QC Junetopia III Festival Goes Bi-state

We’re thrilled to report that Junetopia has expanded in its third year. The event began as a single day showcase of local music at Rozz-tox, and has grown so large it takes three days, two cities, two states and five venues to hold it all! Held Friday, June 16 –Sunday June 18, the event still showcases local artists and once again will raise money for the Humility of Mary Shelter and Kings Harvest Ministries.

G.A.S. Feed & Seed. Fest Day-by-day lineup announced

Get your 3-day passes and single day tickets today!

The first-ever GAS Feed & Seed Festival will take place in the Village of East Davenport -- Feb. 16-18, 2017 -- featuring almost 35 artists and comedians! Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets still remain. All shows are all ages! Listen to all artists and purchase tickets at www.moellernights.com.

More details for "Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert," announced

DAVENPORT, 1/9/17 - The "Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert," scheduled for January 21st at the RiverCenter has already received massive support from the community. More than 680 people have responded to the Facebook event listing.

The music lineup for the evening includes: The Ellis Kell Band, The Whoozdads?, David G. Smith, The Candymakers, Lojo Russo, The Velies, The Way Down Wanderers, Rude Punch, Firesale, The Quad Cities Blues Mafia and The Curtis Hawkins Band with Ernie Peniston & Hal Reed.

Keeping the Future of the Blues Alive

On Friday, December 30 at 6 PM, the Redstone Room will be host to the Winter Blues Jam. This event is the culmination of a week’s worth of workshops and rehearsals for area youth (ages 8-18) who came to the River Music Experience to learn about the Blues.

New Year's Eve 2016 in the QCA!

What are your plans for Ringing in 2017? Nothing compares to toasting the new year with live music! The QC music scene is teeming with live music events. From Country to Rock to Acoustic and everything in between, there is something for everyone this year. Check out your favorite venues and bands here!
RIDRS, Rock Island
New Years Eve Bash
Hosted by Kickapoo Junction
$5 door charge

Daytrotter Downs 2017

Daytrotter Downs is back on March 3 & 4, 2017!

Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert

This just in from the River Music Experience

"Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert" announced for January 21st

DAVENPORT, 12/22/16 - The avalanche of community support the River Music Experience (RME) has received over the last few days on behalf of Ellis Kell is truly remarkable. To honor Ellis' legacy and support his family, RME will host a benefit concert to give back to a family whose impact on our community is immeasurable.

Ellis Kell Celebration of Life

Ellis Kell at Moondance 2016

DAVENPORT, 12/20/16 - Ellis Kell passed away on Friday, December 16th at his home. A celebration of Ellis' life will be held on Wednesday, December 21st at the Adler Theater, in downtown Davenport. Visitation will start at 2:00 p.m., followed by a service at 3:30 p.m., and then the Ellis Kell Music Tribute & Jam Session will take place in the RME's Redstone Room at 6 p.m.

The tribute will feature music from Friends of RME & Ellis and a cash bar. Doors for the tribute open at 5:15 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Kell family.

Ellis Kell - Inspired and Inspirational

Moondance 2015 - winner of the John O'Meara bass
Playing with the Whoozdads summer 2015

I set out this morning to write an article about fundraising efforts for my friend Ellis. I wanted to promote the GoFundMe fundraiser and the Jam for Ellis. Not five minutes after I sat down, I noticed a single post on my social media that gave me a chill. Thirty minutes later, my worst fears were confirmed by an update from the family. Today we lost Ellis Kell.

A New Perspective

You may have noticed Local Scene has been a bit quiet in regards to articles these last few months. I’ve been busy with a new day job that has, at times, been overwhelming. (In a good way, I might add). There have also been some things going on with my family that have required my attention. With any luck, things will level out soon, and I’ll be putting those articles together again. Of course, I’m always looking for people with a love for our local music scene who are willing to write about it.