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Presenting Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards!

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As part of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist program, Jazzy Ash will perform an all ages concert as part of the “It’s Showtime @ your library!”  summer reading program.

Their style of New Orleans vocal and instrumental jazz is certain to get your toes a tappin’!

 

Visit http://www.jazzyash.com/  for more information.

Spoon River Players

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Historical actors Paddy and John Lynn portray a variety of characters from Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters published in 1915-16.

The book consists of the epitaphs of the inhabitants of the fictional Spoon River cemetery.  The characters buried in the cemetery speak not only of their virtues but also of their vices, internal and interpersonal conflicts, moral dilemmas, and failures.  A native of west-central Illinois, Edgar Lee Masters based those characters largely upon people he knew in and around his hometown of Lewistown, IL.

The show is interspersed with folk and popular music of the period performed by singer, guitarist, and banjoist Patti Ecker.

The free, hour-long show is made possible with a grant from Illinois Humanities Road Scholars and funding from the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation.

Good News, everyone!

The Good News Singers that is!

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Get ready for Flag Day, June 14th by celebrating with a medley of patriotic music sung by the Good News Singers Chorale under the direction of Tony Sconyers.

Murder on the Orient Express

Do you enjoy intelligent murder mysteries, trains, movies made from books about murder on trains, and/or anything by Agatha Christie? If so, here are some other things you might be interested in.

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Music, Fighting Spirit and Winning the Civil War

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Christian McWhirter, research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, presents of fascinating program about the Chicago-based music publishing firm of Root & Cady.

During the American Civil War, the company rose quickly to become the most successful and influential in the nation, providing the Union with some of its most popular and meaningful patriotic anthems, such as “The Battle Cry of Freedom” and “Just Before the Battle, Mother” during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Christian McWhirter is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

The free, hour-long program is opened to all ages.