The Alternating Currents festival will showcase 100-plus performances, film screenings and art-related events at more than 20 downtown

Alternating Currents in Downtown Davenport Announces Music Lineup

Squonk Opera, based in Pittsburgh, is being presented by Quad City Arts for the festival.

Davenport venues from Aug. 19 to 22.

Designed to showcase the vibrant culture of our downtown areas, the annual event is billed as a music, film, comedy and art experience, according to an event release Tuesday. Alternating Currents is produced by Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, in collaboration with local talent across our region’s creative community.

Alternating Currents today announced featured live music acts for this year. The four-day festival features all music genres — from rock to country, folk, singer/songwriter, funk and

Alternating Currents in Downtown Davenport Announces Music Lineup

Alternating Currents will include 100+ events of music, comedy, film and art at 20+ venues in downtown Davenport.

more. Among this year’s live music lineup are:

  • Squonk Opera, presented by Quad City Arts, features composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn who work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists from Pittsburgh, Pa. to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia.
  • Radkey, who returns to the Quad-Cities, is a punk rock band of three brothers from St. Joseph, Mo. On a quest to help save the world from false rock, it is opening for the Foo Fighters on tour this summer.
  • Fox Royale, out of Joplin, Mo., performs anthemic indie rock that crackles with the energy of the rock icons who inspired them.
  • Motherfolk, Cincinnati’s strongest gift to the indie rock scene, is gaining increased attention with every release and tour since 2014.
  • Tedious & Brief, out of Nashville, uses reflective lyrics and indie pop melodies to create anthemic jams.
  • LoPiez will celebrate its second anniversary by providing live music and professional wrestling exhibitions by pro Scott County wrestlers from the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy. The downtown Davenport academy was founded by Colby Lopez, who performs as Seth Rollins in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Alternating Currents in Downtown Davenport Announces Music Lineup

Alternating Currents is a four-day free festival throughout downtown Davenport.

Alternating Currents is back and stronger than ever with more musicians, performers, artists and opportunities to explore our downtowns, the chamber release said. A more detailed schedule and additional acts and entertainment will be announced soon.

“We have something for everyone’s tastes — just come down and check it out,” said Jason Gilliland, director of events for DDP. “If you walk into a bar or venue and decide ‘this one’s not

Alternating Currents in Downtown Davenport Announces Music Lineup

Radkey, a Missouri-based punk rock band of three brothers, will play at Alternating Currents.

for me,’ you can just walk down the street to another performance. It’s the perfect event to find your next favorite artist you didn’t know before.”

Gilliland said this year’s Alternating Currents will feature more outdoor stages spread across downtown Davenport. While focused in downtown Davenport, additional Alternating Currents events will be announced soon for some of the neighboring Q-C downtowns.

Alternating Currents events are free to attend. But other Q-C classics are being held in conjunction with the festival, such as Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Riverfront Pops, and have their own admission and tickets.

With more events being added regularly, participants are invited to keep track of the lineup by visiting

Sponsorships are available to support Alternating Currents. Please contact Marcy Hyder at or 563-823-2690.


Alternating Currents in Downtown Davenport Announces Music Lineup
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.