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QC Wind Ensemble Spring Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patrick Driscoll   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:12
The Quad City Wind Ensemble announces its Spring Concert, "Songs and Dances" to be performed on Sunday, April 29th at 3pm.  The concert will feature the winner of the Dr. Charles B. DCamp Young Performer's Solo Competition, Crystal Mondragon. She is a senior at United Township High School in East Moline and studies flute privately with Lynne Stukart.
Ms. Mondragon will perform "Poem" by Charles Griffes accompanied by the wind ensemble.  In addition, the QCWE will perform a variety of song and dance works from the concert band and wind ensemble repertoire, including works by Leo Delibes, Percy Grainger, Philip Sparke, David Holsinger, Eric Ewazen, Arturo Marquez, and John Philip Sousa. The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats!
Admission in $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade. See attached media release for details. We hope you can join us at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the campus of St. Ambrose for this special event!

Foster Family Music Featured in National Magazine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TAG Communications   
Monday, 23 April 2012 15:26

The Bettendorf company is the cover story on the March/April issue of Music Inc. (story continued below)

Foster Family Music Center, located in Bettendorf, Iowa, is the cover story and lengthy feature article in the March/April issue of Music Inc. magazine. The publication is a leading music industry trade magazine that is distributed to music stores throughout North America.


During the past 10 years, the piano industry has been in a state of decline nationally. The market is now smaller than it has been in 60 years, resulting in manufacturer consolidations and the disappearance of most piano retailers. Since 2001, seven local piano retailers in the Quad Cities have closed or stopped offering new pianos for sale.


A combination of technology-centered activities like video games and computers, along with an expanded emphasis on team sports and hectic schedules have resulted in fewer families engaging in piano lessons.


The article in Music Inc. magazine focuses on how Foster Family Music has changed their business model over the past decade to adapt, refocus and find their niche in the piano industry. The family-owned company has done this by embracing the use of technology in piano study and performance, as well as promoting awareness for brain development/piano study connections that parents otherwise might not hear about.

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Written by Rev. Rich Hendricks   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:22
At 6 feet and 5 inches tall, Shawn Thomas stands out in virtually any crowd, but there are several things that make him unique among Christian recording artists. He writes and records his own songs, he tours at no cost, and his ministry includes an outreach to the GLBT community.

Thomas, a Florida-based singer-songwriter with seven CDs to his credit, will visit MCC of the Quad Cities to deliver his message of inclusion at 7:00pm on Saturday, May 12th with a full concert, and again as part of morning worship on Sunday, May 13th at 11:00am.A four-time Pride in the Arts Awards recipient from The Stonewall Society and 14-time nominee, Shawn Thomas’

A four-time Pride in the Arts Awards recipient from The Stonewall Society and 14-time nominee, Shawn Thomas’ newest musical effort is a two-disc set called “Covered and Created,” which features 10 tracks previously recorded by other artists (the  Covered” disc) and 10 new original works (the “Created” disc).

In 2010, he released a book describing his experience as being both gay and Christian. Titled “Unashamed: Coming Out of the Second Closet,” the volume deals with being in the crosshairs from both groups, as many Christians think his sexuality is incompatible with faith and many in the GLBT community believe his faith runs contrary to GLBT causes. In its pages, Thomas explains that neither assumption is true.

With a minister as a father and a talented musician as his mother, Shawn's ministry is the natural combination of his musical and spiritual influences. A member of the Grammy Recording Academy, Shawn Thomas emerges not only as an outstanding performer and singer, but as a dynamic and versatile worship leader and presenter. His intention is to share the message of God’s of love and grace through music in order to build unity, understanding, and acceptance while still encouraging personal responsibility, self-reliance, and the development of conviction and values.

“Covered and Created” as well as Shawn’s book and other CD releases are available for sale on popular internet sites including and, and is distributed by Aaron's Rainbow Project and Shawn Thomas Studios, West Palm Beach, FL. For more information about Shawn Thomas and his ministry, visit and

MCC of the Quad Ciites is located at 3019 N Harrison in Davenport, and can be contacted at 563-324-8281 or on the web at

Iowa State Fair Grandstand, Admission Tickets on Sale Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:05

DES MOINES, IA (04/11/2012)(readMedia)-- Tickets for the much-anticipated Iowa State Fair Grandstand shows go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2012 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.

In addition to the previously-announced star-studded line-up, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will open for the Hank Williams Jr. "Taking Back the Country Tour." Thorogood, along with his band, has been thrilling audiences with his brand of rock and blues since the 70s and is best known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone."

Print at home discounted admission tickets are on sale now through the Fair's website Fairgoers can purchase gate admission tickets online and print their own tickets at no extra charge. Food tickets, Fair Play Packs, midway tickets and 11-day punch cards will also be available to order online beginning Saturday.

Tickets for all concert and track events will go on sale Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating; track events are general admission. Beginning July 9, the Fair's Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays - Fridays and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission.

A complete listing of event dates, times and ticket prices follows:

2012 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 9

TobyMac with special guests Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace, 8 p.m., $32

Friday, August 10

Happy Together Tour 2012 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams, 8 p.m., $25

Saturday, August 11

Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier, 8 p.m. $35

Sunday, August 12

An Evening with Miranda Lambert, 8 p.m., $48

Monday, August 13

Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, 5:30 p.m. Hot Laps, 6 p.m. Races, $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Tuesday, August 14

The Band Perry with special guest Easton Corbin, 8 p.m., $35

Wednesday, August 15

Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, 2 p.m., $20 Adults, $10 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Thursday, August 16

An Evening with Big Time Rush, 7 p.m., $38

Friday, August 17

Hank Williams Jr. "Taking Back the Country Tour" with special guest George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 8 p.m., $39

Saturday, August 18

Demolition Derby, 11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under

Saturday, August 18

Journey with Pat Benatar and Loverboy, 8 p.m., $48

Sunday, August 19

Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge, 7 p.m., $59

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:55

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will perform at the Adler Theatre on Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets in advance on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Click on the orange "Find Tickets" button below.  Use the password: FRESH.  Reserved tickets are $29.50 & $39.50.  Service fees will vary.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m.

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