Big Things Happening at RME

Tyson Danner, new Executive Director of the RME

The River Music Experience has named Tyson Danner as its new Executive Director. The nonprofit music organization has provided educational programs and concerts in its downtown Davenport location since 2004. To honor 15 years of serving the music community of the Quad Cities, RME will kick off a 15 day fundraising campaign.

QC Beats Launches February 8th

DAVENPORT 1/17/19 - The first round of 15 artists were selected for the QC artist focused streaming platform, QC Beats, built by the Davenport Public Library, River Music Experience, & St. Ambrose University. To celebrate the official launch of the website on Friday, February 8th, there will be a party in the RME's Redstone Room starting at 7pm featuring some of the selected artists.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" Evokes Emotions

From the looks of my newsfeed the past couple of days, I would say a high percentage of the people I know found their way to a movie theater to catch Bohemian Rhapsody. For those of you who haven’t, I offer my reflections. I’ve read a few of the reviews. Most of them say this movie falls short of its goal. I am happy to report that I don’t feel that way. I think those critics might just misunderstand the intention of the movie.

River City Throwdown 2018

Sam Koester is gearing up for his 4th year of River City Throwdown, a day of music dedicated to the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. “The decision to get the shelter in involved came from both growing up in a house that had domestic violence in it and wanting to make it about something bigger than ourselves," says Koester. “Music can do amazing things and two of the best things it can do is help heal and bring people from all kinds of walks of life together.“

Local Music I Appreciate: Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Dirty Roosters - Suzy Q

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.
It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Local Music I Appreciate: Heavyweight - self titled.

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.
It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Navigating the Music of Alternating Currents

The schedule for the upcoming Alternating Currents festival might seem daunting. Here’s a breakdown that will hopefully help anyone who might be confused. The live music portion of Alternating Currents is spread out across four days and 14 venues.

Hinterland Music Festival Details

ST. CHARLES, Iowa. (July 27, 2018) — More than 20,000 music and camping lovers from 41 states and 3 countries are expected for the fourth annual Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles, Iowa, on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Local Music I Appreciate: The Velies (Caught In Places)

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.

It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Local Music I Appreciate: Avey Grouws Band (Road to Memphis)

There is this "thing" going around Facebook where the poster shares an album that influenced their life (or their music, as many I have seen posting are musicians). Then I noticed a couple of musicians began posting the work of local musicians they appreciate. That is definitely more my speed!

Instead of just posting those local band albums and EPs to Facebook, I decided to add them on my blog page - to share in a more permanent location so people can come back to them if needed. I know how fast that Facebook feed gets away.

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