Illinois And Iowa FUN10 Features Alan Parsons, 61 Drive-In, Blues Music And More!
Every Sunday, we 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.
So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on…
Alan Parsons Project At Adler Friday
A master of progressive rock, the Alan Parsons Live Project, will perform at the Adler Theatre in Davenport on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets for the event (starting at $30) are on sale in person at the Adler Theatre Box
Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Alan Parsons, now 72, began his storied career as an assistant engineer at the famed Abbey Road Studios working on projects such as The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be,” and quickly became one of the most sought-after names in the recording industry following his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” according to a tour release.
Parsons also was sound engineer and associate producer for Steve Wilson’s album “The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).” Released Feb. 25, 2013, it received critical acclaim and reached #3 on the German album charts. After earning accolades for his work behind the glass, Parsons formed The Alan Parsons Project, a multi-platinum selling progressive rock act featuring Parsons, his collaborator Eric Woolfson and a rotating cast of studio musicians.
The Alan Parsons Project garnered commercial and critical acclaim for such certified Billboard Top 40 hit singles as “Eye in the Sky,” “Time” and “Don’t Answer Me among other successes.
Parsons – who has also worked with Wings’ “Wild Life,” The Hollies’ “Hollies,” and Al Stewart’s “Year Of The Cat” – has earned 13 Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production, including a Grammy win for Best Surround Sound Album for a re-issue of 1982’s “Eye In The Sky.”
2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Parsons engineering the acclaimed Pink Floyd album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” which continuously placed in the Top 100 Billboard Charts from 1973 to 1988 with an estimated 50 million copies sold. Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album as well as the recruitment of singer Clare Torry on “Great Gig In The Sky.”
The record earned his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Album.
With his video series and book, “The Art & Science of Sound Recording,” Parsons has been leading the way regarding audio technology education, blending tech with art for his craft as a recording engineer and producer-performer, the tour release said.
He released a new studio album, “The Secret,” in April of 2019. The album features guest appearances from Jason Mraz, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, and Steve Hackett.
Doors for the Adler show open at 6:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets (starting at $30) are on sale at the Adler Theatre Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges.
For more information, visit https://alanparsons.com/.
Laugh Hard Returns To Speakeasy!
The Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show is back on this Friday at The Circa Speakeasy (1818
3rd Avenue Rock Island). Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00.
Tickets are only $3.00 for this show! Seating will be limited due to social distancing so reserve early! Because we cannot mix parties at tables only reservations for 4 or 6 people can be made. Sorry for the inconvenience.
It’s time to get out of the house and have some adult beverages and laugh. We need laughter now more than ever!
This is a great standup comedy show featuring many hilarious comedians from across the area! Reserve your tickets in advance to make sure you get in for the August show! Your show emcee will be Speakeasy favorite, Todd Willhite!
Genesius Guild Auditions Next Week
Genesius Guild in Rock Island is thrilled to announce the 2022 season and audition dates!
Learn more here: https://www.genesius.org/
Them Coulee Boys Cooling Up Codfish Hollow
Drive-In Theater 61 Opening Next Weekend!
It’s time for some outdoor movies again!
The revered 61 Drive In Theatre — only the fourth of its kind in the state — will open up its 72nd season April 22.
Mississippi Heat Bringing The Blues To Schools
MVBS.org and Crawford Brew Works have partnered for a Blues ‘n’ Brews Concert Series to raise money for the Blues education outreach program, Blues in the Schools.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – 7:30pm
Mississippi Heat stands as one of the longest-running bands in Chicago, as well as a launching pad for many blues players who’ve gone on to successful solo careers.
Chicago Blues Guide quoted the new album Madeleine as “pristine and beautiful. [Pierre Lacocque] directs the band with his highly creative, virtuosic harmonica skills, stellar songwriting, and artistic vision.” Listen to “Madeleine”, and you’ll understand why they have longevity.
Schedule subject to change please check Crawford Brew Works for updates.
Check out this PAGE for additional details!
Bootleg Hill Open Mic Every Thursday
Looking for a spot to showcase your talents?
How about the Bootleg Hill open mic night?
The musical open mic night is back. Happening weekly at Bootleg Hill Honey Meads in downtown Davenport. All are welcome. Hosted by Dan Fennesy and starts at 8 p.m.
Get Fit Every Sunday On The Skybridge
Get Fit on the Davenport Sky Bridge!
Free fitness every Sunday at 9am. Beat those winter blues, keep those cold muscles active and share a smile or a high 5 with some great people! There is about 50 mins to walk, jog run, climb stairs, shake your hips with Zumba and so much more! Positive quotes are hung throughout the course that you go at your own pace at. At the end we draw for prizes thanks to local businesses donating ever week! Wear layers it gets warm inside, water available, and a great playlist!
Get Your ‘Just Desserts’ At Circa ’21
Praised by Connecticut’s Patch magazine as “a delightfully sweet musical with some savory elements,” Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse opens its exciting 45th season of live entertainment with the delectable new musical comedy JUST DESSERTS. This uplifting musical comedy is making its area stage debut and is being brought to life by a marvelous team of professional talents.
JUST DESSERTS will be presented at Circa ’21 through May 14, with performances on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Pre-show entertainment featuring the theatre’s wait staff, the Bootleggers also will precede all performances. Ticket prices are $58.55 per person for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $51.73 for the matinées.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2.
In JUST DESSERTS, five strangers put their hearts, reputations and baking skills on the line to become the crème de la crème of bakers at a county fair. The heat is on to create three different types of desserts during the finals. Among the competition’s eccentric contestants is a determined young woman dreaming of opening her own bakery. There’s also a sexy nail technician who wants to fit in. Plus, a shy school nurse who doesn’t want to be there at all, a mysterious man from Brooklyn who arouses suspicion about his past and the reigning champion who is confident that she’ll garner yet another victory this year.
They’re all sure to get their “JUST DESSERTS” at the Jefferson County Bake-Off in this hilarious theatrical experience that boasts a little mystery, a little romance, some potential cheating and some back-stabbing, with the results sure to prove deliciously satisfying.
Directing JUST DESSERTS for Circa ’21 is venue veteran, Ashley Becher, who previously helmed “Seussical” and appeared in the theatre’s recent “Winter Wonderland.” Becher also directed last summer’s Countryside Community Theatre production of “Newsies: The Musical.” With performers Marc Christopher and Lexi Smith making their Circa ’21 debuts, Becher’s six-person cast is completed by returning actors Bobby Becher “The Play that Goes Wrong,” Elsa Besler “The Play That Goes Wrong,” Sarah Hayes “The Savannah Sipping Society” and Shelley Walljasper “Disenchanted.” TJ Besler, Kiera Lynn and the director herself will serve as understudies.
Area favorite, Ron May, takes the reins as JUST DESSERTS’ musical director. Additional members of the show’s creative team include scenic designer Susie Holgersson, lighting designer and production manager Jeremy Littlejohn, costume designer Greg Hiatt, sound designer Sam Ramont, stage manager Kendall McKasson, technical director Nick Divarco and assistant stage manager and deck manager Emmett Boedeker. Director Ashley Becker and husband Bobby created the musical tracks for the show.
Circa ’21’s entire staff is delighted to be opening their 45th season with this delicious stage treat and urges audience members to make immediate reservations for what is certain to be a spectacular springtime hit. Call the Circa ’21 ticket office at 309-786-7733 ext. 2 for reservations and share in the tasty enjoyment of the sweet musical comedy JUST DESSERTS!
Big Talk Being Held At Davenport Public Library
The Davenport Public Library has partnered with Bethany for Children and Families to offer a program series geared toward modern parenting starting this week.
Children do not come with instructions, join this 5 week program to learn more about navigating parenting in modern times. Throughout this series, parents will be given tools and tricks to have hard and big conversations with their children in a way that will foster healthy discussion.
The sessions will be held on Tuesdays through May 3rd at 5:30 at the |Eastern branch and |Virtually.
April 19th: Online Safety and Sexting
April 26th: Sexuality
May 3rd: Healthy Relationships
For more information about this program or to register, please visit https://davenportlibrary.libcal.com/event/8970169, for questions, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.