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|Quad City Libraries, Non-profits Band Together to Present 19 Programs for “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway”|
|News Releases - Music & Entertainment|
|Written by Tami S. Seitz|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:46|
From April 29 to May 23, the halls of local libraries and non-profits will resound with the beat of uniquely American musical genres, thanks to the grant-funded “America’s Music” project. Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Public Libraries, in collaboration with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, will host the six-week series, which features documentary film screenings, scholar-led
“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway”covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. Featuring 19 presentations in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities, the local effort is one of just 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
Bluegrass and county music are the focus of the week of April 29, with film/discussion events of “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” at Western Illinois University-QC and the Bettendorf Public Library. Bettendorf Library will also host a bluegrass performance by River Town, a four-piece ensemble performing traditional bluegrass and folk favorites.
Swing Jazz events fill the week of May 19, starting with a jazz performance at the Polyrhythms Third Sunday jazz at the River Music Experience. The event, featuring the Bill Bell trio, is the only ticketed event in the series. Cost is $10 general admission or $15 for reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling 309-373-0790. Free swing jazz film and discussion events with excerpts from “Ken Burns Jazz” and the “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” take place during the week at River Music Experience and Moline Public Library.
“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding for the Quad City effort was received from the Riverboat Development Authority, Sedona Technologies, UAW Local 2282, Friends of the Moline Public Library and Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, along with in-kind sponsorships from River Cities' Reader, WQAD-TV Newschannel 8, STAR 93.5, WQPT Quad Cities PBS and WVIK Augustana Public Radio.
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