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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:55

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding an OVEE screening at 7 p.m. May 13 of the first episode of the new PBS series “Coming Back with Wes Moore.”  Viewers are invited to chat live with WQPT throughout the screening with questions and reactions to the show.

“Coming Back with Wes Moore” tells the story of best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore's search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society.

Scheduled panelists include Michael Weinrich, a retired Air Force veteran and Western Illinois University Sociology and Anthropology Professor David Rohall, who is a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and has studied the military for more than 15 years. Rohall has published and presented dozens of articles about military service.

The full documentary can be seen on WQPT at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.  Parts two and three will air May 28 and June 4.

For more information on all of WQPT’s “Embracing Our Military” events and programs, visit

WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is a media service of Western Illinois University.


JAKE OWEN Coming to iWireless Center Friday, July 25th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:19

Tickets will go on-sale Friday, May 2nd 10am.


Tickets will be available at the iWireless Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets starting at $20.

Moline, IL (April 28, 2014) - For chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen, 2013 was filled with golden times; earning his fourth consecutive #1 with "Anywhere With You," drawing a crowd of over 20,000 for a Nashville summer block party, releasing his new album DAYS OF GOLD, crossing over one million Twitter followers and touring with Jason Aldean. This spring Jake will celebrate with his fans on his second major nationwide headline run - JAKE OWEN'S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 presented by Discover Boating - as officially announced from the ESPN tailgate party stage at the BCS National Championship January 6th.

Kicking off March 20 in Brookings, SD, the DAYS OF GOLD TOUR presented by Discover Boating will go through October and wrap in Jake's hometown of Vero Beach, FL. The 55-city plus tour features openers Eli Young Band (select dates), Parmalee (select dates), Thomas Rhett (select dates) and The Cadillac Three.

"I love throwing parties! This tour is going to be one big party and everyone is invited," shares Jake. "I've been lucky enough to be on the road and learn from incredible artists like Chesney, McGraw, and Aldean. I'm really proud of this tour and can't wait for the fans to see what's in store. The first night cannot get here fast enough!"

"Ain't no party like a Jake Owen party," raves Country Weekly on the singer's live show. To get this party vibe going, Jake will release his new single "Beachin'" to country radio in February. The song, along with the hit single "Days of Gold," is featured on his current album DAYS OF GOLD, available everywhere now.

Since releasing the chart-topping album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music's leading vocalists. The gold-certified RCA Nashville project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and PLATINUM "Alone with You," and GOLD-certified hits "The One That Got Away" and "Anywhere with You." His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, which made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour.


For on sale dates and more, visit, on Facebook at, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.

About Discover Boating

Discover Boating is a national boating awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry to help get people on the water. Discover Boating programs focus on the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, accessibility and fun of the boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit


About Parmalee

Stoney Creek Records' Parmalee is a family band comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and life-long best friend Josh McSwain. Parmalee, named for the band's hometown in North Carolina, recently dominated the country radio charts with the two-week #1, GOLD-selling single "Carolina." Parmalee's Top 40 debut country radio single, "Musta Had A Good Time" was voted #1 by fans for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM The Highway¹s "Hot 30 LIVE". Both songs appear on Parmalee's debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, in stores now.

About The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three is a high-energy trio who describes their sound as "country fuzz." Composed of three Nashville natives - Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) - all three guys have weathered wild adventures as a Country group with a rockin' edge. They have opened for acts like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. Johnston is known for penning two #1 smashes - Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" and Tim McGraw's "Southern Girl" as well as several other tunes for acts like Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Dierks Bentley. The band appeared on ABC's hit drama "NASHVILLE" in late 2012 and their music has been featured on CBS's "CSI Miami" and two CW shows - "Vampire Diaries" and "Heart Of Dixie." The Cadillac Three has released their gritty first single, "The South," to Country radio and has sold10,000 downloads in the first week of release.

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Iowa-produced film 'The Formula' to be released in Redbox this Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Clarke   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:17

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa City-based film production company Backrow Studios' latest feature, “The Formula,' will be released in Redbox this Tuesday, April 29th. The romantic comedy, starring Brandon Baker, Reginald VelJohnson and Sasha Jackson, screened in several college campuses across the Midwest, and also garnered numerous awards in various film festivals across the state.

Released through Level 33 Entertainment, Backrow Studios’ production team Ravi Patel, Tim Nash, and Joe Clarke bring the story of two engineers who invent a mathematical formula for wooing women with “The Formula.” The film stars Brandon Baker, best known for his work in Disney movies such as “Johnny Tsunami,” “The Jungle Book,” “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board,” as well as the NBC sitcom “One World.” Also starring in the film is Reginald VelJohnson, a veteran actor best known for his roles in the classic action picture, “Die Hard,” and as Carl Winslow in the long running family sitcom, “Family Matters.” Rounding out the cast is Sasha Jackson, who played the lead role of “Dana” in 2011’s “Blue Crush: Wild Coast.” She also plays the recurring character of “Kylie” on the popular TV series, “One Tree Hill.”

"The Formula" is the story of Quinn (Baker) and Graham (Second City's Mike Schminke), two engineering students who discover a mathematical formula to pick up women with ease. Quinn is a hopeless romantic who falls head over heels for a young student teacher. Graham is a chauvinistic womanizer who thinks the key to finding the woman of his dreams is by wooing as many as possible. As "The Formula" follows Quinn and Graham from one date to the next, they discover that there is no shortcut to finding true love.

With many of the cast and crew reigning from Iowa, “The Formula” is the third film produced by Backrow Studios, LLC. Its first feature length film “Kung Fu Graffiti” signed a contract for sales and distribution with Los Angeles -based production house Entertainment 7. The company’s second feature “The Wedge” is hitting the film festival circuit, and landed three awards including Best Professional Feature at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers Festival on April ‘12. Go to to see the trailer for “The Formula” and other films and digital shorts by Joe Clarke.

“The Formula” was directed by Joe Clarke and Thomas Beecher, with executive producer Ravi Patel.

The Giving Tree Band will be performing at The Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Giving Tree Band   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:27

The Giving Tree Band will be performing at The Redstone Room on May 2, 2014. Doors open at 8:00pm!

The Giving Tree Band is a rock & roll band from Yorkville, Illinois. They all live together, travel together and perform with a wide array of instruments from acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitars & banjos to mandolin & upright bass. Though the group uses instrumentation largely associated with bluegrass and Americana, their sound often drums up comparisons to such classic rock icons as The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and The Beatles.

USO and WQPT Military Family Fun Night with Sesame Street's Elmo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:02
Military Family Fun Night at Modern Woodman Park on May 9

ROCK ISLAND, IL – On Friday May 9  the USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS welcome the children of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Military Retirees to a free fun filled night with a special appearance from Sesame Street’s Elmo. Military families will enjoy a special evening of learning, crafts, pizza and fun. All children will receive special gift bags filled with surprises containing a plush Sesame Street toy, the book “The Little Champs,” and Sesame Street kits that address the challenges military kids face when family members deploy and return from combat with visible and invisible wounds of war. Children will get to meet and take photos with Sesame Street’s Elmo. Everyone in attendance will also receive tickets to the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game immediately following the event, tickets generously donated by Association of United States Army (AUSA) Rock Island Arsenal

WHEN:           Friday, May 9, 2013 from 5 pm - 6:30pm

WHERE:        Modern Woodman Park’s Sky Deck

SPECIAL NOTE: Media wanting to cover this event are required to RSVP with Marco LaNave at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Thursday May 8. Media interviews and photo opportunities will be available with both USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS.

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit:  USO of Illinois Discovery Kids program provides free recreational and educational opportunites to military kids and families and is supported by the Chicago Blackhawks. This USO Discovery Kids Program is supported by WQPT - Quad Cities PBS and USO, Inc.

Embracing our Military is a two-year initiative led by WQPT Quad Cities PBS in support of the Quad City military community. The initiative brings together partner organizations who serve military families, veterans and activie duty soldiers focusing on : Families, Resourcess and Workforce.

WQPT’s “Embracing our Military” is supported by Unity Point - Trinity and R.I.A. Federal Credit Union.  Dozens of area partners are assisting in this effor including Association of the United States Army, CBS4, The Dispatch, Jason’s Box, Moline Public Library, USO of Illinois, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, WILL Interactive, WLLR, WOC, and WVIK Quad Cities NPR. For more information about Embracing Our Military visit


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