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Davenport Native bring Steel Drum Funk home from Nashville, TN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Hartman   
Monday, 27 February 2012 15:01
The Great Barrier Reefs will be performing at 10pm in Rock Island at Rozz Tox on March 6 with Fire Sale at 9pm.
The Great Barrier Reefs are a steel pan fronted funk/jazz group based in Nashville. Lead by pannist Tony Hartman (of Roy "Futureman" Wooten's Black Mozart Ensemble, also Davenport Native), The Reefs have been delivering their high energy performances and unique compositions tomusic lovers from the Midwest to Southeast.

War Requiem film screening this Friday at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:28

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is screening Derek Jarman's film War Requiem in preparation for the live production of the orchestra masterpiece on March 3 & 4. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. with the 92-minute film beginning at 6:30 p.m. Variety called the 1989 film "a stunning visual and serious music treat."

War Requiem reunites Jarman with his Tilda Swinton (2008 Oscar® Winner for Michael Clayton) for a spectacular and moving interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's groundbreaking 1961 orchestral masterpiece. Just as Britten combined the sacred Latin Requiem Mass with the searing unromantic war poetry of British infantry lieutenant Wilfred Owen, who was tragically killed in the final week of World War One, Jarman interprets Britten's six movements in eye-popping and heartbreaking dialogue-free tableaus illustrating war's infinite futility, sacrifice, and waste. War Requiem boldly combines archival footage of war's devastation with Jarman's keen and gifted eye for both the theatrical and the political as Owen, played by Nathaniel Parker, doggedly struggles to survive on the field of battle in defense of a cause rendered unjust by the human toll it takes in the trenches and on the home front. Featuring Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, National Treasure) as Owen's star-crossed German counterpart, and Sir Laurence Olivier in his final screen appearance, War Requiem is a "violent, horrifying, ultimately inspiring film" that remains Derek Jarman's definitive, "eloquent, complex, and profoundly negative statement on war" (Washington Post).


Don't miss the many other opportunities around the Quad Cities inspired by this historic production. For a full listing of events and exhibits participating in the Britten Peace Project, click here.




Saturday, March 3

7:30 p.m.

War Requiem

Adler Theatre, Davenport


Sunday, March 4

2 p.m.

War Requiem

Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island


Saturday, March 31

7:30 p.m.

All Singing! All Dancing!

Adler Theatre, Davenport


Sunday, April 1

2 p.m.

All Singing! All Dancing!

Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island

Saturday, May 19

8 p.m.

Rhythym Unleashed

Redstone Room, River Music Experience, Davenport

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
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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
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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.

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