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.

Not everyone in the QC was aware of this, but those who subscribe to the Daytrotter newsletters had the opportunity to RSVP to a show at an undisclosed location – only the first 50 to RSVP received the address – and were treated to a private show Sunday by upcoming artist Liza Anne. A storm rolled in, so we all huddled in the garage and enjoyed the acoustic show with the sound of the rain and occasional rumble of thunder providing the background percussion.

On Monday, Rozz-tox was abuzz with the Daytrotter Moeller Mondays show. 3 acts were scheduled, two announced and one “secret” guest, promised to be a Waverly act. The show sold out, and the guest turned out to be Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes. He provided an acoustic version of several songs, including some new songs coming out soon on their new CD – and one so new that no one had heard it outside of Rozz Tox.

Tuesday night has become a big open mic/jam night in the area, with Corey Wallace hosting an open mic at 11th St. Precinct, Steve McFate hosting an acoustic jam at Steve’s Corner Tap, and another open mic at Long Shots in Rock Falls.

Wednesday night The Muddy Waters had a visit from Curtis Hawkins. Though a band bearing his name plays regularly in the Quad Cities, Curtis has become a resident in Colorado. He was home for a visit and scheduled a show with his trio (Ian Johnson and Manny Lopez III). It was good to see them playing together again, and The Muddy Waters was groovin’ to the sound.

Bluesman Mike Zito headlined his first show at the Redstone Room with The Steepwater Band opening on Thursday. Both bands put in great shows, enjoyed by a fair-sized audience for a Thursday night.

Friday night the Redstone room was again the place to be as Earth Ascending, Frank L Sidney’s Western Bandit volunteers and Have Your Cake competed in a Camp Euforia Showcase. All three bands brought their best game, to the delight of the very large turnout. Any one of those bands would put on a great show for Camp Euforia, but only one could win the spot. The winning band was Earth Ascending.

Saturday brought the Farmer’s market, and music at every turn. Acoustic musicians, including Pat Willis and Rich Wilcox, as well as a duo called Pine found places to perform around the market, and folks enjoyed a beautiful day with beautiful music.
Saturday evening, 1st Impression rocked Rascals live with their high-energy party show. A big crowd was in attendance, and folks danced and sang along to their favorites.

The Dawn celebrated Saturday as well with a pre-Summer Camp party at Bent River Rock Island. The music was excellent and people stuck around all night to enjoy the jams.

This week we see more outdoor shows, with River House starting their schedule and a few other patio parties as well as a set of outdoor shows at RIBCO. It is Memorial Day weekend, after all, and that heralds the beginning of the summer music season. Summer Camp is happening in Chillicothe, IL this weekend, and quite a few people will be headed there as well. Codfish Hollow is hosting their first barnstormer of the season, and Colona has their Memorial Day festival planned, with live music and other activities. Though there is rain in the forecast for the end of the weekend, there is still a lot of outdoor music to get out and enjoy.