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

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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:

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

So Much Music - Roberta's Blog

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. Life has a way of making us so busy sometimes, some things just slip out of our grasp. So it has been for me for the last couple of months. Hopefully, things are settling and I will have more time for writing again!

The Giving Tree Band

The Giving Tree Band is playing the Redstone Room on Friday, September 18. Tom Zick had the opportunity to interview them when they were last in the Quad Cities in November.

Col Ballroom Hosts 9/11 Tribute to First Responders

In honor of all First Responders and the service that they provide to the Quad Cities, The Col Ballroom is hosting a night of music with Singer/Songwriter Rissi Palmer. The 911 First Responder Tribute is the brainchild of former marine and current Col Ballroom Operations Coordinator, Dwayne Hodges. The anniversary date of 9/11 falls on Friday this year. He thought it would be a nice gesture to put a tribute show together on that date. First Responders, regardless of residence, are allowed free admission.

Still Standing and Friends - Local Bands Helping Others

We're fans of all the local bands. That's what Local Scene Magazine is about... our Local Music Scene. When a whole bunch of area bands get together to raise money to help others, it's even better. These guys are making a difference right here in the Quad Cities.

Last spring we interviewed the members of Still Standing when they released their first EP. At that time, they knew they wanted to do something more than just make music. As a group, they wanted to use their talent to make a difference.

Lovers Rock - Rude Punch Refined

Adam Tucker came back from a trip to Jamaica with the name for his new band. They serve a lot of rum in Jamaica, and often it is served in punch. There was one bartender in particular who kept referring to it as "rude punch". Adam liked the sound and decided it would be the perfect name for his reggae/rock/ska band back home in the Quad Cities.

Tucker met Brady Jager and Robb Laake in high school, and they began their band in 2005. Their first CD was released in 2006. After that release, they played events like YaMaka My Weekend and River Roots Live.