A local Quad Cities choir, The Good News Singers Chorale, will be appearing in Chicago's annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 21, 2008.  In addition to being in the parade, The Good News Singers Chorale will perform a selection of Negro spirituals at the lakefront celebration following the parade.  The Chorale was requested to appear at the event based on previous programs that it has presented that focused on Negro spirituals.  Juneteenth was established in Texas following word of freeing the slaves as a result of the Civil War during the 1860's.  The parade in Chicago on June 21st  will be on Chicago's South Side, starting on 79th and Stony Island, proceeding east on 79th Street to Lake Michigan.  The parade will commence at 10:00 am and conclude at noon.  Celebration will be held on the lakefront immediately following the parade.  The program has traditionally drawn numerous local and national dignitaries, including current presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). The Good News Singers Chorale will also perform a selection of Negro spirituals at the local Quad Cities Juneteenth Celebration, to be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 10th and Gaines in Davenport. The Good News Singers Chorale is a community choir that has been in existence for twenty-five years.  Its primary mission has been giving concerts at a number of senior citizen facilities several times a year.  The members of the chorale are from various churches throughout the Quad Cities.  In addition to Negro spirituals, the songs that the Chorale performs focus on faith, love of one's neighbors, and love of country.  The Chorale has also performed at The Mark (I wireless Center), The Col Ballroom, The Rock Island Arsenal, Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts in Rock Island, Miss Iowa Pageant, and other venues in the Quad Cities and the surrounding area.  For further information contact: Tony SconyersGround11@mchsi.com(309)949-2872




 PWAM 102.7 FM on Live365 Press Release


Albert Gourrier

Davenport, IA   
36 years old

Station name: PWAM 102.7 FM
Station website: www.pwamradio.com

Direct site: www.live365.com/stations/albertarmageddon

Freeform station


Friday June 20th at the RedStone Room:

the hot and frenzied rock of:

the Post Mortems

Wax Cannon

Chew Toy

The 24th annual Trek Fest is a small-town festival with a Star Trek theme. Riverside, Iowa is known worldwide as the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk - the character played by William Shatner on the original 1960's Star Trek TV series.
Performance to Feature the Alto Trombone


John Ugolini

Kickstand Productions

DeKalb, IL  60115

PHONE: 630.926.5229





DeKalb, IL- Kickstand Productions is pleased to announce the triumphant return of Umphrey’s McGee to DeKalb. The band plays their first performance in DeKalb, since selling out Otto’s Nightclub six years ago. The epic event will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, April 8th; at 9 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $32 day of show for this all ages show.  

In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Northern Illinois University on February 14th, Kickstand Productions and Umphrey’s McGee will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the show to the February 14th NIU Memorial Scholarship Fund.  We will be making a limited edition poster print for the show; All proceeds will go to benefit the fund.  In addition, $5 per Umphrey’s McGee Live sold at the show will go towards the fund, as well as a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales. A raffle will be held before the show featuring limited edition autographed memorabilia donated by, famed Chicago rock outfit, Wilco. In conjunction with Umphrey’s McGee and Wilco, we hope to raise as much money to donate to the fund.  We will also have an area at the merchandise table where you can donate money if you wish, or you can donate online by visiting:



Umphrey's McGee is a progressive rock/jam band from South Bend, Indiana whose music is often referred to as "progressive improvisation." In July 2004, the band was declared by Rolling Stone Magazine to "have become odds-on favorites in the next-Phish sweepstakes."

Though the band's approach to their live performances has much in common with Phish and the Grateful Dead (ever-changing setlists, constant improvisation, two sets per night, open-taping policy), they are much more influenced musically by progressive rock bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Frank Zappa, and Genesis, as well as heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden. The band also "identifies The Police, The Beatles, The Monkees, Nick D'Virgilio, and Led Zeppelin as primary influences with a reverence the members describe as 'Biblical.'" However, there really isn't a style of popular music that Umphrey's does not cover. Artists covered in concert by Umphrey's range from Lionel Richie to Metallica to Toto to Snoop Dogg to Paul Simon to Radiohead to The Rolling Stones.- wikipedia 
Umphrey’s McGee recently announced that they will be playing the famous Bonnaroo Festival for the 5th consecutive year. The band will be playing in top billing alongside such heavyweights as Pearl Jam, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kayne West and Robert Plant. The band also announced their addition to the Summer Camp festival in May, where they will be playing alongside The Flaming Lips. 


“Umphrey’s McGee combines crisp song construction and vocal-harmony sunlight with a high-speed, improvised daring onstage.”- Rolling Stone 


Don't miss this amazing opportunity to see UMPHREY’S MCGEE Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 9pm at The Egyptian Theatre. For information regarding advance tickets or for all other inquiries visit our website at www.kickstandproductions.net / www.egyptiantheatre.org or call The Egyptian Theatre at (815) 758-1225.  



Slow Down the Day After Valentines Day, on February 15th and come to the

!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing River City Radio Hour Show Innocent !!!!!!!!!

When : Feb. 15th 2008

Time: 5:30 Social Hour, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Show Starts... call ahead for VIP seating!

Where : The Moline Club 513 1/2 16th St. Moline IL 61265, 309-762-8547

Tickets : $5.00 for show-only and $25.00 for Dinner and Show.

To learn more.... check us out online at http://qcinstitute.org

Josh Duffee and His Orchestra will be in performance this evening, Feb 8th, at the Col Ballroom in Davenport for the Plus 60 Club's Valentine Ball.  Ticket prices are $8 in advance (can be purchased at the Quad City Times building), or $10 at the door. 
The dance will go from 7pm-10:30pm, and you'll be hearing the orchestra play music from the 1920's, 30's, and 40's.  This will be a great chance to see Josh Duffee and His Orchestra change things up a bit from their normal Goldkette material, and venture into the various styles of Latin, Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Waltzes, and more.  You won't want to miss this event!!

For Immediate Release 

Contact:  Joe Boyle                                                                                                    
(563) 650-7102

Local Independent Film "Animate My Heart" Premiers at the Green Room Theatre

"It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive."  This quote by Henry David Thoreau is among the first lines of local filmmaker Joe Boyle's latest film "Animate My Heart," and it precisely sums up the theme.  A young child is struck with cancer at an early age, but even in the face of imminent tragedy, he maintains a vivid, lively imagination.

"All of us face trials in our everyday lives and I think it's important to be able to keep our minds thinking sharply and creatively in order to face those trials," says Boyle.  "In our society, the imagination has been greatly neglected and even discouraged.  That's one of the reasons this was an important film to make." 

Beyond exploring the devastation that can occur to the imagination, "Animate My Heart" explores the ruin that is visited upon an individual when such a horrendous disease touches them.

"This film was a very personal experience" says filmmaker Joe Boyle.  "My sister had cancer twice at a young age and still suffers ill effects from the disease.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her some much needed repose from her pain by giving us a family trip to Florida.  I want to be able to give that to another Wish Kid." 

The 50 minute film stars local performers Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jonah Luebke, and Tom Morrow.  The musical score was composed and performed by local musician Leah Knudsen, with compositions by Jake Cowan and Aiden Landman.

"By screening this film to the public, I hope to remind people of the horrors of this disease.  I hope that the members of our community will get behind this cause," says Boyle.

"Animate My Heart" (which was scheduled to open late last year, but could not due to technical difficulties) will open Saturday, February 2nd at the Green Room Theatre, 1611 2nd Avenue, in the District of Rock Island at 8:00 PM.  Additionally, there will be special musical performances by the film's composer Leah Knudsen and also by the Jamey Cummins band.  Cost is only $5.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

This film is the latest from 22 year old local filmmaker Joe Boyle.  He has been writing and directing films for the past 10 years.  His films have screened and won several awards in various film festivals, ranging from local and regional events to festivals in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Canada.


If you would like more information about this event or are interested in setting up an interview, please call Joe Boyle at (563) 650-7102.  Digital production stills, flyer, teaser trailer, and filmmaker photos are available upon request.



    Poets, musicians, and visual artists compete for 50 dollar prize.  Sat, Feb 16 at the Coffee Dive 226 w 3rd st, Davenport, Ia. 7:30-11:00 p.m.