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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.

Roberta's Blog - 4th of July in the QCA

You say you’re looking for something to do this long 4th of July weekend? There is so much happening in the live music scene, there is something for every taste in music. Check it out!

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Roberta's Blog - Anniversary blow-out and more

Last week was full of music, fun and a few surprises. Let me tell you…

Roberta's Blog: Busy Summer Days

There has been so much to do lately, what with the anniversary articles for the RME and The Muddy Waters plus all of the CD Releases that I’ve been a bit lax on writing about where I have been and what I have seen. I’ve been keeping up a pretty good pace these last weeks, including some open mic/jam sessions and a few weeknight shows. I have two memory cards full of photos from the last 2 weeks, and I still have photos on my hard drive to edit as well.

Roberta's Blog - River Music Experience - 10 Years of Support

The RME article has been the longest informational piece I have done to date. There was so much to write about – The River Music Experience is a multi-faceted organization. It isn’t just the Redstone Room, it isn’t just a museum. Heck it isn’t just a building! While gathering the information on this organization – getting the facts checked and checked again – my admiration for the staff just kept growing. The core staff – Kell, Dale, Benson and Carter- are some of the most dedicated and enthusiastic people I’ve ever met.

Four years and a goodbye?

Word has begun to spread that Hal and Kristy have listed The Muddy Waters for sale. While I wanted the article ( ) to be about the anniversary, I knew about the listing and also wanted to give them an opportunity to speak about it. The way Hal sees it, if you wanted to be in the bar business this is the place to be. They’re burned out on the bar business.

Quad City Roots 8-22-12

There were some new faces at the Thursday night jam session at The Muddy Waters – a funk trio with a cool sound and long-time local drummer Don O’Dette. Powerful artist Joshua “Slim” Kane dropped by to play and sing a few songs. And Randall Ketelson rocked the stage with his own style. This Thursday, The Muddy Waters has a special feature show, so there will be no Jam. But be sure to jam with us again next week.

Reggae and a Reunion 8-16-12

There was so much to do and see in the Quad-Cities this weekend that I couldn’t possibly take it all in. So… I didn’t even try. I had grand ideas of all the places I would go, but when it came down to it – even I have my limits. I took a swing through Ya Maka My Weekend Friday night, with a stop in the Village of East Davenport on the way home. Saturday it was a River Music Experience night, with an awesome reunion concert and an opening band that was on my “need to see” list.

Ya Maka My Weekend

The Pace Picks Up - Live Music in the QC

This week we saw the first of the outdoor shows - though it turned a bit chilly. There are a couple of new bands listed in the blog today and a return to jam sessions.