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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

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
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.

Rock Group Journey Completes Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:59

Grandstand Tickets On Sale April 14

DES MOINES, IA (03/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Journey with Pat Benatar and Loverboy will bring their classic rock to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand August 18. The show completes this year's Grandstand line-up. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 14 through all Ticketmaster outlets. The 2012 line-up is presented by U.S. Cellular.

With hits like "Don't Stop Believing", "Any Way You Want It" and "Faithfully", Journey has firmly established its musical legacy during its three decade career. The band is also among the best-selling artists with two gold, three platinum and eight multi-platinum albums. Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar has been rocking the stage since the early 1980s, emerging as one of music's top-selling female artists and a leading vocalist in the industry. Loverboy's anthems became the party songs of an entire generation of rock fans.

Country superstars Rascal Flatts takes the stage August 19. Their numerous hits like "These Days," "Bless The Broken Road," and "Take Me There" have made them the most awarded group in country music history. The group will perform with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.

Contemporary Christian artist TobyMac with special guests Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace bring their upbeat tunes to the stage opening night, August 9.

Miranda Lambert turns up the heat with her chart-topping country hits August 12. The Band Perry has taken country music by storm and they're not slowing down. The group performs August 14 with Easton Corbin. August 17 features country icon Hank Williams Jr. and his "Taking Back the Country" tour.

Launched into stardom with their hit show on Nickelodeon, Big Time Rush has quickly made their mark on the music scene and brings their show to the stage August 16.

The Grandstand will be filled with hits from the 60s and 70s on August 10 with the 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.

Larry the Cable Guy brings his brand of comedy to the stage August 11 with special guest Reno Collier.

Motor sports action kicks into high gear Monday, August 13 with the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models. Tumultuous Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pulling roars into the Grandstand Wednesday, August 15. A demolition derby tears up the track for a morning session Saturday, August 18.

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.

Today is the last day to join Fan Fair, which allows patrons to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ribbon Foundation. For more information visit

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

2011 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Line-up

presented by U.S. Cellular

Thursday, August 9 TobyMac with special guest 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," 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 River of Life to be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Margaret Thomas   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:15

A film called The River of Life will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 7 pm Friday, March 30, with discussion following, led by Christine Powers.  The congregation is located at 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport.  There is no charge.

In the summer of 2009, filmmakers Phillip Hullquist and Ryan Jeanes embarked on a 2300 mile journey down the entire length of the Mississippi River. Armed with a high-definition video camera, two paddles, two inflatable kayaks and their wits (or lack thereof), the pair aimed to be the first to document a real-life epic journey down America’s greatest and best-known waterway.  An American tale, a family tale, a story of danger, friendship and redemption everyone can enjoy, The River is Life will tug on your heartstrings and sound the call to adventure.

For more information, call the congregation at 563 359 0816.

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