2017 Dawn and On Festival

Dawn and On Festival 2017

Dawn and On is a one-day festival held outside on the banks of the Rock River at the beautiful Len Brown's North Shore Inn & Marina in Moline, IL.. This is the Festival's third year, begun in 2015 as an all-local festival. It has grown to include regional touring bands, and is a very popular local fest.

In addition to to a full-day of music on the river, Dawn and On will feature local food and craft vendors, a full bar including local craft beer and surprises throughout the day.

12:00 Ellis Kell Winter Blues All-Stars

Close your eyes....sit back...and enjoy the music! This group is an 'all kids' River Music Experience band and they sound (and act) like seasoned professionals. Assembled by Bret Dale, Hal Reed other talented instructors at RME's 2016-2017 Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp, theirMojo is working!

1:00 The Velies

The Velies is a band based in the Quad Cities, USA featuring local music veterans Tom Swanson, Mo Carter, Marty Reyhons, and Aaron Jorgenson. The band writes, records, and performs introspective original music. They rely on the organic sound of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, and drums, as the bed for rustic vocal harmonies, creating bittersweet meandering songs with urgent undercurrents. Swanson and Carter share lead vocal duties while all members lend supporting roles in that department, often intertwining parts.

2:00 Earth Ascending

Earth Ascending is an original band that brings a unique groove to their progressive style of rock. Developing in 2014 at a local open jam, EA started to bust out at the local venues and has been an up and coming ensemble in the prolific music scene of the Quad Citites.
Earth Ascending is:
Dan Kelly on Keyboards
Luke Thiele on Guitar
Zac Tatum on Drums
Leland Chasey on Bass

3:00 Flash in a Pan

A collective of Iowa City musicians have teamed up to ramble every where from street corners to red carpet events. Founded in 2012, named on the assumption that the band would play two shows and dissolve; the band is currently in it's fifth year of playing all over the Midwest, having recently release their first studio album Off The Rails (2017). Off The Rails was recorded in December of 2016 at Flat Black Studios by engineer Luke Tweedy.

4:00 J. E. Sunde

J.E. Sunde is a singer songwriter and composer in Minneapolis. An Indie folk guitarist and vocalist, Sunde performs as a solo musician and with a band.

"J.E. Sunde’s music brings about the finest folk comparisons whether it’s classic or contemporary artists. With the charm of Van Morrison and the conviction of Frank Turner, J.E. Sunde is an undeniable folk force"

5:00 Chicago Farmer

"It's apparent that Chicago Farmer has a refreshingly firm grip on where he comes from. The songs are covered to the elbows in dirt from the fields and smell of the sweaty factory floors. If the Midwest is looking for a voice, the search is over." -No Depression

6:00 Miles over Mountains

Miles Over Mountains is a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL. Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style.

"A four-piece act consisting of guitar, banjo, mandolin, and upright bass MoM provides the listener with a paradoxical calming, yet exciting experience." - Andrew Preissing - liveforlivemusic

7:00 The Candymakers

The Candymakers are a Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and,funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, gospel influenced female back-up vocals and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage.

8:00 Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings. Recent years have seen The Rusted Hearts sharing stages with similar artists including Dr. Dog and Rhett Miller to extensive fanfare and acclaim.

9:15 Old Shoe

Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n' Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

10:30 The Dawn

For over 10 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band "The Dawn" has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest. From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.