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MVBS welcomes The Westbook Singers in February

The MVBS Education Committee welcomes back the gospel sounds of The Westbrook Singers in February, for the second consecutive year. This MVBS Artist In Residency program includes performances at Bethel AME Church (Davenport) on Tues., Feb. 15th at 7 p.m., River Music Experience (Davenport) on Wed., Feb. 16th at 7 p.m., Hawthorne-Irving School (Rock Island) on Thurs., Feb. 17th at 6:30 p.m., Quad City (Rock Island) on Fri., Feb. 18th at 7 p.m., and IMAX Theatre – Putnam Museum (Davenport) on Sat., Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

westbrook150 (7K)The Westbrook Singers were brought back this year by popular demand, following their highly successful residency in February of 2004. During that residency, the popular gospel group performed for over 4,500 students in area schools For more information, visit on the web.

Mixing It Up at RME…

In our continuing efforts to mix it up at River Music Experience, Mojo’s @ RME welcomes the Ernie Peniston Band (Jan. 6, 5-7 pm), The Pena Brothers Band (Jan. 7, 7-9 pm), Cobalt Blue (Jan. 14, 7-9 pm), Anonymous Johnson (Jan. 20, 5-7 pm), John Resch & Detroit Blues (Jan. 21, 7-9 pm), Amy Martin (Jan. 22, 7-9 pm), John Gere & Friends (Jan. 27, 5-7 pm), and the Dani Lynn Howe Band (Jan. 28, 7-9 pm).

Two Hot New Blues Releases from the ‘Gator…

“Standing Room Only,” Roomful of Blues (Alligator Records) Hefty horns and big R&B sounds of the 40’s and 50’s are the trademarks of this legendary blues ensemble. This new CD marks the band’s 14th release over a 37- year career. With eight new originals and six choice covers of classic blues, Roomful delivers another landmark addition to their impressive catalog. (See for more on the web.)

cb_travel_big[1] (76K)“Corky Siegel’s Traveling Chamber Blues Show,” (self-titled, Alligator Records) Best known as co-founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band, Corky has experimented with a unique fusion of blues and classical music since 1968. In 1985 Siegel assembled his Chamber Blues, and has continued to invent and perform with this hybrid blend of blues harp, piano, classical string ensemble and percussion. (See for more on the web.)

True Blue would like to thank our readers for their continued support in 2004. We wish you all a Happy Blue Year, with peace, love & blessings for 2005. Until we meet again at this crossroads…

Blues to ‘ya!

Local musician Ellis Kell writes about blues music both local and national in ‘True Blue’, running the first Sunday of each month in Entertainment. He is also on the staff of River Music Experience, a not-for-profit museum and center dedicated to preservation, education and celebration of American Roots music.

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