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Rude Punch Show Dates!

Rude Punch will be performing live at the following venues in the coming weeks:

November 15th-Opening for Part One Tribe at Feed the Beast in Chicago

November 17th-Opening for Chicago Afro Beat at The Redstone Room

December 6th-Opening for Part One Tribe at The Picador in Iowa City

December 7th-Opening for Part One Tribe at The Yacht Club in Iowa City

December 30th-Mound Street Landing-Village of East Davenport

Come and see why a Rude Punch show is so much fun!


Junior Theatre Mainstage Company will present the first show of their season “The Little Princess”. A lovely story written by the same author as “The Secret Garden”. It is a story of compassion and kindness overcoming misfortune and touching everyone close by.

Who: Junior Theatre Mainstage Company

What: “The Little Princess”

When: Wed. November 29 at 3 pm, Tues. 30 at 10 am, December 1 & 2 at 7 pm, December 3 at 2pm

Where: Nighswander Junior Theatre in the Annie Wittenmyer Complex

Admission: $4.00 anyone 3 yrs and up

Season Tickets are available for the entire season of Mainstage Shows – 3 shows for $10

 Contact Person: Kathy Lafrenz, Coordinator

563-888-2216 or cell 309-945-2080




ImageOctober 24, 2006                                                                     Contact: Kristen Bergren                                                                                          7974416 Home   737 1928 Cell  “As long as mountains rise and fall, there are those who heed a call,To seek the hidden places, beyond these valleys’ jaded walls,Some will walk the wide vast spaces, others wander where they stand,Some just dream of the thought, the strong heart of this wild land.”

—from “Heart of This Wild Land,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

 Tales, Tunes, and Photos from 26,000 Miles of Wilderness Walking Forever Wild—2006 celebrates America’s rich natural heritage through thestunning photography and live wilderness music of Walkin’ Jim Stoltz Meet the man who has covered North America by boot, sharing his vision to save the wild in a free multimedia show                                                      Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Black Hawk College Building                              (Enter through Building 3) 

The Quad Cities will have a rare opportunity to meet America’s one-of-a-kind wilderness troubadour when Forever Wild2006 comes to Black Hawk College at 7:30 on Novmeber 11, 2006. Tickets are free for this community-sponsored event.

 Walkin’ Jim Stoltz has trekked from coast to coast, Mexico to Canada, Yellowstone to the Yukon, from high in the Arctic to deep in the Utah canyons. All those years in the wild places and 26,000 miles of walking have given him a great love and respect for America’s natural beauty. He shares that appreciation in his celebratory show, Forever Wild2006. Walkin’ Jim sings in a deep bass voice, plays guitar, and tells stories about his travels while projecting spectacular images of the wilderness he has photographed on his travels.   

Though Walkin’ Jim has been taking long-distance hikes since 1974, this is his 20th anniversary year of touring America with Forever Wild. He says he realized those many years ago that a great way to bring out the love of nature in everyone was to celebrate it. By sharing the beauty he’s seen, in images, songs, and stories, he moves people to care for our land, rivers, and wildlife.


“The road less traveled is not a road,” Walkin’ Jim says. “And we ought to stop building any more roads through our wildlands.” This year, with Forever Wild2006, his goal is to visit all 50 states, perform 100 free events, and encourage 100,000 calls and letters in his personal crusade to save these wild places for the future. He is being joined by hundreds of other musicians, speakers and community groups across the nation.


His only local appearance is sponsored by Eagle View Group Sierra Club and          Clean Sphere Black Hawk College Environmental Club.


Walkin’ Jim encourages people who hear about his tour to learn more about his “Call for Wild” program and how they can help by visiting

 “I’m a beggar, I’m a thief, I’m one who still believesI’m the farmer kicking dust, but still I’m planting seeds,I’m the promise, I’m the lie, I’m the glint that lights your eyeI’m the spirit in the wind, and the fire that never dies.”

                                    —from “One Land, One Heart,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz



Walkin’ Jim Stoltz’s Forever Wild2006 show coming to town / Page 2  Meeting Walkin’ Jim is like coming face-to-face with a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. He tells stories of adventures from a near-death slide down a snow field, arrested only by his guitar, to the solitude of playing his music in the woods with moose listening on. His shows transport audiences to the backcountry as only he knows it.  

“He’s truly a unique and impressive songwriter and performer,” says Richard Stanley of Sierra Club-Greater Hartford, Conn. “His Forever Wild show generated an incredible amount of enthusiasm afterwards. For weeks people were telling me how much they admired him and enjoyed it. We all felt fortunate to have seen his show.”


Walkin’ Jim Stoltz has been recognized as an American treasure by the Environmental Protection Agency, which presented him its Outstanding Achievement Award for his sharing of nature and wilderness across the country.


“I’ve had amazing experiences on my travels in the woods,” says Walkin’ Jim. “This show is my chance to share them, and to celebrate all of America's lands, waters, and the critters who need them. It’s my contribution to keeping our wild places wild forever.”

 “You could call me a rich man, for all the gold I’ve seen,My pack is full of sunsets, they trade in good on dreams,You can bundle up life’s treasures and hold ‘em in your hand,But the key to all is letting go and listening to the land.”

—from “Turn Around,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

 Woody Guthrie meets Ansel Adams in Walkin’ Jim’s Forever Wild2006 performance. The chance to experience his show is not to be missed. Walkin’ Jim’s recent book, “Walking With the Wild Wind,” and recorded CDs of his music will be available at the show. More information about him, including publication-quality photographs for download by the media, can be found at “Thunder rollin' on the mountain heightsI hear it callin' my name,Once you follow that storm cloud’s flightYou won't ever be the same.”

                       —from “Thinkin’ Like a Mountain,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz


Forever Wild2006 is a project of Musicians United to Sustain the Environment (M. U. S. E.), a rapidly growing non-profit which heightens environmental awareness by raising funds for effective grassroots projects through CD sales, concerts and public donations. Its roster of performers includes Pete Seeger, Paul Winter, and Country Joe McDonald. For more information on the organization and its artists, see


Contact: Morgan Johnson
Penguin’s Comedy Club
1850 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phone: 563.324.5233

Press Release

Nashville indie band Happy Birthday Amy makes Quad Cities debut

Future Apple Tree Records recording artists The Parish Festival and Chrash join Happy Birthday Amy on Thursday, November 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Amy is a three piece conglomeration of musical co-dependence. Bursting with talent, their multi layered sound plays out like a promise of great things to come for the voice and key-beating fingers of Amy Smith, Dillon Smith (Davenport native) on the violin and bass, and drummer Miles Cramer.

The trio's first EP became available this spring - a five track cd with a wide range of appeal, including a two minute violin solo, soaring vocals, haunting lyrics, playful, intricate rhythms, solid musicianship and some dancetastic moments to boot.

Most of the songs on the EP are Amy Smith creations, songs she's been periodically hording away for the past three years while she waited for the right moment, the right musicians and connections to bring to light.

"I'm really happy with the way that the EP flows together", Dillon says. "We chose the songs because we thought we'd do three: When It Comes To, Annie Mae, Avonlee they were the very oldest Amy songs."

Amy stumbled across her co-conspirators in birthday revelry when she started to consider playing some solo gigs, and put in a call to Dillon looking for a violin.

"I would like you to know that it was the happiest phone call ever", says Dillon, who had been secretly plotting a musical collision for months.

By the second song it was obvious that something was clicking, and that "When It Comes To" needed drums. Happily, the pair both knew one Miles Cramer - Amy from The Mechanical Bears (now the Vermicious K'nids) and Dillon from a long history of impromptu jams.

Miles immediately picked up the songs and carried them to full cake smearing status!

These three breathe musicality, but in very different ways, that each come together in HBA with dynamic results.

Amy pulls from her long history of theater, opera, quality time with her piano, and the legacy of her inspirational father. Dillon comes from a long line of musicians and pretty much grew up surrounded. He spent time learning the piano, dedicated himself to the violin and picked up guitar and bass at the age of 13. Miles sat down at a drum set when he was 10, and never remembered to get back up.

On their EP, "The Holidays" showcases HBA's evolution from a band playing Amys songs to an active conversation between musicians.

"The album is a statement about our band", Dillon says. "Some of our songs are dark and heavy, some are dancerific, some are light. In an age when bands seem to typify their genre, putting 12 songs and one mood on a record, I don’t think any of us have been a fan of trying to do one thing over and over again."

In the spirit of not doing anything twice, HBA are now undertaking the follow up EP, a five track "live n the studio" version of songs that will be placed on the album that they are simultaneously recording. The "live in the studio" EP will be out mid-late October with the expected release date of the album looming early 2007. The album will be nothing short of fantastic that keeps ears happy! The last track is said to be an 8-minute fable about a giant man-beast in which the band explores their love for jazzy brass ! You can expect to hear trumpets and tubas throughout the album performed by a trio of guys they affectionately refer to as The Dirty Brassholes. As for the giant beast and his role on the album , well, he's awfully hairy!

See Happy Birthday Amy on Thursday, November 16 at Penguin’s. Doors open at 9 P.M. and show starts at 10 P.M. Also playing, Future Apple Tree Records,, recoding artists The Parish Festival and Chrash. $5 cover and the show is all ages. For more information visit, recoding artists The Parish Festival and Chrash. $5 cover and the show is all ages. For more information visit

Picture caption: (left to right) Happy Birthday Amy members Dillon Smith, Amy Smith and Miles Cramer.




Rude Punch plays Augie Homecoming Party at RIBCO

Rude Punch will be helping Augustana College celebrate their Homecoming October 13th at RIBCO.  Rude Punch will be performing with special guest Bad Girls on Friday the 13th at 10:00.  There will be no cover charge for this event so come listen to the sweet Reggae/Rock vibes of Rude Punch and be prepared to have great time.  Hope to see you there!

ImageOctober 21 Concert - Border Lord - 7:00 p.m.

Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa IA


Seen and heard on PBS’ Living in Iowa and at radio shows, festivals and concerts throughout the U.S., folk trio Border Lord performs traditional and contemporary American and Celtic ballads, lovely instrumental airs, jigs, reels, and compelling original songs written by harper/harpmaker and Columbia Recording Artist Rick Stanley.  This Boston native has entertained all over the world with his rich "Cat Stevens" voice, charming humor, and versatile Irish harp.  Rick has performed with Ry Cooder, Paul Horn, Glen Campbell, Steven Stills, and many others.  A multi-instrumentalist, Rick also performs on guitar, banjo and accordion. 


Robin Pfoutz began his music training in classical cello at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges.  After college he co-founded acoustic folk rock group Big Lost Rainbow.   His more recent work has included an eclectic mix of jazz, Celtic, folk, classical and blues.  Robin has performed with Paul Horn, Livingston Taylor, Pete Seeger and the James Montgomery Blues Band.   The Oracle of Orleans, MA, noted that his cello “see-sawed like a violin at a hoe-down, purred a deep bass, or pranced pizzicato” as it swirled into a “quiet folk, a jivey jazz or a strident rock sound.” Combined with Claudine Stanley on rhythmic bodhran, Border Lord’s chamber-folk music is a unique and entertaining blend of many traditions. 


Joining Border Lord is guest performer Tara Dutcher.  A fiddler from the age of 3, Tara's unique style blends her Irish and bluegrass family roots with her classical and jazz training.  Tickets are $10.00 and available at the Ohnward Box Office (563-652-9815) or Osterhaus Pharmacy (563-652-5611).

ImageDON’T MISS “ANIMAL ORBIT” ON PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL 19! Calling all animal lovers!  Don’t miss the Humane Society of Scott County’s television show, “Animal Orbit,” on Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 7 pm on PATV, Channel 19. “Animal Orbit” is a half-hour family program that showcases animals available for adoption, special Humane Society programs and staff, animal legal information, pet training tips, and other fun animal topics. For more information, please call (563) 570-0654 or visit