What's Happening? Roberta's Blog

Instead of giving you a run-down on the places I went last week, I thought instead I might give an update on what is coming up this weekend. As before, there is a little of something for everyone.

Summer Music Schedules Warming Up - Roberta's Blog

If the past two weekends are any indication, this looks to be a wild summer, full of music and good times for the Quad Cities. Nearly every day there are multiple choices. Even in the middle of the week, you can find live music somewhere. Not only do we have several open-mics and jam sessions, but venues are beginning to book solo/duo acts and even bands on weeknights. The outdoor music season is in full swing as well. On June 4, I headed out to catch some of the music and was only able to visit a couple of shows.

The Way Down Wanderers

Fresh off the Summer Camp Stage, with a newly released EP, the Way Down Wanderers will be appearing at the Redstone Room on June 5, 2015. The 5-piece Americana group has brought their music to the QC area before, and found appreciative audiences and genuine music lovers.

Austin Thompson on guitar, lead and harmony vocals, is joined by brothers Collin Krause on mandolin, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals, and Ben Montalbano also on lead and harmony vocals with banjo. Bringing up the rhythm section are John Merikowski on drums and John Williams on stand-up bass.

When Colors Play/Things with Strings

When Colors Play/Things with Strings

Artist Regan Hatfield to Raise funds for RME

On Saturday, May 30 from 6-10, Join Art on Third at the RME for a gallery reception designed to raise funds for the River Music Experience. Hatfield’s collection Things With Strings will be on display in the RME gallery. 40% of proceeds will go to the RME

There are 30 stringed instrument paintings in the exhibition, most of which are guitars, but including a few violins, a bass and a banjo. Hors d’oevres from Phoenix will be available, and there will be a cash bar.

Local band Long Blue Willie to Entertain at Fundraiser for Injured Biker

Local band Long Blue Willie to Entertain at Fundraiser for Steve Eis

On Saturday, May 30, Long Blue Willie will be providing entertainment for a Fundraiser to assist Steve Eis with medical bills from a motorcycle accident last year. The event will take place at the American Legion Post 26 in Davenport from 3-8 PM

Steve was injured in a motorcycle accident last September that has left him totally disabled with a mound of medical bills.

The event includes:

Pulled Pork sandwiches, slaw and beans - $5.00 donation

Cash Bar




Slings and Arrows - Robyn McVey CD Release

Robyn McVey is proof that you can start doing something you really love whenever you want in life and make things happen. With a ten-year career at Blackhawk College as a Math and Statistics instructor, she is following her late father’s lead – he spent his life working as a floor sander, and then picked up water colors after her sister started working on a degree in art. The label for her new CD, Slings and Arrows, is made from photographs of her father’s paint trays.

Roberta's Blog - Live Music Every Day

I’ve been saying for a long time now that there is live music to be found somewhere in the Quad Cities every night of the week. Last week was proof of this, as there were must-see shows every night.

Roberta's Blog - Busy is a Good Thing

This weekend was reminiscent of some of the insane music weekends last summer. Maybe it’s the great warm weather we’ve been having – or maybe it was just that there was too much fantastic music being played to be ignored – but in either case, I was really on the run over the weekend. It’s a good thing to be this busy, as that means there is something for everyone.

Roberta's Blog - I've Been Away

I've been away, but not entirely. In case you haven’t noticed, the Roberta’s Blog portion of Local Scene has been a bit quiet these last few weeks. And my crazy schedule of shows has slowed down considerably. The last two weekends I only covered one show each weekend.

I’ve been limited because of an injury. It not only slowed me down, but made typing difficult so I haven’t been able to write as much as I used to. In fact the first week, just getting the calendar listing up took almost my whole week.