10 Fun Things To Do Week of March 29th: Elton John, WrestleMania, Metallica and More!
QuadCities.com proudly presents the fifth installment of our newest feature, Fun10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week.
Due to the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities – with more coming in every hour – we’re focusing this week’s edition of Fun10QC on fun entertainment you can enjoy in the safety of your own home or while practicing safe ‘social distancing’.
So what’s on the FUN10 for this week? Read on …
Elton John is hosting a “living room” concert aimed at bolstering American spirits during the coronavirus crisis and saluting those countering it, iHeartMedia and Fox said Wednesday.
Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong are scheduled to take part in the event airing from 8 – 9 p.m. Sunday Mar 29 on Fox TV and on iHeartMedia radio stations.
The artists will be filmed with cell phones, cameras and audio equipment in their homes “to ensure the health and safety of all involved,” according to a statement. The event will take the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which became part of a wave of public-event postponements and cancellations because of the pandemic.
Besides performances, the commercial-free concert will honor health professionals, first responders and others who are “putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus,” the media companies said.
Viewers will be asked to support two of the charitable organizations aiding victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Fox’s digital platform also will carry the concert.
Among the rising number of local musicians continuing to provide entertainment to the masses, Jef Spradley and Scott Stowe will be combining forces to bring listeners and viewers some Office Jamz!
Office Jamz w/Jef Spradley and Scott Stowe will take place on FB Live at 7 p.m. on Monday Mar 30 at https://www.facebook.com/spradleyjef/.
Originally from Houston, Texas this country boy found his way to the Quad Cities and now he’s “Local Livin” in Iowa.
Playing music is his passion and he’s been pursuing it full time for the past several years. His music genres range from Classic Rock, Country, to Pop and everything in between. If you spot him playing out you know its sure to be a good time.
Venmo: @jef-spradley (For a chance to win a shirt and/or koozie)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spradleyjef/
Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. Scott left town at 18. Since then he’s played music all over the US opening for bands like, Sugar Ray, Fastball and the Dirty Heads. After recording his debut album Sunlight in 2012 Scott has been living, writing songs and recording music in Los Angeles. He moved back to Davenport in 2018 to continue playing music full-time.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScottStoweMusic/
Last Monday, Metallica kicked off their Metallica Mondays series of free livestreams featuring pro-shot video from the band’s archives. Up first was Metallica: Live at Slane Castle – June 8, 2019, filmed at the famed venue in Slane, Ireland last June.
“While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance? Not to sound too cheesy, but now more than ever, we’re in this together, and staying connected is how we’ll get through it,” reads a note from the band announcing Metallica Mondays. “With that in mind, we’re bringing a series of Live Metallica shows right to your couch!”
The series will continue each Monday at 7 p.m. for the foreseeable future. To watch the series, visit nugsnet on YouTube, or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjA5JGJPQN8.
Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Digitally Released
Paramount Pictures has announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will join the list of movies releasing early digitally.
Sonic the Hedgehog will be released digitally on Tuesday Mar 31, on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes.
Sonic is a hero to everyone in Green Hills. The exploits of the lovable hedgehog are known far and wide. Sonic’s adventures soon gain the attention of shady government operatives who want to capture Sonic and use his abilities for very bad purposes. One of Green Hills’ finest must use his expertise as a police officer to help Sonic evade those who are trying to capture him. Nothing less than the peaceful life in Green Hills is at stake.
Impractical Jokers: The Movie Gets an Early Digital Release Date
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing the pranks into homes this April Fool’s Day with the early digital release of Impractical Jokers: The Movie on April 1, 2020, only five weeks after its successful theatrical debut. The film, an extension of the wildly successful IMPRACTICAL JOKERS series, was directed by Chris Henchy (Daddy’s Home, “Eastbound & Down”). A truTV original production and produced by Funny Or Die, Impractical Jokers: The Movie carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital ($24.99 in Canada) and is rated PG-13.
“Impractical Jokers raised the stakes bringing their hijinks to the big screen and we couldn’t be more proud of their impressive box office debut,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “The unwavering support of their fans prove that this comedy franchise continues to provide endless laughs and entertainment that we are pleased to bring into homes.”
“Impractical Jokers first premiered on truTV to much fanfare in December 2011 and quickly became a hit, especially among young adults,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation & Family Marketing. “The power of the loyal fanbase has proven the sky’s the limit for this comedy franchise, and we are eager to bring home the laughter and antics of their first feature film for the whole family to enjoy.”
“For all our wonderful fans who’ve been requesting, we’re happy to announce that Impractical Jokers: The Movie will be available in your homes to watch digitally on April 1st”, said The Tenderloins. “Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some.”
Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the IMPRACTICAL JOKERS hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.
Impractical Jokers: The Movie is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell. The IMPRACTICAL JOKERS series has aired eight seasons with over 200 episodes to date and remains a top three original cable comedy series with ratings that continue to grow. New episodes of IMPRACTICAL JOKERS keep truTV in the top 10 ranking among cable networks in primetime.
Man with a Plan Kicks Off Season 4
CBS announces Season 4 of Man With a Plan launches this Thursday Apr 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Man With a Plan stars Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc in a comedy about an old-school guy confronting the modern challenges of parenting, marriage, and family. After hitting a rough patch with his construction business, Adam’s self-assured wife, Andi, has proposed they start a house-flipping business together along with his clueless brother, Don, and unlikely friend, Lowell. In the midst of all this, Adam also has to juggle his three children and deal with his bossy sister-in-law, Marcy, and his opinionated father, Joe, who enjoys giving him terrible advice about how to run his life. With Andi’s encouragement, Adam takes charge of his brood, lays down the law, and discovers he’s going to “nail” this job.
WWE WrestleMania 36 Continues Without Live Audience
WWE will be presenting its biggest show of the year under quite the unique format amid the coronavirus pandemic. WWE WrestleMania 36 will take place over the course of two nights on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, with some of the matches going down inside an empty WWE Performance Center while others will be emanating from undisclosed locations. And as an added bonus, the two-night event will be hosted by former NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski. Both nights of the WrestleMania 36 extravaganza will begin at 6 p.m. and stream live on the WWE Network while also being made available for purchase on traditional pay-per-view.
“WrestleMania, for the first time ever, will be held as a two-night event streaming on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and available on pay-per-view,” WWE announced in a press release. “The two-night pop culture extravaganza will be hosted by three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski. … As previously announced, only essential personnel will be on the closed set during the production of WrestleMania.”
WWE WrestleMania 36 Matches
WWE Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
Universal Championship — Goldberg (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing)
John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (Firefly Funhouse Match)
NXT Women’s Championship — Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard Match)
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Intercontinental Championship — Sami Zayn (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
RME Music Lab Brings Happiness to Your Home
River Music Experience continues to bring opportunities to listen, learn and play music, even amidst our current situation.
RME Music Lab currently provides a half hour of fun and learning to kiddos (and their caretakers) at 10 a.m. every weekday. The experience is streamed on FB Live on River Music Experience’s page, at https://www.facebook.com/rivermusicexperience/.
Join local musician, Bret Dale, as he plays songs and teaches all the fun parts of music to your littles. Whether he is teaching your children about the Blues or helping them make their own music shakers, happiness and fun will most definitely ensue!
Niabi Zoo Providing Fun New Digital Series
Beginning this past Friday Mar 27, Niabi Zoo kicked off their education and conservation digital series!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday they will reach out at 2 p.m. to share animal tales, encounters with many of our animal family members, conservation actions, zookeeper chats and so much more.
Join the Niabo Zoo on Facebook this Monday at 2 p.m. for a dance party like no other. Joel V, Curator of Conservation and Education!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Out Now
Nintendo released the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Friday Mar 20 for Nintendo Switch.
Live life at your own pace as you garden, fish, decorate, hunt for bugs and fossils, get to know the animal residents, and more. The time of day and seasons match real life, so something is happening on your island whether you’re there or not.
Purchase the digital version by 4/30/2020 and receive a code for a free 7-day trial of Nintendo Switch Online. With Nintendo Switch Online, up to eight players* can have fun hanging out together on one island at the same time with online play!
Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want!