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In a partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the Bettendorf Public Library, local musicians Sheryl Hassel-Bennett and Tony Hoeppner will share music that highlights music created by Jewish singers and songwriters on August 26th from 7 to 8 PM. The Jewish Influences in Rock and Pop Music event will be held at the Bettendorf Public Library located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf. This free program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities as part of its 2019 Jewish Cultural Series.
Tony Hoeppner has been playing music since he was sixteen and currently performs with several local music groups, including “The Ellis Kell Band” and “The Whoozdads.” Sheryl Hassell-Bennett is a graduate of Bradley University with a degree in music education. She is currently the cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel in Davenport and a music teacher in the Temple religious school. Since the 1950s, Jewish singers and songwriters have been instrumental in the Rock and Pop music scene. "Hound Dog," sung by Elvis Presley, "Save the Last Dance," and "Going to the Chapel" were all written by Jewish songwriters. Hoeppner and Hassell-Bennett have teamed up to explore these contributions to the music scene along with others. All ages are welcome to attend and no registration is required.