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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

 
Rascal Flatts in the theater April 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Monday, 19 March 2012 13:54
Country supergroup Rascal Flatts brings a high-energy fan experience to movie theaters nationwide with Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event on Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). NCM Fathom, Big Machine, and AEG Network Live present this in-theater concert and all-access event that will feature exclusive concert performance footage of the group’s biggest hits, along with new music from their upcoming album entitled Changed. Additionally, fans will get a peek backstage for rare interviews with band members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus. The event will also include a special Q&A session with the band, featuring questions submitted in advance by their fans via social media networks.
Tickets for Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Rascal Flatts-CHANGED will be playing at the following theaters in your area:
RVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807 7:00 PM

 
UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Candace Avery   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:17
Nashville, TN, USA - March 12, 2012 - Due to overwhelming demand, the inaugural Unsigned Only Music Competition has extended its deadline to enter until April 11, 2012. 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.

Created by the same team who founded the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. It also takes it a step further, however, and 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; Charlie Daniels; 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); Jason Geter (President, Grand Hustle Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group); and Josh Bailey, SVP A&R, Word Label Group.

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 April 11, 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 more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

 
Film Makes its Debut in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roseanne Krubsack   
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:54
The film, Miss Representation, will have its first showing in the Quad City area on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogolski Center Ballroom on the SAU campus. “Miss Representation” is a 2011 American documentary film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. It has been winning awards at festivals all over the world. The film explores the distorted way in which the media portrays women, and the effects this has on girls as they develop their own self-images. A discussion will follow the screening of the film. The film is being brought to the area by the Davenport-Bettendorf branch of AAUW, and Women’s Studies, the SAAT team and Her Campus from St.Ambrose University. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge.

 
Donny Osmond in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Coming to 500+ U.S. Movie Theaters on 3/26 & 4/4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scoop Marketing   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:41
Movie theater audiences nationwide will sing along with Donny Osmond this spring in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision present this fully staged pre-recorded production in more than 500 movie theaters on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p. m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT/HI/AK; and again on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. (all time zones). This exclusive never-before-seen sing-along version with subtitles for audiences to join in also features an introduction and question-and-answer session with Osmond live from Salt Lake City.
Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be playing at the following theaters in your area on Mar. 26:
RVE Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807 7:00 PM
Click here for tickets on Apr. 4.

 
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