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.

Krotchripper Ready to Rock Europe

Special Guest article By Stephen Moeller, provided to Local Scene Magazine by Krotchripper

Blue Movies: Sound As Art

On Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, a unique festival is taking place at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island. Celebrating Weirdtown II is a festival of bands and artists who specialize in abstractive. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a CD release by the organizing group known as Blue Movies.
I recently interviewed Brandt and Violet, the couple responsible for Blue Movies. Not being familiar with the genre of noise, I asked them to explain it to me – so that I could better explain it to our audience.

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Returns July 1 & 2

2015 was a rebuilding year for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, as they cancelled the Blues Festival last year due to lack of funds. Thanks to making some changes in costs and many fundraisers through the last year, the board of the Blues Society feels that they are in a better position financially for a 2016 event. The event will be smaller than in recent years and over a shorter time period, but looks to reach a wider audience. In a press release sent out today, the organization announced the return of the festival.

Reverend Robert Jones - Blues in the Schools

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's Blues in the Schools Residency this week features Reverend Robert Jones.
For over 25 years Robert Jones has been a champion of American Roots music, with a special emphasis on traditional African American music. He is also a storyteller, a preacher, an artist, and a teacher. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Robert Jones as its February Blues in the Schools artist-in-residency February 8-12 for workshops at area schools and open-to-the-public performances:

Ghost Town Blues Band - MVBS Fundraiser

As part of an initiative to raise support for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, MVBS will be presenting Ghost Town Blues Band at Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL, on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The show will start at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $12 for non-members. All college students with a school ID will only be charged $5.

New Year's Eve Music

Are you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve in the Quad Cities? Well, the QC has live music events to please just about any taste in music. We have scoured the web and local information outlets to put together this list of QC area live music New Year’s Eve events for you.

Christmas Wishes

I know I say this often, but I feel I must continue to say it until everyone within earshot (and then some) believes me. The Quad-cities has a very diverse and vibrant music scene full of caring individuals who not only want to play their music, but choose great causes to get behind and do so in droves. This year I have seen even more bands seeking out causes to support, rather than causes looking for bands to bolster their fundraising efforts. I commend you all for this. I'm honored and humbled to be allowed to work with such high-minded people.

QC Rock Academy celebrates 4th Anniversary with 2nd Annual Battle of Bands

Shockwave
VanderVeer
Plot Twist
Syde FX

On December 5, 2015, join QC Rock Academy at Rascals Live for their 2nd Annual “Battle of Bands”, pitting four student bands against each other in a competition to win a recording session and other prizes. Bands will be judged on stage presence, crowd interaction, crowd response, original song and a medley of songs from their favorite band. Audience members each get one vote as well.

Competing bands:

Shockwave
VanderVeer
Plot Twist
Syde FX

This is an all-ages show. Cost is $5 at the door. Door at 6, with the show starting at 7 PM.

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