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.

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.