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.

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

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.