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River Music Experience Curbside Concerts Return Bigger and Better

May 3rd, 2021
River Music Experience Curbside Concerts Return Bigger and Better

When live, in-person music was wiped out last year, Davenport-based River Music Experience provided a priceless lifeline – they brought music out to private residences in the Quad-Cities with Curbside Concerts. Now they’re back for a second year. With all the outdoor shows (in private yards, curbs, driveways and cul-de-sacs), events sponsored by Russell Construction for essential workers, and curbside caroling, RME hosted 350 concerts and reached 7,260 people from April to December 2020, RME director of entertainment Kate Dale said Monday. They contracted with about a dozen local artists, plus... Read More

Realty Group, Bettendorf Brewery Present April 6 Celebration of Three Great Quad-Cities Musicians

April 1st, 2021
Realty Group, Bettendorf Brewery Present April 6 Celebration of Three Great Quad-Cities Musicians

Being a full-time professional musician is hard enough. The Covid pandemic has made that a million times harder, as Davenport’s Lojo Russo learned over the past year. An ovarian cancer survivor, the popular singer-songwriter (unlike many Q-C bands and musicians) decided not to perform public gigs indoors. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Russo did a private event at a company’s break room, while wearing a mask, and it was awkward. On Tuesday night, April 6, Russo will return for the first time playing in public since October, at a special event. The “You First Music Celebration” – starting... Read More

HUGE Quad-Cities Jambrella Jam Rocking Kavanaugh’s Friday, Second Festival Planned June 12

March 24th, 2021
HUGE Quad-Cities Jambrella Jam Rocking Kavanaugh's Friday, Second Festival Planned June 12

The month-old Jambrella movement is quickly gaining steam, as Jambrella Productions is having a big jam event Friday night to raise money for local musicians. There are also plans to have a second major festival outdoors on Saturday, June 12 to coincide with the 17th anniversary of River Music Experience. The first massive Jambrella music festival – aimed to give back to local musicians and bars – was a major success Feb. 26 at The Mound in the Village of East Davenport, raising $7,006. Artists who performed that night included Molly Durnin, Far Out 283, Angela Meyer, Fair Warning, 3 On... Read More

Quad-Cities’ “All Sweat” Branches Out to Podcasting to Support Local Music and Community Groups

February 27th, 2021
Quad-Cities’ “All Sweat” Branches Out to Podcasting to Support Local Music and Community Groups

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! The Covid crisis has made all musicians sweat, and Davenport’s Alan Sweet – the father of the Quad-Cities’ All Sweat Productions – is pouring his sweat into a new outlet that generously serves local musicians and the wider community. Earlier this month, the friendly 39-year-old Davenport West alum and tireless performer launched the All Sweat Podcast, recorded at and... Read More

Looking For Some GOOD NEWS, Quad-Cities? Get Some Positivity Here!

February 22nd, 2021
Looking For Some GOOD NEWS, Quad-Cities? Get Some Positivity Here!

SuperStorm 2021 (or at least the latest one) is over, but winter’s cold and dreariness continues on. But don’t despair, there are things in the Quad-Cities to smile about! Every month, we at QuadCities.com, in conjunction with our media partners at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” present What’s The Good News? A look at some of the positive things going on in and around the Quad-Cities. So, what’s the good news for February? Here ya go… Rock Island Teen Is Headed To ‘The Voice!’ Charlotte Boyer, a 17-year-old junior at Rock Island High School,... Read More

Massive Jambrella Show to Benefit Quad-Cities Musicians and Bars

February 20th, 2021
Massive Jambrella Show to Benefit Quad-Cities Musicians and Bars

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! For the past 10 years, Molly Durnin has worked as a full-time touring musician, but 2020’s Covid pandemic put a stop to that – as it’s decimated the careers of so many artists nationwide. “It was the worst year of my life,” the 32-year-old Moliner said Friday, noting her gigs were shot for most of the year, between mid-March and the fall. “It left me completely... Read More

Consider Getting a Special Quad-Cities Poem or Song For Your Valentine

February 2nd, 2021
Consider Getting a Special Quad-Cities Poem or Song For Your Valentine

Remember Valentine’s Day 2020, when life was still normal, before the world as we knew it ended? Well, the Midwest Writing Center (MWC) and River Music Experience (RME) are here to help you celebrate the holiday of love, 2021 pandemic-style. MWC is partnering with some of the best poets and writers in the community to offer bespoke poems this month, written for anyone you’d like to gift a poem. By participating in this limited-time program, “you’re not only giving unique poems to people you care about, but you’re also supporting local writers and writing/literacy programs in the Quad-Cities,”... Read More

Quad Cities Cultural Trust Celebrates Fundraising Campaign, New Mural at RME

January 20th, 2021
Quad Cities Cultural Trust Celebrates Fundraising Campaign, New Mural at RME

Wednesday was a day not only for national celebration, with the inauguration, but for the Quad Cities Cultural Trust. The organization gathered its six funded partners in person for the first time since the pandemic started, to mark exceeding its 2021 fundraising goal; record-breaking allocations in 2020 for the partners, and a new Quad City Arts mural that bursts with color and purpose on the west side of the River Music Experience building at 2nd and Main streets, Davenport. Over the last 13 years, QCCT has provided annual unrestricted funds (over $11 million total) to the Figge Art Museum, Putnam... Read More

River Music Experience Music Lab Celebrates 200th Episode, Among Other Out-of-the-Box Responses to Pandemic

January 9th, 2021
River Music Experience Music Lab Celebrates 200th Episode, Among Other Out-of-the-Box Responses to Pandemic

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. This past week was an historic one for the nation, as well as for Davenport-based River Music Experience. Five Americans died as a result of the massive Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as pro-Trump insurrectionists disrupted the certification of the Electoral College presidential results. That same Wednesday, RME postponed the planned celebration of the online Music Lab’s 200th episode that afternoon. The half-hour weekday... Read More

Davenport’s River Music Experience RME Music Lab Reschedules 200th Episode Online To Today

January 7th, 2021
Davenport's River Music Experience RME Music Lab Reschedules 200th Episode Online To Today

While the live-music industry has been decimated by coronavirus, including Davenport’s River Music Experience, it was the massive insurrection 843 miles away in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that postponed the planned online 200th episode of RME’s Music Lab. Wednesday, RME posted on Facebook they were postponing the episode until Thursday due to the chaos in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol building. “This is a historic moment in our nation’s history. As we witness a violent assault on our capitol and attempted coup on our democracy, we believe every American should be following these... Read More