Festivals Come, Festivals Go - Roberta's Blog

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say that our local live music scene here in the Quad Cities is even more exciting than ever before. Although summer tends to be busy, it feels busier than in past years. I’m seeing more weeknight shows on my radar than in previous years – take a look at our calendar sometime and see how many choices you have – even on week nights. Every time a venue adds live entertainment on a weeknight, it strengthens our scene just that much more.

4th of July Holiday and Upcoming Events - Roberta's Blog

It was a busy holiday weekend – both for the local music scene and for me. Thursday night I stopped first at VanderVeer Park where the Whoozdads were entertaining a boatload of folks for the Davenport Parks department Summer Music Series. Then I headed across the river to Bierstube for Them Som’Bitches with Jenny Lynn Stacy and the Dirty Roosters. I’ve seen Jenny Lynn solo before, but not with a full band. Along with some original music, Jenny Lynn pulled out a Nancy Sinatra hit, performing “These Boots were Made for Walking”. What a classic!

Independence Day Celebrations

It just wouldn’t be Independence Day without community events – and even better when the community events involve local live music! We’ve looked around (and done a little digging too) to find these events for you.

Bettendorf will put on their usual event near Middle School, with music on two stages all day long, followed by the historic Bettendorf fireworks. The event actually starts Friday evening where Hap Hazard and The Knockoffs will alternate sets from 7 until 11 pm.

My Vacation - a Weekend Away

What a whirlwind week/weekend I had! I took some time off from “local”, but caught some regional acts along with the big names.

My week started Wednesday evening at Codfish Hollow where I saw the Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers. The Felice Brothers opened the show, and I had a front-row spot. However, I made the mistake of leaving my spot during the break and never made it back to the front of the stage for Oberst. It was a sold-out show, and they really packed in close, everyone wanting that front-row experience.

QC Band to Host Music Festival

An all-local music festival featuring QC area bands… is it possible? Yes, at least for the first year. Local jam band The Dawn is hosting their first music festival, and this inaugural event will be populated by all local bands.

River Roots Live Lineup! Daytrotter hosts showcases!

River Roots Live Announces 2015 Lineup
Kacey Musgraves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Mavis Staples, Hellogoodbye Headline

(DAVENPORT- IA) River Roots Live, the Quad Cities premiere music festival, is excited to announce its 2015 lineup featuring Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hellogoodbye, and eleven more bands. As always, Ribfest vendors from across the country will be serving up award-winning BBQ throughout the weekend.



Press Release from Cà d'Zan

CAMBRIDGE, IL – The Chicago postpunk duo, Tinkerbelles, who are on a quest to set a Guinness World Record, aiming to play 40 concerts in 10 days, will play a concert at private residence in Cambridge, Illinois on Friday, June 26 at 5 PM.

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.