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Quad-Cities Country Singer-Songwriter to Launch New Female Vocalist Series

June 4th, 2021
Quad-Cities Country Singer-Songwriter to Launch New Female Vocalist Series

When it’s in the upper 80s and sunny on Sunday, there may be no better place to be than kicking back a cold one at Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill, listening to the lovely Angela Meyer kick off a new local female vocalist series. The country singer-songwriter will perform outside from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Go Fish, one of her favorite venues, 411 River Drive (U.S. 67), Princeton, Iowa. “It’s a great place, just a great atmosphere. I love it,” Meyer said Thursday. “It’s literally right on the river.” Go Fish – with a full bar – says its good is “some of the best around including... Read More

New 1920s-Era Music Festival to Debut on Bix 7 Day in Davenport

April 28th, 2021
New 1920s-Era Music Festival to Debut on Bix 7 Day in Davenport

For the first time in 11 years, the Dixieland jazz of the 1920s will be part of Bix 7 race weekend, with a new music festival – The Heights of the Era, all day Saturday, July 24, in Davenport. “We really miss Bix Beiderbecke music being part of Bix weekend,” event organizer Michelle Solis Russell, partner in Russell Group (the Davenport-based construction and development firm), said Wednesday. A longtime runner in the annual seven-mile road race (canceled in 2020 due to Covid), she said the event heyday was back in the ‘80s and “the Bix was very much a music fest with those two things... Read More

Quad-Cities’ Avey Grouws Band Has Thrilling Experience Recording in Nashville

April 24th, 2021
Quad-Cities' Avey Grouws Band Has Thrilling Experience Recording in Nashville

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Billed as “Music City,” Nashville, Tenn., has long been a magnet for musicians around the world. That was especially true earlier this month for the Quad-Cities’ Avey Grouws Band, which spent a couple weeks in the area recording and mixing their latest album. Tentatively titled “Tell Tale Heart,” with an expected September 2021 release, the band’s second disc was mainly... Read More

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

March 23rd, 2021
Rock Island’s Charlotte Boyer Sings Amy Winehouse on “The Voice”

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
Enjoy Acoustic Tunes With Ariel Today At Contrary

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

Rock Island Teenager Brings Her Vocal Talent to “The Voice”

February 18th, 2021
Rock Island Teenager Brings Her Vocal Talent to “The Voice”

Charlotte Boyer, a 17-year-old junior at Rock Island High School, will be featured as one of the contestants in Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition, which begins airing Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. “It was a very long process and I was lucky to even be a part of it all,” Charlotte said this week of her auditions in October in Los Angeles. “I’m not sure what the number was, but there were a lot of auditions, a lot of people that did try out. I was one of the few that got lucky.” “My mom submitted a video of me to the website and I guess someone found it, and I was... Read More

Quad-Cities Native Jonathan Burnett to Show Documentary on East Moline Jazz Legend Pat Patrick

February 5th, 2021
Quad-Cities Native Jonathan Burnett to Show Documentary on East Moline Jazz Legend Pat Patrick

For Black History Month, Rock Island native Jonathan Burnett wants to educate people about a jazz legend from the Q-C whose son went on to become the first African-American governor of Massachusetts. On Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m., the first cut of the short documentary, “The Strangeness: The Pat Patrick Story,” will be shown free on Facebook, through Azubuike African American Council of the Arts. Much information has been documented on legendary white musicians from the Quad-Cities. However, less is known about the contributions made by African-Americans, Burnett said recently. “We know Bix... Read More

Moline High Alum Honored to Perform at President Biden Inauguration

January 20th, 2021
Moline High Alum Honored to Perform at President Biden Inauguration

Wednesday was kind of a big day for Moline native Elisabeth Plunk and 58 of her musical colleagues in the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The 41-year-old principal flutist – and Master Sergeant – played for her fifth U.S. presidential inauguration. A 1997 Moline High alumna, Plunk got up at 3 a.m. Wednesday, and arrived with the prestigious band at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. by 6:30 a.m. “The security takes a long time,” she said Wednesday afternoon. The prestigious Marine Band – whose mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the... Read More

Davenport Musician Josh Duffee Wins Bix Lives Award

January 19th, 2021
Davenport Musician Josh Duffee Wins Bix Lives Award

Congratulations to local musician Josh Duffee, who very deservedly won the Bix Lives Award this weekend! Josh has long been a huge supporter of the Bix fest and Beiderbecke’s legacy, as well as an accomplished jazz musician in his own right. Josh posted news of the win on his facebook, where he said: I am very honored to have received the Bix Lives Award this past Saturday, January 16th, at the RME. A congratulations is also in order for Carol Schaefer, the other recipient of the award. I can’t believe it has been 20 years since I started my musical journey with my orchestra... Read More

Beethoven’s 250th Celebrated in Quad-Cities and Worldwide

December 12th, 2020
Beethoven’s 250th Celebrated in Quad-Cities and Worldwide

Saturday In The Arts is a weekly look at a personality, place, trend or topic of interest to the Quad-Cities. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com. Ludwig van Beethoven was not an easy person to like in real life, but 250 years after his birth, the monumental musical genius is easy to love and admire with a jaw-dropping sense of awe. He’s a protean superhero who had to overcome so much adversity, and is being justly celebrated in the Quad-Cities and around the world. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra titled this 2020-21 season... Read More