ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) — The City of Rock Island has released details on the annual Laura’s Legacy concert fundraiser for ALS. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island. Gates open at 2:00 pm, with admission of $10 for adults (cash only) and free for children 12 and under with paid adult.
Laura’s Legacy is returning for its 5th annual event to Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island on October 15th. The event, hosted by Rock Island Parks & Recreation in partnership with Lissie, has raised $48,592 over the last four years. Lissie and event coordinators choose a Fall Harvest Celebration which will include square dancing, children’s fall games and face painting, bands, food, a beer garden by Bent River Brewing Company, and a karaoke finale to finish the night. Proceeds benefit the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa and Western Illinois.
Musician Lissie Maurus, originally from Rock Island, created this event with her family to honor her late aunt Laura’s memory. Laura passed away in 2010 from ALS. This year marks the 5th annual event and will feature great music and a fall harvest theme. “This year’s Laura’s Legacy will feature a more stripped back acoustic sound than years past which works well with the backdrop of beautiful fall weather! We hope to encourage participation of the crowd this year too with square dancing and karaoke”, says Lissie.
Square dancing will begin at 2:30 pm, led by Quad Cities Federation of Square and Round Dancers, to get the crowd out of their chairs and having some fall fun.
At 3:30 pm get ready for some amazing local talent including acoustic sets by singer/songwriters Juliana Logan and Ellis Kell with a song or two together with Lissie. Ellis Kell says, “It’s been an honor to be associated with the Laura’s Legacy event for the past few years, and it’s always a pleasure to make music for this great cause. Lissie, and her family, have been supportive of our Moondance event for Karli’s fund over the past few years. We share a common bond: learning to live with the loss of a beloved family member, by giving something positive back in their memory that will benefit others in our community.”
At 5:45 pm American folk rock artist, Lissie will perform an acoustic set followed at 7:00 pm with karaoke for crowd interaction. Read more about Lissie’s new live acoustic album released last week below.
Food will be available for purchase from El Mariachi (Mexican). Bent River Brewing Company will be selling wine and beer including their fall seasonal Sweet Potato Ale. Rozz-Tox will have hot fall drinks for sale including coffee, lattes, and hot cocoa.
Gates open at 2:00 pm, with admission of $10 for adults (cash only) and free for children 12 and under with paid adult. Free parking is available in the City’s parking ramp, as well as street parking. Bring lawn chairs for seating and also an ID for alcoholic beverages. Outside alcohol and tents are not allowed. In case inclement weather is forecast, call the Rock Island Parks & Recreation rain line at (309) 732-RAIN (7246). For more information call the Parks office at (309)732-7275.
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Rock Island, IL – Lissie officially released her new live acoustic album, Live at Union Chapel on September 30th, 2016. The album features 13 solo acoustic songs recorded at Lissie’s Union Chapel show in London last year, including a special cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River”. Fans can now stream the album in full on Billboard, here: https://goo.gl/eo9ai0. The album is also available via Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
Live at Union Chapel releases on the heels of Lissie’s latest studio album, My Wild West, which dropped earlier this year via Lionboy Records and Thirty Tigers in the US and Cooking Vinyl in the UK. Her most personal album to date, My Wild West is a fitting tribute to Lissie’s life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter to now, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured. My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie’s Midwestern roots. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Album chart!
One of Lissie’s most powerful tracks on the album, “Daughters” is a pro-feminist call-to-arms that took its cue from Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, subject of the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In March, Lissie partnered with charity:water in support of International Women’s Day to raise awareness surrounding the non-profit’s mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. She released a pay what you want download of her song ‘Daughters’ which raised over $4500 for clean water projects in developing countries and performed the song on CNN International to spread word of the cause.
Lissie’s two previous albums, 2010’s Catching a Tiger and 2013’s Back to Forever, both scored in the Top 20 of the U.K. charts and Top 5 in Norway, the former going gold in both countries. Stateside, the two releases hit the Top 5 in Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, peaked at #5 and #11, respectively, on the U.S. Folk tally and went Top 40 on the Indie chart. Her songs have been licensed for countless films and TV shows, and topped numerous Best Of polls. ‘The Longest Road,’ a song she wrote with DJ Morgan Page was subsequently remixed by Deadmau5 and nominated for a ‘Best Remixed Record’ Grammy.
With a career that has seen her open for renowned artist Lenny Kravitz (an early supporter), Tom Petty and even been asked to perform at Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s wedding, Lissie has had a wealth of incredible experiences that have made her the confident and determined artist she is today.
Live at Union Chapel is officially out now! For more information, please visit: http://www.lissie.com/.
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