The Maytags - Des Moines Band brings their Love Lines to the QC

From the Sunday Silos to the Maytags, the music around Dustin Smith continues to evolve. The Maytags’ album Love Lines is a glimpse into that evolution.

In 2012, Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos digitally tracked a 15 track album called Northerner. It took 8 months to put the album together. Then they recorded a Daytrotter session in 2013.

They loved their first experience in the analog recording world. A Daytrotter session is fast and live. Says Smith “You were only there for an hour or so and recorded three or four songs. It was live and still sounded so good!”

Dawn and On Festival Returns for Second Year

In 2015 The Dawn’s inaugural Dawn and On Festival drew more than 1,000 music fans to Len Brown’s North Shore Inn. The one-day festival was such a success, that the popular Quad Cities Jam band plans to host another all-day event at the Moline location on Saturday, July 9.

There is a slight change to this year’s lineup, as regional and national touring acts Soap, Driftless Sisters, and Joe Marcinek have been added to the bill. The Candymakers return, and The Dawn will again headline the event.

Local Musicians Entertain at Blues Fest - Updated!

The 31st Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is returning to its roots and as part of that return, is showcasing the mighty musical talent found right here in the Quad Cities. To that end, the Local Scene stage in the beer tent will be presenting local talent in between sets on the Bandshell stage. In some cases, entire bands are represented, in others, we see the formation of jam groups, much like those that can be witnessed at any one of several jam sessions/nights that take place all over the Quad Cities every night of the week.

31st Mississippi Valley Blues Festival July 1 & 2, 2016

Gate Opens One Hour Before Music Begins
2016 Schedule

5:00-6:30 Frankie Fontagne & the Ramblers
7:00-8:30 Toronzo Cannon
9:00-10:30 Tweed Funk
11:00-12:30 Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

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.