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Making Musicians Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Friday, 17 April 2009 12:09

Making Musicians Leaders – that is the goal of a new group being formed by local high schoolers. A Kick Off Concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at Mojo’s Café in Davenport to raise money for the group which will help local bands find venues to perform

A handful of local teens have teamed up to create “J & J Musician Corporation”. The group, spearheaded by 17 year-old Jake Dopler, plans to raise money through concerts and then use the money to help foster local arts programs. Dopler, a junior at United Township in East Moline, has been playing music since the 6th grade and feels there is a big void in the community when it comes to promoting local musicians.

The newly formed “J & J Musician Corporation” has a two fold mission. First it will advertise, promote and publicize local bands; help struggling bands find venues to perform. Secondly, the six member group will raise money and use the dollars to create school music programs. Dopler says musicians have a high status in our society—setting trends with hair and clothes, creating lyrics that can change thinking—and the power of musicians should be put to good use. Dopler says the goal of the new organizations is to make musicians leaders.

Dopler also says the group plans to volunteer in local environmental efforts—such as cleaning up local rivers—and other community needs.

The kick off concert and fundraising campaign begins Saturday, April 18th beginning at noon at Mojo’s Café in downtown Davenport. Four local bands will perform at the café, located at 131 W. 2nd Street, and donations will be accepted.

For an interview with Dopler, please call Mary McNeil at 309-236-7317 or 309-277-0062 to set up an interview time.

The River City Radion Hour - Linda and Reggie Shoesmith performing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Virdi   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 07:29

Reg (guitar, ukulele) and Linda Shoesmith (hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery) have been playing as a duo for over 4 years. They will perform a variety of music, including Celtic, Scandinavian, American traditional and maybe even a 60’s tune.

The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoidal shaped instrument with about 80 strings, played by striking the strings with hammers (small wooden mallets). From the 14th to the 18th centuries, it was popular in Europe and the British Isles . It is considered a classical instrument in the Far East . The Celts, Germans and Scandinavians brought their instruments to the US . Once known as the poor man’s piano, it is the forerunner of the harpsichord and piano. In recent years it has been experiencing a revival in Western Europe and the United States .

Reggie Shoesmith retired as an Assistant Principal at Central High School, Davenport and is now in part-time administration at Scott Community College. Linda Shoesmith retired from Scott Community College as a mathematics professor.
Tickets for the show: $5.00/person
The Moline Commercial Club 2nd. floor
513 - 16th Street, Moline, IL
Social Hour @ 5:30p.m.
Dinner @ 6:30p.m. • Show @ 7:30p.m.

The Moline Commercial Clubs’ Chef Lisa, will be serving a magnificent dinner prior to the show, by reservation only. Please call 309-762-8547 to make reservation.

Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25.00/person
Tickets for the show: $5.00/person
*This event is open to the public and the audience can attend the show without dinner.
Priority seating is given to guests who make dinner reservations.

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Written by Antonia & Denverd   
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 10:36

On April 18, 2009, one place in the Quad Cities will undergo a transformation, as Zumba aficianados step through the door of the South Hall of Fargo Dance and Sport, 4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, and into the hot and spicy, hard driving Latin Rhythms with a wide variety of dance moves, including the Salsa and Reggaeton, along with a unique blend of Zumba specific choreography, all being led from the front stage by certified Zumba instructors.  The mood is festive and everyone is having the time of their lives, but underlying all this is that they are burning hundreds of calories every hour, and receiving a total body workout, ingeniously disguised as a dance party.

Anyone can Zumba and everyone is invited to come and experience Zumba.  As one instructor put it, "if you can walk, you can Zumba!" Zumba, based out of Miami, is taking the U.S. and the world by storm and is rapidly taking over the exercise genre.  In a day and time when our country is leading the world in obesity, Zumba is helping to change that by giving all who try it a great, fun-filled, calorie burning workout that is described by many as 'more of a party than a workout.'  It is fun for the entire family, and the most fun a person can have losing weight and toning.

This Saturday night's party, beginning at 7:00pm, is being promoted as a family friendly event and everyone from the ages of 8 to 88 is welcome.  It promises to be an energy-filled evening for those who wish to participate with their favorite Zumba instructor, each of whom will run a 30 minute or longer set of their favorite Zumba music.  Even if you've never tried Zumba, this is a great time to come try it out.  Those who wish to come just to enjoy the music and watch are welcome as well.

Tickets for the Zumba party are $7 in advance, $10 at the door and are available from participating Zumba instructors at their local gyms or by calling Denverd at 309-948-9889 or Antonia at 309-948-9559.

Quad Cities, it's time to ditch the routine and join the party!


Quad Cities Teens Tackle Questions about Faith and How to Deal with Life's Challenges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Shearer   
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 08:20

Youth Courses Sponsored by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Begin this Month - Offering Mix of Spiritual Growth and Rock Music

DAVENPORT, Iowa, April 14, 2009 - This summer, some of America’s most popular hard rock and hip-hop Christian artists will Rock the River in Quad Cities - but the fun is already starting. This month, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is sponsoring a teen-oriented program called FM419 - two-days of music, fellowship and spiritual growth where young people tackle questions about their walk with God, how to deal with the challenges of life and how to share their faith with others.

WHAT: FM419 Youth Training – OPEN TO MEDIA

WHEN: April 24-25 (Add to Outlook Calendar)

WHERE: Harvest Bible Church
3800 E 53rd Street
Davenport, IA

Adults also have the opportunity to participate in preparations for this summer’s Rock the River event with the Christian Life & Witness Course, which is kicking off this month at churches across the region. Click here for more information and the local Christian Life & Witness schedule.

Rock the River Tour is a new evangelistic summer concert series that features seven hours of high-voltage music plus brief, challenging messages by Franklin Graham. These one-day events will rock their way up the Mississippi River through Baton Rouge, St. Louis, Quad Cities and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Rock the River Tour comes to the Quad Cities on Saturday, Aug. 8.


Youth Symphony Orchestra's Spring Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 10:59
The Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra concludes its 51st season with it's Spring Concert in Centennial Hall on Sunday, April 26, at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, with Seniors entering for $6 and students for $3.

Highlighted on the program is music based on Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev (The Montagues and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy), and Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Selections). Also on the schedule is the second movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, The Kalendar Prince.

Featured on this final concert of the season is cellist Bridget Pasker performing Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor for Violoncello and Orchestra. Pasker is a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque. She began studying cello at the age of 4. She currently studies with Hans Jensen at Northwestern University and performs with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Hempstead High School Orchestra.

Finally, at the end of the program this year's annual scholarships will be announced. Nearly 30 deserving Youth Orchestra members will be recognized through the distribution of over $15,000 in scholarships.

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