Rock Island's $4.4-million Whitewater Junction debuted on May 17 with a week of special events, and then it opened to the public. Bad weather resulted in those first two weeks being "lackluster at best" in terms of attendance, said Bill Nelson, executive director of the Rock Island Park & Recreation Board.
The focus at the River Rockin' Ribfest is obviously great food, but organizers have also assembled a strong musical lineup to fill your ears while you stuff your face. The festival in Davenport's LeClaire Park features country music on Friday and oldies on Sunday (see the Live Music section for details), but the highlights are likely to come from a pair of artists on Saturday's blues card: James Solberg at 7 p.
Now in their fifth year, the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities continue to expand. While the authentic Scottish athletic competition - seven events, one of them involving throwing a 12-foot-long, 100-pound pole - was the novel appeal of the event when it got started, the festival is fast becoming a celebration of all things Celtic.
When you're already hauling in 400 tons of sand, adding another 20 to the mix is no big deal. That's the thinking behind one of the new additions to the Ya Maka My Weekend festival this week in The District of Rock Island.
While the City of Davenport struggles to find $1.7 million to balance its budget, the City of Bettendorf and Scott County aren't having crises, even though they're dealing with a similar state cut. The Iowa legislature in its spring session passed something called the Reinvention Savings Bill, which cut $60 million to local governments.
One of the big changes to this year's ArtStroll event this Friday will be something those in attendance probably won't notice. But the emergence of a performing-arts coalition as one of ArtStroll's organizers signals a new commitment to help the arts grow in the Quad Cities.
When the City of Davenport submitted its application for Vision Iowa funds, one project was called the AgTech Venture Capital Center. Now it's known as the New Ventures Initiative, and the concept has been expanded: It will become a full-service development center for emerging technologies.
Last week, the City of Davenport hosted a different type of tour, spotlighting locations that officials would usually prefer residents and tourists didn't see: the old city dump between West River Drive and Marquette Street, blighted commercial and industrial areas further to the west on River Drive, and a pocket of abandoned commercial buildings on Dittmer Street.
It's billed as the Midwest's largest gathering of motorcycles, and if you like bikes, you probably already know about Sturgis on the River. But the free event is also becoming something of a local band showcase, so if you're a fan of Quad Cities bands and music, it might well be worth your time on Friday and Saturday.
Some musicians enter the recording studio expecting the producer and recording engineer to work magic. But if they come to Rob Cimmarusti, they should just expect the cold, hard truth. A lot of producers and engineers have reputations as alchemists, turning the raw materials into something more valuable, or stamping them with a signature sound.