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

January 20th, 2021

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

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

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

Quad-Cities Year In Arts: Reflecting On A Year Like No Other, Personally and in the Arts

December 26th, 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. Making it through nearly five months of a paralyzing pandemic was bad enough, but for those of us in Iowa and the Quad-Cities, Aug. 10, 2020 and the days that followed seemed especially cruel. I’ll never forget that Monday afternoon, working on my laptop in the basement, a prisoner in my home trying not to go insane during a crazy year. The power suddenly went out, as a freak inland hurricane (or “derecho” – duh-RAY-cho – as everyone... Read More

Eleven Quad-Cities Cultural Groups Get $500K in New Iowa Funding

December 22nd, 2020

Eleven cultural organizations and three artists in the Quad-Cities were among those to receive a share of $7 million in new grants announced Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will get funding, made possible by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Dec. 2. The department launched the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program the same day and received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million by the Dec. 11 deadline. The list of recipients includes some of Iowa’s... Read More

As Winter Looms, RME Tunes Up New Curbside Carols to Warm Hearts

November 14th, 2020

As the weather has turned colder, the River Music Experience is working to warm some hearts, building on the success of its 2020 Curbside Concerts by launching holiday Curbside Carols for December. Executive director Tyson Danner said Friday there have been nearly 200 curbside concerts since the spring, where local musicians went out to private homes and neighborhoods in the area (within a 10-mile radius of RME in downtown Davenport) and played for about a half hour, for a suggested donation of $60. That will return next spring, because they don’t want to do any indoor performances yet, he said.... Read More

Davenport’s River Music Experiences Offers A JAM With Grateful Dead Tribute Virtually

October 23rd, 2020

Joy Avenue Media and the River Music Experience present J.A.M. SESSIONS – local bands, live in real time from the JAM studio. J.A.M. Session, featuring Winterland, will take place this Saturday Oct 24 at 7 p.m. on the Joy Avenue Media Facebook Page. River Music Experience is partnering with Joy Avenue Media to present high-quality, free livestreams of the best QC bands, providing safe live music to our community. Tips and donations to the band help cover production costs. Tune in on the Joy Avenue Media Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joyavenuemedia To view past streams, like and... Read More

Acclaimed Quad-Cities Blues Rock Act Avey Grouws Band Ready to JAM in New Online Series

September 2nd, 2020

Contrary to many people on Earth, 2020 has been a pretty good year for the Avey Grouws Band, and it’s getting better all the time. The Quad-Cities-based blues rock outfit (whose female lead singer lives in Decorah, Iowa) hit the top 10 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart for its debut disc; is nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for best Debut Album New Artist; was a semi-finalist in this year’s International Blues Challenge, and is the inaugural artist for a new online series presented by River Music Experience and Joy Avenue Media. The new J.A.M. Sessions – starting 6 p.m. Friday with the... Read More

Heartfelt and Hard-Hitting ‘Broken’ Comes To QCTW

August 31st, 2017

QC Theatre Workshop has released their first production in their sixth season. Broken. Broken, a screenplay written by Aaron Randolph III and directed by Tyson Danner, is a heartfelt and emotional look at human trafficking and how it affects those touched by it. Broken focuses on the life of a young woman whose first romance leads to a nightmarish world of confusion, desperation and violence. The production follows this young woman throughout several years and while it presents a serious undertone, there will be plenty of comedy, joy and hope. Performances of Broken will continue through Sep 10.... Read More

Rocky Horror Auditions Saturday at Speakeasy

May 31st, 2017

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse and The Speakeasy are thrilled to be producing this cult classic again in October! Auditions will be held at 10:00 am on June 3rd and noon on June 4th at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse located at 1828 3rd Avenue in Rock Island. Please bring a current headshot & resume and prepare 16 bars (or one verse and one chorus) of a pop/rock song. You may choose to sing a selection from the show. An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music. A Cappella and outside recordings will not be allowed. Be prepared to cold read from the script and learn a dance combination.... Read More