4th of July Holiday and Upcoming Events - Roberta's Blog

It was a busy holiday weekend – both for the local music scene and for me. Thursday night I stopped first at VanderVeer Park where the Whoozdads were entertaining a boatload of folks for the Davenport Parks department Summer Music Series. Then I headed across the river to Bierstube for Them Som’Bitches with Jenny Lynn Stacy and the Dirty Roosters. I’ve seen Jenny Lynn solo before, but not with a full band. Along with some original music, Jenny Lynn pulled out a Nancy Sinatra hit, performing “These Boots were Made for Walking”. What a classic!

Friday I mixed errands and a birthday treat for my father with some more music. The Blackstones were performing at RME’s Friday Live at 5, with great weather and a band like the Blackstones, the courtyard was crowded with smiling people. The Blackstones played everyone’s favorite covers, and I overheard plenty of great comments about their performance.

The next stop Friday was the River House, where performances are starting at 7 this year instead of 8 PM as in previous years. Friday’s band was Soul Storm. This very large band features three vocalists and a host of top-notch QC musicians, creating a full sound.

I stopped by the Bier Stube Friday to check in on The Blacklights and a new band, Sister Wife. I was hoping to catch Sister Wife before the sun set, as lighting on the Bier Stube courtyard is pretty limited. However, I didn’t realize music was going to start well after sunset, so around 9:30 I headed out – I’ll be looking for another opportunity to catch Sister Wife.

My final stop for the night was Cumberland Square, Bettendorf, where stages and vendors were set up in anticipation of Saturday’s all-day event. In an unusual twist, two bands were going to play alternating sets on the eastern stage Friday night. I caught a little of the Knockoffs set there before heading home, making an early night of it.

On a normal Independence Day, I would leave the house bright and early and not return home until late at night. This last couple of weeks I have had some personal obligations to tend to, and my time wasn’t as free. I did catch the end of the Bettendorf parade – I missed the Metro Youth, which was one reason I went there… ahh, there will be other opportunities.

I did catch a couple of bands at the big Bettendorf Bash – On the west stage near 18th street I saw Spike, and on the east stage Hap Hazard was playing. My time was short, however and I had to scurry off to Rock Island for the Red, White and Boom fireworks. Spike and Hap Hazard both play covers and there were good crowds at each end of Spruce Hills Drive.

Since I had limited time on the holiday to catch shows, I decided to stop by the Dooley’s grand opening for a little while Sunday, catching Cobalt Blue and Electric Shock, with some acoustic fill music by Larry Boyd. Jason Stuart and his Cobalt Blue band have been around forever, with a mix of rock and blues. I haven’t caught their show in a while, and really enjoyed the chance to do so on an outdoor stage. Electric Shock seems to be the hot commodity these days, booking multiple shows on weekends. Their AC/DC tribute is one to catch, if you haven’t already. Larry Boyd plays a mix of cover and original acoustic music, and has a timeless quality.

As I’ve said before, we’re in the middle of a busy summer season, and it just keeps getting better. This weekend is no different, with several large events scheduled all over the area, covering just about every musical taste.

The Doc’s Inn puts on a big party every year during the John Deere Classic, referring to their Banana Ball as the golf classic’s “after party”. You’ll find local and touring acts Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, including local favorites The Dirt Road Rockers and The Funktastic Five, as well as some touring tributes and dance bands.

Saturday marks the inaugural Dawn and On festival, featuring all local bands. You’ll see bands: Patio, Earth Ascending, The Dawn, Dusty Liquor Box, Barstool Boogaloo, The Candymakers, Orangadang and the Low Down (not necessarily in that order). On the banks of the Rock River at Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, admission is FREE! But bring your $$ for merch purchases and donations to make next year’s event bigger and better. I hear they’re scouting out a location that will allow camping and music later in the night.

Freedom Fest is back at 6 Bs campground. This year you’ll see 8 hot and heavy bands there: Battle Red, Kronos Resistor, Apathy Syndrome, Dirty Laundry, AsBigAsAMouse, Eleven Fifty Two, Shadow Stone and Rm 212. This is a camping event and admission is just $5.

And for all you country music fans, head out to the Trucker’s Jamboree today, Friday and Saturday. Locals The Dani Lynn Howe band are playing Saturday, with touring bands every day as well.