Festival Season is Here! Roberta's Blog

Festival Season is in full swing. There are so many regional music festivals, it would be difficult for one person to attend them all. I thought now would be a good time to talk about some of our tremendous regional music festivals. Maybe you’ll find one that interests you! The following list covers festivals up until the end of July. I’m still waiting on information for a few events in August and September, and will post those soon!

June 18: Fulton Blue Grass Festival

Conesville Introduces New Folk Festival June 24-25

Two Rivers Music Festival Flyer
Two Rivers Music Festival Schedule

This year marks the first annual Two Rivers Music Festival at the Conesville Event Grounds. The 70-acre grounds boast a main stage for music, two bars known as Possum's Lodge and One-Eyed Jack's, and ample camping space. This folk music festival is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring bands from near and far.

Friday evening’s bands include:
Jack Tell, Cedar County Cobras, Feed the Dog, and Flatland Harmony.

The River Music Experience celebrates its 12th anniversary

The River Music Experience will kick off a new summer tradition to commemorate its anniversary with a special Live@5 block party. The event will take place on June 10th, 2016. Featuring outdoor music performances, activities for the whole family, with food and drinks. It will take place on 2nd Street between Main and Brady.
The Giving Tree Band will headline the event, with Flash in a Pan and Juliana & a Soul Purpose as support.

Junetopia 2016 - Music/Art/Film for a Cause

Started in 2015, QC Junetopia is a Quad Cities, IA/IL-based event created as a means of bringing together the local community for a sharing of music, film, art, vending and more!

The first QC Junetopia, which took place Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Rozz Tox in Rock Island, IL, was a quickly conceived and planned single-day event that collected $1,100 for Davenport, IA's Humility of Mary, Inc.'s homeless shelter and women & children's housing center, strictly from the door sales of those who attended.

80/35 Festival Announces Final Lineup and Set Times

(press release provided by 80/35 festival)

DES MOINES (May 11, 2016) – 80/35 on July 8 and 9, 2016, in downtown Des Moines announces set times and the final acts set to perform at the ninth annual music festival. More than 30,000 people will gather to experience two days of progressive music with more than 40 acts on three stages.

David G. Smith - First Love Release and Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Another Quad-Cities based artist is raising funds for charity! This time, it is David G. Smith, sharing the CD release stage with Julie Christensen & Stone Cupid - and raising money for Alzheimer's Research.

On Saturday, April 30, David G. Smith and Julie Christensen & Stone Cupid will be celebrating co-album releases with a concert to benefit Alzheimer’s disease Research in the Redstone Room, River Music Experience, Davenport.

Jam for Jeremy - the QC Music and Arts Communities Give Back Again

The Facebook invite begins: Jeremy Cook was a friend to all. Now it’s our turn to show our support for Jeremy’s family.

On Saturday April 30, there will be a benefit concert and fundraiser at the Renwick Mansion, Davenport to raise money for the Cook family, with a night of celebration of Jeremy Cook’s life.

Music By:
Sean Ryan
Jordan Danielson, Dustin Cobb & Al Sweet
A supergroup known as the Brocksters (Michael Brock, Dan Kelly, Leif Rahnberg, Gordon Pickering, Sean Ryan and Adam Vilmont)
Have Your Cake
Pieces of Candy

Local Musicians Supporting Kids - Roberta's Blog

It's that time of year. We're gearing up for the Local Bands for Music Education fundraiser. This year, twenty bands and solo acts, an army of volunteers, the QC comedy community and hopefully a whole lot of Quad-citians will be taking over the River Music Experience to raise money on behalf of the elementary music programs at the East Moline school district.

QC Musician Mike Swanson: From Electric Shock to AC/DC

Mike Swanson of Electric Shock

Mike Swanson describes his introduction to AC/DC at a very young age. “My brother tossed albums into my room and said stop listening to KSTT and listen to this.” And so he did.

Sure it was “just” AC/DC, but the timing was so different. He practiced on his guitar, but soon it was Bon Scott’s voice that really held his attention. When Scott passed away, many AC/DC fans, including Swanson, thought that was the end of the band. And then along came Brian Johnson.

Making a Scene for the Scene

How often do I say this – the Quad Cities’ Music Scene is vibrant and alive. In the past few weeks I have experienced some of the best music I have heard right here in the Quad Cities. I’m not talking about shows at the iWireless or the great touring bands and artists we saw at Daytrotter, or the touring bands and artists I’ve seen at places like Codfish Hollow. I’m talking about our local music scene.

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