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Gilda’s Club Benefit Concert with The Spazmatics

September 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Gilda’s Club Benefit Concert with The SpazmaticsThe Rust Belt | East Moline, IL
Saturday, September 16th
Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is a nonprofit organization providing free support and resources for individuals, families, and children affected by cancer.
The mission of Gilda’s Club is to uplift and strengthen people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering communities, and breaking down barriers to care. We offer workshops, professionally-led support groups, healthy lifestyle activities, and social events — all provided at no charge — for men, women, and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Our program is designed to help people with any cancer and their friends and family deal with the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges of cancer.
Red Door Ride
The Red Door Ride, formerly known as the QC Awareness Ride, is in its 16th year.
The Red Door Ride is a scenic 3.5-hour, 150-mile ride along the North Iowa side and then down the South Illinois side of the Mississippi River. There are four stops along the way to get the chance to win giveaways from our sponsors that benefit riders. The ride ends at The Rust Belt where there will be an after-event concert with the Spazmatics performing. Tickets are included with Ride registration. Visit RedDoorRide.Com for more information.
The Spazmatics
In the spring of 1983, physics professor Louis Stigwood of Shermer High School in Shermer, IL, lost a debate over String Theory to an upstart pupil in front of the entire student body and faculty. As agreed to by both parties, the loser would have to do anything that the winner demanded, and the victorious prodigy demanded that Mr. Stigwood perform “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby during half-time at an upcoming state basketball championship game.
Having no musical background and desperate to not go down in total humiliation, Professor Stigwood tapped the genius of electronics teacher Eugene MeeGene, who had achieved international acclaim in 1981 for his invention of “robot” drums. When MeeGene (who was also the girls water polo coach at Shermer High) explained that most of the music could be generated by computers, and that all he needed was a couple of decent musicians to fill in the holes, Stigwood was ecstatic. To round out the lineup, Stigwood brought in Subway sandwich artist, Gilbert on bass, and ping-pong champion ages 9-12, Clarke on guitar.
When the group took center court that evening, members of the hip elite began heckling them with jibes of “geek” and “nerd,” while everyone else howled with laughter. But once they broke into the opening salvo of “Science,” the nonbelievers were stunned by the group’s authenticity of production, world class musicianship, and tight choreography. The performance came to a climax when Stigwood grabbed one of the cheerleaders and began doing the “Belinda” up and down the court with her in tow. When it was all over, the crowd rose in a standing ovation, and the Spazmatics were born.
From the creators of the World Famous Afrodisiacs comes the Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980’s decade we’d love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses, the Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. So tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999; only it’s not!


September 16, 2023
6:00 pm


The Rust Belt
533 12th Ave
East Moline, Illinois 61244 United States
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