Three major events converge in the Quad Cities this weekend, as they do
every year about this time, but if you’re a fan of jazz, some
less-well-known events might also be worth your attention.
Of course, this weekend features the annual Bix 7 race, the Bix
Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, and the Wells Fargo Street Festival.

At a study session on Monday, July 9, Rock Island City Administrator John C. Phillips gave city-council members a "police-chief profile" culled from surveys filled out by citizens, community leaders, and police officers.

Among the summer festivals in the Quad Cities, none is more diverse
than Summerfest, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 12 through 14, in The District of Rock Island's Great River Plaza.

The event features carnival rides, live music, food, and on Saturday, an antique market that's new this year.

Cornstock at Halftime

There's no motivator quite like a 14-year-old boy at loose ends.

Robert Horton's son is that age. "He was bored, and he wanted to go to the Pig Pen [for the Pigstock music festival last month], but nobody would drive him.

For far too long, the 2001 edition of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Bluesfest was a topnotch lineup in search of a venue.

It was late last week that festival organizers finalized details on where more than 30 performers would play this weekend.

It's a grand understatement when Wendell Holmes says of himself and his sibling Sherman, "We have a great rapport and a great bond that a lot of brothers don't have."

The two brothers have been performing as a team for 45 years, which is pretty amazing when you consider that Sherman is a mere 61 and Wendell a spry 57.

Despite the setback of having developer Kaizen Company of America pull out of the commercial portion of The Quarter riverfront re-development effort (see City Shorts in this week's issue), the City of East Moline could be moving forward on other components of the project in the coming weeks.

Oh, the perils of outdoor theatre.

There are the mosquitoes. The heat. And of course,the threat of rain.

At a rehearsal for two one-act plays on Monday, director David Wooten told the cast he wanted strong efforts for the next few days.

When the City of Moline requested developers in 1999 for
its mixed-used riverfront project known as Bass Street
Landing, it didn't get any responses that met its requirements - primarily that applicants have experience developing and operating a similar project.

Last month in Washington, D.C., Bettendorf resident Scott Morschhauser ran into people a lot like him.

"I can't sleep at night," somebody would say to him.

"I can't sleep at night, either!" Morschhauser would reply.