libby balloon (paid for by a grant provided by the RDA), and then see the picture on the library’s and Libby’s Facebook pages!  Have fun with games and activities while enjoying some food, sold by the Hy-Vee Grill from 11-2!

Libby the Library Dog might be around for some pictures as well.  Don’t miss out on this rockin’ good time at your Davenport Public Library!

For more information, call 563.326.7832.

River Roots Live Adds Headliner Tonic to Lineup, Replaces Los Lobos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Gilliland   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:11

(Quad Cities) - River Roots Live organizers have added 90’s rockers Tonic to the headlining lineup for Saturday, August 18. Tonic will be replacing Los Lobos in the Saturday lineup due to an announcement from Los Lobos that they are now unable to play the date due to personal reasons.

With six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, Grammy nominations, and the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, Tonic is a musical powerhouse. Tonic merged the raw honesty of rock to unabashed melody…and ushered rock n roll into the new millennium. Tonic is still touring and releasing albums more than a decade after initially hitting the radio charts. Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Not Tonic. The band is back in the studio after a two-year break, working on a follow up to their last album, Grammy-nominated Head On Straight.

Emerson Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – adding bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album Lemon Parade and its monster hit “If You Could Only See,” the band released two additional studio albums (Sugar and Head On Straight) as well as a live EP, Live & Enhanced. They’ve been featured on a number of soundtracks, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”). This summer the band will release a Greatest Hits CD/DVD package. Tonic’s other radio hits include Open up Your Eyes, Casual Affair, You Wanted More, Knock Down Walls, and more.

River Roots Live is the Quad-Cities’ premiere music festival featuring top national bands and barbeque and it returns for its eighth year in downtown Davenport’s LeClaire Park August 17 & 18! Admission to the park each day is only $5 after 5 p.m. and FREE from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Better Than Ezra, Tonic, and Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys will headline River Roots Live’s 17 bands with support from a strong lineup of outstanding national artists including Julia Nunes, The Nighthawks, Eric Sardinas, Joe Robinson, The Steepwater Band, The Congress, Maps & Atlases, Quiet Corral, and Family Groove Company. The Quad Cities’ own talent will also be on display when American Dust, Jason Carl & The Whole Damn Band, The Low Down, Oranagadang, and the Jordan Danielsen & The Great Space Coasters take the stage.

With an estimated 30,000 attendees in 2012, River Roots Live has continued to grow every year since its inception in 2005. With that in mind, additional vendors and beverage tents will be added to the fest this year. For complete details regarding band bios and festival activities, please visit

Produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber, River Roots Live is supported by partners Living Lands & Waters and the River Music Experience – all nonprofit organizations. River Roots Live is proud to help promote music education programs at the River Music Experience, environmental clean-up efforts on the Mississippi River by Living Lands & Waters, and the growth of historic downtown Davenport.

River Roots Live is presented by Rhythm City Casino and Riverboat Development Authority. Major Sponsors include U.S. Cellular, Nerdwerx, Mediacom, 97X, Budweiser, The Quad-City Times, WQAD Channel 8, and West Music. Please visit to see the complete list of our generous community sponsors!

Concert tonight at Vander Veer! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:08

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vander Veer Botanical Park


Join us for Los Macambos

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Near the Stone Fountain

Join us for a great evening of Live Music in the Park!

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show. Free to the public!

Thanks to event sponsor Family Credit Union!

Thanks to Davenport Parks and Recreation,
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Davenport, and

RAVE Motion Pictures for partnering to create a perfect evening out for our community members!


Event raindate will be Thursday, August 23rd.

“A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event” Arrives in Movie Theaters on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:58
In celebration of what would have been the 70th birthday of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, NCM® Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment will present “A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event” on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time. During this special in-theater gathering, fans will be treated to the 1977 cinematic concert journey The Grateful Dead Movie, as well as a special birthday commemoration on Garcia directed by Justin Kreutzmann, featuring the Dead’s Bob Weir and other surprise guests.
Tickets for “A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event” are available at participating theater box offices and online at
A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event will be playing at the following theaters in your area on August 1 at 7 p.m.:
RAVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

Dreaming of a Career in the Movies? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:37
Hollywood Director Offers Tips for Hopeful Writers, Actors, Cameramen

From the box-office smash “The Avengers” to the summer hit “Madagascar 3” reigniting the 3-D craze, movie lovers are more enthralled than ever with film magic, and many fantasize about becoming a part of it. Their annual Westward migration from every film and acting and writing school in the country is as active as ever as they seek their chance to wield the Hollywood wand.

In such a competitive and crowded circus tent, how can a person ensure they catch that elusive trapeze?

Here are five tips from film director Guy Magar, picked up over 30 years making movies and TV shows and teaching through Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars, the educational course he founded. Magar is also the author of the new Hollywood memoir and love story, Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot, about his years in Hollywood which is a must-read for all who love movies (

• Find out if you really love it. “The movie business demands passion and dedication; the work is difficult and exhausting, the journey fraught with disappointments and financial stress,” he says. “So you better find out if this is truly something you want and you’re ready to sacrifice whatever it takes.” The best place to do that is at a film school or a university filmmaking program. “This is where I fell in love with the cinema and forged my commitment to the craft,” he says.

• Find out if you’re any good at it. When you discover that less than 5 percent of the 125,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild ever make a livable wage in any one year, the reality check about how competitive this business is can be quite intimidating, Magar says. So it’s not enough to love it – you have to have an aptitude for the craft if you want a chance at bat. “You better be one of the very best directors or writers or cameramen or actors wherever you’re studying and developing your work, so you can gain the self-confidence to throw your talent in a very crowded ring,” he says.

• Get your showreel ready! No one is going to hire you unless they can see what you can do. For a director, you better have an award-winning “wow” short. If you’re a writer, have some dazzling, unique screenplays. Actors need a great reel with diverse scenes showing range from comedy to drama. Cameraman? You need a reel that sizzles with cinematic visuals. Don’t come to Los Angeles without a reel. It shows who you are, what you can do — and why you’re worth paying to do it.

• Networking! Networking! Networking! “The movie business is first and foremost a people business,” Magar says. “Regardless of your talent, you better be good at schmoozing and an extrovert at heart.” It’s all about who you know, who can introduce you to whom, who likes you, who is willing to help you move forward, he says. If you’re a great networker, you have a better chance at a career than if you’re talented with no social skills. Introverts do not apply!

• Enjoy your journey or the dream will be a nightmare. Don’t put off having a life until you “get there,” he says. The big secret is to enjoy the journey and to have a life in the industry, regardless of the amount of work and accolades that may or may not come your way. You must commit to making a fulfilling life for yourself if you’re to find happiness in Tinseltown. Family, friends and a soulmate are as important and fulfilling as career gains. “They will sustain you in much deeper emotional ways than winning a spot on a softer toilet paper commercial,” he says.

Magar says his career in Hollywood was an exciting, gratifying one. “Between the words ‘action’ and ‘cut’, I get to make my magic … my visual storytelling,” he says. “I fell in love with making movies and have continued loving it for more than 100 production credits in my career.”

“If you share that passion to make film, have a terrific sense of humor to balance the obstacles, and can manage the five tips above, then welcome to Hollywood. Break a leg!”

About Guy Magar

Film and TV director/writer/producer Guy Magar has worked for more than 30 years in the motion picture industry. He recently published his Hollywood memoir, “Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love.” His TV credits include “La Femme Nikita,” “The A-Team,” “Dark Avenger” and “Blue Thunder.” His feature films include “Lookin’ Italian,” “Stepfather 3,” “Children of the Corn: Revelation,” and the cult thriller “Retribution,” to be rereleased on DVD for its 25th anniversary this summer 2012. Magar has taught and inspired thousands of students through his Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar, and his Action/Cut Short Film Competition is designed to discover and encourage new talent annually. He is a popular public speaker who inspires young filmmakers.

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