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Roberta's Blog - September, what a Ride!

I’ve been a bit absent from the blog for a couple of weeks, but I’m sure you know I haven’t been ignoring the local music scene.

I’ve seen local bands in spots around the QCA and I’ve seen touring bands in our local venues. I’ve also taken some time out for a couple of special events and some personal things.

Roberta's Blog - Supporting Local Musicians

This week, instead of a blog post telling where I went last weekend, I would like to talk to you about a couple of events coming up this month in our music community.

The first is happening this Sunday, September 14, at Geezer's in West Davenport. This is the second annual memorial jam for Joe Pena. Over the past week, I've had the opportunity to visit with John Pena about the jam he's arranged in memory of his late brother, Joe.

Roberta's Blog - a Long Weekend of Music

Labor Day weekend just kept giving and giving…
Friday evening when I arrived at 2nd and Main I could hear Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band in full swing. It was a beautiful evening and the courtyard at the RME was packed. Labor Day weekend was starting off on a great note. Or several. For those not in the know, Jason Carl and crew have a lively sound, playing a mix of rock originals and classic covers.

Roberta's Blog - Come On Out, the Music's Fine!

I can hardly believe that Labor Day weekend is upon us. Where did the summer go? The kids are back in school and outdoor schedules are starting to slow down. It’s Hatch Pepper roasting/Grape picking/apple picking time. We still have a few outdoor festivals left, so take advantage of the warm weather while you can and enjoy the live music that goes with it.

Last weekend I made the rounds. I said I was slowing down – I only hit 3 shows each day Friday and Saturday, and started early/finished late. That’s slowing down, right?

Roberta's Blog - New Music and a Festival

Sometimes the things we would like to do get sidetracked for one reason or another. Such was the case last weekend. But sidetracked isn’t always a bad thing – and I needed a new perspective anyway.

Roberta's Blog: Non-Stop Music

It’s Friday! The last week and a half has been a busy one, and another big weekend is approaching. Since my last blog post, I’ve been to two amazing shows at Codfish Hollow, a benefit, a musical birthday party, a sold-out RME show and a send-off jam that was off the charts.

Slow Down and Enjoy the Music - Roberta's Blog

After several weeks of chasing after festivals, this past weekend was an opportunity to slow down a bit and enjoy the music. Not that I don’t enjoy festivals. I have learned though, that festivals are a lot of work for photographers who want to provide quality photos. I always have taken a large number of photos, but the last few festival weekends have really taxed my memory cards (and my plethora of hard drives). It also means more time spent sorting and editing.

Roberta's Blog - Summer Weekends with Friends

In the Quad-city area we have some venues that have become well-known to touring bands, and have become a destination of choice for up-and-coming bands. Places like Codfish Hollow, Rozz-tox, The River Music Experience and RIBCO have hosted regional and national bands, as well as bands brought here by Mr. Daytrotter, Sean Moeller.

Roberta's Blog - Festivals and Pleasant Surprises

I might have overdone it a bit over the 4th of July weekend. Between Blues Fest, Codfish Hollow, a wedding, a private shoot and a couple of local shows, I completely blew all of my hard drive space, and didn’t have enough time to process half of those photos before another festival was upon me. The weekend looked to be a full one, with plenty of great music. And it was – with a twist. Read on…

Roberta's Blog - Four Days of Music

It was a fantastic 4th of July holiday! There was live music to be found in so many places. My own musical experience began Wednesday evening at The Muddy Waters with the 44s for the pre-fest bash. It was a great way to warm up the Quad Cities for the 30th annual Blues Festival. And on Sunday, the holiday ended right back at The Muddy Waters with the Candymakers and the Zach Harris Band for a Blues Fest wrap-up party.

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