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:

Building New QC Music Connections: Month of Music

There's something big brewing in the Quad Cities tonight, and I'm not talking about beer!

About 50 people attended a first meeting of local entities interested in participating in a "Month of Music" in August of 2020. Some represented organizations that already have music in that month, some were considering joining in, others were curious. There were also a few like me who are about building our music scene and promoting music events.

Vote to Bring Free Concerts to Area

People enjoying concert

GALVA, Illinois—The Galva Arts Council is now in the running to bring a 10 week free, live music series to Wiley Park in Galva next summer for the third year in a row.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Galva hopes to qualify as one of the Top 25 finalists competing for a 2020 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award.

Aaron Lewis -State I'm In Tour at Rhythm City

Davenport, IA – Rhythm City® Casino Resort

Country and hard rock icon, Aaron Lewis is bringing his State I’m in Tour to the Event Center stage at Rhythm City Casino Resort on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8 PM. Tickets range from $35 - $70 plus applicable taxes and fees. Tickets may be purchased by visiting rhythmcitycasino.com, by phone at 844-852-4FUN or in person at The Market gift shop inside Rhythm City Casino Resort. All ages are welcome.

Skid Row and Slaughter coming to Rhythm City Casino

Davenport, IA – Rhythm City® Casino Resort

Rock and roll icons, Skid Row with special guest Slaughter are scheduled to perform on the Event Center stage at Rhythm City Casino Resort. The mayhem begins at 8 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Tickets range from $30 - $60 plus applicable taxes and fees. Tickets may be purchased by visiting rhythmcitycasino.com, by phone at 844-852-4FUN or in person at The Market gift shop inside Rhythm City Casino Resort. All ages are welcome.

Marvin on My Mind

For those who don’t know, I’ve been volunteering at Codfish Hollow, providing the venue with photos (and sometimes video) for 5 years or so. I pitch in with other things when I can, but that’s my primary purpose there.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, Quad-Cities Style

Sweatstock promo poster

Sweatstock Music Festival – two days, two stages, over 100 local musicians, featuring tributes to key Woodstock performances, as well as local original music.

The All Sweat Productions group has been putting on tributes to bands and re-enacting albums from the past since 2016. Past shows include tributes to The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, Prince’s “Purple Rain”, and The Band’s “Last Waltz”. Their goal has been to grow the local music community while bringing musicians together over a shared passion. And then along came Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary.

Subatlantic Celebrates Record Release

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th, Subatlantic is throwing themselves a party. There are two fathers in the band, but this party is for all the members, friends, and supporters, and for how hard they worked together at creating a new record. Subatlantic’s album release party will take place at Rozz Tox in Rock Island, where they will throw an all-ages, free show to thank the Quad Cities and everyone who worked so hard on their new record: Villains.

Festival Season

Festival Season is upon us. Here's a listing of some upcoming festivals that might be of interest to QC area music lovers. More will be added as information becomes available.

Summer Camp Music Festival – May 23-27, Chilicothe, IL
Join Moe., Umphrey's McGee, and your Summer Camp Family at the 19th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival this coming Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL!

Record Release Tour Stops at Bishop Hill

Evan Bartels

Nebraska based songwriter, Evan Bartels will make a stop on a tour to release his latest record “Promised Land” on Sunday, April 28th at 7PM at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. He will be joined by country artist Angela Meyer.

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