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Written by Glenn Kass   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:35

Four-month program presented by Riverboat Development Authority celebrating the Jewish heritage in popular music

DAVENPORT, IA – The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities ( is turning up the volume on “Jews Rock” – a four-month series of activities celebrating popular music’s Jewish heritage – presented by Riverboat Development Authority (RDA).

All events will be hosted at River Music Experience (, 129 Main Street, Davenport, IA. In addition to the RDA and the venue (RME), sponsors include Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Stanley and Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund, Bernard and Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund as well as Presenting Media Partner KWQC TV 6 and Event Partners The Sedona Group, The Dispatch-Argus and Quad-City Times.

The cornerstone of “Jews Rock” are photos by Janet Macoska ( A nationally recognized rock photographer from Cleveland, OH, she curates a series of images featuring Jewish performers from the last 50 years of popular music. The photos will be displayed at RME beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10th with a free public lecture by Macoska at 7:00 PM, and will remain on site for public viewing through December 10th, 2014. The photo exhibit is free and open to the public during RME’s regular business hours. Details on a silent auction to own one of the limited edition prints will be announced soon. (A full list of Jews Rock activities follows this release.)

“Our goal at the Jewish Federation is to connect people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds with the incredible variety of Jewish culture and to develop partnerships with other community resources like River Music Experience,” said Allan G. Ross, Executive Director. “Thanks to the RDA and our other sponsors, the ‘Jews Rock’ program will be a great way to visually, and of course musically, tell the story of the significant Jewish contributions to popular music in our country. Having the RME host it is a perfect fit.”

“The RME is excited to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities in this great program,” said Deb Sandry-Powers, CEO of River Music Experience. “We are fortunate that two non-profit entities can collaborate to share space and resources to highlight another Quad City cultural program featuring the music and art of our heritage.”

The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites ( is a non-profit, 501 c (3) Illinois corporation founded in 1980. With other local organizations, JFQC addresses a broad range of needs to include cultural, religious, educational, family welfare, care of the elderly and interfaith relations. The Federation combats hate and anti-Semitism by supporting religious liberty and civil rights for everyone.

The core mission of JFQC is to preserve, protect, enrich and enhance Jewish communal life and the well-being of Jews locally, in Israel and throughout the world. It is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America ( The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities is also on Facebook at

Summary of Events For “Jews Rock” (September-December, 2014)

The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and River Music Experience are combining to stage “Jews Rock” in the Fall of 2014 presented by the Riverboat Development Authority. Events planned include a photography exhibition, educational presentations and performances that highlight the role of Jews in popular music.

Wed., Sept. 10 - Kickoff with photographer Janet Macoska – 7 PM Lecture – River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Free and open to the public. Nationally recognized rock photographer from Cleveland, OH, Macoska’s images of Jewish rock musicians will be the cornerstone of the exhibition. Her photos will be on display in the River Music Experience Sept. 10th-Dec. 10th, 2014.

Sun., Oct. 26 - AKA Doc Pomus movie – 4 PM – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free – One man connects Elvis, Ray Charles, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Dion…his name is Doc Pomus. Filmmaker Will Hechter documents the extraordinary life of one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music. This documentary was premiered at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, 2014 and will have its Iowa premiere at Jews Rock.

Wed., Nov. 19 - Lucky Break – Doors 7 PM/Show 7:30 PM – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $10 in advance; $12 at the door; Students with ID - $5 – Tickets available through – This Midwestern band takes you through an evening of Bluegrass standards as well as a treatment of Jewish music with a twang.

Tue., Dec. 9 – “There Was A Fire: The History of Jews in Modern Music” – Words and Music From Ben Sidran – 7 PM Doors/7:30 PM Show – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $10; Seniors (60+) and Military $8; Students Free (Tickets available at the door) – Songwriter, historian and musician Ben Sidran hosts a one-man performance and lecture based on his recent book.


Wed. Dec. 10 – An Evening With The Ben Sidran Quartet – 7 PM Doors/7:30 PM Show – Redstone Room at River Music Experience (129 Main St., Davenport, IA) – Adults $20 in advance; $25 at the door; Students $5 with ID – Tickets available through – One of the preeminent voices in smooth jazz, this songwriter, musician and historian will join us to perform with his band in an evening of Jazz leading into the holidays. Sidran performs all over the world and has collaborated with many of the greats in music.

Events presented by Riverboat Development Authority; Presenting Media Partner: KWQC TV-6; Event Partners: The Sedona Group, Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Bernard & Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund, Stanley & Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund; Media Sponsors: Quad-City Times, The Dispatch-Argus


Don't Miss Jim Gill this Thursday! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:56

All sorts of wacky word silliness hits the Main Library on Thursday, Aug. 14, with the Jim Gill Family Room Tour!

Jim Gill is an award-winning children's entertainer and expert on how music and movement promote learning. Kids will move, jump and sing along with Jim while they learn and play. 

Join us at 6:00 pm for a special Hug-A-Book concert for two to five-year-olds and families in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room. Each child will take home a free book to keep, thanks to the Merrill Harris memorial of the Rock Island Public Library Foundation. 

This Hug-A-Book event supports the early learning needs of children ages two to five years old.

Watch for more news about what's happening at your library! Or, click the News or Calendar menus on our website anytime.


You can also print a monthly events calendar from our website. See the links below to find more programs:

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Genesis Doctors In Recital Will Benefit Music Therapy Program For Hospice Patients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:55
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Aug. 7, 2014 -- The musical talents of Quad Cities physicians and families will be featured in a recital to benefit music therapy programs for Genesis Health System hospice patients.

The fifth annual Genesis Doctors in Recital will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Centennial Hall, Augustana College. Quad Cities physicians and their families will be performing a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary.

Sponsors of the event include Augustana College, West Music, Steinway & Sons, Gendler’s Wine & Spirits, Kimberly BMW of Davenport, One Step Printing, Black Ram Restaurant in Rock Island and Genesis Foundations.

The performance will also feature the legendary Steinway Concert Grand Piano from the 2007 award-winning documentary “Note by Note” Steinway L1037.

Following the performance, will be a meet-and-greet with the performers at Gendler’s Wine & Spirits/Black Ram.

Music therapy programs are available to Genesis hospice patients in their homes, Genesis hospitals, nursing homes and at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Music therapy has been shown to bring quality to life, diminish pain and promote relaxation during end-of-life care.

Tickets are on sale to the public for $20 and $15 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861 or go to


West Music Quad Cities to Host Education Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:05

Moline, Illinois – August 16, 2014 – West Music Quad Cities is excited to host an education open house on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00AM-12:30PM.  This event is an opportunity for the public to learn about individual lessons and group classes available for all ages and abilities at the West Music Quad Cities Conservatory.  The open house will include an instrument petting zoo for school age children to check out and play instruments.  Teachers from the Conservatory program will also be available for a meet and greet.  Additionally, West Music Quad Cities is offering a free demo class of its early childhood music and movement program, Sing & Play & Learn Today! beginning at 11:00AM.  Come find out how you can experience the power of making music at the West Music Quad Cities Conservatory – it’s never too late to learn!

West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois 61265.  Please call West Music Quad Cities at 309-764-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Extreme Sunday Brings "Amazingly Amusing" Fun to Last Day of Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:57

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2014)(readMedia)-- Discounted admission, rock legends and family fun round out the last day of the 2014 Iowa State Fair, set August 7-17. Gate admission on Extreme Sunday, August 17, will be $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 11 until 9 p.m.

Grandstand Entertainment

Rock legends Foreigner and Styx wrap up the 2014 Grandstand performances at 8 p.m. Foreigner, hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, has 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 top-thirty hits and over 75 million albums sold. They are responsible for rock anthems such as "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like the First Time," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." Styx has secured two Super Bowl appearances and four consecutive triple platinum albums. They transformed a generation of rock music lovers with hits like "Come Sail Away," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Mr. Roboto," "Fooling Yourself" and "Babe".

Tickets for all concert and track events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at 800/745-3000. All concert events are reserved seating. All track events are general admission. The State Fair Ticket Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday for walk-up orders only (no mail, phone or fax orders). Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

Free Stage Entertainment

Extreme Sunday will feature an array of top musical acts all free with gate admission, including the Bill Riley All Star Show featuring Carrie McDowell and Love Train at 7 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Here Come the Mummies, a group dressed as Egyptian mummies that plays "funk from beyond the grave," performs at 8 p.m. on the Fairview Stage sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KCCI 8 News.

Fastball, a rock group known for singles like "The Way," "Sooner or Later" and "Out of My Head", plays at 8 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage sponsored by ABC5.

Charles Esten, best known for his role on ABC's Nashville, will perform songs like "Keep Coming Back" and "Like New." The show kicks off at 8 p.m. on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17.

Family Fun

Final day family fun abounds with the Bill Riley Talent Search championships, a dog agility demonstration, and numerous contests including the Mother-Daughter Look-alike contest, the Pigtail, Ponytail, Braid, Mohawk and Mullet contest, and a cribbage tournament. In addition, don't miss your last chance to watch chainsaw artists A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan in Heritage Village at 10 a.m., Noon, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Bandaloni One Man Band will be showing off his impressive musical skills at the Putney Family Cattle Barn at 11 a.m. and the Rock Island Triangle at 1 and 3 p.m. Take a picture with "God Bless America", a statue by Seward Johnson depicting Grant Wood's "American Gothic" located at the entrance of Pella Plaza. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be parading for the final time at 2 p.m. on the Grand Concourse and Rock Island Avenue. Lastly, give a round of applause to the Red Trouser Show as they show off crazy acrobatic tricks and hilarious stunts. The Red Trouser Show will be performing at Noon, 3 and 6 p.m. on Expo Hill.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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