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JAZZ TRUMPET PLAYER PERFORMING SATURDAY AT GRIGGS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug Davis   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:22

DAVENPORT, IOWA--Jazz fusion artist, Winston Byrd will be performing and presenting a free trumpet clinic on Saturday, March 31st, 11 a.m at Griggs Music, Brady Street, Davenport.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for jazz fans and trumpet players to see this talented musician and learn techniques from this great trumpet player, " says Doug Davis, vice-president of Griggs Music. "We're so lucky he has taken the time from his touring schedule to come to the Quad Cities!"

Byrd has performed, recorded and toured with a wide-variety of highly acclaimed recording hit musical groups and artists, such as the Stylistics, the Chi-Lites, Grammy winning Patti Austin, The Dells, The Grateful Dead, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Michael Bolton, Louis Bellson, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Usher and many others.

Winston Byrd has since gone on to lead his own big bands  in New York and Los Angeles  for the past five years, and has  recorded his first CD entitled, “Soul Searchin.”   Byrd also has a number of his own compositions that have been recorded on T.S. Monk’s (the great jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk’s son) latest release entitled “Higher Ground” where Winston Byrd (former member) can also be heard.

For more information contact Doug Davis at Griggs Music, 563-391-9000.

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Casting Crowns - Come to the Well Tour This Friday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:07

Casting Crowns with Matthew West, Royal Tailor and Lindsay McCaul

Where: iWireless Center in Moline, IL
When: March 23, 2012
Starts: 7:00PM
Doors Open: 6:00PM

Tickets On Sale: Now

Ticket Prices:
Advance - $24.00
Artist Circle - $40.00
Groups of 10+ - $18.00
Advance (limited number) - $15.00

Group Sales: Groups of 10 or more receive 1 free ticket! Call 309-277-1356 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

Phone Sales: 800-745-3000

Mail Order Tickets:
Make checks payable and mail to:

i wireless Center, Attn: Box Office, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL 61265.
Include a $3 per order handling fee and a $2.50 per ticket facility fee.

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Cedar Rapids & RAGBRAI® Announce Counting Crows in Concert on July 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Pickar   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:00

Cedar Rapids, IA- On Thursday, July 26, 2012 the community of Cedar Rapids and the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™ will host Counting Crows in concert.

Registered RAGBRAI riders will receive free admission to this concert and special event celebrating 40 years of Iowa, in downtown Cedar Rapids. Residents of Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities are invited to attend this special evening and tickets will go on sale mid-April. Watch www.cedarrapisdragbrai.com and www.ragbrai.com for details.

“We are excited to celebrate 40 years with Iowans and the communities of Iowa who are the true backbone of this ride,” said T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director. “We look forward to working with the community of Cedar Rapids to host this event on July 26.”

COUNTING CROWS hails from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), and Millard Powers (bass). COUNTING CROWS success dates back to their 1993 debut release August and Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones.” The band recently hit #1 with the song “Accidentally In Love,” which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, as well as nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the track. COUNTING CROWS has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Counting Crows are releasing a new album Underwater Sunshine in April.

Des Moines Register Media owns and produces RAGBRAI, a trek across Iowa that’s the world’s oldest, largest and longest annual bicycle ride. RAGBRAI riders will overnight in Sioux Center, Cherokee, Lake View, Webster City, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, Anamosa and Clinton this year.

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Quad City Symphony Orchestra partners with Quad City Bank and Trust for 30th annual Riverfront Pops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:23
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra announces Quad City Bank and Trust as its new sponsor for Riverfront Pops. Riverfront Pops is the annual kick-off to the QCSO's performance season and a 30-year Quad City tradition. This new, multi-year agreement will ensure the concert remains a highlight of the summer festival season here in the Quad Cities.


"Quad City Bank & Trust is excited to partner with the Quad City Symphony and it’s Riverfront Pops concert," said John Anderson, President and CEO of Quad City Bank and Trust. "We deeply believe in strengthening the community in which we work and play. We recognize the vital role music education can play in success in school, in life, and in our society, and we want to ensure that programs such as Instruments for Kids and Youth Orchestra scholarships are maintained, and perhaps even increased. It is our hope that with our commitment to this event, every child who wishes to play a musical instrument will be able to do so."

"We are very excited to announce our new partnership with Quad City Bank and Trust," said Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. "As budgets at home and school get stretched thin, the community is increasingly looking to us for support. Our instrument lending program, school outreach tours, and annual Symphony Day concert have become integral parts of the Quad City music education landscape. Partnerships like this new Riverfront Pops sponsorship allow us to maintain and even look to expand our current educational offerings."

The Quad City Bank and Trust Riverfront Pops concert is scheduled to host is 30th annual concert on Saturday, September 8, in LeClaire Park. The concert draws thousands of people every year to the Mississippi riverside where they can enjoy an afternoon in the park, an evening of live music from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and fireworks over Centennial Bridge. Popular events like the Riverfront Pops concert, and the Holiday Pops concert a couple months later, allow the QCSO to maintain their high standard of artistic excellence and provide free education programs to thousands of students in the Quad Cities.

In 2012, the Quad City Bank and Trust Riverfront Pops is proud to be the kick-off event for the East West Riverfest, a 10-day arts festival in the Quad Cities that encompasses Viva Quad Cities, the Beaux Arts Fair, the Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Riversance, and many other festivals, events, and activities.

 
Funktion plays free show at Rock Island, March 22, in support of "Step Into It" album PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wide Awake Publicity   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:48
Funktion
Rock Island Brewing Company (RIBCO) (1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Price: FREE
Age: 21+
Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm

Funktion takes kinetic live performances, 'fireball of funk' on the road across country

Seven-member band Funktion is a funk-making machine. The band’s kinetic live performances are fueled by a densely layered, harmonic funk-rock music with an upbeat, dance-inducing rhythmic groove including hints of hip-hop and jazz. No form of the funk genre is off limits, whether it’s a smooth R&B vibe, cool island dub rhythms, rowdy hip-hop or its own unique, unhinged, guitar-fueled fireball of funk.

When it comes right down to it, however, the band’s multifaceted sounds are simply dance music. The band’s main intention is to get people up and grooving on the dance floor.

The band’s sound includes smooth brass grooves with percussive vocals and hip-hop themes intertwined with retro funk bass lines, but it’s energy and vibe also create a type of venue-wide positive energy. Funktion members say there's also positive energy when they are just hanging out or on the road and it translates on stage through the music straight to the audience.

Funktion’s music, groove and vibe is ultimately shaped by all the musical elements that influences its members. These influences include the great funk and groove artists from the past and present including everyone from James Brown, Parliament, Herbie Hancock and Sly and the Family Stone to The Roots, Maceo Parker, 311 and Soulive.

“We've got seven guys whose passion is to play music,” percussionist Jeremy Reisig said. “The reason we want to get it out there at a high level is that we love playing music with each other. We love messing around and we love that energy on stage."

The act, in May 2011, released its “Step Into It” album to high acclaim. It features the band at its best in the studio and features several special guests on horns and vocals. Ultimately, however, the band must be seen live to fully understand its impact and talent for extended cross-genre improvisations.

FUNKTION:
Andrew Schrock (Lead Vocals)
Terrence Massey (Trumpet, Vocals)
Hugh Little (Keyboards, Vocals)
Nate Heymoss (Guitar)
Neal Conway (Bass)
Sean Reisig (Drums)
Jeremy Reisig (Percussion, Flows)

ONLINE:
www.funktionmusic.com/
www.facebook.com/Funktionkzoo
www.youtube.com/user/funktionkalamazoo
www.reverbnation.com/funktionkalamazoo

MUSIC:
music.funktionmusic.com/

VIDEO:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qLXoHkyshA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=v38QrCKZ9WA&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AV4oVf-d_DwKDu2ifMFiHNfVIkfSzU5JVM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vNBa6SSbU
www.archive.org/details/WyceJammiesXiFunktion

 
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