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Frederick Morden presents "The Symphony Immigrates to America" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:50

Join us as we welcome Frederick Morden to the German American Heritage Center as he presents "The Symphony Immigrates to America: From Wiener Schnitzel to Melting Pot" Sunday, June 22nd at 2pm.

How and when did symphonic music grow new roots in the USA? Frederick Morden, retired orchestra-music director, conductor & composer will answer this and more. His talk is a wonderful musical history guide to our exhibition, "100 Years - 100 Stories: Celebrating a Century of Excellence of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra."

This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa, Western Illinois University Foundtion, Charles B. Preacher Foundation, The Riverboat Development Authority, and the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

 
West Music Quad Cities to Host Ukulele Circle on Make Music Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:21

– West Music Quad Cities is excited to host a ukulele circle for the community on Saturday, June 21 in celebration of Make Music Day. Ukulele enthusiasts of any age or ability are welcome to join in the fun and make music together. This free family-friendly event will run from 12:00-4:00PM will include giveaways from Kala Brand, like tuning cards, posters, and special one-day only pricing on Kala Brand ukuleles. Additionally, the Quad Cities Ukulele Club will also meet starting at 1:00PM and any interested ukulele players are welcome to attend. West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois. For more information, contact Leif Rehnberg, Store Manager, at 309-764-9300 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This event is one of many hosted by West Music throughout the year for students, teachers, friends and the general public. This is a great opportunity for musicians to come together in their communities and showcase their passion for music and creativity. Best of all, Make Music Day and West Music's ukulele circle bring to life West Music’s mission to create musical communities and to help people experience the power of making music.

About Make Music Day

Make Music takes place each year on the summer solstice. Founded in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now the world's largest annual music event, celebrated in 800 cities across 110 countries. On June 21, from morning to night, people of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions - from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock - perform in thousands of free concerts all over the world. From high school bands to marquee names, the celebration is open to absolutely anyone who wants to participate. To find out more about Make Music Day, visit makemusicday.org.

About Kala Brand Music Co.

Established in 2005, Kala Brand Music Co. offers over 120 models of Ukulele, the Kala U-BASS, and an extensive line of ukulele accessories. Kala Brand Music Co. also distributes Aquila Strings.

About The Quad Cities Ukulele Club

The Quad Cities Ukulele Club (QCUC) was formed in early 2012 by Erin Mahr, a resident of the Quad Cities. The club is open to any and all ukulele enthusiasts and meets bi monthly at West Music Quad Cities, as well as performs at many community functions. Participants are encouraged to show up, trade ideas, and have fun! Find out more about QCUC by visiting their Facebook page.

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music continues creating musical communities by providing knowledge, products, and services people need to experience the power of making music! West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has eight retail locations in Iowa and western Illinois including two new locations with their recent merger with Kephart’s Music Center. For more information, visit West Music’s website at www.westmusic.com or call 1-800-373-2000.

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RESCHEDULED Long Grove Street Dance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Roelandt   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:42

Long Grove, Iowa - The Long Grove Street Dance has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 28th.

Come join the Masterclefs, North Scott's a capella group, on the patio at 6:00 p.m. and then get ready for Coupe DeVille, the Cadillac of Rock and Roll, when they perform on the street beginning at 8:00 p.m.

 
Nashville's Duane Cliatt performing in Cambridge this Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Kay   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:46

"If you need something fun to do this Friday, June 20th, come on out to Ca’d’Zan in Cambridge to see Duane Cliatt play! Hailing from Nashville, the heart of country music, Duane boasts one of the most unique, incredible voices you’ll ever hear, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to see what all of the fuss is about. A tour tested artist, he’s shared the stage with The Allman Brothers, Michael Bolton, and Brett Michaels, so you know you’re gonna get your socks knocked off. The show starts at 7, and you better get there early so you can snag a good place to watch!

The first 10 people to the door will get a free copy of Duane’s album, “Sweet and Simple,” and be sure to follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/duanecliatt to talk with Duane and stay up to date! Tickets are $10."

 
The Ernie Peniston Band Plays Blues Fest, Launches Live Album PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Penhallegon   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:22

Davenport, Iowa - June 9, 2014 - The Ernie Peniston Band goes on stage in Davenport at the opening night of The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest on July 3 at 10:00 PM.  The group is back in the Quad-Cities for the second time this year, featuring acclaimed frontman Ernie Peniston, an all-star rhythm section, and a new live album.

Performing a tight fusion of original music, Chicago-style blues, and R&B, the band’s Blues Fest appearance coincides with the launch of “Live at The Muddy Waters,” which was captured during a February 2014 appearance at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf.  “The room was electric that night between the crowd and the band, and you can hear it in the recording.  It was also a very special night, because it was a gathering of extraordinary musicians and long-time friends that hadn’t played together in over 20 years,” says Peniston.

Album Availability

The album is available via iTunes for pre-sale now, and the full album will be available for download through iTunes and the band’s Facebook page on July 3.

Physical CD’s will be available at Blues Fest and online at CD Baby on July 3.

About the Band

Peniston was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2003.  He’s shared the stage with Prince, The Temptations, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, James Brown, Albert Collins, and many others. He also spent four years as the frontman with Blind Pig recording artists, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, traveling the US and Europe.

The Ernie Peniston Band was formed in the late 80’s and currently consists of a reunited, early-90’s line-up: Ernie Peniston (Lead Vocal); Joe Collins (Guitar); Darren “Bo” Butler (Bass); Manuel Lopez III (Keys); and Rick Penhallegon (Drums) – all of whom got their start in and around the Quad-Cities.

 
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