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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!

My Vacation - a Weekend Away

What a whirlwind week/weekend I had! I took some time off from “local”, but caught some regional acts along with the big names.

My week started Wednesday evening at Codfish Hollow where I saw the Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers. The Felice Brothers opened the show, and I had a front-row spot. However, I made the mistake of leaving my spot during the break and never made it back to the front of the stage for Oberst. It was a sold-out show, and they really packed in close, everyone wanting that front-row experience.

What's Happening? Roberta's Blog

Instead of giving you a run-down on the places I went last week, I thought instead I might give an update on what is coming up this weekend. As before, there is a little of something for everyone.

A Little Promotion - Roberta's Blog

I’ve seen some changes in the QC music scene – the whole music scene, not just one genre or sub-genre – all of our wonderfully diverse and happening scene.

Summer Music Schedules Warming Up - Roberta's Blog

If the past two weekends are any indication, this looks to be a wild summer, full of music and good times for the Quad Cities. Nearly every day there are multiple choices. Even in the middle of the week, you can find live music somewhere. Not only do we have several open-mics and jam sessions, but venues are beginning to book solo/duo acts and even bands on weeknights. The outdoor music season is in full swing as well. On June 4, I headed out to catch some of the music and was only able to visit a couple of shows.

Roberta's Blog - Live Music Every Day

I’ve been saying for a long time now that there is live music to be found somewhere in the Quad Cities every night of the week. Last week was proof of this, as there were must-see shows every night.

Roberta's Blog - Busy is a Good Thing

This weekend was reminiscent of some of the insane music weekends last summer. Maybe it’s the great warm weather we’ve been having – or maybe it was just that there was too much fantastic music being played to be ignored – but in either case, I was really on the run over the weekend. It’s a good thing to be this busy, as that means there is something for everyone.

Roberta's Blog - I've Been Away

I've been away, but not entirely. In case you haven’t noticed, the Roberta’s Blog portion of Local Scene has been a bit quiet these last few weeks. And my crazy schedule of shows has slowed down considerably. The last two weekends I only covered one show each weekend.

I’ve been limited because of an injury. It not only slowed me down, but made typing difficult so I haven’t been able to write as much as I used to. In fact the first week, just getting the calendar listing up took almost my whole week.