New Years Eve in the QC

Stepping away from our usual NYE listing, this year the list will include a few events outside the live music offerings – even though the live music list this year is tremendous!

Steeplegate Inn, Davenport
Funktastic 5 starting at 9 pm. Several packages offered.

Black Watch Room, LeClaire
Bobby Ray Bunch and “My two Brads” from 8-12. Prime Rib Buffet-$50

My Place the Pub, Bettendorf
DJ – food, party favors, champagne. Costume contest – dress as your favorite music era.

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz, a concert performed by the Canadian American group The Band held on Thanksgiving day 1976 has garnered a multi-generational cult following. Labeled as a farewell concert with The Band being joined on stage by such artists as Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Eric Clapton and a host of other iconic figures in music. This concert spans multiple genres and even cultures with its unique cast of characters. An epic concert movie produced by Martin Scorsese ensured that this musical gem would make it into my living room decades later.

Roberta's Blog - Taking Stock

Bret’s words last night haunted me all night and still this morning. I have been lax in my duties as a self-appointed champion of our local music scene. I don’t get out to 5 or 6 shows every weekend anymore – and I don’t write an article a week. At the peak of this magazine, I was writing up to 3 articles and shooting 10 bands some weeks. That was a crazy pace… but I had the spare time to do it, and it truly was a labor of love.

Navigating Alternating Currents

I set out this weekend to “create my own adventure” at Davenport’s Alternating Currents Festival. Of course my time was limited, but I still managed to get to venues and see both local and touring bands, as well as take in some art exhibits.
My first stop Friday was for an early dinner at Me & Billy. I had managed to work through lunch and was ready to grab a bite. Dinner was accompanied by the soothing sounds of the Ron Tegeler Jazz (Quartet). (Photo 1)

New Concert Series in Colona


Dawn and On Festival 2017

Dawn and On is a one-day festival held outside on the banks of the Rock River at the beautiful Len Brown's North Shore Inn & Marina in Moline, IL.. This is the Festival's third year, begun in 2015 as an all-local festival. It has grown to include regional touring bands, and is a very popular local fest.

In addition to to a full-day of music on the river, Dawn and On will feature local food and craft vendors, a full bar including local craft beer and surprises throughout the day.

BluesSKool - Ellis Kell Winter Blues All Stars

4:00pm Saturday in the BluesSKool tent

The annual Winter Blues program features vocal and instrumental workshops (guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards & drums), as well as concentration on blues composition and improvisation. Sessions are open to area musicians from 8-18 years old. The Winter Blues All Stars, a blues band made up of some of last year's participants – So get ready to close your eyes....sit back...and enjoy the music! This group is an 'all kids' RME band that sound (and act) like seasoned professionals.

BluesSKool - Hand and Heart Drumming

2:30pm Saturday in the BluesSKool tent

RME announces new class in revamped Sound Lab

DAVENPORT - After sitting dormant for a few years, the River Music Experience's Sound Lab has come back to life.

The first new course offered in the Sound Lab is called Roots in Recording, lasts for one month, and focuses on the basics of digital recording - including signal flow, miking techniques and Protools software.

Roots in Recording is taught by one of the RME's own sound engineers, Andrew Henry. Henry received a degree in recording arts from Full Sail University, has been working with live sound for over five years, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the class.

Welcome to the 32nd Mississippi Valley Blues Festival!

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, which organizes an all-volunteer award-winning festival, will kick off its 32nd Annual Blues Fest with the National Anthem on Friday, June 30 at 4:50pm. The 2-day festival will be held at its traditional location in LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gate (Ripley Street & Beiderbecke Drive) for $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday, July 1. Kids 14 and under are free with a paid adult.

Gates Open 1 hour before Bandshell Stage
Music begins on the Local Scene stage at the same time gates open.