The German American Heritage Center will be active partners in the 2015 community celebration of our own jazz legend, Bix Beiderbecke. Members of the Beiderbecke family were originally German immigrants to the Quad City area and were respected and prosperous members of the German community for decades. The Quad City area is proud and delighted to share this heritage with local and far-flung friends and fans of Bix. Summer happenings include:
THIS WEEK 6-25-15: Bix Lives! Likely by Thursday, June 25 (weather permitting) a huge 10 x 30’ canvas portrait of Bix will be featured on the rear façade of our building at 712 W. Gaines Street, at the foot of the Centennial Bridge. Local artist Bruce Walters created this amazing work and it will encourage everyone to please come inside for more about Bix!
July 5 – August 30: “Zeitgeist: Bix Beiderbecke and the Spirit of His Times” will be the summer exhibit about Bix. Featured will be original art by Bruce Walters and several large panels created by Buck Henri, a Davenport native who lives and works as a professional artist in New York City. Buck grew up on Grand Avenue just a few doors away from the Beiderbecke home and has always been fascinated with his life story. Additional Beiderbecke family photos from the First Presbyterian Church and artifacts shared by local Bix collectors will enhance the exhibit.
Hours are Tues – Sat. 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00. Admission fees are $5 adults; $4 seniors and $3 youth.
Sunday, July 26: Wendy Hammen in an historical presentation as Agatha Beiderbecke “Remembering Bickie.” This public program features a portrayal of Bix’s mother as she recalls his childhood and youth years. Not to be missed by local history buffs and Bix fans! Hours and fees as above.
Sunday, August 2: “Zeitgeist Concert and Reception” The Locust Street Boys kick off the jazz music at 1:15 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. Buck Henri and Bruce Walters will share comments about their work and the inspiration they find in the Bix story, and will also be available in the gallery to chat with the public. The GAHC’s partner for this event is the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society, and both are pleased to provide a quality community event on the Sunday afternoon of “Bix Fest Weekend.” Seating is limited; $5 tickets for all seats may be purchased in advance from the German American Heritage Center.
Additional information on these events may be found at www.gahc.org or by calling 563-322-8844.
Note: Funding for portions of this project was provided by a grant from the Scott County Regional Authority.