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Quad-Cities Native Lissie Promotes Peace and Unity With Latest Music Video

August 19th, 2020

Music certainly has the power to comfort and unify people, as exemplified in a new video by Rock Island native Lissie Maurus, who encouraged her fans to submit short videos from their recent life in quarantine. The five-minute compilation – set to her soulful 2018 song “Peace” – was released Aug. 11, and Lissie did a CNN International interview on the project from her family’s Rock Island home on Aug. 15. “Needless to say, these have been very disorienting, painful, reflective times,” the 37-year-old singer/songwriter posted on Facebook on Aug. 12. “I tear up with every view! And... Read More

Bix Anniversary Honored With Records From Davenport Home

August 5th, 2020

Fourteen years before Aug. 6 was burned into the world’s memory (with the 1945 U.S. atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, killing more than 70,000 people), that date marked another impactful death. Davenport native and jazz legend Leon Bismark (“Bix”) Beiderbecke died Aug. 6, 1931 at age 28, from alcohol abuse and lobar pneumonia in his Queens, N.Y., apartment. His mother and brother Burnie were on their way to New York but arrived too late. Bix’s body was returned to Davenport with services on Aug. 11, 1931 at Hill & Frederick’s Funeral Home, and burial at Oakdale Cemetery,... Read More

Quad-Cities Artists, Venues and Patrons Gradually Return to Live Shows

August 1st, 2020

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene.   When Davenport jazz pianist and singer Freddy Allen returned July 25 to perform at The Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge, it was the first time the former regular played there since Feb. 28. It was a bittersweet occasion for the 50-year-old full-time musician, who has seen his livelihood decimated due to the raging Covid-19 crisis. “It was emotional, it was hard,” Allen said recently. “I’ve been one of those people, during... Read More

Scotty McCreery Hitting Rhythm City Event Center

July 21st, 2020

Rhythm City Casino Resort is thrilled to announce Scotty McCreery will be performing on the Event Center stage Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8 PM. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, July 24 at 10 AM CST. This show is a reserved seating event with prices ranging from $45 to $80. Tickets can be purchased online at rhythmcitycasino.com, by phone at 844-852-4FUN or in person at The Market gift shop inside Rhythm City Casino Resort. “I’ve lived a lot of life since my last record,” says Scotty McCreery. “I moved out on my own, I travelled across the country and the world, I got engaged, I was... Read More

Live@Five Returning to River Music Experience Courtyard in August

July 20th, 2020

Live music is returning to the River Music Experience, at 2nd and Main streets, Davenport, next month for the first time since Covid-19 shut down events in mid-March. The outdoor Live@Five series will resume in the courtyard, totally free, for all ages, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday in August and September. New guidelines will be enforced, to ensure safety of guests, staff and musicians – Face masks are required for entry and bar service. Guests will wear face masks when not seated and when not able to maintain six-foot distance from others. • Seating will only be allowed in the boxes... Read More

Pitch Black Manor Returns With New Record After 25 Years

July 20th, 2020

You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, the Quad-Cities’ first goth rock band has reunited to celebrate Halloween in July. Joshua Bentley, 46, of East Moline, played his first show in the Quad-Cities 29 years ago Tuesday — July 21, 1991 at Uncle Roscoe’s Polo Club in Davenport, with his band Pitch Black Manor (which formed in 1990). Bentley has fronted other Q-C bands, Savage Gentlemen, Human Aftertaste and Hot Candy Idols (national touring with Human Aftertaste in 2007) and has come full circle back to where it all started. Pitch Black Manor recently reunited, with bandmates... Read More

Quad-Cities Repping Giving Platform To Area Musicians

July 6th, 2020

The local arts scene took a huge blow this spring when Covid-19 shut down the entertainment industry. But it takes a lot more than a pandemic to get Quad-Cities artists down and out. And it takes even more to get the big idea makers to stop dreaming. Enter Royce Barnett, Mr. Crunk Chocolate. Barnett, a Quad City resident and popular voice on social media and podcast platforms, where he often posts under the name Crunk Chocolate, has launched Quad-Cities Repping, a one stop shop Spotify playlist of Q-C artists. “The Ultimate Goal is to have The most complete Q-C Anthology of our local artists,”... Read More

Glory Days Garage Band Rolls Into Bishop Hill

June 14th, 2020

Bishop Hill Creative Commons is looking forward to the day of crowds and dancing! In the meantime, Glory Days Garage Band will put on a streaming Rock ‘n’ Roll Party from the Bishop Hill Creative Commons for you to enjoy on your favorite device. Join Glory Days Garage Band for some Summertime Rock ‘n’ Roll Magic Sunday. June 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1034545910275653/ for more information.  Read More

Toxic Blonde Return To Gypsy Highway Saturday

June 13th, 2020

Attention Rock and Roll Fans. Come out for a night of fun and a high energy show and party at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Gypsy Highway (2606 W Locust Street Davenport)! Toxic Blonde is an Iowa-based rock band quickly gaining attention for its intense and energetic live performances. Featuring some of the areas finest musicians, Toxic Blonde is the perfect mix of entertainment and technical skill. Covering everything from Prince to Van Halen to Pantera, each show is a must-see event. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/525541964699729/.  Read More

Quad-Cities Performers Reflect on What Missing Audiences Means

June 11th, 2020

What a difference a year makes… On June 11, 2019, I was lucky enough to be among the 11,000 or so packed into Moline’s TaxSlayer Center (11th row center on the floor) to witness the first (and possibly last) performance of Sir Paul McCartney and his band in the Quad-Cities. It was an electrifying, unforgettable night – not least of which was due to the jaw-dropping lighting and multimedia displays, including a breathtaking pyrotechnic extravaganza during “Live and Let Die.” Part of what made it so thrilling was simply being in “the room where it happened,” celebrating a musical legend... Read More

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