River City Throwdown 2018

Sam Koester is gearing up for his 4th year of River City Throwdown, a day of music dedicated to the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. “The decision to get the shelter in involved came from both growing up in a house that had domestic violence in it and wanting to make it about something bigger than ourselves," says Koester. “Music can do amazing things and two of the best things it can do is help heal and bring people from all kinds of walks of life together.“

The event owes its roots to Koester’s idea to do a show Muscatine like he did in high school. Growing up in Muscatine, local bands would do shows, but never really on the level that he witnessed happening in the QC when he moved there in 1998. He saw an opportunity to do a show that would introduce the Muscatine area to new bands, and bring bands to Muscatine.

There was just that one Showdown planned, but after talks with some bands that didn't get to play that first year it was shocking to hear how domestic violence was part of their lives as well and how much of that fueled their song writing. At that point, he felt the need to continue with the show and helping the shelter every year.

On Sept. 29th, the place to be might just be Pearl City Station in Muscatine, IA. Over the course of 12 hours, twenty bands will play on 2 stages for one important cause. For $10, you can see live performances by rock, country, hip hop and hardcore bands all in one location.
Headlining this year’s event: William Elliott Whitmore, and Iowa Indie Blue grass artist, currently with Bloodshot Records. You may have seen Whitmore in the QC at the first Daytrotter Downs (or for years at places like RIBCO). Or maybe you caught his set at Codfish Hollow or one of many music festivals. He’ll be featured on Thursday September 27th on “Last Call with Carson Daly” – well, make that Friday morning. Last Call airs on KWQC at 12:30 AM.

Also catch Mark Rose, formerly of Spitalfield. Celebrating 15 years of their Victory Records debut "Remember Right Now", and fresh off a set with the band at Riot Fest. Mark will perform a solo acoustic set playing selections from "Remember Right Now".
The rest of the lineup is pretty impressive as well, including many locals as well as touring bands. The schedule is fast-moving and these folks make fast set changes.

12:00 /12:30 - Stepping Stones – Indy Mathcore (QCA)
12:35/01:05 – Pure You – Indie Pop from Cedar Rapids
01:10/01:40 – Chase SyWassink – Solo Acoustic
01:45/02:15 – SoulTru – Hip Hop/Soul (IA)
02:20/02:50 – Everlasting Light – Doom/post-metal heavy sad stuff (QC)
02:55/03:25 – Leather Parachute – Rock (IA/IL)
03:30/04:00 – Jenny Lynn Stacy and the Dirty Roosters – old time country punk meets bluegrass (QC)
04:05/04:35 – Faces Turn Ashen – Indy/punk (IA)
04:40/05:10 – Rezinator – Sludge groove (QC)
05:15/05:45 – Burn Eternal - New QC Metalcore
05:50/06:20 – Common Choir – Hardcore/Punk (MN)
06:25/06:55 – Mark Rose
07:00/07:30 – Downhearted – Punk/Hardcore (NE)
07:35/08:05 – Manhattan Blockade – Burlington Rawk (IA)
08:10/08:40 – Still Standing – Hardcore (QCA)
08:45/09:15 – Barricades – Melodic Hardcore (IN)
09:20/09:50 – HeavyWeight – Muscatine South Rock (IA)
09:55/10:25 – Aseethe – Doom Metal (IA)
10:30/11:00 – Condor and Jaybird – psychedelic rock (QC)
11:05/ END - William Elliot Whitmore

Vintage Sound 93.1 FM has donated 4 pair of tickets to the October 3 Primus concert in Davenport. These will be raffled before William Elliot Whitmore’s set.

This is an all ages event, and 10 and under are free. There is little down time between bands, but if you get hungry during the 12-hour event, there will be food vendors set up so attendees don’t have to leave. Look for Grillzilla and More, The Burrito Factory, and Yacky Shack for your dining needs.
And remember – No Alcohol Allowed!

attached: Show Flyer and list of requested items from the shelter.