River Music Experience Announces 2015 Annual Appeal

Goal to Raise $62,500

DAVENPORT, IOWA - River Music Experience (RME), is kicking off their 2015 Annual Appeal. RME is a non-profit, mission-based organization focused on exposing Quad Cities area residents and visitors to all aspects of music through unique music-education programs and diverse live-music performances. All funds raised during the campaign benefit music education programs and offset the costs of bringing in live music acts.

Hope for Hannah

When we learn of a benefit/fundraiser, we do our best to pass the word along. Hope for Hannah is this Friday evening. If you have a little time, stop by, listen to some QC local bands and make a donation, enter a raffle, bid on a silent auction item. Help a little girl.

Where: Blue Grass Community Club
When: February 20, starting at 5 PM
Music provided by North of 40 and Wild Oatz

Blues Fest to Change Dates

Press Release Provided by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Blues Festival Will Move to Labor Day Weekend;

Blues Society Begins a Fundraising Campaign

After weathering 3 floods and multiple rain days in the past 7 years over the 4th of July weekend, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Board of Directors voted to move the date of the 2015 Blues Festival to the Labor Day weekend—Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6.


What Are You Doing March 7? Roberta's Blog

I thought today instead of writing about where I’ve been in the past week, I might write about where I’m going… or something like that anyway. Most of those who read my posts have probably already heard about the Local Bands for Music Education benefit by now. And I’m sure that somewhere between now and March 7 you’ll all be tired of hearing about it. In hopes that this blog post reaches at least a few people who haven’t heard of the benefit yet, I want to talk a little bit about it.

"Minnesota" - Ren Edstrand

It has been a long time coming, but a well-known local musician and music lover has finally put his original work into recordings. With the help of Ian Harris, sound engineer for Rozz-Tox, Ren’s work will come to light on Friday, February 13 with a CD Release Party at Rozz-Tox.

“For years I played in bands that were doing covers and bands that were playing my friends’ songs, and I didn’t think I could write.”

Late Nights and Early Mornings - Roberta's Blog

Sometimes I find a show to be so enjoyable it is difficult to drag myself away. That happened three times this weekend. I found myself getting up early this past weekend and then staying out late – later than I intended.

My first musical stop Friday night was Bleyart’s in the Village of East Davenport. Jordan Danielsen and Jef Spradley were playing there. This would be the first time I’ve seen Jef as a drummer. These guys play really well together and are a lot of fun. It was difficult to leave and I stayed a bit longer than intended.

Roberta's Blog - More Local Live Music

Don’t let anyone tell you the music scene in the Quad Cities is dying. Contrary to the belief of some, there is a lot going on here, musically. Even in the middle of winter, when most humans want nothing better than to snuggle into their warm homes with a bowl of popcorn and Netflix (or some other form of home entertainment), the music scene in the Quad Cities is alive and kicking. Although not as widespread and exposed as it is in the summer months, there is still a good deal of activity.

One Family One Night

I recently received an invite to a fundraiser event at the Redstone Room. Local Scene is always willing to promote these events, particularly when local musicians donate their time to a cause. I was able to get the information I was looking for through the GoFundMe page for the fundraiser. If you're looking for entertainment and like to support good causes, please check this out!

Here’s the scoop on Friday night’s event:

The Bands:
• Lion in Rome
• Tambourine
• Bailiff

Choices, Choices, Choices! Roberta's Blog

The last few weekends I’ve run into a dilemma… and a good dilemma to have. Although the sheer number of venues with bands has decreased due to the winter weather… it seems that we’ve had a great deal of local bands playing all over the QC area – and in many cases, they were bands I haven’t seen yet. So, what is a girl to do when there are three venues in one night with multiple band shows?

Mindful Metal - Kronos Resistor- Accretion of Absence

Sometimes it takes years to find the exact combination of musicians to make the perfect sound. Not only does it require musicians of a certain quality, but there must also be a meeting of the minds. Kronos Resistor has been a project in process for five years. But finally, the world is able to reap the sound that Billy Gardner Jr began to sow 5 years ago. On January 24, Kronos Resistor will release their first EP, Accretion of Absence during a release party at RIBCO.