Tuesday, March 25, 2014


}Morrison-based rock n' roll band 30 WEST to open the night of '80s, '90s rock and hip hop music

On Friday, April 18, the Historic Dixon Theatre will be the site of an epic Throwback Night featuring the greatest Old School Hip Hop Tribute Band in the world -- Too White Crew.

The band is a self-described "tribute to the golden era of hip hop, featuring all-live music (no tracks) from a six piece band, accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers. It’s a party band – it’s a show – it’s art – it’s madness on stage — all packaged in an unprecedented way."

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said that they are excited to bring this show to the Dixon Theatre stage.

"One of our goals is to bring a variety genres and flavors to the Dixon Theatre stage," Albrecht said. "The great thing about Too White Crew is that they are more than a musical group, they are a full-fledge choreographed show. This will be an experience-show on par with other acts that we have featured like Here Come the Mummies."

Too White Crew features music from classic groups like Sugar Hill Gang, the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, TLC, Salt-n-Pepper, Snoop Dog, and many more.

They have sold out shows at places like the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills (and is "The Playboy Mansion's Favorite Band"), the Luxor in Las Vegas and at clubs throughout the country.  TWC has also opened for old school artists such as the Digital Underground, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock...as well as new school artists like Lil Jon, Jason Derulo, the New Boyz and Big Sean.   Too White Crew has even been described as "the hip hop cover band for people who don't even like hip hop."

Opening the night will be local rock band 30 West. Hailing from Morrison, IL, 30 West covers the past four decades of rock. Originally formed in 2005, 30 West has undergone lineup changes with the core remaining sibling guitarists Mike and Chris Mills. All current members have been a part of other musical projects prior to joining forces in 2012. They bring energy to the stage and are committed to entertaining their audience.

"Obviously the best way to kick-off a throwback night at the theatre is by having a rock band come and blow the roof off the place," Albrecht said. "30 West will have the kind of energy that sets the tone for a night to remember."

The party starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Val's Place will provide bar service throughout the night at the theatre and the theatre will operate their concessions stand.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Trein's Jewelry, Venier Jewelers, and online at www.dixontheatre.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DMS/Riverfront Events and Marketing Coordinator Job Posting

DMS/Riverfront Events and Marketing Coordinator Job Posting

Dixon Main Street is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual to spearhead the planning and execution of marketing, sales, and promotional activities, consistent with the goals and objectives of the organization. The Marketing and Events Coordinator will report to the Executive Director of Dixon Main Street. Primary responsibilities will be the promotion of Riverfront and Downtown Activities, sales of amenities and sponsorships, and community and public relations. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Josh Albrecht at mainst@grics.net or Dixon Main Street, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, IL 61021. Deadline to apply is March 28.

Qualifications & Job Requirements
  • Ability to get along with a broad customer base.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in sales and marketing.
  • Experience in event planning.
  • Bachelor's Degree or 5 years experience in marketing, event planning, or related field.
  • Ability to lift 30lbs and help with event set-up and clean-up
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of the marketing plan; also maintains routine updates of the marketing plan.
  • Coordination of weddings and special events on the Riverfront, along with events that take place within the downtown.
  • Sales of sponsorships, amenities and other Riverfront related activities.
  • Professionally promote the organization to attract new sponsors and volunteers.
  • Contact customers using mailing lists, tickler files and personal follow-up to encourage additional sales, maintain customer relationship, and ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Work Riverfront and DMS events, and represent DMS/Riverfront at public events.
  • Coordinate DMS/Riverfront office activities as needed.
  • Handle customer complaints reasonably, showing empathy and a positive attitude, and demonstrate our commitment to “Make Things Right”.
  • Conduct market research activities and analysis and establishes data management to improve the  marketing efforts.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the marketing, advertising, and public relations activities.
  • Organize community events for DMS and the Riverfront.
  • Develop and manage annual marketing budgets, regularly monitors expenditures, and prepares summary assessments and reports.
  • Monitor and analyze marketing promotion results to determine effectiveness of each promotion campaign.
  • Direct and coordinate production of advertising and promotional spot announcements, press releases, and direct mailings to customers.
  • Create, review and/or oversee television and radio spots, newspaper, magazine advertising, and other promotional publications as needed.
  • Write and edit promotional and informational materials, such as press releases, brochures, and newspaper and magazine advertisements.
  • Authorize information for publication, such as interviews with reporters.
  • Manage social media and online presence of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Treat all volunteers and customers fairly, courteously, and with dignity.
  • Be prompt and available for flexible scheduling.
  • Be honest and fair in all business dealings.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Moment News & Notes

Streetscape Informational Sessions Planend
Please join us for a second informational meeting on the Downtown Dixon Streetscape Project on March 5 from 4-6 p.m..  The project consists of new curb and gutter, sidewalk, pavement, and lighting in the downtown business district.  This informational meeting will be utilized to update the public of the status of the Downtown Streetscape Project and discuss the preliminary staging and traffic control planned for the project.   

In addition to the March 5 meeting, Dixon Main Street will host two additional informational sessions on the streetscape. On Tuesday, March 4, the project will be the subject at the monthly Shop Talk Merchant's Meeting from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Books on First.

And, the March Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, March 19 also will be on the Streetscape Project. The informational luncheon will focus on the planning and staging of the project. The Lunch and Learn includes a $3 lunch as part of the program at the Post House Ballroom in downtown Dixon.

March Second Saturdays
First up on the calendar is the March 8 Second Saturdays event. With the weather a bit warmer now is a great time to head downtown for a great night out. There is live music every weekend in downtown Dixon and lots of great art and food to be consumed.

Shamrock Club's Annual Parade & Party
On March 15, it is the annual Rock River Valley Shamrock Club St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party in Downtown Dixon. The annual  Parade & Party starts with the Parade line-up at 1:30 at Dixon High School with a start time of 3 p.m. Following the parade, the party begins at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The usual 50/50 tickets will be available along with silent auctions and raffles that help fund the local food pantry and the party. The best corned beef dinner in town, prepared by the Knights, will be available for purchase as well. Music this year will start at 5 p.m. and will be by the Irish Band “Reilly” from Milwaukee.

Founders Day presented by BorgWarner
On April 11, you can join us for the annual Founders' Day Celebration sponsored by BorgWarner. This year's celebration will be a luncheon event at the Loveland Community House starting at 11:30 a.m. A program on the early physicians in Dixon and the starting of KSB Hospital will be held starting at 12 p.m. We will also honor this year's Langan Award winner for the most outstanding local historian, and the McAlpine Award winner for reinvestment in a downtown building. During the event, you can take in the wonderful Loveland Community House and see the great changes they have made to the facility this past year. New art is hanging up around the house and the museum has several updates, as well. Lunch is $5, but admission to the event and the Loveland Community House is free. Sponsored by Borg Warner, KSB Hospital, Sauk Valley Bank,

City-Wide Garage Sales
The Annual Dixon Community-wide Garage Sales are set for April 25-26. Deadline to sign up for the sales is April 18. Cost to register a sale is $20 and includes a listing and a description of the sale. The Sales will be distributed through the Telegraph newspaper and at select businesses the week of the sale, along with online at www.dixonmainstreet.com and www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet. The garage sales will be held rain or shine. More than 50 sales are  held each year during this weekend. Registration forms are available at Roxies, Waterfront Gifts, and Books on First. Forms are also available online at www.dixonmainstreet.com. Stay up to date with the latest events and programs in Dixon at our Dixon Main Street Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.