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Rock Island School Orchestra Leader to Work For World-Renowned Violinist

April 15th, 2021

On Thursday, Matt Manweiler had a “come to Jesus” moment. Just not the kind you may think. The kind, bright and artistically adventurous orchestra director for the Rock Island-Milan School District, Manweiler has accepted a new position of education programs coordinator with Jesus Florido and his company Latinfiddler Music. On Facebook Thursday, Manweiler posted: “Jesus is a world-renowned Latin violinist who is a caring educator at heart. I will be working with Jesus on arrangements for his orchestral and educational residences, in helping build his pedagogy, and in coaching classically-trained... Read More

Big Musical Send-Off for Molly Durnin Thursday Night in the Village

April 13th, 2021

Like for most of us, the past year has been an emotional rollercoaster for Quad-Cities singer/songwriter Molly Durnin. The epic highs and lows will be encapsulated over four hours Thursday night for the intensely talented 32-year-old. Jambrella Productions has organized a mega-music party, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at one of Durnin’s regular performance venues, the cocktail bar Eleven17, at 1117 Mound St., Village of East Davenport. About 20 musicians are scheduled to perform (there’s no cover charge), including Durnin at 6 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., the night before she heads back East, on her way to... Read More

Davenport Native Byron “BK” Davis Returns to “J.A.M.” Saturday Night

April 9th, 2021

It’s so appropriate that Steinway International Artist Byron “BK” Davis will perform at Joy Avenue Media on Saturday at 7 p.m. for its online “J.A.M.” sessions. Because the super friendly 61-year-old Davenport native – a globally acclaimed pianist, composer, and singer – spreads joy wherever he goes. After his first appearance playing for the Bettendorf Joy Avenue studio session this past November, Davis brings his passionate jazz band back on Facebook for a free show, co-sponsored by Davenport-based River Music Experience. The J.A.M. sessions are intended to present high-quality,... Read More

Realty Group, Bettendorf Brewery Present April 6 Celebration of Three Great Quad-Cities Musicians

April 1st, 2021

Being a full-time professional musician is hard enough. The Covid pandemic has made that a million times harder, as Davenport’s Lojo Russo learned over the past year. An ovarian cancer survivor, the popular singer-songwriter (unlike many Q-C bands and musicians) decided not to perform public gigs indoors. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Russo did a private event at a company’s break room, while wearing a mask, and it was awkward. On Tuesday night, April 6, Russo will return for the first time playing in public since October, at a special event. The “You First Music Celebration” – starting... Read More

21-Year-old Illinois Native With Heartwarming Story Takes Pride in Inspiring “Idol” Run

March 30th, 2021

Although Althea Grace’s inspiring run on ABC’s “American Idol” was stopped on Monday night’s “Showstoppers” round, the 21-year-old Chicago-area native is not stopping. She’s working it out. “My heart is so full with all of your love after my run on ‘American Idol,’” Grace posted on social media, after failing to make the top 24 in the national singing competition. “Of course, I would’ve loved to have gone further, but in the end — I am so proud of myself!” On March 29, she sang the soulful, impassioned Stevie Wonder version of the Beatles’ “We Can Work It... Read More

21-year-old Illinois Native Brings Inspiring Life Story to “American Idol”

March 25th, 2021

Before she achieved her musical dreams on ABC’s “American Idol,” Althea Grace lived through a personal nightmare with her little daughter. The persistent, inspiring 21-year-old native of Algonquin, Ill. (near Chicago) had her first child, Lennon, in Los Angeles Jan. 22, 2019. Grace has loved music and “American Idol” since she herself was little – writing her first song at age 4. Her parents named her after a 1980 Grateful Dead song, and Grace named her daughter after the legendary ex-Beatle who was murdered in 1980, since Althea is a huge Beatles fan. On Thursday – three days after... Read More

Rock Island’s Charlotte Boyer Sings Amy Winehouse on “The Voice”

March 23rd, 2021

Charlotte Boyer, a 17-year-old junior at Rock Island High School, made her national television debut Monday night on the final rounds of blind auditions for Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition, which began Monday, March 1. She was featured singing a minute-long rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game,” and didn’t get the response she hoped for from celebrity judges John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas. None turned their chair for her. “I am so sorry we don’t have better news for you today,” Legend told Charlotte on the show. “I... Read More

Enjoy Acoustic Tunes With Ariel Today At Contrary

March 14th, 2021

Looking to enjoy the weather and some soft acoustic sounds of sweet music? Check out Ariel Reynolds at Contrary Brewing, 411 W. Mississippi Drive, Davenport! From 2 to 5 p.m. today enjoy the acoustic stylings from Ariel McReynolds! Grab a beer and enjoy some tunes!  Read More

Davenport Fairgrounds Hosting St. Patrick’s Day Bash This Weekend

March 10th, 2021

The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, plans to host two major music events at its big Fair Center in March. A St. Patrick’s Day Bash is scheduled for March 12-13, and the planned lineup is: Friday — Roadside Circus, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Project X 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday — Doug Brundies, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Of 40, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (plus Flying Leprechauns at 3), Electric Shock, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Casey Muessigmann, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tomb, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Cheese Pizza, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Mask up Quad Cities and let’s... Read More

Skow Boys Coming To Grape Life In Davenport Friday Night

March 4th, 2021

Looking for some live music and some good wine? Head over to Grape Life, 3402 Elmore Ave., Davenport, for the Skow Boys at 8 p.m. Friday. It’s $5 per person paid reservations are required for safe, assigned seating. Reservations can be made starting Monday, March 1st. Contact Diane at 563-940-6030 or email Diane@thegrapelife.com Brian will be joined tonight by is far more musical sons to perform an eclectic set of music ranging from the 70’s to last week.  Read More