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MVBS Presents Debbie Davies Fri. Sept. 7 for East West Riverfest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:27

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Features Blues Guitarist

In Conjunction with East West Riverfest

As a participant in the East West Riverfest, a Quad Cities celebration of arts, culture, and heritage, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society will be presenting blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Debbie Davies at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA, on Friday, September 7. The show will start at 9:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $12 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $15 for non-members (membership applications will be available at the door). Coupons for $5 off the cost of admission will be available at the East West Riverfest Opening Ceremony held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the RiverCenter, 136 East 3rd Street, Davenport, IA 52801.

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In her amazing career Davies has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. She has been the featured guitarist in several female based bands including Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs (led by John Mayall’s wife) and Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfinger Revue (who opened for Jimmy Buffett during his 1991 tour). Besides her solo work, Davies is best known for her work with Albert Collins as a member of his band, the Icebreakers. Over the years she has collaborated with several well known artists such as Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton (a.k.a. rhythm section for Double Trouble), Coco Montoya, Jay Geils, and Duke Robillard.

This performance will be Davies'  debut of her new CD, After The Fall, which was released on M.C. Records on July 17. After The Fall is her 11th solo recording and is an all-original affair with Davies writing or co-writing six of the 11 songs. The year 2010 held some traumatic life experiences for Davies, and as she began to heal, she started writing and putting many of her experiences and feelings into songs. The result is 2012's After The Fall.

This performance is being presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in conjunction with the East West Riverfest and is made possible by the Riverboat Development Authority.

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Lamoureux performing live at Rozz Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Mattoso   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:21

Justin Phillip Lamoureux (Midwest Dilemma) performing live Tuesday, September 4 @ The Rozz Tox in Rock Island, IL w/ Zach Sherman & Chris Colson

Justin Phillip Lamoureux has been performing live and sharing his stories of life in the Midwest under the name 'Midwest Dilemma' for nearly a decade. Now performing under his own name, Justin can now separate the band (which has grown into a 7 to 22 piece orchestral gypsy folk collective) vs his own solo work. Here is a video from a performance in Portland, OR with Run on Sentence, Pancake Breakfast (Mike Midlo), and Langhorne Slim --

Lamoureux has toured coast to coast in the USA, Canada and many parts of Europe and performed at festivals such as SXSW, NXNE and Walk the Line (UK). He has also shared the stage with Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes, Jake Bellows/Neva Dinova, These United States, Paleo, David Bazan, Blind Pilot, Kathleen Edwards, William Elliot Whitmore, Dave Rawlings Machine (Gillian Welch), and Counting Crows.

"Lamoureux is a stream, it doesn’t matter if for a time he is only trickling through rocks and soil, his conviction is the rainfall, pouring much needed force sustenance to the stream – it can’t be stopped. He will find his ocean; it’s inevitable." - Will Simons, CityWeekly 

Justin and Midwest Dilemma's debut release "Timelines & Tragedies" was awarded Album of the Year in Omaha, NE in 2008 which also charted CMJ Top 200. The song "Chicago and North Western" was featured on the PBS television series Roadtrip Nation.

The Bourne Legacy is showing on the GIANT Screen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:17

see it where it’s meant to be seen!

WHAT: The Bourne Legacy

WHEN: Friday, August 24 - TBD

WHERE: Putnam Museum’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater

COST: $11/adults; $10/seniors/student/military; and $8/youth ages 3-12.

 DAVENPORT - The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy.

The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards America’s Music Grant to Area Libraries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:15

The Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island Public Libraries have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to present the program America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.  As one of 50 grant recipients nationwide, these four libraries will feature public programs focusing on 20th century music genres that are uniquely American and how they are ingrained in our nation’s history and culture.

Scheduled for Spring 2013, America’s Music will consist of a six-week scholar-led viewing and discussion program. Among several renowned documentaries and television series included in the program are Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, Broadway: the American Musical, Ken Burns’ Jazz, High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Latin Music, USA.

Musical performances and other programming focused on America’s musical history will be provided in partnership with River Music Experience, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, and WQPT.  Dan Malachuk, Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will serve as lead project scholar for the viewing and discussion series.

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, was created by the Tribeca Film Institute with support from the National Endowment from the Humanities (NEH), and in consultation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Society for American Music.


Three Additional Sprouts Acts to Perform in State Fair Talent Search Finals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:49

DES MOINES, IA (08/18/2012)(readMedia)-- Three talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have been selected to perform in the Championship round in Bill Riley's 53rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform in exhibition on Sunday, August 19, but will no longer be competing.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Emma Destigter, 9, Moville, and Taylor Knaack, 10, Correctionville, Tap Dance

Ada Lund, 4, Corning, Dance

Alissa Marie Girsch, 12, Davenport, Vocal Solo

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 19, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $15,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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