Roberta's blog

Taking It Easy 8-9-12

Although it was not a slow week in the local music scene, Roberta slowed down and took it easy this week. After running all over the Mississippi Valley Fair Thursday, I made it to my weekly John O’Meara Jam date at The Muddy Waters. It was a short night for me though, as a day in the sun sapped most of my energy.
I’ve been taking fewer photos the last couple of weeks at Jam night, and haven’t posted any of them either. I’ll be doing some “make-up” posting in my Flickr page soon. Some nights the music is just so good I forget there's a camera in my hands!

Fair! 8-8-12

I spent an entire day at the Mississippi Valley Fair last week. I didn’t buy a Fun card this year, though I highly recommend it as a great value. I knew I wasn’t going to be going every night, so I planned on just one day and to fit as much as I could into that day.

Funny though it may seem now, it turns out the day I chose for my fair day was also senior day. The good news? Unlike McDonald’s, the MVF doesn’t consider anyone under 60 to be a senior. McDonald’s informed me recently I qualify for senior discounts. Go figure…

Live Music for the Heart

Valentine's Day weekend was just another weekend in the life of the music blogger...

I had not been to the Muddy’s jam in a bit, so Thursday night I stopped in. I saw a few new faces, and a few more familiar faces. I managed to snap a few photos before I headed home for the evening. When I arrived, things were in full swing. Not long after I got there, Don Gustafson stepped up to play bass with a collection of musicians. Zach Harris showed up, and joined the last set before the end of the night.

Live Music Street Fest Style 8-1-12

Now that the Bix7 race and the Bix Biederbeck Memorial Jazz Festival have seemingly gone their separate ways – Quad citizens get two weekends of music and no longer have to choose between Jazz and the bands of the Street Fest. Along with the Wells Fargo Street Fest, several downtown Davenport bars have joined in the fun, adding their own outdoor parties to the mix. This year along with the Shenanigans/Macs/Kilkenny’s party, Barrel House 211 tossed in a bash, and newcomer Davinci’s joined the fray. There was live music everywhere!

Influence Revisited - 7/26/12

A while back I wrote a blog post about influence – and how things we say and do often influence when we least expect it. I actually had a few people in mind when I wrote that.

I Need a Clone for All This Live Music 7-25-12

Sometimes I wish I could be in two places at once. Or three or four even. This weekend was one of those times. Yes, that was pretty much the story for the entire weekend. Of course, I started Thursday night at The Muddy Waters. Things started off slow, but were heating up really well about the time I needed to head for home. Most of the usual characters were there – and we were dancing in the aisles by 11 PM.

Cool Blues on a Warm Night 7-19-13

Hot is a relative term. I love warm summer nights – and I love cool blues. That is a good part of why I really enjoyed Blues Fest a couple of weeks ago. But in the Quad-Cities, it isn’t necessary to limit your blues listening to one weekend a year. Every Thursday night there’s a blues jam at The Muddy Waters. Yes, sometimes musicians who don’t play blues get up and play too, but the majority of the Thursday night Johnny O. Jam is blues. And the Muddy Waters provides us with blues entertainers on other nights too. This week I checked out the Friday night show… more on that later.

Of Tech And Music - The Blog is Back!!

The blog is back! Well, sort of. I’ve decided that some of what I do is still best expressed in blog posts. Local Scene will continue to work as it is, with interviews and articles, the A-to-Z band and solo act listings and the calendar. I’m just adding my blog as an occasional piece. I’ve been working on a way to get the original blog posts transferred over to the new site. In the amount of time I’ve put into that, I probably could have re-written 2 years’ worth of blog!

An Abundance of Live Music! 7-12-12

This week’s blog is going to start with July 3rd. Tuesday! This is what happens when Independence Day falls on Wednesday. There were fireworks in nearly every community over the 3rd and 4th. And nearly every celebration had some sort of music as part of the festivities. I limited my wanderings those two days – as much as I would have liked, I just couldn’t be everywhere at once. And fireworks mean crowds. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to sing with Lee Blackmon at Camden Park in Milan. Sadly, I don’t have photographs, as I was too busy singing.

Blues... And A Little More Than Live Music

Yes, last weekend was Blues Fest… and yes, I was there most of the weekend. Except I attended musical at the District Theatre on Friday and left early on Saturday to hang out in Muscatine with 1st Impression.