Originally Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 10:20 pm
Last Updated: March 21, 2013, 12:33 am
'America's Music' project comes to Q-C
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By Jonathan Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Four area libraries, with River Music Experience and Western Illinois University, will be part of a six-week"America's Music" project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fifty libraries and other eligible nonprofits were chosen nationwide to receive a $2,500 NEH grant to present the series of community programs on the history of American popular music.
In the Quad-Cities, from April 11 to May 23, "America's Music" features documentary film screenings, live performances and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music, focusing on blues, gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock 'n' roll, mambo and hip-hop.
The Moline, Rock Island, Bettendorf and Davenport libraries, in collaboration with RME in Davenport and WIU in Moline, will host the series, which features 19 events.The project also received a matching grant of $2,500 from the Riverboat Development Authority.
"America's Music" was launched by the Tribeca Film Institute with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and Society for American Music.Each DVD screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments.
A full list of performances and locations is available at americasmusicqc.com. The events include:
-- April 11: Performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Candymakers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at River Music Experience.
-- Week of April 15: Film/discussion events of "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues" and "Say Amen Somebody" at the Rock Island Main Library and Davenport Library, Eastern Avenue Branch.
-- Week of April 22: Film/discussion events of "Broadway: The American Musical" at Moline Public Library and RME and a Broadway performance by The District Theatre and Tristan Layne Tapscott at the Moline Library.
-- Week of April 29: Film/discussion events of "High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music" at Western Illinois University-Q-C and the Bettendorf Library, which also will host a bluegrass performance by River Town, a four-piece ensemble performing traditional bluegrass and folk.
-- Week of May 6: Film/discussion events of "The History of Rock 'n Roll: Plugging In" at the Bettendorf Library and Rock Island Main Library. The Rock Island Library also will host a performance by Meet the Press, a three-piece band.
-- Week of May 13: Film/discussion events of "Latin Music U.S.A." and "From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale," at Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch and WIU. The Davenport library will present a hip-hop dance performance and instruction with the Midwest Academy of Dance.
-- Week of May 19: Ajazz performance at RME by the Bill Bell Trio and film and discussion eventswith excerpts from "Ken Burns Jazz" and the "International Sweethearts of Rhythm" at RME and Moline Public Library.
Discussions, along with a call for stories about memories of the Quad-Cities musical landscape, will be led by program scholar Daniel S. Malachuk, associate professor of English at WIU-Q-C, and faculty colleagues, including Everett Hammer (English), Nancy Schaefer and Tammy Werner (Sociology) and two students in the English master's program, Chelsea Clearman and Jill King.
Dr. Malachuk will present some of the local stories collected at the final event in the series, "Celebrating America's Music in the Quad-Cities," from 6 to 8 p.m. May 23 at the WIU-Q-C Riverfront Atrium.
Attendees are encouraged to bring stories about the great variety of music heard in the Quad-Cities over the past 50 years. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments, as the event will close with an open-mic event of local performers.
For more information, visit americasmusicqc.com or contact email@example.com or 309-524-2470.