Contact: Morgan Johnson
Penguin’s Comedy Club
1850 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phone: 563.324.5233

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Nashville indie band Happy Birthday Amy makes Quad Cities debut

Future Apple Tree Records recording artists The Parish Festival and Chrash join Happy Birthday Amy on Thursday, November 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Amy is a three piece conglomeration of musical co-dependence. Bursting with talent, their multi layered sound plays out like a promise of great things to come for the voice and key-beating fingers of Amy Smith, Dillon Smith (Davenport native) on the violin and bass, and drummer Miles Cramer.

The trio's first EP became available this spring - a five track cd with a wide range of appeal, including a two minute violin solo, soaring vocals, haunting lyrics, playful, intricate rhythms, solid musicianship and some dancetastic moments to boot.

Most of the songs on the EP are Amy Smith creations, songs she's been periodically hording away for the past three years while she waited for the right moment, the right musicians and connections to bring to light.

"I'm really happy with the way that the EP flows together", Dillon says. "We chose the songs because we thought we'd do three: When It Comes To, Annie Mae, Avonlee they were the very oldest Amy songs."

Amy stumbled across her co-conspirators in birthday revelry when she started to consider playing some solo gigs, and put in a call to Dillon looking for a violin.

"I would like you to know that it was the happiest phone call ever", says Dillon, who had been secretly plotting a musical collision for months.

By the second song it was obvious that something was clicking, and that "When It Comes To" needed drums. Happily, the pair both knew one Miles Cramer - Amy from The Mechanical Bears (now the Vermicious K'nids) and Dillon from a long history of impromptu jams.

Miles immediately picked up the songs and carried them to full cake smearing status!

These three breathe musicality, but in very different ways, that each come together in HBA with dynamic results.

Amy pulls from her long history of theater, opera, quality time with her piano, and the legacy of her inspirational father. Dillon comes from a long line of musicians and pretty much grew up surrounded. He spent time learning the piano, dedicated himself to the violin and picked up guitar and bass at the age of 13. Miles sat down at a drum set when he was 10, and never remembered to get back up.

On their EP, "The Holidays" showcases HBA's evolution from a band playing Amys songs to an active conversation between musicians.

"The album is a statement about our band", Dillon says. "Some of our songs are dark and heavy, some are dancerific, some are light. In an age when bands seem to typify their genre, putting 12 songs and one mood on a record, I don’t think any of us have been a fan of trying to do one thing over and over again."

In the spirit of not doing anything twice, HBA are now undertaking the follow up EP, a five track "live n the studio" version of songs that will be placed on the album that they are simultaneously recording. The "live in the studio" EP will be out mid-late October with the expected release date of the album looming early 2007. The album will be nothing short of fantastic that keeps ears happy! The last track is said to be an 8-minute fable about a giant man-beast in which the band explores their love for jazzy brass ! You can expect to hear trumpets and tubas throughout the album performed by a trio of guys they affectionately refer to as The Dirty Brassholes. As for the giant beast and his role on the album , well, he's awfully hairy!

See Happy Birthday Amy on Thursday, November 16 at Penguin’s. Doors open at 9 P.M. and show starts at 10 P.M. Also playing, Future Apple Tree Records,, recoding artists The Parish Festival and Chrash. $5 cover and the show is all ages. For more information visit, recoding artists The Parish Festival and Chrash. $5 cover and the show is all ages. For more information visit

Picture caption: (left to right) Happy Birthday Amy members Dillon Smith, Amy Smith and Miles Cramer.




Rude Punch plays Augie Homecoming Party at RIBCO

Rude Punch will be helping Augustana College celebrate their Homecoming October 13th at RIBCO.  Rude Punch will be performing with special guest Bad Girls on Friday the 13th at 10:00.  There will be no cover charge for this event so come listen to the sweet Reggae/Rock vibes of Rude Punch and be prepared to have great time.  Hope to see you there!

ImageOctober 21 Concert - Border Lord - 7:00 p.m.

Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa IA


Seen and heard on PBS’ Living in Iowa and at radio shows, festivals and concerts throughout the U.S., folk trio Border Lord performs traditional and contemporary American and Celtic ballads, lovely instrumental airs, jigs, reels, and compelling original songs written by harper/harpmaker and Columbia Recording Artist Rick Stanley.  This Boston native has entertained all over the world with his rich "Cat Stevens" voice, charming humor, and versatile Irish harp.  Rick has performed with Ry Cooder, Paul Horn, Glen Campbell, Steven Stills, and many others.  A multi-instrumentalist, Rick also performs on guitar, banjo and accordion. 


Robin Pfoutz began his music training in classical cello at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges.  After college he co-founded acoustic folk rock group Big Lost Rainbow.   His more recent work has included an eclectic mix of jazz, Celtic, folk, classical and blues.  Robin has performed with Paul Horn, Livingston Taylor, Pete Seeger and the James Montgomery Blues Band.   The Oracle of Orleans, MA, noted that his cello “see-sawed like a violin at a hoe-down, purred a deep bass, or pranced pizzicato” as it swirled into a “quiet folk, a jivey jazz or a strident rock sound.” Combined with Claudine Stanley on rhythmic bodhran, Border Lord’s chamber-folk music is a unique and entertaining blend of many traditions. 


Joining Border Lord is guest performer Tara Dutcher.  A fiddler from the age of 3, Tara's unique style blends her Irish and bluegrass family roots with her classical and jazz training.  Tickets are $10.00 and available at the Ohnward Box Office (563-652-9815) or Osterhaus Pharmacy (563-652-5611).

ImageDON’T MISS “ANIMAL ORBIT” ON PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL 19! Calling all animal lovers!  Don’t miss the Humane Society of Scott County’s television show, “Animal Orbit,” on Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 7 pm on PATV, Channel 19. “Animal Orbit” is a half-hour family program that showcases animals available for adoption, special Humane Society programs and staff, animal legal information, pet training tips, and other fun animal topics. For more information, please call (563) 570-0654 or visit
{mosimage}DOWNTOWN DAVENPORT IS GOING TO THE DOGS ON OCTOBER 14  The Humane Society of Scott County’s 19th annual “Doggie Dash” run/walk will be Saturday October 14, 2006 at the Davenport River Center’s 2nd Street entrance at 9 am.   “Doggie Dash” consists of a 2-mile fun run and a 1-mile fun walk for dogs and their owners on paved streets.  Children may walk with either real pets or stuffed animals.  The Humane Society invites everyone to come and watch this unique event.   Registration is $16 per dog if received before October 6, and $20 after October 6.  Registration forms are available online at or at the Humane Society--5001 N. Brady Street.  All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Scott County.  This event is safe for the canine runner that has been properly trained for distance.  In case of an emergency, veterinary aid will be available.  The Race Directors reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog that might prove hazardous to others. For more information, call 563-388-6655 or email

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Carol Arney                                                                                   NEWS RELEASE

Owner, Cj's House of Style




Cj's House of Style will celebrate its 1st anniversary on October 5, 2006.


Cj's House of Style opened its doors only one year ago and will now be celebrating its 1st year anniversary on Thursday, October 5th with an open house at the salon's Davenport location from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.  Guests are encouraged to stop in to help the girls celebrate and will be treated to food and drink in honor of the occasion.


Cj's House of Style is a small and intimate hair and nail salon featuring three talented hair designers and a part-time nail technician.  Melissa Moreno and Tiffany Shivers (formerly of the Storm Design Team) helped open the doors one year ago and Jennifer Fields just recently joined the team from Burlington, IA.  Nail Technician Amy Moreno provides professional pedicures and manicures.


Melissa Moreno is also a Tigi Ambassador and frequently attends various trade shows around the country to learn from and educate other designers and stylists on the most current hair care and hair trends available.  That knowledge is essential in keeping Cj's clients up-to-date in a continuously changing industry.


"The girl's talent and personal attention to my needs and wants give me the hair and nail services I think most people believe they can only get at the big-name salons, yet in a friendly, relaxed and comfortable environment," said customer Jeri Jennings of Davenport, IA.


Professional hair and nail products like Tigi's S-Factor, Bed Head and Catwalk as well as Aquage and OPI are always in stock.


Cj's House of Style is located in a quiet residential area in central Davenport and is owned and operated by Carol Arney of LeClaire, IA.





714 E. Denison Ave.  Davenport, IA  52803-2529

CELL (563)370-0160   SALON (563)323-3448


Friday, October 6th, 2006
Birth Control Productions presents: Agrestix, Pusser, Fludder,
and William Martin

at Penguin's - 1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Birth Control Productions presents: Agrestix (, Pusser (, Fludder (, and William Martin. Doors at 9 PM / Show starts @ 10 PM - $5 Cover - ALL AGES


Monday, October 9th, 2006
Meth & Goats Tour Kick Off Show

at Penguin's - 1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Meth & Goats Tour Kick Off + talbots birthday - all ages - doors @ 8 PM - show @ 9 PM - more info tba

Friday, October 13th, 2006
The Urban Hate Machine, Dying Eyes, Echodrive & Payn Stayk

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
FRIDAY THE 13TH MADNESS!!! The Urban Hate Machine, Dying Eyes, Payn Stayk & Echodrive - $5 Cover - 18 + Up - Doors at 9 PM / Show starts @ 10 PM

Monday, October 9th, 2006
Meth & Goats Tour Kick Off Show

at Penguin's - 1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Meth & Goats Tour Kick Off + talbots birthday - all ages - doors @ 8 PM - show @ 9 PM - more info tba

Friday, October 13th, 2006
The Urban Hate Machine, Dying Eyes, Echodrive & Payn Stayk

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
FRIDAY THE 13TH MADNESS!!! The Urban Hate Machine, Dying Eyes, Payn Stayk & Echodrive - $5 Cover - 18 + Up - Doors at 9 PM / Show starts @ 10 PM


Wednesday October 18th, 2006
The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower w/ Humans, The Ballet and Lazer Mountain

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower (San Diego punk on Revelation & Three One G records) w/ Humans, The Ballet and Lazer Mountain - Show starts at 9 PM - All Ages - $6 Cover

More about The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower:

The upcoming Plot single "INRI" marks a new period in the band's musical output. It's seems like just yesterday they were fresh faced losers with big hair and a dance revolution message; Lifting kids out of the basement and into the heavens. Many others have now taken that bag and ran it into the ground. If it was the heavens in 2003 then it was hell in 2004. In 20 returned as slick long hairs in cowboy boots opening up gigs for The Locust across the mid-west. During the nearly six months of 2004 that The Plot spent on the road they faced angry mobs at nearly every show; tires were slashed, fights broke out, and clubs shut their doors on them. These deranged moments had no effect on The Plot’s desire to disturb crowds but by winter '04 they were broke, bruised, and banned. Only the likes of the Sex Pistols, Contortions, Antioch Arrow or Birthday Party could beat The Plot on an irresistibly awful night. Alternative Press kicked off the New Year with kind words highlighting The Plot as "one of the top 100 bands to know in 2005."

February 2005 saw the release of The Plot's 2nd album Love in the Fascist Brothel (Three One G/Revelation). The front cover was a cartoon depiction of a Nazi officer with saggy breasts bent over the behind of a half woman half horse. Inside the album sleeve The Plot was shown performing in mock Nazi outfits surrounded by dozens of saluting officers. It was clear that The Plot had no intentions of cleaning up their image. Outfitted like sexy Third Reich bruisers The Plot hit the road early and jumped on several tours with The Locust, Ex-Models and Year Future. In March they pogoed all over the SXSW festival. Blender Magazine was there to document the hysteria and they printed a very fitting description, “The Plot has more tempo changes and snotty attitude than most punk bands can fit into a career.” Despite an ugly opposing crowd sending mass emails of disapproval The Plot marched through Europe leaving crowds of people cheated or impregnated with obsession. Just two days after the European tour ended the boys were already on stage; this time in front of 2,500 kids at the Chicago House of Blues. The Plot and The Blood Brothers traveled the states for two incredible months and after it was over The Plot took some much needed time off.

Upon the release of their new single “INRI” it will soon be clear that The Plot has now become something all its own. Like THE CONTORTIONS and SEX PISTOLS before them, The Plot throws together an all-smart version of punk; spit, attitude, and sexuality. They have turned the world on its ears with their on and off stage spontaneity. Whether they are in Australia, New Zealand, Europe or the States every kid wants to jump up and sing along or get down and dance.



Friday, October 20th, 2006
A Second From The Surface, Bones Jackson, Lost Nation & Speedfinger!

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
A Second From The Surface (Minneapolis, MN grindcore metal off of Pangea Media Arts) with Bones Jackson (Richfield, MN punk/metal) - Lost Nation (Cedar Rapids metal) - Speedfinger (qc metal) - Doors at 9 PM / Show starts @ 10 PM - All Ages

Friday, October 27th, 2006
The Break Room, Straight Wikid Crew, The Post Mortems, Fludder & Plagued By Saints

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
The Break Room (, Straigt Wikid Crew ( & The Post Mortems, Fludder & Plagued By Saints! Halloween show - $4 in costume/$5 no costume
 - All Ages - Doors @ 9 PM / Show starts @ 10 PM


Sunday, October 29th, 2006
Meth & Goats, Anavan + more

1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Meth & Goats - Anavan / San Diego electro dance( - plus more. ALL AGES - doors @ 8 PM show @ 9 PM

Questions or Comments?

Morgan Johnson
Music Coordinator
Penguin's Comedy Club
1850 Isle Pkwy Ste 105
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 324-LAFF

ImageNoted Author & Filmmaker Coming to the Quad CitiesDo you pinch your dollars until they scream? Are you being pinched by an excessive work load? Do you ever wonder if human expansion will leave room for nature? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then we have a unique Literary Arts Residency for you!  On October 18-21 author and independent filmmaker, John de Graaf will engage his audiences with topics such as Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic, Take Back Your Time, and On Nature’s Terms. John is the co-author of the best-selling book and award-winning PBS special, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. He is the editor of the book, Take Back Your Time and the national coordinator of “Take Back Your Time Day.” John is an expert on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. He has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 23 years as an independent producer of television documentaries. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national, and international awards for filmmaking.Public Events:Documentary Filmmaking- October 19 at 6:00 p.m., St. Ambrose University, O’Keefe Library, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. A special interactive lecture and Q/A event for screenwriters and film-makers.Take Back Your Time- October 20 at 7:00 p.m., Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme, Davenport. Interactive lecture and Q/A.Affluenza; The All Consuming Epidemic- October 21 at 2:00 pm, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline. Interactive lecture and Q/A.On Nature’s Terms- October 21 at 7:00 pm, Putnam Museum, Palmer Lecture Hall, 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport. Screening of a new documentary promoting the protection of predators and their ecosystems with discussion and Q/A.This program is sponsored in part by the Evergreen Foundation.
ImageOn October 21, Quad City Arts presents “Oneliners” Stress Relief Workshop with Chicago artist Harry Brown. This workshop will be held from 1:00-3:30pm in the second floor conference room at Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island. Cost is $55. Call 793-1213 X109 to register. (We must have at least 10 participants to hold class.) Oneliners Stress Relief Drawing workshops teach a highly effective method that induces a relaxed state of mind, helping individuals to cope with stress and become more focused and productive individuals. *All materials are provided*One-time attendance renders a lifelong skill*The only hands on, low cost workshop of its kind Learn more about Oneliners Stress Relief Drawing Workshop by visiting