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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.

Heartfelt Thanks!

Where to begin? The benefit went extremely well for a first time endeavor and we have a little over $1100 for the charity. I want to thank all the musicians who took time out on a Saturday night to play without pay for the great cause of music education. The Davenport Schools Foundation's endowment provides a foundation in YOUNG children to encourage them to find joy in music. We're getting them started along a path - they are the next generation of musicians.

Whirlwind Tour - Roberta's Blog 4-17-14

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least. Between preparing for the Music Education FUNdraiser, attending shows, writing and keeping up with photo editing, my plate has been overflowing lately.

Roberta's Blog - Update on the Music Education Benefit

The bands are lined up and ready to roll. Here’s our planned schedule (which is subject to change…)
The Winter Blues All-Stars - 5:30 PM

KAB – 6:10 PM

The Effie Afton – 7 PM

The Mercury Brothers – 8 PM

Cody Road – 9 PM

The Mississippi Misfits – 10 PM

Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band – 11 PM

All-star Jam Midnight until 1 AM

Second stage –

Chuck Murphy at 5:50 and 6:30

Maureen Carter at 7:40 and 8:40

SillyC Cecali at 9:40 and 10:40

Roberta's Blog - Big Things Happening in the QC 3-27-14

This was one of those weekends where I wished I could be in 3 or 4 places at once. After a rough work week, I took it easy Friday night and attended only one show, but Saturday night proved to be a challenge.

Friday night I checked in with the Zach Harris Band at RIBCO. This newer project includes Candymakers’ members Nick Vasquez (keyboards) and Randy Leasman (bass), with LC Johnson on drums and Zach Harris on guitar and lead vocals. Formerly known as The Bromigos, The Zach Harris Band mixes it up with a little blues, some funk and classic rock.

Roberta's Blog - A Full Week of Music

Wow! Last week was full of music.

Rozz-tox had a great lineup on Tuesday that I wasn’t about to miss. Promised Land Sound, The Lonely Wild and The Apache Relay gave us three full sets of amazing music. Though people trickled in all evening, none of the sets was played to a sparse audience. By the time The Apache Relay started, the whole café was packed.

Roberta's Blog - Local Musicians raising money for Local Music Education

It has come to my attention that there are a lot of people who still don’t know that Local Scene Magazine is hosting a benefit for Music Education in April. Perhaps I haven’t done enough to spread the word.

Details are still being worked out – so I haven’t put all of the information out there yet, but here’s what I can tell you so far:

Ernie Peniston with Washboard Jo

Last weekend, The Muddy Waters hosted a reunion show. The full Ernie Peniston band came together for one night in Bettendorf, Iowa. Along with the reunion, a former local musician returned for a visit and to join in the festivities. Washboard Jo Burke paid us a visit and decided to stay around for a while.