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Rock Island's Lissie To Headline Midsummer Celebration Concert for ALS - Jun. 21

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Treat the whole family to a special outdoor concert for a good cause in beautiful Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island. This midsummer celebration will be on June 21st, the longest day of the year, and will include many Swedish midsommar traditions including a Maypole, flower crowns, dancing and great music!

The event, hosted by Rock Island Parks & Recreation in partnership with Lissie, has raised $20,000 over the last two years. The event will feature four bands, children's activities, food, and a Bent River beer garden. Proceeds benefit the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa and Western Illinois.

Musician Lissie Maurus, originally from Rock Island, was the creator of this celebration honoring "Laura's Legacy," as a tribute to her late aunt Laura. Lissie says "My band and I am thrilled to be holding the 3rd annual Laura's Legacy concert in my hometown of Rock Island. My aunt Laura, who passed away from ALS in 2010, was a wonderful woman. In raising money for the ALS division of the MDA we hope to honor her generous and joyful spirit, while helping patients and families living with this terrible disease. It's a day of music, food, family fun and community that is dear to my family and my heart."

In addition to a performance by Lissie, the line-up includes Daphne Willis, Ellis Kell & Friends, and David Zollo & The Body Electric.

Starting off the music at 3:00 pm is Daphne Willis. With Chicago roots and Texas ties, Daphne Willis brings both musicality and grit to the songs she writes and plays. Daphne currently calls Nashville home, where she crafts her distinct brand of pop and is poised to expand her fan base world-wide.

Ellis Kell & Friends, a Quad City favorite, will entertain at 4:00 pm. QC bluesman and Rock Island native Ellis Kell (guitar & vocals) will be joined by Tony Hoeppner (guitar & vocals), John Burchett (bass & vocals) , Terry Hanson (percussion) and special guest Maureen 'Mo' Carter (vocals) for a set of original acoustic favorites and classic covers.

Performing at 5:30 pm, David Zollo & The Body Electric from Iowa City, will take the stage. Zollo is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, manager and record producer. Zollo's fusion of blues, jazz, indie, and rock music has been an Iowa and Midwest staple for nearly 10 years.

At 7:00 pm American folk rock artist, Lissie will lead her band on vocals and guitar. Lissie and her fellow band members have a full line up this summer including touring the U.S. as well as playing shows in France, Netherlands, London, Spain, and Norway. Lissie is Laurel Canyon prettiness stewed in campfire and bourbon with a big old voice to match.

In addition to great music, there will be children's activities including making flower crowns from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, doing traditional Midsummer Swedish dances around a Maypole at 5:00 pm, and enjoying the interactive digital playground and water spray fountain.

Food will be available for purchase from the Hy-Vee grill and Las Regias grill, and a Bent River beer garden with specialty craft beer as well as Budweiser for sale. Kids will love the Kona Ice truck, where they can create their own gourmet shaved ice with many varieties of flavors to choose from.

The gate opens at 2:00 pm, with admission at $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 and 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.

More info about Lissie:

Lissie grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, near the Mississippi River, speaking her mind and writing songs from an early age. Her five-song EP, Why You Runnin', produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, was ranked among the Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009 by Paste. Her full-length debut, Catching A Tiger, which was co-produced by Reynolds and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon), was released in 2010. Paste Magazine named her Best New Solo Artist, VH1 tapped her as a "You Oughta Know" artist and she received a Q Awards nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist. Scads of festival performances (including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and iTunes Festival), television appearances and film/TV song placements followed. Along the way, Lissie also released a live CD/DVD of her sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush, racked up more than five million cumulative views for her live videos of songs like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," Kid Cudi's "Pursuit Of Happiness" and Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" - songs that appear on her five-song 2011 EP Covered Up With Flowers - and set the wheels in motion for her own special edition Metl Mezcal.

Back to Forever (Fat Possum Records) - the follow-up to Lissie's 2010 debut, was produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee (R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Silversun Pickups) and features special guests Catherine and Allison Pierce of The Pierces and Barbara Gruska (The Belle Brigade). Rolling Stone noted, "on her second studio album, Back to Forever, the singer-songwriter bares her soul even more" while Relix marveled at the way she "puts all of her talents on the table: a powerhouse voice that skips from airy and beautiful to booming and whipping in an instant; a knack for upfront classic-rock melodies; frank, lovelorn and universally relatable lyrics; and some great, cutting guitar work." "Back to Forever finds Lissie bringing the rock," said Under the Radar and Paste Magazine placed it on its list of most-anticipated fall albums. MOJO called "Further Away (Romance Police)," a Top 20 hit in the UK, "brilliant" and American Songwriter said, "Sleepwalking" sounds like a Born In The USA-era radio hit, laced with Lissie's familiar folk twang."

In March, Lissie announced the release of her new covers EP, 'Cryin' To You', featuring stunning re-worked versions of Danzig's 'Mother', One Direction's 'Story of My Life', Judas Priest's 'Electric Eye', Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' and Bob Dylan's 'To Ramona'. Lissie's exhilarating cover of 'Mother', taken from the EP, was synced to the trailer of the blockbuster video game 'Evolve', and scored over 10 million views in under two weeks on YouTube.

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