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The Giving Tree Band will be performing at The Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Giving Tree Band   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:27

The Giving Tree Band will be performing at The Redstone Room on May 2, 2014. Doors open at 8:00pm!

The Giving Tree Band is a rock & roll band from Yorkville, Illinois. They all live together, travel together and perform with a wide array of instruments from acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitars & banjos to mandolin & upright bass. Though the group uses instrumentation largely associated with bluegrass and Americana, their sound often drums up comparisons to such classic rock icons as The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and The Beatles.

USO and WQPT Military Family Fun Night with Sesame Street's Elmo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:02
Military Family Fun Night at Modern Woodman Park on May 9

ROCK ISLAND, IL – On Friday May 9  the USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS welcome the children of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Military Retirees to a free fun filled night with a special appearance from Sesame Street’s Elmo. Military families will enjoy a special evening of learning, crafts, pizza and fun. All children will receive special gift bags filled with surprises containing a plush Sesame Street toy, the book “The Little Champs,” and Sesame Street kits that address the challenges military kids face when family members deploy and return from combat with visible and invisible wounds of war. Children will get to meet and take photos with Sesame Street’s Elmo. Everyone in attendance will also receive tickets to the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game immediately following the event, tickets generously donated by Association of United States Army (AUSA) Rock Island Arsenal

WHEN:           Friday, May 9, 2013 from 5 pm - 6:30pm

WHERE:        Modern Woodman Park’s Sky Deck

SPECIAL NOTE: Media wanting to cover this event are required to RSVP with Marco LaNave at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Thursday May 8. Media interviews and photo opportunities will be available with both USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS.

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit:  USO of Illinois Discovery Kids program provides free recreational and educational opportunites to military kids and families and is supported by the Chicago Blackhawks. This USO Discovery Kids Program is supported by WQPT - Quad Cities PBS and USO, Inc.

Embracing our Military is a two-year initiative led by WQPT Quad Cities PBS in support of the Quad City military community. The initiative brings together partner organizations who serve military families, veterans and activie duty soldiers focusing on : Families, Resourcess and Workforce.

WQPT’s “Embracing our Military” is supported by Unity Point - Trinity and R.I.A. Federal Credit Union.  Dozens of area partners are assisting in this effor including Association of the United States Army, CBS4, The Dispatch, Jason’s Box, Moline Public Library, USO of Illinois, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, WILL Interactive, WLLR, WOC, and WVIK Quad Cities NPR. For more information about Embracing Our Military visit


The Old Creamery Will Host Courtyard Concerts This Summer! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:04

The Old Creamery Theatre will host Courtyard Concerts this summer, one Friday per month, May through September featuring local bands and food. The concert will be free to everyone with a ticket to that Friday night’s Main Stage theatre performance or $5 admission without a theatre ticket.

The shows will all take place from 5-7 pm in the Old Creamery’s Courtyard on the following evenings: May 9, June 13, July 18, August 8, and September 12. The first Courtyard Concert of the season features Lojo Russo.

Lojo Russo is described “as a songwriter with a lot of lyrical power, a guitarist with powerful playing and a singer with one heckuva voice who performs with the energy and rocking empowerment of Ani DiFranco, the graceful folksiness of the Indigo Girls and the gritty blues of Susan Tedeschi.”  Russo is comfortable making music no matter where she is - whether playing festivals or front steps, coffeehouses or concert halls her music, her style and her stories never cease to amaze and amuse. Her enormous stage energy, powerful voice and percussive playing style belie her small frame. As one promoter put it, “This is a one woman show that shows you only need one woman.”

Each show will also feature a different food vendor. The first Courtyard Concert on May 9 will feature Maggie’s Farm Wood-Fired Pizza.

Call the box office at 319-622-6262 or go online to for more details. Find out more about Lojo Russo at

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Iowa's Own Pianist Jim McDonough to perform in Coralville April 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Bohlken   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:18

MONTICELLO, IA (April 2014) — Spring is in the air, as are the sounds of a nationally-acclaimed Iowa pianist in concert halls across the state. International Steinway Artist Jim McDonough and His Orchestra are currently touring Iowa with his “2014 SPRING TOUR.”

McDonough has sold a quartermillion CDs, and has performed breathtaking concerts for tens of thousands of Iowans. Monticello native McDonough will appear at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 26th at 2:30 p.m., performing on the concert grand piano, and joined by his professional 14-piece orchestra and a cast of sensational singers.

This exciting new show features spectacular arrangements of songs from the silver screen and Broadway, as well as favorite big band, patriotic, Rat Pack, inspirational, country and classical music.

Tickets are $29 - $34 (including fees), and are available online 24/7 at, or by phone or in person at the Centerʼs Box Office (319) 248-9370 (open Wed. - Fri. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sat. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.). Tickets are also available in person daily at the Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St). Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more.

Other “2014 SPRING TOUR” stops include: Monticello, Cedar Rapids, Manchester, Ottumwa, Elkader, and Dubuque. For more information, visit, or call (800) 375-7095.

Jim McDonough has performed throughout Iowa for eleven years as part of his popular annual “Holiday Grande” concert tour. The spring tour is a result of requests from fans who also wanted to experience the spectacle of Jimʼs live concert event outside of the holidays. “The spring tour gives us an opportunity to perform audience favorites from a variety of genres,” McDonough says. “Weʼve been hard at work to ensure that this show will be springʼs most spectacular event!”

After stints as a high school band director, cruise ship entertainer and air-traffic controller, Jim McDonough began selling his distinctive brand of soothing piano music in gift shops in eastern Iowa. Today, his CDs are available in 1,000 stores across the country and via his Web site, Jimʼs independent record label, Jim McDonough Productions, Inc., has
already sold more than 250,000 of his CDs.

The road to success, though, has been paved with detours. In eighth grade, an accident nearly ended his musical career. An upright piano fell while being moved, crushing three fingers on his right hand –and nearly crushing his dreams in the process. Jim emerged from two hours of surgery with pins in his fingers and tiny fractures across his hand. But throughout more than a year of physical therapy, Jim kept playing – with a cast on his right hand – and concentrated on improving his performance with his left hand. “Playing the piano defined me,” McDonough says. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He devoted nearly every spare moment to working to get back the dexterity in his right hand, and the rigorous rehearsing paid off. In ninth grade, instead of a car, Jim bought a Steinway grand piano to celebrate how far heʼd come.

In 2010, Jim was honored by the legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons, naming him to its worldwide artist roster. As a Steinway Artist, McDonough joins an exclusive international list of the most accomplished and discriminating performing artists, from classical pianists like Lang Lang, to jazz stars like Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr., to pop icons like Billy Joel, to “immortals” like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Jim McDonoughʼs 16 CDs are available at gift shops across the country and via his Web site,

Discography includes: Requests (2002), Home for Christmas (2003), Projections: Songs from the Silver Screen (2004), An Ivory Christmas (2004), Music of the Night (2004), Simple Gifts (2005), With Love (2006), Homeward Bound (2007), Country Dreaming (2008), A Christmas to Remember (2008), Rat Pack Remembered (2009), Isnʼt It Romantic (2010), Christmas Eve (2011), Young At Heart (2011), One Nation Under God (2012), and his latest release, Country Roads (2013).

For more information, visit Jim McDonoughʼs web site at or call his music
hotline at (800) 375-7095.

Youngblood Brass Band Concert Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nicolas Propes   
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:24

Bettendorf – The Pleasant Valley High School Band Program is excited to be hosting the internationally renowned Youngblood Brass Band live in concert on May 5, 2014. The concert will start at 7:00 in the Pleasant Valley High School Auditorium with PVHS Jazz Combos followed by an hour long set by the Youngblood Brass Band. The concert is an all-ages show and is open to the public. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students in grades K-12 and are available online at

Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000.

Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, infinitum. Whitehot live shows secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage.

Youngblood’s new album (the first in 5 years), Pax Volumi, sees the band partnering with Tru Thoughts, the Brighton UK label that includes a roster ranging from deep soul (Alice Russell) to hiphop (Ty) to straight-up New Orleans brass band (Hot 8), and the pairing couldn’t be more apt. This album sees the band finally achieving not just its musical but its production aims, capturing the live intensity of the stage as well as crafting beats and rhymes that bang right out of the speakers. It’s almost as if they spent the last 15 years getting ready to become THIS Youngblood Brass Band; as though everything in the past had led up to the creation of an album that defies classification, an album that couldn’t be made by any other group. On stages in the states and overseas, the verdict has been issued: the band has never sounded so good. Youngblood Brass Band has become an institution, one that demands to be seen and heard.

This appearance of Youngblood Brass Band has been made possible, in part, through an educational grant from Griggs Music, Jupiter Band Instruments, XO Professional Brass, and Mapex Drums.  Members of Youngblood Brass Band perform on Jupiter Saxophones, XO Brass, and Mapex Drums

For more information, please contact Drew Anderson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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