Col Ballroom Hosts 9/11 Tribute to First Responders

In honor of all First Responders and the service that they provide to the Quad Cities, The Col Ballroom is hosting a night of music with Singer/Songwriter Rissi Palmer. The 911 First Responder Tribute is the brainchild of former marine and current Col Ballroom Operations Coordinator, Dwayne Hodges. The anniversary date of 9/11 falls on Friday this year. He thought it would be a nice gesture to put a tribute show together on that date. First Responders, regardless of residence, are allowed free admission.

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. As one of country music's most promising new stars, Rissi received widespread attention across all media platforms including print features in Ebony, GIANT, Newsweek, Parade, People, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She made numerous national television and radio appearances such as the CBS Early Show, NPR's Tavis Smiley, and Sirius XM's Dr. Maya Angelou's Show on "Oprah & Friends." She has been invited to perform at the White House and the Grand Ole Opry upon numerous occasions. Rissi also made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987 with the release of her debut single, "Country Girl."

Now, with the release of The Back Porch Sessions in May on her new indie label, Baldilocks Records, Rissi is making music from an all new prospective.

"The person who was once looking for love, now has found it and that has changed so much of who I am now -- especially as an artist," explains Rissi. "It's now about finding a new side of me artistically rather than trying to figure out what box to fit in."

Also featured on this show is Singer/Songwriter David G. Smith singer-songwriter who tours nationally but is based out of the Quad Cities area. Smith has written and recorded a 9/11 tribute song, "Angels Flew". He explains that a few years ago he heard about the building of the 9/11 museum and wanted to write a song memorializing the day.

He had heard many stories about that day, but was introduced to a film narrated by Tom Hanks who relays the story of how exits on/off Manhattan Island were shut down when the towers fell stranding 1/2 million people. At that point, as the song says, no one had a handle on what was happening---or if more attack was coming.

Meanwhile, a call went out to maritime travelers for rescue help; an armada of volunteer ferries, private boats, tugs, fireboats, etc spent 9 hours loading survivors off the island. "Angels Flew" is about the volunteers who answered that call.

Smith has a following in Eastern Iowa and the QC area and has appeared locally on NBC's Paula Sands Live, PBS affiliate WQPT's "The Cities" program, and Channel 8 WQAD. David’s music has been played on QC radio stations, NPR affiliate WVIK and former KUUL-FM (now KISS-FM) as well as IPR's KUNI. All three major QC newspapers have interviewed him and written several articles. Smith has also performed sold out shows at the Redstone Room in Davenport. The song “Angels Flew” is posted on the 9/11 Memorial Museum's website located at Ground Zero: Angels Flew . Smith is donating his performance for this show.

Lastly, local Quad Cities Country Band Wild Oatz will open the evening with their contribution.

What: A Salute to First Responders
When: Friday September 11, 2015
Showtime: 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: Col Ballroom, 1012 W. 4th St., Davenport, Iowa
Ticket Details: Free to all First Responders in the QC Area $10 General Admission for the Public, $5.00 for Children under 5.