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Special Summer Events for Teens

June 11, 2010

Check out the details on this summer’s Special Events for Teens:

Battle of the Bands–Fairmount Library Parking Lot on Thursday, June 24 @ 5 pm–Register now for our 5th Annual Teen Battle!  Click here for a registration form. 

Eclipse Party–Main St. Library on Monday, June 28th @ 5:30–Lots of games and prizes in honor of the Twilight Saga’s Eclipse movie release!  Even free movie passes and life-size cardboard cutouts of Jacob AND Edward to give away.  Gaaa!

Harry & the Potters–Eastern Avenue Library Grand Opening Event!  Saturday, July 10th.  The band takes the stage at 2 pm.  Don’t forget to check out the band’s rockin’ website.  Yay, yay, yay!  Harry & the Potters!

Karaoke Night & Partay!–Fairmount Library on Tuesday, July 20th (teen competition begins at 4 pm).  Sing your heart out and cheer on your friends!  Wooooot.

Wowie zowie.  Looks like lots of fun for all.  How can you not have a great summer at the library?!

Register Now for Teen Battle of the Bands

May 19, 2010

Battle of the Bands Returns!Battle of the Bands

Do you have the skills?  The Talent?  The musical ability to win this year’s battle?  If so, register now by filling out this form and returning it to either Davenport Public Library location.  There is a $20 registration fee for each group or individual that competes. 

The competition takes place outside on the concert stage Thursday, June 24th, at 5:00 pm at the Fairmount St. Library.  The best band will win cash and paid gigs totaling up to $400.  Wowzers.   

The 5th Annual Battle of the Bands is a partnership between Davenport Public Library, Davenport Parks & Rec., and the River Music Experience.  Don’t miss your chance to take part in this unique teen event!

Please note:  This battle is not just limited to bands.  If you are a soloist or have a group of two or three, you are a teen and play an instrument of any type, you are welcome! 

Call the Youth Services Dept. at 326-7893 for further info.

Back to Battle

June 30, 2009

Now for vignettes of a few more performers from the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands.  Today we’ll be featuring three bands:  Shockwave, Render and Sleeping on Sidewalks.  First up is Shockwave… 

Shockwave

Shockwave was the first band to arrive on Battle day and they had a whole crew of cool supporters on hand to help them out.  These guys were so ready to rock and did such a great job!  They played some killer covers by the Raconteurs, Ted Nugent, and 38 Special.  Considering how young most of the band members are, it makes me wonder what sort of musicians they’ll be in the future…even more AWESOME I’m sure!  We certainly hope they come out to next year’s Battle.  Check ‘em out on MySpace.  Next up is the band Render…

Render
Render is normally a three person band but, unfortunately, on Battle night their drummer couldn’t make it.  However, that didn’t stop the remaining two members, who also happen to be brother and sister, from rockin’ out and opening the competition for us.  The group has been playing off and on for two years and the siblings make up the core of the band.  When asked how their parents feel about them being in a band they informed us that their parents are really supportive and don’t mind them practicing in their basement.  Pretty sweet if you ask me.  Although we would’ve loved to see the entire band perform the pair did a fantastic job!  It was cool that they stuck it out.  Finally, we have the band Sleeping On Sidewalks…
Sleeping On Sidewalks
Sleeping on Sidewalks is a super cool group that has a really interesting dynamic going.  The trio ended up with the second place prize of $75 and the chance to play at the Youth Fest in July, as well as the Back to School Bash in August.  If you can’t make it to one of those gigs to hear them you might check out their MySpace page or their performance at the upcoming River Roots Live event.  How cool is that gig going to be!?!  The members have known each other since elementary school and played three original songs for us.  It’s pretty impressive that even though they broke a guitar string and had to switch up the set list mid-performance they managed a second place win.  Neato.  I might just have to check out that River Roots Live performance…
-Christie

Solo Artists of the 4th Annual Battle

June 24, 2009

2009 Winner Emily MajeticAs promised we’ll be highlighting all the teen performers that took the Battle stage in front of the Fairmount St. Library last Wednesday.  First up we’ll be showcasing the solo artists.  The past 3 years solo artists were not invited to enter the Battle of the Bands, so we thought we’d try something different this year.  Such a decision certainly made for a more interesting line up and added great artistic value to the evening.  As it turns out, solo artist Emily Majetic even ended up winning this year’s competition!  Pretty impressive!  Three teen judges and two adult judges, who also happened to be members of the U.S. Navy Rock Band, scored this year’s winners and Emily’s performance came out on top. 

Emily lives in Moline and has loved music all of her life.  Although she has only been playing shows for a couple of years, she started singing when she was just 4 1/2 years old.  Emily has great stage presence and engages well with her audience.  Some of her lyrics are a bit dark, yet they mesh nicely with her lovely singing voice and sweet acoustic guitar tones.  When asked what she likes most about making music she said she loves everything about music, especially being in front of a crowd.  It was also cool to hear that, besides music, Emily is a huge fan of art–especially painting and sculpture.  We’re so glad she signed up this year and certainly wish her well in all of her artistic endeavors.  Another huge congrats to our 1st place winner who received $100 and the chance to play two more paid gigs over the summer.  Way to go, Emily!  Be sure to check out her Myspace page, too.

Jerra WilliamsOur second featured solo artist, Jerra Williams, is from Rock Island.  Jerra was definitely our most unique performer and there’s a lot to be said for that.  I knew right away, before the Battle had even begun, when I asked Jerra what sort of music he liked and his response was contemporary jazz, R&B, and some pop that we would be in for a treat performance-wise.  Jerra’s instrumental set consisted of him on the keyboards tapping out a couple original tunes and even a version of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.  Cool.  When asked to describe his sound he said that it’s kinda serious and though it may sound serious he’s really just a jokester.  We’d love to see where Jerra’s musical path takes him and we couldn’t be happier to have had him play as a solo artist at the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands!   It was also a true pleasure to see how proud all of Jerra’s family was of him and his performance.  Nice work, Jerra!

-Christie

And the winners are…

June 19, 2009

The winners of the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands are…

Emily Majetic

1st place:  Emily Majetic

Sleeping On Sidewalks

2nd place:  Sleeping On Sidewalks

Fire Sale

3rd place:  FireSale

First, second, and third place winners received $100, $75, and $50 respectively.  They will also each have the chance to play two paid gigs over the summer.  Thanks to the City of Davenport Parks and Rec. Department for helping sponsor the 4th Annual Battle and for setting up the paid gigs!  The first gig will be at Youth Fest on July 7th, and the second gig is at the Back to School Bash on August 14th.  Check ‘em out.  The other Battle performers were Render, Demon Ducks, Shockwave, Vanishing Point, and solo artist Jerra Williams. 

Congrats to all the performers!   And an extra special thanks to all the fans that came out to support them!  It was such a great Battle and everyone played really well.  It was also super cool to see all the bands working together helping each other with set up and tear down between bands.  We hope they all had a good time and will be ready to rock out again on the Battle stage next year.  For funzies we’ll be posting tidbits of all the bands on the blog over the next few days.  So, keep an eye out.

U.S. Navy Rock Band

Lastly, we’d like to extend a gigantic thank you to the U. S. Navy Rock Band who closed the evening with a great set!  They covered everyone from Justin Timberlake to the Allman Brothers and had many of the audience members dancing around to the good tunes.  Who knew rockin’ out at the library could be so much fun?!?

-Christie

Ready for Battle???

June 17, 2009

rawkinLooking for something cool to do?  You’re in luck.  The Davenport Public Library and the Davenport Parks & Rec Dept. have teamed up once again to bring you the 4th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands.  The rawkin’ action starts at 5:00 p. m. on the stage outside the Fairmount St. Library.  Come on over, it’s show time!

navy bandThis year we have 8 teen bands lined up to perform!  Once they’re done, the U.S. Navy Rock Band will entertain the audience with some great tunes as we tabulate the results of the Battle.  Finally, we’ll hand out the awards and announce the winners.  With so many performers lined up this year it’s sure to be our best Battle ever.  Don’t miss it!

-Christie

1 Week Left to Register for Battle of the Bands!

June 3, 2009

4th Annual Teen “Battle of the Bands” – Call for Entries

Teens – get your guitars and lyrics ready because it’s time for the 4th Annual Teen “Battle of the Bands” at the Davenport Public Library. Numerous local teen bands will be chosen to compete for cash prizes and upcoming gigs at a public concert on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. at the Fairmount Street Library.

To be one of the chosen bands, pick up an entry form at the Main or Fairmount Street Libraries, or the City of Davenport Parks & Recreation Office.  Entry forms must be returned to the Library by June 10. There is a $20 entry fee, but all bands will receive a participation prize. New this year – solo acts and songwriters are encouraged to perform.

If you have any questions about eligibility requirements or the entry form, please contact the Youth Services Department at 563-326-7893.  This program is sponsored by the Davenport Public Library and the City of Davenport Parks & Recreation Department.