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Ellis Kell - Inspired and Inspirational

Moondance 2015 - winner of the John O'Meara bass
Playing with the Whoozdads summer 2015

I set out this morning to write an article about fundraising efforts for my friend Ellis. I wanted to promote the GoFundMe fundraiser and the Jam for Ellis. Not five minutes after I sat down, I noticed a single post on my social media that gave me a chill. Thirty minutes later, my worst fears were confirmed by an update from the family. Today we lost Ellis Kell.

A New Perspective

You may have noticed Local Scene has been a bit quiet in regards to articles these last few months. I’ve been busy with a new day job that has, at times, been overwhelming. (In a good way, I might add). There have also been some things going on with my family that have required my attention. With any luck, things will level out soon, and I’ll be putting those articles together again. Of course, I’m always looking for people with a love for our local music scene who are willing to write about it.

One Hundred Twenty - Roberta's Blog

One hundred twenty.
That’s a nice round number, isn’t it? It is the number of bands I photographed locally between June 1, 2016 and August 30, 2016. Locally… that includes the local bands at Dawn and On, Blues Fest, River Roots Live, and Bix Street Fest. It doesn’t include any bands from Codfish Hollow (although I consider that a Quad Cities venue – we’ll claim Maquoketa, right?) or Hinterland Festival in Des Moines. I haven’t looked at a total number for the summer. My interest in putting together a number was local bands and venues…

Festival Season is Here! Roberta's Blog

Festival Season is in full swing. There are so many regional music festivals, it would be difficult for one person to attend them all. I thought now would be a good time to talk about some of our tremendous regional music festivals. Maybe you’ll find one that interests you! The following list covers festivals up until the end of July. I’m still waiting on information for a few events in August and September, and will post those soon!

June 18: Fulton Blue Grass Festival

Local Musicians Supporting Kids - Roberta's Blog

It's that time of year. We're gearing up for the Local Bands for Music Education fundraiser. This year, twenty bands and solo acts, an army of volunteers, the QC comedy community and hopefully a whole lot of Quad-citians will be taking over the River Music Experience to raise money on behalf of the elementary music programs at the East Moline school district.

Making a Scene for the Scene

How often do I say this – the Quad Cities’ Music Scene is vibrant and alive. In the past few weeks I have experienced some of the best music I have heard right here in the Quad Cities. I’m not talking about shows at the iWireless or the great touring bands and artists we saw at Daytrotter, or the touring bands and artists I’ve seen at places like Codfish Hollow. I’m talking about our local music scene.

Christmas Wishes

I know I say this often, but I feel I must continue to say it until everyone within earshot (and then some) believes me. The Quad-cities has a very diverse and vibrant music scene full of caring individuals who not only want to play their music, but choose great causes to get behind and do so in droves. This year I have seen even more bands seeking out causes to support, rather than causes looking for bands to bolster their fundraising efforts. I commend you all for this. I'm honored and humbled to be allowed to work with such high-minded people.

So Much Music - Roberta's Blog

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. Life has a way of making us so busy sometimes, some things just slip out of our grasp. So it has been for me for the last couple of months. Hopefully, things are settling and I will have more time for writing again!

Festivals Come, Festivals Go - Roberta's Blog

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say that our local live music scene here in the Quad Cities is even more exciting than ever before. Although summer tends to be busy, it feels busier than in past years. I’m seeing more weeknight shows on my radar than in previous years – take a look at our calendar sometime and see how many choices you have – even on week nights. Every time a venue adds live entertainment on a weeknight, it strengthens our scene just that much more.

4th of July Holiday and Upcoming Events - Roberta's Blog

It was a busy holiday weekend – both for the local music scene and for me. Thursday night I stopped first at VanderVeer Park where the Whoozdads were entertaining a boatload of folks for the Davenport Parks department Summer Music Series. Then I headed across the river to Bierstube for Them Som’Bitches with Jenny Lynn Stacy and the Dirty Roosters. I’ve seen Jenny Lynn solo before, but not with a full band. Along with some original music, Jenny Lynn pulled out a Nancy Sinatra hit, performing “These Boots were Made for Walking”. What a classic!