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Casting Crowns - Come to the Well Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 24 February 2012 15:23

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,IL61265. Include a $3 per order handling fee and a $2.50 per ticket facility fee.


Buy Tickets Online:


Directions: Drive+Moline+Illinois+61265&ct=directions-to



For More Information call 309-764-2001 or visit online:  http://www.premierproductions.


We hope to see you there!

Groove Jazz Nights - RETURN - WEDNESDAY March 7th PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by WGRV the Groove   
Friday, 24 February 2012 15:08



Wednesday - March 7th   (Melbourne)
Thursday - March 8th   (Cocoa Beach)

2 different Oceanfront locations

(Now something for everyone in North & South Brevard County)


Double up your weekly Jazz -- See 2 different bands each week

One on Wednesday and Another on Thursday




Tom Hueston Band


WGRV The Groove Presents

"Live In Concert"

The Rainmakers



Let's make this 2012 Jazz Season kick-off party a big success!!!
Tell your friends to come see this great local and popular Jazz band that features Tom Hueston and Dan Wilborn as we celebrate our 7th season of Groove Jazz Oceanfront Concert Series at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront.

Check our website for additional event details.   (


Doors Open: 5:30pm      Get there early for the best seats!!!


Performing 2 music sets at:  6:00pm  &  7:30pm

Don't Miss This Exciting FREE CONCERT Event at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne.




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STARTING - MARCH 7th, 2012


Join WGRV The Groove as we host our 7th season of Wednesday Jazz at the Crowne Plaza for our Groove Oceanfront Concert Series.

It's The Biggest Weekly Party On The Beach!!!


FREE Admission  --  Always Dress To Impress      5:30pm-8:30pm

Every Wednesday Night (until November for the 2012 season)  This very popular Groove Smooth Jazz event has been known to average 700+ people a week, So get there early for the best seats!!!


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Tell your fiends the ONLY place to be on Wednesday Nights for Live Music is The Groove's Oceanfront Jazz Concert Series at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront located on Highway A1A Indialantic....Don't Miss It!!!


(If it rains we move it into the large indoor ballroom)


Keep listening to WGRV The Groove and/or check out The Groove's NEW website for details and future band updates.
Thanks to the Crowne Plaza for 7 years of supporting Jazz and The Groove.


We encourage you to support the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront as often as possible. Located at:  2605 N. Highway A1A,  Indialantic, FL 32903   --  PHONE: 321-777-4100






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STARTING - MARCH 8th, 2012
Join WGRV The Groove as we welcome a new 2012 weekly Thursday night venue to our Jazz family... the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach located on Highway A1A.


FREE Admission   --   Dress To Impress!!!!        5:30pm-8:30pm


Every Thursday Night (until November for the 2012 season)


This event happens outdoors at MAMBO's oceanside restaurant/bar area located inside the International Palms resort.


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Mambo's is a very unique oceanside "Upper/Lower" deck get there early for the best seats!!!   Join us on the upper deck for a great view of the ocean while listening to the sounds of Jazz.  For those who want to experience the party up close, the lower stage front level is for you!!!    There is something for everyone, even a cool grassy tiki area behind the stage if you wish to bring your own chairs and blankets.


Tell your friends the ONLY place to be on Thursday Nights for Live Music is at the new International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach on Highway A1A.....Don't Miss It!!!


(If it rains we move inside the indoor restaurant/club area)


Keep listening to WGRV The Groove and/or check out The Groove's NEW website for details and future band updates. Thanks for your support!!!



We encourage you to support the International Palms Resort as often as possible.  Located at:  1300 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL  32931    PHONE: 321-783-2271




Spread the word about WGRV "The Groove" Jazz.

If you enjoy WGRV and the programming we offer, in addition to the community support we provide....then we need YOU to go to our website ( and make your financial pledge today of support to maintain the Smooth Jazz programming you enjoy eveyday.


Click on the "Donate/Pledge" button link on our website and become part of our family.

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The volunteer staff and management of WGRV The Groove would like to personally say Thank You for supporting this radio station for the past 8 years.  We will be celebrating our 9th Birthday in April 2012.



From our many community events over the years, we have had the opportunity to meet thousands of great people and most importantly...make thousands of new friends who share the love of Smooth Jazz.


It Is Very Important --  As our "Listener Supported" Public radio station continues to grow, (and keep Jazz alive on the airwaves) that you continue to financially donate and support our events.  The Groove is proud to be your only local 24-hour source for Smooth Jazz in Central Florida.


WGRV doesn't recieve any grants or support from the government or big media companies...All of WGRV's monthly operational funding comes from direct local Donations (From Listeners Like You).


If you value WGRV The Groove and would like Smooth Jazz to remain on the local airwaves...then today...we need for you to join our family by making a contribution of support.   Go to our website and click on the Donate/Pledge button.


We appreciate your loyality and hope we can count on your future support of our Groove events and fundraisers.

Since 2005, WGRV The Groove has provided this community over 400 FREE Jazz concerts and more.   In addition we have donated thousands of hours of time and promotions to help many local non-profit groups with their events...and so much more towards making this Space Coast community a better place.

During 2012, We have several exciting things planned that we will be announcing soon, (keep checking our website:  Showing once again why WGRV The Groove is an Industry Leader resulting in being Nationally Nominated 2 consecutive years as one of the Top 5 Smooth Jazz Stations in the country, Music Director of the Year nomination, and the Broadcaster Of The Year Nomination.


WGRV The Groove


WGRV The Groove
P.O. Box 100085
Palm Bay, Florida 32910


Local students perform with Augustana Music Programs PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:26

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- The Augustana Symphonic Band began its spring 2012 tour of the Pacific Coast on Friday, Feb. 17, stopping at two locations in Illinois before continuing to California, Oregon and Washington. To conclude the tour, the band will perform a home concert on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) on Augustana's campus.

Among the students peforming:

Grace Drenth, a junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in psychology.

Jen Youngs, a senior from Taylor Ridge, Ill., majoring in psychology and political science.

For this tour, director Dr. James Lambrecht has devised a program worthy of a band so grounded in history. The college's first ensemble was the Silver Cornet Band in 1874. This band enlisted as a unit in the U.S. Army during World War I, and mounted its first Augustana student ensemble international tour in 1928. Over the years, the Silver Cornet Band transformed into the Augustana Concert Band and the Augustana Symphonic Band, the college's premier touring band ensemble.

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Students performed in Augustana College Four Choirs Concert

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Ascension Singers were the four choirs that came together to perform one concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Augustana College.

The choirs include:

• Cantelina Augustana, directed by Sonja Hurty, adjunct professor of music, includes female students from all classes and majors who sing for pleasure.

• Wennerberg Men's Chorus, directed by Howard Eckdahl, fellowship instructor of music, consists of male students who sing for enjoyment and have an enhanced appreciation of choral music.

• Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Zemek, assistant professor of music, is a select ensemble for women who want to develop advanced choral skills.

• Dr. Zemek also directs the Ascension Singers, a group made up of singers from both Cantelina Augustana and Wennerberg's Men Chorus.

According to Dr. Zemek, the Four Choirs Concert was an opportunity for students to share what they had been studying and preparing throughout the term with their families and the community.

From your area this includes:

Hannah Barney, a Junior student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Business Administration-Marketing/Communication Studies.

Christine Harb, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Samantha Kammerman, a First Year student from Milan, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Megan Keller, a Senior student from Taylor Ridge, Ill., majoring in Communication Studies.

Elizabeth Kuster, a Sophomore student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Creative Writing.

Samantha McGreer, a First Year student from Illinois City, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Ingrid Schneider, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Samantha McGreer, a First Year student from Illinois City, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Elyzia Powers, a First Year student from Silvis, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Anthony TouVelle, a First Year student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Ben Knapper, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Jacob McManus, a First Year student from Reynolds, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Adam Bengfort, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Guy Iaccarino, a Senior student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Music General and Anthropology.

Steven Ray Trent, a Sophomore student from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in Geology.

Manisha Kumar, a Junior student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

"At the concert, a wide variety of styles and time periods of choral music were shared, including global world music," said Dr. Zemek. "It's this variety of music and the inclusion of different types of choirs that made th Four Choirs Concerts unique and enjoyable to attend."


ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- After a two-week concert tour in Germany and Austria, the Augustana Choir will return to the Quad Cities for a home concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport. Under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, the choir will present an a cappella choir concert, with works ranging from a Gregorian chant to a Haitian Nöel. The concert is open to the public, free of charge.

Among the students performing:

Kaleigh Wall, a Junior from Eldridge, Ill., majoring in Art.

Lauren Reid, a Senior from Sherrard, Ill., majoring in Business Administration- Marketing/Communication Studies.

Rickey Rector, a Junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The concert at St. Paul is the culmination of a 10-performance tour that intertwined "Alpha & Omega" works with four performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, as part of a festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this masterwork.

The "Alpha & Omega" concert program is divided into four sections. The first group is based on the triune God-Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer-and begins with American composer Howard Hanson's A Prayer of the Middle Ages. The second group of works is based on texts that deal with the Book of Revelation, including American composer and arranger Stacey Gibbs' Lord, If I Got My Ticket. In the third group, various cultures come to life through music, including a traditional Haitian folk song, Noél Ayisyen. The final group includes songs from the folk and hymm traditions, closing with Children of the Heavenly Father, a piece that has become a regular part of the Augustana Choir's tour programs.

Augustana College is known throughout the United States for the excellence of its choral tradition. The 70-member Augustana Choir is the school's premier choral ensemble. Founded in 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed internationally and in some of the United States' finest musical venues, including New York City's Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and services in our complex, ever-changing world.

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Candace Avery   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:58
Nashville, TN, USA - February 22, 2012 - The newly launched Unsigned Only Music Competition, from the team behind the International Songwriting Competition, is fast approaching its March 5 deadline for artists to enter. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major record label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. Judging criteria includes vocals, performance, songwriting, and originality.

Completely separate and distinct from ISC, Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

The founders of Unsigned Only, Jim Morgan and Candace Avery, talk about the new venture: "We are pleased to introduce a new music competition of this caliber to artists throughout the world. Having worked with a wide variety of artists over many years, we know that what artists want most is access to record label professionals. However, it is virtually impossible for most up-and-coming artists to have direct access to this elite and elusive group of decision makers. So, Unsigned Only is offering the unprecedented opportunity for the Grand Prize winner to network with and be mentored by a prestigious group of record label executives. This has never been done before, and we are excited about the possibilities it affords the Unsigned Only winner."

The judging panel is comprised of an impressive group of recording artists, producers, and top-level music journalists. They include: Cyndi Lauper; Kenny Rogers; Angie Stone; 3 Doors Down; Jeremy Camp; Manchester Orchestra; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Kelly Clarkson; Musiq Soulchild; Aaron Shust; Steve Lillywhite (Producer); G. Love; Matt and Kim; St. Vincent; The Mountain Goats; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Scott Lapatine (Founder/Editor-In-Chief, Stereogum) and Lorraine Ali (Pop Music Editor, Los Angeles Times).

The panel of mentors who have signed on to participate is equally impressive. Included are: Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic); Pete Ganbarg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); David Wolter (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, RCA Records); David Wilkes (VP of A&R, eOne Music); Pete Giberga (Head of A&R, Razor & Tie Records) and Jason Geter (President, Grand Hustle Records).

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 5, 2012.  Winners will be announced in July, 2012. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, and Vocal Performance.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which accepts original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals, thereby allowing singers who do not write their own songs the opportunity to enter.

For entry and general information, please go to

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Jeff Ashcraft   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:40

Davenport, Iowa – February 20, 2012 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Quad Cities announced today the debut of its new station 101.3 KISS FM, effective Monday, Feb. 20, at 5:00 a.m. 101.3 KISS FM will bring nationally syndicated programs like Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and On Air with Ryan Seacrest to the Quad Cities as well as local on-air host, Todd Alan.

The debut of 101.3 KISS FM demonstrates Clear Channel Quad Cities’ commitment to providing quality programming to its local listeners. Elvis Duran and the Morning Show is the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S. and consistently ranks No. 1 across multiple demographics and top markets. Broadcasting live from New York's Z100, Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit songs and regular features such as the gossipy “The Sleaze,” the fashion-forward “Rage Page” and the popular prank “Phone Taps.” Elvis Duran and the Morning Show will broadcast on 101.3 KISS FM during the morning drive Monday through Fridays and Saturdays.

On Air with Ryan Seacrest, broadcasts from Hollywood, Ca. and focuses on all aspects of the entertainment industry. Throughout the show, Seacrest interviews and highlights top talent from the worlds of music, film and television. On Air with Ryan Seacrest will broadcast on 101.3 KISS FM weekdays during mid-days.

Todd Alan, the Quad Cities’ own local on-air talent, will host the afternoon drive time Monday through Saturday. He has a passion to connect with listeners in person and online and his new show will feature a daily Facebook request hour called Facebook/iHeart Radio 5 at 5. Alan is a Quad Cities radio veteran and has been hosting the afternoon drive on sister station, Mix 96, for more than three years. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in radio, television and film.

“We strive to bring the best programming to our local listeners and we are thrilled to bring the new 101.3 KISS FM to the Quad Cities,” said Jeff Ashcraft, Vice President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Eastern Iowa. “With on-air talent like Ryan Seacrest and locally Todd Alan, we think the area is ready for this kind of KISS.”

“Playing your hits - is our focus.”; said Jim O’Hara, Operations Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Quad Cities. “The heart of this station is our listeners and we plan to bring them the hits they want to hear. It’s an exciting time in Quad City area radio and we are proud to introduce the new 101.3 KISS FM to the market.”

101.3 KISS FM’s programming line-up will feature:
§ On Air with Ryan Seacrest from mid-days Monday through Friday.
§ Todd Alan afternoon drive Monday through Saturday.
§ Billy the Kid evenings Monday through Friday.
§ Jo Jo Wright and Sisanie overnights.
§ American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest – weekends
§ Coming Soon: Elvis Duran and the Morning Show mornings Monday through Friday
and Saturdays.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Davenport:
Clear Channel Quad Cities owns and operates WLLR-FM; KUUL 101.3; Q106.5; KMXG 96.1; WOC 1420; Fox Sports Radio WFXN and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 238 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at, and


Jeff Ashcraft

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