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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!


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?!?


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!


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

April 28, 2009

battle of the bandsTeens – 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.


guitar dudeTo be one of the chosen bands, pick up an entry form at the Main or Fairmount Street Libraries, or at 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.

Register for Battle of the Bands to Win Performance at 10KQC!

February 12, 2009

Teens who have participated in one of our past Battle of the Bands, held annually each summer and hosted by the Davenport Public Library and Parks & Rec. Dept., might be interested in the following great opportunity to rock out!  You’ll need to sign up soon, so don’t wait!

YAC Battle of the Bands

United Way of the Quad City Area’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is accepting applications for bands wishing to compete in their Battle of the Bands on February 28, noon-5:00 at Mojo’s at the RME. The event is focused on spotlighting talented teens in the Quad Cities area while building awareness among high school students of 10,000 Hours Show Quad Cities (10KQC). The winner of the Battle will open the 10KQC concert at the Capitol Theatre on April 18th.

10KQC is a new program in the Quad Cities geared towards generating over 10,000 hours of volunteer service by local high school and college students. Students verifying 10 hours of volunteer service in the Quad Cities will be rewarded with a free ticket to a concert. Volunteer service is the only way to get a ticket to the event.

 While the 10,000 Hours Show is already established in Iowa City and Des Moines, this will be the first year for the program in the Quad Cities. The 10KQC concert will feature Trippin Billies and Minus Six, as well as the Battle of the Bands winner.

Applicants may download an application at or pick one up in Mojos Cafe.  All applications must be received no later than February 15, 2009.


Last Chance to Battle

June 16, 2008

Time is running out, register today!  Entries for this year’s Teen Battle of the Bands must be submitted by this Wednesday, June 18th.  Pick up the rules and registration forms at either Davenport Public Library location.  A link to the forms can also be found on the DPL homepage. 

Cash prizes will be awarded the night of the Battle.  Plus, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place bands will have the chance to rock out at two PAID gigs over the summer, thanks to the city’s Parks & Rec. Dept.  For more info call the DPL Youth Services Dept. at 563-326-7900. 

Don’t play an instrument?  Haven’t put a band together?  No worries.  All are welcome to attend the event and cheer on the bands.  The 2008 Metamorphic Battle of the Bands begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 25th, in the Fairmount St. Library parking lot.�

Metamorphosis Teen Summer Reading Program

June 4, 2008

The 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program has begun.  Come in to either library location to sign up and grab your log.  The theme for this year is Metamorphosis.  In spirit of the theme, we’ve lined up several cool teen programs designed to help transform the inner and outer you.   We’ll also be hosting a few Metamorphic Matinees with free pizza, several Anime Matinees with free popcorn, and don’t forget about the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands!  Stay tuned for more details about each program.

Plus, signing up for the Teen Summer Reading Program is easy.  Just head to the Young Adult area in either library and look for the sign-up sheet.  Once you write down your name and email address (optional), be sure to pick up a log.  Inside the log you’ll find a list of various activities and their point values.  Yes, you can accrue points for more than just reading books.  Of course, reading is highly encouraged and you get one point per page.  In order to finish the program participants must accrue 1,000 points.  Pretty easy to do if you think about it, especially if you read a larger book like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or a couple of the ever popular books that make up the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.   Some of the other activities that will earn you points are listening to an audio book, reading to a child, starting a journal, writing a review, attending a concert, or visiting a museum or art gallery.  

Once you accrue the 1,000 points, turn in your log at either Davenport Public Library to redeem your finishing prize.  This year the finishing prize is a free book.  We have a great selection of free books to choose from, even some graphic novels!  Plus, for completing the program, you’ll also get to enter into one of the Grand Prize drawings for either an iPod Shuffle, or tickets to Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam at the i wireless Center on July 30th.  Pretty sweet prizes!!  For further information, contact us at 563-326-7893.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions.  Have a great summer!