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2023: Marking The End Of An Era For The Quad-Cities

December 29th, 2023
2023: Marking The End Of An Era For The Quad-Cities

Every year’s end marks the changing of time and the perceived beginning of a new era. But usually things aren’t anywhere near as pronounced or dramatic as we frame them to be due to the calendar’s end. For example, if you look at the change over from 2019 to 2020, it was relatively uneventful. The “new era” of that time didn’t arrive until March of 2020, when covid shut down the world and truly marked a definitive change. However, this year seems different, at least regarding the Quad-Cities entertainment and media scene. Two huge events – the retirement of Paula Sands and the closing... Read More

LAST CALL For Shows at Rock Island’s RIBCO This Weekend

December 16th, 2023
LAST CALL For Shows at Rock Island's RIBCO This Weekend

The most iconic live music venue in the Quad-Cities over the past four decades is closing its doors this weekend, likely for the last time. Rock Island Brewing Company, which has hosted national acts from NRBQ to the Smithereens and more, and provided a stage to countless local and regional acts, is saying goodbye with two shows this weekend, as owner Terry Tilka prepares to retire after the last gig Sunday night. The weekend begins with Saturday night’s 8 p.m. show featuring Einstein’s Sister and Friends, an hour of the local power pop band which began its career on the RIBCO stage in 1994,... Read More

Last Call For Karaoke At Rock Island’s RIBCO Tonight

December 13th, 2023
Last Call For Karaoke At Rock Island's RIBCO Tonight

It’s last call for Fella’s Functions karaoke at RIBCO tonight. The Finale is THIS night!! Don’t miss this party!! Bring a sweet treat to share, and the first 10 to show up and would like to participate can have the opportunity to join a white elephant gift exchange hosted by Fella’s Funktions! Please come join DJ Fella as she says goodbye to the first venue that hired her company after December of 2021.  Read More

Rock Island’s RIBCO Closing In Mid-December, Owner Terry Tilka Retiring After 50 Years

November 30th, 2023
Rock Island's RIBCO Closing In Mid-December, Owner Terry Tilka Retiring After 50 Years

It’s the end of an era, and the close of one of the most impactful and incredible chapters in Quad-Cities entertainment history. After over five decades of working in the bar, restaurant, and nightclub business, RIBCO owner Terrence G. Tilka is calling it a career. Tilka announced his retirement, and the closure of RIBCO when it shuts its doors the night of December 17, on the venue’s Facebook page this evening, posting the following: “After 50 years of working in the bar, restaurant, and nightclub business, RIBCO owner Terrence G. Tilka is calling it a career. “After... Read More

Monica Austin “Midwest Mama” Album Release Show February 11

February 10th, 2023
Monica Austin “Midwest Mama” Album Release Show February 11

Rock Island Brewing Company will present MONICA AUSTIN’S MIDWEST MAMA ALBUM RELEASE SHOW with special guest Michael Moncada featuring a live painting by Atlanta Dawn! The first single/video from the “Midwest Mama” album, “River Date”, was released August 2nd, 2022 with the second single, “Ho Down” set to release Friday, January 27th! The full album will be available on all streaming platforms February 10th. Some tracks will never be performed at MOST local venues! This is your opportunity to celebrate the release, hear ALL of the new music performed full band... Read More

Channel Cats Playing RIBCO Saturday Night

November 27th, 2021
Channel Cats Playing RIBCO Saturday Night

Ready to check out some fun classic rock? Come on down to downtown Rock Island! At RIBCO, Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Channel Cats will be performing! For more info, click here.  Read More

Jared Mahone Rockin’ Rock Island Brewing Company TONIGHT

October 23rd, 2021
Jared Mahone Rockin' Rock Island Brewing Company TONIGHT

Jared Mahone is rocking RIBCO in downtown Rock Island, 1815 2nd Ave, TONIGHT! As a forerunner of the Midwest “garage soul” movement, Jared Mahone fills out singer/ songwriter tunes with dynamic and transparent live looping and a full band. Jared Mahone has patiently turned hometown open mic night glory into a humble career as a nationally touring independent musician. His raw, acoustic songs and storytelling are inspired by Jared’s upbringing in a touring family band who fed his musical appetite with the writing of Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Sting. Despite regional... Read More

New Orleans Comes To Downtown Rock Island In New Block Party Event

September 16th, 2021
New Orleans Comes To Downtown Rock Island In New Block Party Event

River Music Experience, Downtown Rock Island and the Bix Jazz Society present… NOLA Block Party featuring Tuba Skinny At the Great River Plaza in Downtown Rock Island (2nd Avenue pedestrian mall) Sponsored by Illinois Casualty Company, Holiday Inn Rock Island, Rock Island Brewing Company, Daiquiri Factory and The Arena Saturday, Sept. 18 Gate and food vendors open at 6 p.m.; Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission: FREE – Donations will be accepted at the gate to support the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund Rock Island Brewing Company (RIBCO), Daiquiri Factory and The... Read More

NOLA Block Party Brings Cajun Tastes And Music To Downtown Rock Island Next Weekend

September 13th, 2021
NOLA Block Party Brings Cajun Tastes And Music To Downtown Rock Island Next Weekend

River Music Experience, Downtown Rock Island and the Bix Jazz Society present… NOLA Block Party featuring Tuba Skinny At the Great River Plaza in Downtown Rock Island (2nd Avenue pedestrian mall) Sponsored by Illinois Casualty Company, Holiday Inn Rock Island, Rock Island Brewing Company, Daiquiri Factory and The Arena Saturday, Sept. 18 Gate and food vendors open at 6 p.m.; Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission: FREE – Donations will be accepted at the gate to support the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund Rock Island Brewing Company (RIBCO), Daiquiri Factory and The... Read More

Kil’s One Nighter, New Orleans In Rock Island, Dreams At Mockingbird And More In Your FUN10!

September 12th, 2021
Kil's One Nighter, New Orleans In Rock Island, Dreams At Mockingbird And More In Your FUN10!

It’s Sunday, and QuadCities.com proudly presents Fun10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local... Read More