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Chris Koza headlines Cool Beanz Coffeehouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Youa Vang   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:40
Minneapolis indie-rock artist, Chris Koza is headlining Cool Beanz Coffeehouse on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  Heading out on the road, Chris will be performing pieces from his solo endeavors The Dark Delirious Morning, A Friend of a Friend, Patterns, and Exit Pesce, which you can stream here:

Chris will also perform selections from his band, Rogue Valley. The group wrote, recorded and released a four album project depicting the seasons (I. Crater Lake, II. The Bookseller’s House, III. Geese in the Flyway and IV. False Floors) in one year.

Chris Koza performs as both a solo artist, as part of ensemble shows, and primarily with his band Rogue Valley.  His song-writing carries a strong emphasis on the lyrical and poetic elements, with styling and textures rooted in folk and Americana traditions.  It is impossible to ignore his influences through a classic and contemporary pop music lineage including the likes of The Zombies, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Greg Brown, Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams, Brendon Benson, and Fleet Foxes, to name a few.

Rogue Valley is a band born of grandiose ambition: in a single year, they have written, recorded, and successfully released four full length albums, each one sonically steeped in the season of its creation. Together, the four albums tell a sweeping story of love, loss, regret and hope that is inseparable from the geography of classic American wanderlust. The 46 songs act as chapters, standing strongly on their own, yet creating an undeniably rich experience when taken as a whole. Few bands are so productive in an entire career, yet Rogue Valley and songwriter Chris Koza have realized a breadth of ambition that is beyond simple prolificacy – the entire series stands out for its dynamism, craft, impeccable production and fantastic songwriting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – Rock Island, IL

Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

1325 30th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201

AA, Free, 7 pm


Nova Singers Presents: Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:01

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky, Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, and Sunday, February 12 at 4:00pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.

As different as night is from day, so are the selections for this thematic program.  The lush somorities of Eric Whitacre’s Nox Aurumque, the poignant sadness of Tormis’ Singing Aboard Ship, and the uplifting inspiration of Clausen’s In Pace make this a concert that should not be missed!  Additionally, Nova will bring to the audience Szeroka Woda, a set of Polish folk songs, arranged by Górecki, as well as the smooth, soothing sound of Cells Planets, arranged by Vince Peterson.

Artistic Director Dr. Laura Lane is very moved by the stories found in the music, saying, “There are so many powerful stories in this program. In Nox Aurumque, an angel is being forced to go to war and doesn’t think she can. In Singing Aboard Ship, women sing as they watch their husbands and sons being taken away to serve on a ship.”

Nova Singers will also be joined by local high school singers for our annual Project Sing! performances. The 2012 guests include students from the Macomb High School Concert Choir, directed by Melanie Butcher, performing in the Galesburg concert, and students from the Moline High School Concert Choir, directed by Ron May, performing in the Davenport concert.  Dr. Lane is excited to be working with high school students again.  “The Project Sing students are doing a fantastic job!  I believe this will be one of the best collaborations between high school students and Nova Singers that we’ve ever done.”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, delivers this singular program to feed your musical tastes.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities since 1986, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge.  For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please take the opportunity to visit our Facebook page under the keywords ‘Nova Singers.


Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority.  Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

My 2012 CD In The Mix PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frank Drew   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:47
Hi it's me, Frank Drew Jazz/Funk musician.  I just put out a CD called "In The Mix."  Check it out at  You can download a couple of songs,  leave feeback or become a fan.  Thank you and God bless.

Barbershop Quartet to Deliver Singing Valentines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amos Glanz   
Monday, 23 January 2012 16:19
A barbershop quartet will deliver a Singing Valentine to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.  Four singers dressed in tuxedos will serenade her or him, then present a single red rose and a photograph of this special Valentine.  It's truly a unique way to say, "I  love you" on Valentine's Day.

For more information and order form, call Valentine Central  563-340-8743, or visit and select "Order a Valentine".

Private Drum Lessons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Josh Duffee   
Monday, 23 January 2012 08:48

I currently have openings in my private drum studio here in Davenport.  Both my wife (Crystal) and I teach out of our home privately during the week, and we're located behind Gilda's Club in Davenport off of River Drive.

I haven't sent an e-mail out like this in over two years because my schedule has been full, but now I have a few spots open for students looking for a private drum instructor.  Here's what I offer in my studio:

*Snare Drum Technique / Rudiments / Studies / Solos
*Mallet Technique / Scales / Studies / Solos
*Timpani Technique and Studies / Solos
*Auxillary Percussion Techniques
*Drumset Studies and Styles (Rock, Latin, Jazz, Brush Technique)
*Drumset Solos and Proper Techniques
*Play-a-long with music students bring to lessons or I have in my library
*All the above will involve reading, playing and writing actual music
*Basic knowledge of Music Theory

My rate is one of the best rates in the Quad Cities for private lessons.  Most monthly half-hour lessons go for $80 a month, but here is what I charge for a month:

(4) One-hour private lessons = $110 per month flat fee

The normal rate for hour lessons is $160 per month, so my rate is considerably less than the normal rate.  I can teach one or all of the above items during the lesson.  This will give the parents, students and teacher something to choose from for lesson options.  I'm able to meet with the student for a total of 4 hours a month, compared to 2 hours with 30 minute lessons a month.  The hour lessons have shown quicker development in the overall skills with each of my students.

Teaching and performing music is a passion of mine, and this shows through my students too with high ratings during solo contests, plus district and state honors for my students too.  The students pick up on my drive to perform and teach, and this motivates them to exceed any goal they have set for themselves musically. 

If you know any student or parent interested in starting percussion or drum lessons, please forward my information on to them.  I can be contacted through e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone ((563) 823-0174) the best.  The spots normally fill up fast when I send these e-mails out, so please inform whomever is interested to act quickly because spots are first-come first-serve.  If there are any questions, please call me so we can discuss them and get them answered right away.

Most Sincerely Yours,

Josh Duffee

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