American music will fill the halls of local libraries and nonprofits in the Quad-Cities through the “America’s Music” project.
The project runs from April 11 to May 23 and includes the Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island public libraries in collaboration with Western Illinois University-Quad-Cities and the River Music Experience. It includes documentary film screenings, discussions of 20th-century American music and live performances as part of “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.”
The project covers a wide span of musical interests, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ’n’ roll, mambo and hip hop.
The Quad-Cities effort is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host the series, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
The series will kick off at 4:30 p.m. April 11 with a live performance by Iowa Blues Challenge winners, The Candymakers, at the River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport.
The final event in the series, “Celebrating America’s Music in the Quad-Cities,” will be from 6-8 p.m. May 23 at the WIU-Q-C Riverfront campus atrium. Attendees are encouraged to bring their 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.
“America’s Music” has been made possible by a major $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding was received from the Riverboat Development Authority, Sedona Technologies, UAW Local 2282, Friends of the Moline Public Library, along with in-kind sponsorships from River Cities Reader, WQAD-TV, STAR 93.5, WQPT Quad-Cities PBS and WVIK Augustana Public Radio.