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Second Concert in the 2009 Bear River Concert Series on June 27th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Monday, 22 June 2009 07:18
The second concert  of the Bear River Concert Serious will be June 27th at 7 PM in the Sill Barn on the Camp Courageous property.  The second of seven scheduled concerts will be featuring Small Potatoes.

Small Potatoes, the Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy."  Superb musicianship and award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them as Dirty Linen Magazine said,  "one of the most polished, inventive and entertaining shows on the circuit."  Get more information about Small Potatoes at http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com.

Monticello orchardist and general contractor, Douglas Monk, is partnering with Camp Courageous, The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and the Grant Wood Country Foundation for the Arts, to co-host the “2009 Bear River Concert Series.” The seven concerts, from May through November, will be held in the rustic Sill Barn on the Camp Courageous property, with the exception of the September concert, “Applejam,” which will be at the Monk’s property. Each concert brings nationally recognized talent to Monticello, Iowa.

The music series began as a dream for Douglas Monk and his wife, Micaela, when they planted their apple orchard in April of 2002. “Can’t you just picture trees laden with red and yellow apples, families coming out for a day in the country, and live music in the orchard?” Douglas would say to his wife. But Monk didn’t want to wait five years before the trees bore fruit, so they hosted their first music festival the following September, calling it “Applejam.”

In 2003, due to the weather, they hosted the event in their 100-year-old post-and-beam barn. The venue started with an open mike, followed by a large pot luck, and finished with a professional musician. Every year, Applejam got a little bigger, a little more polished. Musicians began getting wind of Applejam from as far away as Nashville, Tennessee and England.

In December of 2008, Monk’s wife, Micaela, spotted a notice in the Monticello Express regarding the Jones County Endowment Fund, which stated a grant was available to be used for such things as “recreation, tourism, improving the quality of life and enhancing the economic well-being of Jones County residents.”

Doug and Micaela met with Scott and Michelle Dalziel, two singer-songwriters who had previously performed at Applejam, to discuss applying for the grant. Michelle suggested that rather than envision just one event, why not do a whole series of concerts and name it after the Maquoketa River which flows through this part of the state. “Did you know the Native Americans called the river ‘the Bear River’ (Maquoketa River) after all the black bear in the area?” she said.

Melissa Stelhorn, a family friend, suggested it might be mutually advantageous to partner with Camp Courageous, a non-profit camp that serves over 5,000 individual of all ages with disabilities each year.  Since the camp runs on donations they could direct a portion of the proceeds toward the camp.  In January, Doug, Micaela, and Melissa sat down with Charlie Becker at Camp Courageous to share their idea. Out of this came the “2009 Bear River Concert Series.”
The first concert on May 30th with Scott and Michelle Dalziel and Beth Wood was well attended.

The second Concert will be June 27th at 7 PM with Small Potatoes (http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com). July 18th at 7 PM with Gayla Drake Paul (http://www.skep.com/gdpaul). August 29th at 7 PM with GDP3. September 12th "Applejam" at Monk's orchard at 4:30 PM with local artists and Fran Snyder (http://fransnyder.com). October 31 at 7 PM with Joe Jenks (http://www.joejencks.com). November 28th at 7 PM with John Smith (http://www.johnsmithmusic.com).

While reservations are not required, they are strongly recommended by calling (319) 465-4069. You can also get more information from www.bearriverconcerts.com or at the camp's web site at www.campcourageous.org.

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Christian Concert Saturday June 20th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Yaudas   
Monday, 15 June 2009 15:09

Immanuel Lutheran Church is having an Indoor Christian Concert on Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 5:00pm until 7:30pm. Groups featured include the praise band "Smile" and "Immanuel's VBS Kids."

The concert will be providing a variety of live Christian music for all ages. There will be hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for 50¢ each. Children 12 and under will receive a free coupon for 1 hot dog, 1 popcorn and 1 pop!  There will also be activities for children.

This is a free event open to the public and all are welcome to join us.  For more information, please contact the church office at 563-324-6431.

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QCSO announces 2009-10 Pops season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 15 June 2009 10:24
QCSO announces 2009-10 Pops season
Davenport, IA - Following on the heels of a sell-out Spring Pops concert, the QCSO has some exciting announcements regarding its Pops schedule for next year:

The Riverfront Pops returns to LeClaire Park - September 12th
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mark Russell present Steve Lippia performing the music of Frank Sinatra as the 27th annual Riverfront Pops returns to LeClaire Park. Steve Lippia is one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of "standards" and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve's youthful, energetic talent and powerful show create a perfect blend of "classic" with "today." His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music, while appealing to long-time listeners. As is traditional, the concert will end with the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and fireworks.

Cirque comes to Holiday Pops - November 21st
The QCSO and Quad City Arts take the Holiday Pops in an exciting new direction this year with Cirque de la Symphonie. Cirque is an exciting adaptation of the artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world - aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These artists include world-record holders, international competition gold-medal winners, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere. Conducted by Music Director Mark Russell Smith and featuring return engagements from the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir and the Holiday Pops Children's Chorus, this year's concert promises to be the most spectacular Holiday Pops ever.

Another rockin' Spring Pops - June 5th
Conductor and arranger Brent Havens returns to the Adler Theatre with the Music of the Eagles, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of the Eagles' timeless tunes. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singers Terry Brock, Randy Jackson, and John Hines, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture the Eagles' amazing vocal harmonies surrounded by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in a concert rich with lush melodies like you've never heard before. The 2-hour concert features 18 Eagles tunes, including Heartache Tonight, Desperado, New Kid in Town and Hotel California.

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Spring Pops Pre-Party before the Music of Led Zeppelin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 13:50
Davenport, IA - As the Music of Led Zeppelin Spring Pops concert reaches "must-see" status in the Quad Cities, the QCSO is announcing another way to enjoy the weekend - the Spring Pops Pre-Party. From 5 to 7 on May 30, the parking lot behind the Adler, on Brady Street between 3rd and 4th Street, will be blocked off and set aside for a pre-concert party. Attending the party will be Music of Led Zeppelin conductor/arranger Brent Havens, lead singer Randy Jackson, and Greg Dwyer from the 97X morning show Dwyer and Michaels.

Admission to the party is free and vendors will be selling grilled food from Sunshine Concessions and locally brewed beer from Great River Brewery. Great River Brewery, the Quad Cities' newest, tapped its first keg this spring. Their products are available on tap at establishments throughout the area and are coming soon in 16-ounce cans. Beer from Great River Brewery will also be available inside the Adler during the concert.

Performing at the Spring Pops Pre-Party will be one of the most contagious bands in the Quad Cities - Deadroots. Every Deadroots show is a collage of Rock, Funk, R & B, Bluegrass, Jam, and Jazz. Since it's birth in 1999, the band has evolved into the core line-up of Steve Braddy, Josh Long, John Bechtel, and Jared Hughes. Over the years, Deadroots has gained a reputation for its incredibly catchy and well-crafted original tunes as well as its original takes on cover tunes.

Tickets for the Music of Led Zeppelin Spring Pops concert start at $16 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Quad City Cloggers starting beginner lessons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Ann Robinson   
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 14:16

The Quad City Cloggers are starting new beginner lessons on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm. Classes meet at the Square and Round Hall, 323-1/2 - 17th Street in Bettendorf and will continue through the Summer. No partners are needed and taps are not required to start: smooth soled shoes that slide on wood are recommended. First lesson is free, then $4 per class for adult beginners.

History:

The Quad City Cloggers is a club which has been active in the Quad Cities for over 25 years.  Our goal is to promote, practice, perform and teach traditional-style clogging.  We are members of the Quad Cities Square and Round Federation, and we meet weekly throughout the year.

Clogging is the style of percussive dance (tap) that came out of the Appalachian Mountains from Irish, English and Scottish settlers; sometimes referred to as "American Step Dancing."  There are many forms of clogging, such as flatfoot and buck.  The Quad City Cloggers teach a traditional style.  The focus of clogging is on the footwork with little arm choreography.

Clogging is good exercise and lots of fun for all ages.  Come for the exercise and join us as we have fun and perform at the Senior Olympics, Bix Family Fest, Arrowhead Ranch Auction, Pioneer Village, Festival of Trees and at local nursing homes.

Whether you are interested in learning to clog for just the fun, just for exercise or to perform with a group, all are welcome.

Please contact Mary Ann Robinson, Instructor, at 563-289-5742 or Teresa Young, youth instructor, at 563-323-7412.

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