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. So I brought it here."



Horton has helped organize a local all-ages hard-music festival called Cornstock, slated for July 28 in the parking lot of Halftime Sports Bar at 4201 North Brady Street in Davenport. At press time, the event was scheduled to feature 14 bands on two stages and run from 2 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.



Headlining Cornstock will be St. Louis' Eli-Stone, a six-piece that has opened for Sevendust, Staind, and Kid Rock. Also on the main stage will be Rust, Circle 7, Stonefish, Ill-Bred, and Blue Ash Ink. Other bands scheduled to appear include Fear of Falling, Division Theory, Fabrication, Purge, Provoke, Purkle, and Head Held High.



Horton said he'll mount another Cornstock next year if response is strong. "If I can get 1,000 people, I'll do it again," he said.



Ink at O'Meara's



Speaking of Blue Ash Ink, the band is working on a live CD for release in late July or early August. The record will include eight new songs along with staples from the band's set list. Blue Ash Ink will also be supporting Quad City native Tracy Blake and his new band on a mid-August tour covering five cities. The modern rockers will also be playing O'Meara's on July 14 at 9 p.m.



Toast Reunites for River Relief



Also this weekend is the River Relief festival at Buffalo Beach in Buffalo, Iowa. The party runs from 3 p.m. to midnight and features music by Stank Willie & The Red Hots, Ratliff Dean Thibaud & The Bottom Feeders, and the briefly reunited QC legends Burnt McMelba Toast. The event also includes environmental speakers, recycling Olympics, and food and drink. It follows the 4th Annual Community Cleanup beginning at 8 a.m. at three sites: Sunset Marina at the gazebo and boat-launch area in Rock Island; Marquette Street Landing in Davenport; and the Buffalo Shores Recreation Area in Buffalo. The cleanup, which runs through noon, was started in 1998 by Chad Pregracke. For more information, call (309)496-9848 or (563)370-4590.

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