Welcome to Local Scene Magazine

Welcome to Local Scene Magazine. On these pages you will find informative articles about area bands and venues, as well as a local music calendar and an A to Z listing of Quad-City area bands.

A little history:

River City Throwdown 2018

Sam Koester is gearing up for his 4th year of River City Throwdown, a day of music dedicated to the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. “The decision to get the shelter in involved came from both growing up in a house that had domestic violence in it and wanting to make it about something bigger than ourselves," says Koester. “Music can do amazing things and two of the best things it can do is help heal and bring people from all kinds of walks of life together.“

Local Music I Appreciate: Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Dirty Roosters - Suzy Q

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.
It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Local Music I Appreciate: Heavyweight - self titled.

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.
It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Navigating the Music of Alternating Currents

The schedule for the upcoming Alternating Currents festival might seem daunting. Here’s a breakdown that will hopefully help anyone who might be confused. The live music portion of Alternating Currents is spread out across four days and 14 venues.

Hinterland Music Festival Details

ST. CHARLES, Iowa. (July 27, 2018) — More than 20,000 music and camping lovers from 41 states and 3 countries are expected for the fourth annual Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles, Iowa, on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Local Music I Appreciate: The Velies (Caught In Places)

To Preface: there are no "favorites", and there are many bands I love whose albums I either don't have, or don't have a cover...because they were digital downloads, or because someone handed me a burned CD because they wanted me to hear the music before the printed albums were released. These are NOT reviews. I am here to promote the local music scene. That has not changed. The albums are in the order in which I photographed them, nothing more, nothing less.

It is my hope that by sharing these albums, some of you might find a band you haven't heard and check them out!

Local Music I Appreciate: Avey Grouws Band (Road to Memphis)

There is this "thing" going around Facebook where the poster shares an album that influenced their life (or their music, as many I have seen posting are musicians). Then I noticed a couple of musicians began posting the work of local musicians they appreciate. That is definitely more my speed!

Instead of just posting those local band albums and EPs to Facebook, I decided to add them on my blog page - to share in a more permanent location so people can come back to them if needed. I know how fast that Facebook feed gets away.

Local Bands Independence Day Activities

Many Quad City area Independence Day events feature local bands. We've gathered information about some of the events here.

Red White and Boom information:
July 3, 2018
Modern Woodmen Park
Modern Woodmen Park offers a flurry of activities inside the ball park! Including: bounce houses (1st Baseline Party Plaza), kids activities, live music, an Oath of Enlistment ceremony and a ton of entertainment. Stick around after the fireworks for some great music and some fun while let the traffic die down!

Galva Wins Grant, Music Series Begins Sunday

In June of 2017, John Taylor was taking a grant writing class for a Master’s program. He had an assignment to write a proposal for a grant. He decided he wanted to find a grant that interested him and that he could pursue, and he found the Levitt AMP grant. He wrote the proposal for the class, but continued to pursue the grant. It required a non-profit to receive the grant, so he partnered with the Galva Arts Council. Money had to be raised as the grant was matching funds.

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