Along with peers like Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The New Deal, Los Angeles-based band Particle is one of the bands responsible for fusing elements of rock, jazz and funk along with electronica elements to create a unique style of music that has been dubbed livetronica. Founded in 2000, the group would build a name and a strong fan base for itself before entering the studio to record its debut album, Launchpad, in 2004. Known primarily as a live band, Particle concerts typically feature extended instrumental solos and vast jams that find the group dipping in and out of musical styles and straddling the genre gamut.
Serving the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra performs around two dozen classical, opera and pops shows a year. The orchestra's roots can be traced as far back as the early 1900s, but it wasn't until 1974 that it took its current name and began to develop yearly programs. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is comprised of a large number of players that includes sixty or so contracted performers and a number of substitute ones. Its commitment to performing both classic and modern works has kept it one of the Midwest's most respected orchestras for over three decades now.