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State Governments Are Becoming the
Biggest Drug Lords of All

he so-called “war on drugs” – actu- number of states have liberalized their abandonment of punitive alcohol pro-
ally a war on certain people associ- drug laws, especially those related to State governments are turning hibition then and the growing number
ated in various ways with certain marijuana. As summa- of state abandonments of punitive
drugs – has served since the Nixon rized: “Twenty-six states and the District themselves into de facto marijuana prohibition now. In the early
administration as a major profit center of Columbia currently have laws broadly 1930s, state and federal governments
for governments at every level. Owing legalizing marijuana in some form. Three
landlords of drug-dealer were struggling with greatly diminished
to the ostensible efforts to suppress the other states will soon join them after sharecroppers. revenues occasioned by the economy’s
possession, use, and commerce in these recently passing measures permitting Great Contraction. To recoup these
drugs, governments have been able to use of medical marijuana. losses of revenue, in 1933, the govern-
justify great increases in their staffs, “Seven states and the District of which the governments themselves will ments repealed the 18th Amendment of
budgets, and power. Columbia have adopted the most rig the markets and skim off a large part the U.S. Constitution, abolished their
Of all the interest groups that have expansive laws legalizing marijuana for of the earnings of sellers via fees and anti-alcohol police units, and set about
devoted themselves to propping up this recreational use. Most recently, Califor- taxation. taxing a highly popular product with a
social, economic, and political catas- nia, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada The state governments are turning highly inelastic demand.
trophe, above the others prominently all passed measures in November legal- themselves into de facto landlords of Franklin D. Roosevelt probably never
stands the government itself – especially izing recreational marijuana. California’s drug-dealer sharecroppers: The produc- took any action that was more broadly
the police, the prosecutors, the prison Proposition 64 measure allows adults ers that grow, process, and sell marijuana popular than his support for scrap-
guards, and the unions that represent the 21 and older to possess up to one ounce will be required to pay the government ping Prohibition. The point, then as
police and the prison personnel. Despite of marijuana and grow up to six plants what amounts to a share of the income. now, was that prohibition had spawned
substantial efforts by various private in their homes. Other tax and licensing Thus, while continuing to wage the old a vast black market free of taxation,
groups opposed to the war on drugs provisions of the law will not take effect war on participants in the markets for and governments wanted the money it
and despite the growing public disap- until January 2018.” (Illinois has legal- cocaine, heroin, and other forbidden could reap from legalization and taxa-
proval of the war on drugs, especially the ized medical marijuana, and Iowa this drugs, the state governments will embed tion. Likewise today in the marijuana
marijuana laws, the government groups year enacted legislation to do the same.) themselves in the marijuana segment of market, governments want to get their
have remained steadfast in their opposi- As this summary indicates, states that the drug markets as a kind of modern hands on more of the money received by
tion to any slackening of the established are “liberalizing” their marijuana laws lord of the manor, requiring that the the sellers.
actions to cut off drug supplies and are not doing so by simply repealing peasants pony up tribute of various sorts
punish everyone engaged in the industry, existing laws that make the possession, and comply with the lord’s dictates in Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political
whether as producer, consumer, or mid- distribution, and production of these regard to the nature of the industry’s economy at the Independent Institute
dleman. At present, President Donald products illegal. Instead, the states are organization and operation. In this setup (, where this article origi-
Trump, his attorney general, and his sec- creating a complex regime of control, the government of each state with “liber- nally appeared).
retary of homeland security are all voic- regulation, and taxation. alized” marijuana laws will be, to put it
ing support for not only retaining but By these expedients, state governments simply, the biggest drug lord of all.
ramping up the national government’s are in effect responding to the public’s Readers who have studied the national
war on drugs, including its enforcement growing opposition to the old regime of government’s prohibition of alco-
of the federal marijuana laws. arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment holic beverages in the 1920s and early
In recent decades, however, a growing by creating a legalized arrangement in 1930s may notice similarities in the
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Governor Finally Supports a Budget
Plan, but Democrats Remain Spooked

ne of the hottest rumors making governor asks for it and sets the rates.
the rounds among Statehouse types There’s so little trust right now that
last week was that the governor and/ some Democrats (and some Republicans,
or the Illinois Republican Party will be who’ve also been burned by Rauner) still
sending “trackers” to Springfield for the want the governor to specifically say aloud
upcoming special legislative session. that he will sign a personal-income-tax
The rumor, which was everywhere, was rate of 4.95 percent and new service taxes
that the trackers would follow Democrats on things such as landscaping, which are
around to try to get them to say silly things included in his proposal.
or record them doing stuff that might not But it’s not just the rumors or the
look good to the folks back home. proposals or the press conferences. Other
House staff was even telling Democratic recent events have thoroughly rattled
members to watch out for the trackers. many Democrats. For instance, on June
And some Democrats were privately 9 Rauner contributed $1.5 million to the
demanding that their party respond Illinois Republican Party, and the follow-
in kind. ing day the state party passed through
So I went to the upper echelons of Team $850,000 to the House Republicans’
Rauner and asked whether the rumors campaign committee.
were true. I was told in no uncertain terms To some Democratic eyes, Rauner gave
that they were not. his Republicans big bucks to either vote for
Nasty rumors thrive in the pea-soup tax hikes or stay mum.
fog of fear and loathing that pervades It’s also pretty much impossible to pass
the Statehouse these days. At one time a tax hike without votes from Chicago
or another, it seems like everybody has Democratic legislators, who don’t have to
fought everybody and now nobody worry about general-election challenges.
trusts anybody. Yet the Republican proposal included
Heck, the far-right Illinois Policy Insti- what seemed to Chicago Democrats to be
tute is even running Facebook ads whack- an obvious poison pill: Vote to raise taxes
ing Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative while simultaneously shortchanging fund-
Republicans for their “$5-billion tax hike.” ing for Chicago’s public schools.
Rauner used to be a large contributor And then Illinois Republican Party
and often sought advice from and palled negative mailers started hitting various
around with the group’s leader. House Democratic incumbents.
The governor’s party last week proposed “Fred Crespo and Mike Madigan may
what appears on the surface to be a fairly let Illinois collapse,” blared a mailer that
reasonable budget plan (pending further landed last week in Representative Cre-
review) with some much-needed tax spo’s suburban turf. “Fred Crespo teamed
increases. But they couched the unveiling with Mike Madigan to: Block a balanced
in such overtly partisan and demanding budget; Bail out Chicago Public Schools;
terms that it looks like a trap to many eyes Prevent a property-tax increase; Reject
on both sides of the aisle. job-creating reforms.”
“We’re calling a special session so law- Rauner recently began airing TV ads
makers can pass the Republicans’ compro- attacking Speaker Madigan and his “pup-
mise balanced-budget plan with reforms,” pets” for letting the state “crumble” and for
Rauner tweeted just before he officially wanting to raise taxes “by billions.”
called the special session. The governor has It’s true that the House Democrats do
obvious comprehension problems with the stand alone as the only caucus without a
concept of “compromise.” A plan drafted budget plan. It’s not at all inaccurate to
by one party and then presented as an warn Illinoisans that the House Dems may
all-or-nothing demand doesn’t quite fit the “let Illinois collapse,” because they haven’t
traditional definition of the word. Then yet done anything concrete to keep the
again, the Democratic majority has also government from collapsing.
done this on countless occasions. But Democrats are left wondering if
At least Rauner is finally starting to Rauner is trying to intimidate them into
own something, but if he had just laid his voting with him or setting them up to take
tax-hike cards on the table two-and-a-half the blame for a plan that wasn’t ever going
years ago, we might not be in this mess anywhere. We’ll find out soon.
today. Senate President John Cullerton has
said almost from the beginning that the Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax (a daily
only way a tax increase will pass is if the political newsletter) and
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MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius

Just a Road Map
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, June 30 at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

casual listen to The Front Porch Sessions, wallowing. “We Deserve a
the new album from The Reverend Pey- Happy Ending” kicks things
ton’s Big Damn Band, will likely prompt off, with its determination to
some confusion. defy blues clichés reflecting
There’s that deceptive name, which simply the treasures of love:
purposefully disguises the Indiana-based “We deserve a happy ending.
trio as something larger. And there’s the fact / It’s been real since the begin-
that the guitarist/singer/songwriter Reverend ning. / Even when we’re losin’ /
(born Josh) is augmented ever so lightly on It feels like we are winning.”
the record by his bandmates – wife Breezy on And it closes with “Corn-
washboard and Maxwell Senteney on drums. bread & Butterbeans,” a joyous
The Big Damn Band sounds downright small. up-tempo number celebrating
And then there’s the laid-back-country- the routines of rural life.
blues style, which masks the difficulty of the The album doesn’t avoid the
Rev’s playing. If you didn’t know that Peyton blues’ typical subject matter,
simultaneously plays both the bass and lead but there’s something elusively
lines on his guitar, you’d swear there was at positive that buoys it. The
least one more member of the Big Damn Band. deep-vibrato singing on Furry
It doesn’t seem possible, for example, that there Lewis’ “When My Baby Left
isn’t an upright-bass player on “Cornbread Me” conveys strength despite
& Butterbeans.” the heartbreak. The guitar
“It’s 100-percent me,” Peyton said in a and singing on the should-
recent phone interview. “That guitar has such be-bleak “One More Thing”
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Photo by Tyler Zoller.
a deep thump to it that it just kind of turns out – “Just one more thing / And
that way. We almost thought it sounded like we lose our house” – have a
a cello.” matter-of-fact clarity, with no worry, self-pity, melodies on my fingers.” Bonnaroo. “We go play places in the United
When the band headlines the first day of or anger within. Similarly, Bob & Miles Pratcher’s “It’s All States, people lose their minds most of the
the 2017 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, And those tracks are balanced by pure plea- Night Long” is endlessly playful, with Peyton’s time,” Peyton said. “Like a religious experi-
of course, all of those things will be readily sure. “Flying Squirrels” is just two instrumen- guitar being egged on by hoots and hand ence. It’s like a revival. ...
apparent. More importantly, audiences will see tal lines – lead guitar and bass – darting all claps as the tempo steadily accelerates. “That’s “I don’t kowtow to people. I’m not going
how successfully Peyton merges an old-time over the place. “The finger-picking on that one what’s sometimes referred to as a pre-blues to change who I am for a show. But what I
style with his personal songs and a depth and is nuts,” Peyton said. “I’ve never really heard fiddle song,” Peyton said. “On that song, I’m usually do is I look at the crowd, I look what’s
intensity of feeling. anything quite like it. I was trying to really playing basically both the guitar part and happening, and I also have to look inside
Although The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn push what is possible on country-style blues the fiddle part at the same time on resonator myself that day. Some days, I’m just not feeling
Band is undeniably a country-blues outfit, guitar. To go beyond just a simple syncopated guitar. I don’t know anybody that’s ever really a certain song. I just don’t have it in me to do
the vibe of The Front Porch Sessions is nearly bass rhythm into a more-complex running done that before.” it. Particularly with country blues – it’s such a
ecstatic, without even the slightest hint of bass line at the same time while I’m playing The light feel of the record was the primary personal style of music. If you’re not believing
goal of the recording sessions, Peyton said: it yourself – it’s not in you 100 percent – it ain’t
“My concept for it was simple: I just wanted gonna happen. It’s a multi-part thing. I have to
it to be like if you were hanging out on the feel like it’s right for the day and the show and
front porch. In terms of production, I wanted it’s right for me, too.”
the guitar to be up-front. I wanted to go back And that sometimes frustrates his band-
to the earliest recordings of us. I wanted a mates. Peyton does prepare set lists, but ... .
record that was going to be very easy to listen “I always joke with the band,” he said. “I say,
to. I wanted it to be pleasing to the ears. ... ‘It’s just a road map. Subject to change.’ And
I wanted the slide guitar to be very sweet, they’re like, ‘You’re supposed to follow a
instead of stinging. ... Like having a lazy day on road map.’ ”
the porch. ...
“I’m going to start every song, it’s just me The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will
and a guitar. And then we’re going to build it perform on Friday, June 30, at the Mississippi
up from there and see where it goes. If it’s hand Valley Blues Festival (in Davenport’s LeClaire
claps or snaps – whatever it needs. We’re just Park, 400 West Beiderbecke Drive). The festival
going to build it up slow from there.” continues on Saturday, July 1, and one-day
There’s something bone-deep and authentic tickets are $10 to $20. For tickets and more
in the Reverend’s singing and playing that information, visit
quite simply connects to people. That has
allowed the Big Damn Band to find an audi- For more information on The Reverend Peyton’s
ence beyond blues crowds – including, for Big Damn Band, visit
example, opening for Flogging Molly and
Continued On Page 5 playing the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and
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MUSIC By Mike Schulz

Crossover Appeal
Jazz Meets Classical with Mike Conrad’s All Angles Orchestra, July 2 at the Village Theatre

ettendorf native Mike Conrad is an
acclaimed jazz trombonist, com-
poser, bandleader, and educator who’s
currently completing his doctorate in
jazz studies at the University of Northern
Colorado. But in tracing his musical gifts
and professional success back to their grade-
school beginnings, the 29-year-old actually
has another doctor to thank – one with the
surname Seuss.
“It was pretty random,” says Conrad,
during our recent phone interview, about
his initial choice of musical instrument.
“But I remember that I had this Dr. Seuss
book called My Book About Me. It’s this
book where you fill in the blanks with things
that apply to you, and on one page it had
a picture and it said, ‘My favorite instru-
ment is        .’ And for some reason I
wrote ‘trombone.’ I don’t know why. Maybe Mike Conrad compose works of his own in high
because of the illustration of the trombonist school, and later at the Univer-
in the book. improvisation. But then you’ve got sity of Northern Iowa (where he
“But later, when it came time to decide strings and woodwinds that give it earned his bachelor’s degrees in
what to play in the school-band program in this extra sonic element. It’s really jazz education and music compo-
fifth grade, I was looking at that book and kind of all-encompassing – which sition) and Rochester, New York’s
what I wrote, and that’s what I picked – the was part of the idea behind the Eastman School of Music (where
trombone.” Although, judging by Conrad’s name ‘All Angles.’ he earned his master’s in jazz
inspiring accomplishments in the two “We had a guest artist on the composition and arranging).
decades since, it’s entirely possible the trom- album, the great trumpet player Alex Sipia- a lot of work in my basement trying to learn “The thing that’s fun about jazz composi-
bone picked him. gan, and I really like the way he described it: by ear. Early on, it was Duke Ellington who tion,” says Conrad, “is trying to create an
The recipient of four ASCAP Herb Alpert ‘It’s a small-group mentality with a large- really got me going. There’s this recording of environment for soloists to be featured.
Young Jazz Composer Awards and five orchestra sound.’ ” his band playing at the Newport Jazz Festival Where you’re writing things and creating
Downbeat Student Music Awards, Conrad live in 1956, and it has this one track that’s this backdrop for them, but still allowing
has performed in Germany, Italy, China, Personal Jazz Journey like 15 minutes long that’s kind of pointed them to express their individual creative
and throughout the United States. His Conrad himself has been playing with to as the ‘revival of jazz,’ especially for Duke voices within the confines of what you’ve
works have been commissioned by esteemed large orchestras – and immersing himself in Ellington. It’s this really energetic perfor- created. It’s so much different from clas-
organizations including Excelsior Charter jazz – since he was a kid, his grade-school- mance and you can hear the crowd going sical composition, because the element of
Schools and the West Point Army Jazz band experience leading directly to involve- nuts, and that really spoke to me. I listened improvisation is also part of the composi-
Knights. He’s been a frequent presence at ment in the Quad Cities’ All-City Jazz Band to that thing over and over and over, and it tion. That’s really exciting for me, and
the Rochester International Jazz Festival, under the direction of Al Guss. piqued my interest to find other things, too.” especially when you’re hearing something
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and Iowa City Jazz “He used to teach at Sudlow” Intermedi- His jazz interests were further piqued you’ve written being played for the first time.
Festival (where he’ll play again this year); ate School, says Conrad of Guss, “and he had during his subsequent involvement with the That’s the kind of thrill that I think keeps
his arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Come this metro-area youth jazz ensemble. And Bix Beiderbecke Youth Memorial Jazz Band, composers going.”
Sunday” premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2014; that was something I got involved in through plus the performances Conrad witnessed It’s also the kind that – as one of the
his six-minute composition The Genesee a camp they did at the Annie Wittenmyer during the annual Bix Beiderbecke Memo- All Angles Orchestra’s three principal
was performed as part of Barack Obama’s complex. My mom somehow heard about rial Jazz Festivals. “I remember hearing John composers – Conrad gets to experience as
second inauguration. that, and that they needed trombone players, Allred play,” he says. “He was here with one author, bandleader, and performer in his
And on July 2, local audiences can be and signed me up.” He laughs. “Maybe she of the Dixieland groups that came through. new ensemble.
treated to two full hours of Conrad’s varied just wanted to get me out of the house for I don’t remember the name of the group, but “The group sort of started as an outlet to
talents when Davenport’s Village Theatre a week. his playing, in particular, was really exciting write for a different kind of ensemble,” says
hosts an evening with the 15-piece ensemble “But I went to this camp, and that was my for me as a young jazz trombonist.” Conrad of the orchestra’s 2015 origins. “The
Mike Conrad’s All Angles Orchestra – a first exposure to jazz. And even though I had By his freshman year at Bettendorf High jazz big band is kind of a traditional ensemble
synthesis of jazz and big-band stylings tour- no idea, really, how to play that style – and School, says Conrad, “I pretty much decided – five saxophones, four trombones, four
ing in support of its debut album New Angle, I could barely play my instrument at that that this was my path. I didn’t know specifi- trumpets, and a rhythm section – and I love
and a group whose specific sound Conrad point – I knew I really liked it, and so I kind cally what I’d do in music – whether I’d be a writing for this kind of group. But I felt myself
himself finds difficult to describe. of started my own personal journey. teacher or a performer or how I’d primarily starting to get into a bit of a comfort zone with
“It’s really hard to pin down just what “As far as jazz music goes,” Conrad contin- make my money. But I really couldn’t see that, and I guess I was looking for something
it is,” says Conrad. “At its core, it’s a jazz ues, “I was mostly self-taught by checking myself doing anything else.” to push me in a different direction.”
group because of the groove that the rhythm out CDs from the Bettendorf Public Library’s And that knowledge increased, says
section provides and the elements of jazz section – finding stuff I liked, and doing Conrad, when the musician began to Continued On Page 17
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(563)324-0049 (phone) ’ve been taking my nine- middle-aged men of the same
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year-old granddaughter height, with the same hair-
Ava to the theatre since she cuts, and tenors. Ava did note
Publishing since 1993 was three, and on June 15 she that Frog wore glasses, but at
The River Cities’ Reader is an independent accompanied me to the mati- one point during the per-
newspaper published every other Thursday, née performance of A Year formance, a little girl sitting
and available free throughout the Quad with Frog & Toad, where we in front of us turned to her
Cities and surrounding areas. agreed that children’s shows mother and asked, “Which
© 2017 River Cities’ Reader don’t always have to be high- one is Frog again?”
energy to be fun. This Circa ’21 Scenic designer Emma
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5 p.m. Wednesday prior to publication is a gentle story of friendship, the task of converting the attic
and under the direction of set from Circa ’21’s mainstage
PUBLISHER Kim Kurtenbach it has a nicely musical Snapshots into the
Todd McGreevy
old-fashioned vibe. homes of Frog and Toad. To
EDITOR Based on the charming Ava, it looked like the interior
Kathleen McCarthy books by Arnold Lobel, this of a cottage, and she thought
Noel Huntley, Janos Horvath, Marc Ciemiewicz, Brad Hauskins,
EDITORIAL musical’s two amphibian and Morgan Griffin it was just right, although she
Managing Editor: friends share their feelings, also wished they had separate
Jeff Ignatius • adventures, and activities during each enjoyed the “snail mail” carrier with a houses. (Even though there were doors
Arts Editor, Calendar Editor: season in a year – hibernating until shell on his back. on either side of the stage to represent
Mike Schulz • spring, swimming in summer, raking That character was played wonderfully separate entries into their abodes, there
Contributing Writers: Amy Alkon, Jeff Ashcraft, Hannah leaves in the fall, and sledding in winter by Marc Ciemiewicz (who also takes on was no wall separating the shared space,
Bates, Rob Brezsny, Dee Canfield, Rich Miller, Frederick – and Ava and I especially liked the five other roles). His slow movements as so I had to explain – as you might also
Morden, Victoria Navarro, Brent Tubbs, Bruce Walters music. Written by brothers Robert and the postal snail, taking a lo-o-ong time to have to – the reasoning behind the
Willie Reale, the songs are bright and deliver a letter, were among the musical’s repurposed set.) For her part, stage
ADVERTISING catchy, and sung to perfection here by all many running jokes, and Ciemiewicz’s manager Heather Hauskins helped create
Account Executive:
Lauren Wood
five of the show’s performers. The score singing in a picnic number showcased moods for each season through simple ranges from jazzy show tunes to ballads his operatic talent. Additionally, the and creative props, the most effective
Advertising Coordinator: to opera, and employing such titles as actor plays A Year with Frog & Toad’s being the built-for-speed sled used in the
Nathan Klaus “Frog Looks Funny in a Bathing Suit” bird pilot alongside bird attendants Noel winter scene. All that was missing were
Advertising rates, publishing schedule, and “Eating Cookies,” the lyrics are both Huntley and Morgan Griffin (both of falling snowflakes.
demographics, and more are available at kid- and adult-relatable. (Who can resist whom also play multiple roles), and serv- Considering there are only five actors, freshly baked cookies?) ing as narrators the trio performs songs A Year with Frog & Toad is more layered
Costume designer Gregory Hiatt that move the story from one season to than one might presume, with a lot going
DESIGN/PRODUCTION augmented the old-fashioned theme another, harmonizing beautifully and on that could open up conversations with
Art Director, Production Manager:
by dressing Frog and Toad in jaunty comically interacting with Frog and your children (or grandchildren). Not
Spencer Rabe •
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outfits consisting of unmatched plaids Toad with energy and versatility. only is there the theme of what it means
Nathan Klaus • and stripes. Donning sport coats, vests, Frog (Janos Horvath) and Toad (Brad to be a true friend, but moments in the
bow ties, and hats, the two looked like a Hauskins), meanwhile, play off each musical explore topics such as bullying,
ADMINISTRATION vaudeville duo, and the style is repeated other well – Horvath’s calm, reassuring healthy eating, being scared, being lonely,
Business Manager: Kathleen McCarthy in the swimming-pond scene that finds friend an unruffled contrast to Haus- and being unafraid to try new things. And
Office Administrator, Circulation Manager: our leads wearing 1890s swimsuits with kins’ anxious, fearful grump who never as I did with Ava, you may gain surpris-
Rick Martin • almost their entire bodies covered. Ava knows the correct time. Their soft-shoe ing insight … all due to an unexpectedly
Distribution: Cheri DeLay, and I did question why the production’s number “Raking Leaves,” choreographed thoughtful children’s play.
Greg FitzPatrick, N. Ingalls, H. Keyser, bird characters were dressed as a pilot by Erin Churchill, was another nod
N. Rice, Jay Strickland
and two airline attendants; given their to a bygone era, and delivered by both A Year with Frog &Toad runs at the
bright, multi-colored outfits but no feath- actors with especially gentle grace. But Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third
ers, Ava was concerned that younger although Horvath and Hauskins per- Avenue, Rock Island) through July 1, and
kids may not get that they’re birds, and formed with precision, my concern for more information and tickets are avail-
I agreed. Hiatt’s other costumes were younger audience members was that the able by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2
clever, though, and Ava and I both two were maybe too similar, both being or visiting
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MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius

Back in Stride
Leftover Salmon, July 3 at the Redstone Room

t was 2007 when I last spoke to Vince
Herman, and he was promoting a show
with Great American Taxi. I asked him
about some festival dates that Leftover Salmon
– the long-running, self-described “poly-
ethnic Cajun slamgrass” jam band that he
co-founded – had played that summer.
Herman was clear that, in his view, Leftover
Salmon – which went on hiatus in 2005 after
soldiering on for three years following the
death of bandmate Mark Vann – didn’t have Leftover Salmon. Photo by D.W. Burnett.
much of a future without its founding banjo
player. “As a business entity and as a musical Salmon, but Herman said that was in the
entity, it just didn’t have its old boogie-woogie works with Payne in mind. “We were going to
to it,” he told me. “We did it as long as we do a New Orleans record with Bill Payne, and
could before it was too much.” when he left to go join the Doobie Brothers,
That obituary turned out to be premature, that kind of put that on the back burner. ...
as Leftover Salmon over the past seven years We’ve got some tunes sitting around, lying in
has had a remarkably active second act. wait for that New Orleans project.”
Part of that was getting more distance from But he said the band was recently in
Vann’s death. “We took some time to recover Arizona recording for an album planned for
our spirits ... ,” Herman said in an interview release next spring, and the band’s recent
last week for Leftover Salmon’s July 3 show at additions have been important contributors.
the Redstone Room. “We really needed to give “Man, what an awesome interpreter of
it a break so we could come back to it and feel things Alwyn has been,” Herman said. “He
like, ‘Wow, these are beautiful tunes to dive hears things that we would never think of –
back into.’” mostly the new stuff, but we do occasionally
But the key, he said, was finding the right rework some things, and Alwyn always finds
person to fill Vann’s role in the band. That was an interesting approach to it.”
banjoist Andy Thorn, who joined in 2010. “He And while Deutsch is still relatively new,
definitely has a Mark-like feel to him, not only Herman said, he was impressive in the studio.
his playing but hanging out with him, also,” “He’s just getting more and more comfortable
Herman said. “That was an important part of all the time,” he said. “Erik just amazed us
making the equation happen.” with his ear, and then what he produced.”
Leftover Salmon, he added, probably As for the Redstone Room show, the venue
wouldn’t be where it is today without Thorn stands out on Leftover Salmon’s summer
in the fold: “The writing and playing are great, itinerary, loaded with outdoor festivals
and not only make the old stuff feel right and a performance at the famed Red Rocks
but pointed us in some new directions that Ampihtheatre.
seemed like fun to explore.” But the band has a Quad Cities connection.
Thorn hasn’t been the only change for Herman’s wife – Miss Moline Playground
the band in recent years. Joining the core 1979 and Moline High School’s 1991 home-
of Herman, co-founder Drew Emmitt, and coming queen, he noted with a laugh – still
longtime bassist Greg Garrison are drummer has family here, and they’ll be celebrating
Alwyn Robinson (a 2013 addition) and jazz- her father’s birthday the day Leftover Salmon
trained keybordist Erik Deutsch (who hopped comes to town.
aboard last year, following a stint at the keys by And while a small room has a different feel
Bill Payne of Little Feat). from the outdoor festivals the guys usually
“Changes keep coming,” Herman said. play over the summer, Herman said it won’t be
“When you’re on year 28 of this stuff, you’ve a problem: “As long as that dancing energy is
got to learn to roll with the changes, and there and people are willing to cut loose a bit,
they’ve been fun.” we seem to find the right stride of things.”
The band’s resurgence has been docu-
mented in a pair of studio albums, 2012’s Leftover Salmon will perform on Monday,
Aquatic Hitchhiker and 2014’s High County. July 3, at the Redstone Room (129 Main Street,
But for an outfit best-known for its live shows, Davenport; Tickets
the treasure of recent years is 2015’s 25, which to the 7:30 p.m. show are $37.75 to $43.
features 25 live tracks to mark the band’s
25th anniversary. For more information on Leftover Salmon, visit
Emmitt had, for several years, also teased a
Cajun and zydeco-flavored album for Leftover
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MUSIC By Jeff Ignatius

Freeing “Freedom”
Chicano Batman, June 30 at Daytrotter

urking underneath last year, “This Land Is
the unfettered joy of Your Land” popped up.
Chicano Batman’s “That’s such a difficult
version of Woody Guthrie’s song to re-create,” Arévalo
“This Land Is Your Land” is said. “We felt, in the end,
a tension. The performance it was probably best to
and enthusiasm could not completely re-create the
be more infectious, but ... it arrangement save for the
was created for a whiskey lyrics and just make it our
commercial (for Johnnie own. ... We spent a lot of
Walker) that aired during time on it. We came up
this year’s Grammys. And with three to four arrange-
it was released two days ments of it – completely
before the inauguration of different. ... I think we were
President Donald Trump able to do it justice and still
and implicitly exposes the have people appreciate it as
song’s political roots. a stand-alone new thing.”
And therein lies the And although the band
track’s magic. It’s so fully was hesitant to do a liquor
convincing that it doesn’t commercial, it was too
feel like selling out. And good an opportunity to
you won’t catch a whiff of bypass – for Chicano
protest from it, because the Batman, certainly, but
unwavering brightness is also for the benefit of
the protest. other Latinos.
The Los Angeles-based “Here’s an ad company,
quartet with the great Chicano Batman. Photo by Josue Rivas. and a liquor company,
name – playing Daytrotter that wants to give us this
on June 30 in its first Iowa show ever – is ourselves. ... There are people that try to of the album is warm – a function of its opportunity to show who we are in front
having a breakout year, with that com- manipulate the dialogue and make you soul roots. of such a big audience, which doesn’t
mercial exposure followed by the release think that that’s not a possibility. ... And “We’ve always been fans of soul come down the pipeline very often for
of its third full-length, March’s Freedom that causes a lot of pain and suffering music,” Arévalo said. “It’s always been people of color – especially Latinos,”
Is Free, which has garnered strong on people.” a thread in our songwriting. ... I felt Arévalo said.
reviews and generated substantial buzz. Despite its positive message, the like this was the first time where it “We felt like the good outweighed the
It’s not hard to see why. The first album band – which also features singer Bardo made sense to fully explore that type reservations. ... At the end of the day, we
the band recorded outside a home studio, Martinez, bassist Eduardo Arenas, and of aesthetic.” felt like it was an opportunity that could
its first with a producer (Leon Michels), drummer Gabriel Villa – isn’t oblivious The band’s members have long cited open doors for more people. ... It hasn’t
and its first to take more than a few days to suffering. “La Jura” is a song about the influence of southern-California’s been made for people like us to be seen
to cut, Freedom Is Free is a wide-ranging the death of a citizen at the hands of low-rider culture, he added. “That’s just on a mainstream level, and we’re hoping
fusion of classic soul and modern police, but even then Chicano Batman something we grew up with. And for to change that.”
sensibilities. The textures range from has a light touch. While the lyrics pull whatever reason, we just tapped into that And it just so happened that “This
sunny psychedelic pop to goofy Spanish- no punches (“Those who must protect / vein when we were writing this record. It Land Is Your Land” works phenomenally
language funk to the atmospheric closing Do the opposite / They kill innocents”), felt natural for us to finally explore that well as a gently political companion to
instrumental, with the politics some- they’re sung in Spanish, and the sleepy avenue fully and just create an album “Freedom Is Free” – with both celebra-
times blunt and sometimes buried. treatment – dominated by harpsichord that we wanted to make for a while, but tions in the face of an often-hostile
The album’s cover features a dominat- and keyboards – largely obscures the for whatever reason we didn’t get to it political climate.
ing, haloed figure with arms to the sky message for people who don’t know until this time.” “It’s weird how they both kind of
rising above a collage of war, oppression, the language. It helped to be free of the burdens of worked out to be an A and B side,”
and death. The record’s title track reflects The song was intended, Arévalo said, recording, engineering, and producing Arévalo said. “It wasn’t intentional; it’s
something similar, a message of per- as the “first Spanish-language Black Lives the album themselves. “When you have a just the way the universe works.”
sonal empowerment and transcendence Matter ballad.” He said listeners can producer come in, it can help you cut the
despite the turmoil. translate the lyrics on the Internet, “or fat off and make the songs more lean,” Chicano Batman will perform on Friday,
“It’s just a spin on the slogan ‘Free- you can just enjoy it as a pretty song with Arévalo said. June 30, at Daytrotter (324 Brady Street,
dom isn’t free,’ which attaches war and some good melodies.” “We felt like something special was Davenport; The 9 p.m.
violence to freedom,” explained guitarist There’s no mistaking the message of happening. ... We were just in a place and concert also features The Golden Fleece,
Carlos Arévalo in a recent phone inter- “The Taker Story,” however – a Nick time where we got to focus completely on and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at
view. “It essentially says you can’t have Cave-style litany of human-created prob- the music, which was something we had the door.
freedom without those things taking lems that includes slavery, genocide, and never been able to do before. ... We were
place. We beg to differ. We believe that environmental destruction. there for one reason only: to write and For more information on Chicano
freedom is an inherent thing, and that The forcefulness of that track is an record the best songs we could.” Batman, visit
it’s something that we all have within outlier, however, and the overall mood And after the album was finished early
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What’s Happenin’

Music O n July 3, Davenport’s Daytrotter venue hosts a
pre-party for the Quad Cities’ Red, White, & Boom!
fireworks display featuring a free concert by A Giant Dog
A Giant Dog – and I know what you’re thinking. I’m probably going to
follow that information with a dopey remark such as “No,
Daytrotter it’s not Clifford,” right? Or maybe I’ll make some groan-
Monday, July 3, 7 p.m. worthy mention about how it’s a band with bark and bite?
Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that just proves how
little you know me. I’m more than just a relentless pun
machine. I’m a legitimate journalist. Canine get a little respect around here?!?
Okay, fine. You know me pretty well.
If you’re less familiar with A Giant Dog, though, the band’s growing fame and
increasingly ecstatic reviews suggest you may not be for much longer. Based in Austin,
Texas, this five-piece punk-rock ensemble was formed by lead singer Sabrina Ellis and

guitarist Andrew Cashen in 2008, and boasts a lineup that includes Andy Bauer on
running – and continue with the 2:30
guitar, Graham Low on bass, and Daniel Blanchard on percussion. The group released
p.m. showstoppers of the Marquise Knox
its album debut Fight in 2012, following it with 2013’s Bone, 2016’s Pile, and this
Band, whose frontman has performed
upcoming August’s Toy. (Methinks I sense a theme in those titles.) And as Ellis stated Mississippi Valley dozens of festivals throughout the United
in a recent interview, A Giant Dog’s stylistic influences include
some of the most iconic names in the history of rock: David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop,
Blues Festival States and Europe. The Corey Dennison
LeClaire Park Band – favorites of the Chicago-blues
and The Velvet Underground.
scene – takes the LeClaire Park stage at
With the release of Pile, the musicians have even started earning the sorts Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1
4:30 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. the time for the
of critical hosannas that greeted those artists in their prime. According to

Hamilton Loomis Band, with its leader’s, the “tried and true adrenalized garage thrash” of A Giant arlier this year, longtime Missis-
famed red guitar a gift from mentor Bo
Dog’s latest results in “the most complete and fully formed record of its career” and sippi Valley Blues Society member
Diddley. The park will be blues-rocked
“exhibits a noticeable tightening of craftsmanship.”, meanwhile, says, and volunteer Steve Pedigo passed away
at 8:30 p.m. in its set with Dana Fuchs,
“It’s a rare cocktail that mixes sloppy punk passion with precision, but A Giant Dog – a heartbreaking loss for all of us who
prized for her decades of performing
have both working for them.” knew and loved the guy. Consequently,
and awesome growl in the 2007 Beatles
A word of caution, however, if you’re planning to bring your children out for some and most deservedly, the 32nd Missis-
tribute Across the Universe. And the day’s
classic rock before the night’s Mississippi River fireworks. Because here’s a quote from sippi Valley Blues Festival – taking place
blues exhilaration climaxes with a 10:30
that rave that I left out: “Pile revels proudly in seemingly at Davenport’s LeClaire Park June 30
p.m. set with Dwayne Dopsie & the
everything we were brought up to be wary of in our formative years: cheap sex, drugs, and July 1 – will be dedicated to Steve’s
Zydeco Hellraisers (pictured), its leader
death, bad relationships, and all sorts of high- and lowbrow hedonism in between.” memory, and I have to believe that
a 2007 Grammy nominee who, in a 1999
Here’s one from “The combination of pretty melodies and the ugliest wherever he is, our blues-lovin’ pal is
contest, beat out 3,000 others for the title
of realities is what drives Pile: It feels like the playlist for a rock-bottom party, made smiling at the fest’s sensational lineup of
of “America’s Hottest Acordion.”
by people who are in a bad place, taking the opportunity to celebrate it before rising scheduled artists ... and perhaps negoti-
As for the Blues Festival’s Friday, its
above it.” ating a weekend-return pass to see them
entertainment boasts a 5 p.m. set with
And here’s a section from the group’s Facebook bio: “These songs are by, for, and perform. (I also have to believe that Steve
the Zach Harris Band, winners of the
about the losers, freaks, and outcasts, The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds would’ve dug that joke.)
2015 preliminary round at the Iowa
and party animals. No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, Working backward, Saturday’s con-
Blues Challenge; an 8:30 p.m. concert
sluts, and creeps everywhere.” So maybe tell the your kids that this is A Giant Dog just certs begin with a 1 p.m. set with the
with the iTunes Blues chart-toppers of
for the grown-ups. As parents, it’s the very leash you can do. (Damn. You saw that one Travis Ried Band – led by the Burling-
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band;
coming, too, didn’t you?) ton, Iowa-based bluesman of 25 years
and the 10:30 p.m. evening-ender with
A Giant Dog performs locally with an opening set by The Zealots, and for more
information and tickets, visit when it came to blues music, Steve Pedigo liked to live that love, too. We miss you, buddy.
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By Mike Schulz

What Else
Is Happenin’
Thursday, June 22 – Blackfoot Gypsies.
Concert with the Nashville-based rockers,
featuring an opening set by Frankie Fontagne
& the Ramblers. Daytrotter (324 Brady Street,
Davenport). 8 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and
information, visit
Thursday, June 22 – Kristin Diable.
New Orleans-based singer/songwriter in a
Moeller Nights concert, featuring an opening
set by Frederick the Younger. Triple Crown
Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 East Third
Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $15. For tickets and
information, visit

Friday, June 23 – The Secret Sisters.
is brother is Jason Schwartzman, the star of Wes

Alabama-based Americana musicians in
Anderson’s Rushmore and HBO’s Bored to Death. concert, featuring an opening set by Cheyenne
Meddlers. The Redstone Room (129 Main
His cousin is Sofia Coppola, who won an Oscar for Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $13.75-17. For tickets
Rooney 2003’s Lost in Translation and best director at last and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit
month’s Cannes Film Festival. His mom is Rocky’s
Village Theatre Friday, June 23 – Susto and Lolo.
“Adria-a-a-an!” Talia Shire. His uncle is Francis Ford Co-headlined concert with the folk-rock
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. freakin’ Coppola. musicians, featuring opening sets by Wild Fur
and Frederick the Younger. Codfish Hollow
Consequently, it makes perfect sense that the Barn (5013 288th Avenue, Maquoketa). 7
family’s Robert Schwartzman (pictured) would grow p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, visit
up to be ... a musician?!? Oh, come on, Robert! With nepotistic opportunities like that, Saturday, June 24 – Teen Daze.
what were you thinking?!? Electronica with Canadian musician Jamison
Isaak, featuring an opening set by Sam O.B.
Perhaps that the world can always do with a little more uplifting pop rock, because Daytrotter (324 Brady Street, Davenport). 8:30
as the frontman of Rooney – performing a June 24 Moeller Nights concert at Daven- p.m. $8-10. For tickets and information, visit
port’s Village Theatre – that’s just what Schwartzman has been bringing to audiences Saturday, June 24 – The Schwag. Grateful
since the band’s late-20th Century beginnings. Dead tribute musicians in concert. Rock Island
Chicago-based slide guitarist and Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock
Back in 1999, the group was actually called Ed Rooney, named after the dyspeptic
YouTube sensation Joanna Connor. But Island). 9 p.m. For information, call (309)793-
principal of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The “Ed” was gone by the time Schwartzman’s 1999 or visit
there’ll also be a special 6:30 p.m. treat
five-piece ensemble released its self-titled full-length debut in 2003, an infectious Thursday, June 29 – Branson on the
with the River Music Experience talents Road. Two performances of country-western
blend of alternative rock and power pop that landed the album the number-two posi-
of All Sweat Productions, whose latest music, gospel, and comedy with the touring
tion on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Songs from Rooney eventually found their way entertainers. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828
tribute event will find a dozen-and-a- Third Avenue, Rock Island). Noon plated lunch,
into entertainments as diverse as the daytime drama All My Children and the video
half of the Quad Cities’ finest musicians 1 p.m. show, $46.50; 6 p.m. buffet, 7:15 p.m.
game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, and Rooney itself became widely recognized for show, $52.25. For tickets and information, call
performing a blues celebration titled The (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit
singing four of its tunes on a 2004 episode of The O.C.
3 Kings (B.B., Albert, & Freddie). Friday, June 30 – Chicano Batman. Latin
Over the next six years, Rooney released two additional albums – 2007’s Calling the funk, soul, and slow jam with the Los Angeles-
In honor of those three blues icons
World and 2010’s Eureka – and toured the nation with acts including Weezer, Jane’s based musicians, featuring an opening set
and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festi- by The Golden Fleece. Daytrotter (324 Brady
Addiction, OK Go, Audioslave, and Queens of the Stone Age. And after six additional Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and
val, try matching these Billboard-top-20
years of its bandmates pursuing other musical interests, Rooney made a splashy and information, visit
songs with the particular Kings who got Friday, June 30, through Sunday, July
energetic return with Washed Away, 2016’s critical hit that found Schwartzman play-
them there. 2 – Iowa City Jazz Festival. Annual music
ing and recording with an entirely new set of collaborators. celebration featuring concert headliners,
1) “ That’s What A) B.B. three side stages, a culinary row, artist booths,
With its lineup now filled out by Boaz Roberts on lead guitar, Sean Sobash on bass, a beverage garden, children’s activities, and
the Blues Is All B) Albert Tyler Johnson on drums, and Kim Vi on keyboards, Rooney’s Village Theatre set more. University of Iowa Pentacrest. Free. For
About” C) Freddie will find the indie rockers performing both from Rooney’s older catalog and Washed information including an event schedule, visit
2) “San-Ho-Zay” Away, with the latter earning some of the strongest reviews in the band’s career. Monday, July 3 – An Evening with Leftover
3) “Cold Feet” called it an album of “much cheer and honest-to-God fun,” as well as Salmon. Concert with the Colorado-based
bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/zydeco
4) “Peace of Mind” “a lighthearted venture into sun-laced pop.” The Guardian raved about its “beautifully musicians. The Redstone Room (129 Main
5) “Hide Away” sea-soaked, Dennis Wilson/Jimmy Webb style.” simply Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $37.75-43. For
tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or
6) “I Like to Live stated, “If you like great music, you’ll be into this.” visit
the Love” And the New York Times described it as “a likable, bittersweet exploration of life in Monday, July 3 – Mike Conrad’s All Angles
Orchestra. Fusion of big-band and jazz music
drift” and “a smart, understated sex comedy,” which ... . Hang on. That’s actually from
For more information on this year’s with the 15-piece ensemble led by Bettendorf
the Times’ review of Dreamland, a 2016 movie directed by Robert Schwartzman. Ha! I native Mike Conrad, touring in support of the
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, visit
knew he couldn’t hide from the Coppola pull forever! Just when you think you’re out, group’s new album New Angle. Village Theatre (2113 East 11th Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $5.
they pull you back in! For information, call (563)326-7529 or visit
Rooney performs with opening sets by Run River North and Twinsmith, and more
information and tickets are available by visiting
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What Else Is Happenin’ TCH IT
Tuesday, July 4 – Barn on the Fourth: Twin
Peaks. Holiday concert with the Chicago-based
power-pop musicians, featuring sets by The
Kickback, Yoko & the Oh No’s, Land of Blood
& Sunshine, and The Blisters. Codfish Hollow
Barn (5013 288th Avenue, Maquoketa, Iowa).
5 p.m. $25-30. For tickets and information, visit

Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, July
1 – Dial “M” for Murder. Fredrick Knott’s stage Schulz’s Review of
adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Clinton
Area Showboat Theatre (311 Riverview Drive, the Latest Movies On Demand
Clinton, Iowa). Thursday through Saturday 7:30
p.m., Sunday and Wednesday 3 p.m. $16-23. For
Heather Gudenkauf @ Moline Public Library
tickets and information, call (563)242-6760 or visit - June 29 BATMAN MOVIE
Friday, June 23, through Sunday, July 2 – Will Arnett is a consistent riot as a
The Bomb-itty of Errors. An “ad-rap-tation” of Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., relentlessly self-aggrandizing Dark
Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free summer admission. Knight, and with the jokes flying
the Q Brothers’ Postell Pringle. Riverside Theatre For information, call (563)326-7804 or visit
Festival Stage (200 Park Road, Lower City Park,
fast and furious, director Chris
Iowa City). Wednesday through Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday, June 24 – ARTists in Motion. McKay and his screenwriters make
Sunday and Tuesday 7 p.m. $17-30. For tickets Fundraiser in which Quad Cities artists create frequently marvelous comedic hay
and information, call (319)338-7672 or visit pieces throughout the evening and the audience out of 78 years of superhero “votes” on their favorites with cash donations
Saturday, June 24, through Sunday, July split between the winner and Midcoat Fine Arts.
mythology. (Same day as DVD.)
2 – The Comedy of Errors. Genesius Guild’s Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 East Second
production of William Shakespeare’s mistaken- Street, Davenport). 6-10 p.m. For information,
identity comedy. Lincoln Park (11th Avenue and call 563-424-1210 or visit LIFE
38th Street, Rock Island). Saturday and Sunday 8 MidcoastFineArts. Strong, scary, and well-performed,
p.m. Donations encouraged. For information, visit director Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi
Thursday, June 29, through Sunday, July EVENTS freak-out is chock-full of tension
9 – Evita. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June and surprises, from the sight of an
Rice’s Tony-winning musical drama on the life of 24 – Miss Iowa Scholarship Competition. astronaut drowning in a spacesuit
Annual competition for young women in the
Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron. Timber Lake
area featuring Thursday and Friday preliminaries to the copious blood that, in the
Playhouse (8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll,
Illinois). Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday finals. Adler Theatre (136 East Third film’s zero-gravity setting, doesn’t
Sunday, Wednesday, and July 1 at 2 p.m. $17-25. Street, Davenport). Thursday and Friday $40, spill so much as coagulate and
For tickets and information, call (815)244-2035 or Saturday $50. For information and tickets, visit float. (Same day as DVD.)
Monday, July 3, through Saturday, July Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24 –
8 – Grease. Teens from the region perform the Urban Street Games. Annual competitions of
’50s-themed musical comedy. Timber Lake physical strength and stamina sponsored by The
Foundation. The District of Rock Island. $320 per
Playhouse (8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll,
team. For information, call (309)278-8029 or visit
The young cast for this big-screen
Illinois). Monday and Thursday through Saturday reboot proves to be winning and
7:30 p.m. $12. For tickets and information, call
(815)244-2035 or visit Saturday, June 24 – Downtown Iowa City endearing company, and the
Block Party. Outdoor event featuring concerts delirious, hilarious, legitimately
with Caroline Smith and Elizabeth Moen, dueling threatening Elizabeth Banks is so
pianos, games, fashion and drag shows, movies,
Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June and more. Weatherdance Fountain Stage (210 smashingly fun as villainous Rita
24 – David R. Collins Writers Conference. South Dubuque Street, Iowa City). 5-11 p.m. Free. Repulsa that you practically root
The Midwest Writing Center hosts its annual For information, visit for her to vanquish our heroes.
conference featuring five three-day workshops, downtown-block-party. (Same day as DVD.)
book pitches with a publisher and an agent, an Sunday, June 25 – Blossoms at Butterworth.
author luncheon and concluding luncheon, a Annual summertime event featuring live music,
keynote address by Luis Alberto Urrea, and more. crafts, lawn games, tours, children’s activities,
St. Ambrose University (518 West Locust Street, exhibits, food vendors, and more. Butterworth
Davenport). $45-60 workshop registration. Center (1105 Eighth Street, Moline) and Deere-
For information, call (309)732-7330 or visit Wiman Carriage House (817 11th Avenue, Moline). Noon-5 p.m. Free. For information, call (309)743-
Thursday, June 22 – An Evening with Luis 2701 or visit
Alberto Urrea. The Midwest Writing Center hosts Monday, July 3 – Red, White, & Boom!
the 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, Annual Independence Day celebration Catch your favorite movies
member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, and featuring live music, children’s activities, a
keynote speaker for the David R. Collins Writers climactic fireworks display over the Mississippi and shows from ABC, NBC, CBS,
River, and more. Modern Woodmen Park
Conference. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second
Street, Davenport). 6:30 p.m. Free. For information, (209 South Gaines Street, Davenport) and
FOX, STARZ®, ENCORE® and more.
call (309)732-7330 or visit Schwiebert Riverfront Park (17th Street and Plus, watch over 19,000 titles
Thursday, June 29 – An Evening with First Avenue, Rock Island). 6-10 p.m. Free. For
Heather Gudenkauf. Readings and Q&A with the information, visit and at the press of a button!
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Movie Reviews By Mike Schulz •

Lightning Strikes Thrice by “Doc” in his youth. He went by “Hud.”
Pixar’s latest may not win Oscars, but the
award for “Best Movie-Lover In-Joke” is
is a slightly toned-down version of one of
Rebel Wilson’s brazen lushes, and Kravitz
and Grazer aren’t allowed even that much
CARS 3 officially sewn up. personality, but all three have terrific
If asked to list Pixar features I moments. (Kravitz is superb when, for plot
felt more deserving of a second ROUGH NIGHT purposes, she succumbs to the advances of
sequel than 2006’s Cars, I’d offer Considering that the slapstick gross- grossly inappropriate swingers portrayed
a simple “all of ’em except The out Rough Night is the tale of a bachelor- by an enticingly icky Ty Burrell and Demi
Good Dinosaur.” So maybe it was ette weekend gone horribly awry and Moore.) As for McKinnon, doubling down
low expectations that allowed the invited guests are the fearless and with a wicked Australian accent, it’s really
me to find Cars 3 the best of its Cars 3 committed Scarlett Johansson, Jillian too early in her screen career for me to
bunch, and by a considerable Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Grazer, and Kate have run out of superlatives. Can we just
margin, to boot. In no important again, shamed into becoming less of a McKinnon, it seems almost perverse that call her “genius until further notice”?
ways does the film veer far from what hotshot and treating others with respect, director/co-writer Lucia Aniello’s movie Yet even the incomparable McKinnon
made crowds – other crowds – adore the there’s something newly endearing about should be stolen by a couple of dudes. But nearly gets sidelined here by the hilarious
first two. It’s still a vehicles-only world; how his same character failings keep here we are. Our comedic quintet is sharp, dead-body acting of Ryan Cooper, whose
it’s still a “You can do it!” world; it’s still a popping up in film after film; Lightning game, and (despite the bum gags) fre- physically witty turn makes you wish the
world, for better or worse, with a buck- has become the animated Woody Allen quently funny, and what tickled me most gals found even more uses for his cadaver.
toothed tow truck voiced by Larry the of re-learning movie morals. (It now were the heartbroken groom-to-be in the And Aniello’s comedy is at its absolute
Cable Guy. In director/co-writer Brian seems both fitting and inevitable that the adult diaper and the dead male stripper finest in the scenes with co-writer Paul
Fee’s hands, however, Cars 3 also exists in character is voiced by Woody’s Midnight who out-Bernies the Weekend at Bernie’s W. Downs as Johansson’s loving fiancé,
a happily satisfying, if fundamentally pre- in Paris surrogate Owen Wilson.) The corpse. Nobody said comedy was fair. primarily because they boast much-
dictable, Pixar-ian universe that smartly script features entertaining detours – The film itself, it should be stressed, needed surprise; we’ve seen all of the
addresses the discomforts of aging, that’s particularly when Lightning and Cruz isn’t great. Basically, it’s just a rehash of ladies’ screen types before, but have never
honestly touching, and that delivered take part in a demolition derby – that 1998’s Very Bad Things with the genders been introduced to anyone quite like him.
a personal miracle in vocal performer display more filmmaking excitement than swapped, and the earlier work’s escalat- Whether fainting with distress when he
Cristela Alonzo, who did the previously this franchise had previously delivered. ing ugliness replaced by goofiness, mild thinks his wedding is off or embarking
unfathomable in a Cars movie: She made Randy Newman’s score, reminiscent of bestie sniping, and eventual hugs. (I’m on a winning-her-back road trip high on
me laugh out loud. his lump-in-the-throat contributions to also going to continue railing against this Red Bull and expired Russian Adderall,
After the fish-out-of-water high jinks The Natural, is one of his most stirring particular cliché until it dies, but when the Downs is a hugely unexpected treat, with
of Cars, and the strange, if randomly in years. Meanwhile, I’ll always wish the gals first arrive in Miami, the soundtrack his own bachelor party – a quiet evening
amusing, baby Bond of Cars 2, this new Cars cars were more expressive than the immediately cuts to – you guessed it of red wines and soft cheeses – a subtle
offering finds an older, slower Lightning bug-eyes-and-chrome they are, but at – Gloria Estefan’s “Conga.” Come on, riot. When ordered by his equally sensi-
McQueen having to face a vainglori- least they’re energetically voiced, with Hollywood! The woman had other hits!) tive bros to go get his girl, they delicately
ous young upstart while a feisty trainer special praise reserved for series new- But the performers make it an easy sit. remind him, “You’re a six, and she’s a 20,”
hopes to whip him into shape for a comers Nathan Fillion, Armie Hammer, Johansson has been alternating between which is unfair. In Rough Night, Downs is
career-reviving (and potentially career- Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale (an super-heroics and minimalism for so long definitely a 10. But yeah, Johansson’s still
ending) race. It is, in short, 1990’s Tom August: Osage County reunion!), and the now that it’s a pleasure seeing her human- a 20.
Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder – and adorable, comically aggressive Alonzo. I scaled and silly; an early campaign com-
with Alonzo’s trainer actually named liked Cars 3 a lot. And I loved it when we mercial for her character’s state-Senate For reviews of All Eyez on Me, 47 Meters
Cruz – blended with any Rocky sequel were briefly treated to the tender growl run, her smile indistinguishable from an Down, The Mummy, It Comes at Night,
of your choosing. It’s also rather sweet. of the late Paul Newman, whose mentor aborted sneeze, reminds us what a droll, Megan Leavey, and other current releases,
Even though the plot finds Lightning, yet figure Doc Hudson, we learn, didn’t go winning comedian Johannson can be. Bell visit
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The Great Wall of Vagina Falling in Leave
My girlfriend of two years had me help My relationship ended recently, and I
her download photos from her phone, and asked my ex not to contact me. But just as
I found about two dozen close-ups of her I’d start feeling a little less sad, I’d hear from
private parts. She said she was “just curious.” him and fall apart. I’ve now blocked him on
Well, okay, but why not use a mirror? Besides, my phone and social media. This seems so
she’s in her 30s. Surely, she knows what her immature. Why can’t I be more grown up
parts look like without a photo shoot. Do you about this?
think she took these to send to another guy? – Incommunicado
– Disturbed
For you, breaking up but staying in contact
Men aren’t used to women being preoccu- makes a lot of sense – about the same sort as
pied with their girl-parts. Even in Redneckville, trying to drop 20 pounds while working as a
you never see a woman hanging a rubber frosting taster.
replica of hers off the back of her pickup. Sure, there’s this notion that you “should”
The truth is: Not all women went for a be able to be friends with your ex. Some
look-see down there with a hand mirror at age people can be – eventually or even right away
14. Recently, some women may have gotten – especially if they had a relationship that just
inspired to do some camera-phone sightseeing fizzled out instead of the kind where you need
thanks to the increased visibility of the lady- a rowboat to make it to the kitchen through
garden via free Internet porn, the mainstream- the river of your tears.
ing of the waxed-bald vulva, and giant ads for However – and not surprisingly – clinical
labiaplasty (a.k.a. a facelift for your vagina). psychologists David Sbarra and Robert Emery
Though it’s possible that your girlfriend find that “contact with one’s former partner …
is texting these to other guys, consider what can stall the emotional adjustment process” by
anthropologist Donald Symons calls the reactivating both love and painful emotions.
human tendency “to imagine that other minds For example, in their survey of people who’d
are much like our own.” This can lead us to recently gone through a breakup, “on days
forget about biological sex differences, such when participants reported having telephone
as how men, who are in no danger of getting or in-person contact with their former partner,
pregnant from sex, evolved to be the less sexu- they also reported more love and sadness.”
ally discriminating half of humanity. Note It might help you to understand how adjust-
that women don’t have to text photos of their ing to the new “no more him” thing works. In
naked bits to get sex; they just need to text their a serious relationship, your partner becomes
address and tell the guy not to dawdle. a sort of emotional support animal – the one
It’s hard for many people to tell whether you always turn to for affection, attention, and
another person is lying, especially when they’re comforting. This habit of turning toward him
invested in believing otherwise. Borrowing gets written into your brain on a neural level,
from research methodology, a way to figure becoming increasingly automatic over time.
out whether a lone ambiguous event might Post-breakup, you turn and – oops – there’s
be meaningful – such as whether the panty- no boo, only a faint dent in his side of the
hamster pictorial might mean what you dread bed. Your job in healing is to get used to this
it does – is to see how much company it has. (In change – which you don’t do by having him
other words: Is it part of a pattern?) keep popping up, messing with your new belief
Look back on your girlfriend’s behavior over that he’s no longer available for emotional
your two years together. Does she act ethically – need-meeting.
even when she thinks nobody’s looking? Does That’s why, in a situation like yours, break-
it, in fact, mean something to her to do the ing up with your boyfriend should work like
right thing? Being honest with yourself about breaking up with your couch. When the thing
whether she has a pattern of ethical corner- gets dropped off at the city dump, it stays there;
cutting will allow you to make the best (that is, you don’t come out on your porch the next
most informed) guess about whether you have morning to it saying, “Hey, babe … was in
something to worry about – beyond coming the neighborhood, so I thought I’d bring over
home to a, um, new addition to the framed some of your stuff: 36 cents, a pen cap, and this
photos of her parents’ anniversary and your hair elastic.”
nephew with his Little League trophy.
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visit FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): There LEO (July 23-August 22): I suspect can penetrate to the richer secrets buried
are places in the oceans where the sea you will soon have an up-close and beneath. It’s time to dare a world-changing risk
floor cracks open and spreads apart personal encounter with some form of that is currently obscured by easy risks. It’s time
from volcanic activity. This allows geothermally lightning. To ensure it’s not a literal bolt shooting to find your real life hidden inside the pretend
heated water to vent out from deep inside the down out of a thundercloud, please refrain from one, to expedite the evolution of the authentic self
Earth. Scientists explored such a place in the taking long romantic strolls with yourself during that’s germinating in the darkness.
otherwise frigid waters around Antarctica. a storm. Also, forgo any temptation you may
They were elated to find a “riot of life” living have to stick your finger in electrical sockets. CAPRICORN (December 22-Janu-
there, including previously unknown species of What I’m envisioning is a type of lightning that ary 19): When I was four years old, I
crabs, starfish, sea anemones, and barnacles. will give you a healthy metaphorical jolt. If any of loved to use crayons to draw diagrams
Judging from the astrological omens, Aries, I your creative circuits are sluggish, it will of the solar system. It seems I was already laying a
And follow Mike on Twitter at suspect that you will soon enjoy a metaphori- jump-start them. If you need to wake up from a foundation for my interest in astrology. How cally comparable eruption of warm vitality dreamy delusion, the lovable lightning will give about you, Capricorn? I invite you to explore
from the unfathomable depths. Will you you just the right salutary shock. your early formative memories. To aid the
welcome and make use of these raw blessings process, look at old photos and ask relatives what
June 8 Crossword Answers even if they are unfamiliar and odd? VIRGO (August 23-September 22): they remember. My reading of the astrological
Signing up to read at the open-mic omens suggests that your past can show you new
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’m segment of a poetry slam? Buying an clues about what you might ultimately become.
reporting from the inaugural Psychic outfit that’s a departure from the style you’ve Potentials that were revealed when you were a
Olympics in Los Angeles. For the cultivated for years? Getting dance lessons or a wee tyke may be primed to develop more fully.
past five days, I’ve competed against the past-life reading or instructions on how to
world’s top mind-readers, dice-controllers, hang-glide? Hopping on a jet for a spontaneous AQUARIUS (January 20-February
spirit whisperers, spoon-benders, angel-wres- getaway to an exotic hot spot? I approve of 18): I often ride my bike into the hills.
tlers, and stock-market prognosticators. Thus actions like those, Virgo. In fact, I won’t mind if The transition from the residential
far I have earned a silver medal in the category you at least temporarily abandon at least 30 district to open spaces is a narrow dirt path
of channeling the spirits of dead celebrities. percent of your inhibitions. surrounded by thick woods on one side and a
(Thanks, Frida Kahlo and Gertrude Stein!) I steep descent on the other. Today as I
psychically foresee that I will also win a gold LIBRA (September 23-October 22): I approached this place there was a new sign on a
medal for most accurate fortune-telling. Here’s don’t know what marketing specialists post. It read, “Do not enter: Active beehive
the prophecy that I predict will cinch my are predicting about color trends for the forming in the middle of the path.” Indeed, I
victory: “People born in the sign of Taurus will general population, but my astrological analysis could see a swarm hovering around a tree
soon be at the pinnacle of their ability to get has discerned the most evocative colors for you branch that juts down low over the path. How to
telepathically aligned with people who have Libras. Electric mud is one. It’s a scintillating proceed? I might get stung if I did what I usually
things they want and need.” mocha hue. Visualize silver-blue sparkles do. Instead, I dismounted from my bike and
emerging from moist dirt tones. Earthy and dragged it through the woods so I could join the
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): While dynamic! Cybernatural is another special color for path on the other side of the bees. Judging from
reading Virginia Woolf, I found the you. Picture sheaves of ripe wheat blended with the astrological omens, Aquarius, I suspect you
perfect maxim for you to write on a the hue you see when you close your eyes after may encounter a comparable interruption along
slip of paper and carry around in your pocket or staring into a computer monitor for hours. a route that you regularly take. Find a detour,
wallet or underwear: “Let us not take it for Organic and glimmering! Your third pigment of even if it’s inconvenient.
granted that life exists more fully in what is power is pastel adrenaline: a blend of dried apricot
commonly thought big than in what is and the shadowy brightness that flows across your PISCES (February 19-March 20): I
commonly thought small.” In the coming nerve synapses when you’re taking aggressive bet you’ll be extra-creative in the
weeks, dear Gemini, I hope you keep this practical measures to convert your dreams into coming weeks. Cosmic rhythms are
counsel simmering constantly in the back of realities. Delicious and dazzling! nudging you toward fresh thinking and
your mind. It will protect you from the imaginative innovation, whether they’re applied
dreaminess and superstition of people around SCORPIO (October 23-November to your job, your relationships, your daily
you. It will guarantee that you’ll never overlook 21): Do you ever hide behind a wall of rhythm, or your chosen art form. To take
potent little breakthroughs as you scan the detached cynicism? Do you protect maximum advantage of this provocative luck,
horizon for phantom miracles. And it will help yourself with the armor of jaded coolness? If so, seek out stimuli that will activate high-quality
you change what needs to be changed slowly here’s my proposal: In accordance with the brainstorms. I understand that the composer
and surely, with minimum disruption. astrological omens, I invite you to escape those André Grétry got inspired when he put his feet
perverse forms of comfort and safety. Be brave in ice water. Author Ben Johnson felt energized
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now enough to risk feeling the vulnerability of in the presence of a purring cat and by the
that you’ve mostly paid off one of your hopeful enthusiasm. Be sufficiently curious to aroma of orange peels. I like to hang out with
debts to the past, you can go handle the fluttery uncertainty that comes from people who are smarter than me. What works
window-shopping for the future’s best offers. exploring places you’re not familiar with and for you?
You’re finally ready to leave behind a power spot trying adventures you’re not totally skilled at.
you’ve outgrown and launch your quest to Homework: What were the circumstances in
discover fresh power spots. So bid farewell to SAGITTARIUS (November which you were most amazingly, outrageously
lost causes and ghostly temptations, Cancerian. 22-December 21): “We must unlearn alive? Testify at
Slip away from attachments to traditions that the constellations to see the stars,”
no longer move you and the dead weight of your writes Jack Gilbert in his poem “Tear It Down.” Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s
original family’s expectations. Soon you’ll be He adds that “we find out the heart only by EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES
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ACROSS 81. Back muscles, for short 35. Swim
1. Maid-cum-nanny 82. Kind of internet connection 36. Newspaper format
5. Mil. rank 84. Diminutive suffix 38. Stand
9. Rose essence 85. Tiptoed 39. Stuffs
14. Alumni group 87. Old chordophones 40. Homestead Act beneficiary
19. London’s Drury _ 89. Combustion result 43. The 1890s, the “Mauve _”
20. Range in Kyrgyzstan 90. The basics 44. Grayish in color
21. Sierra _ 93. CIA forerunner 46. Mercerized fabric
22. Cut into 94. Valleys 47. Rhine River city
23. Track and field event: 2 wds. 96. Field measure 48. Hurried
25. Media outlet 98. Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue _” 50. Heirs’ concern
27. Symptoms, collectively 100. Resting place for bats 51. Satisfy completely
28. Potted plants 101. Hot 56. _ -mutuel
29. Jaunt 105. Cousins to a saber 57. Ghost
30. “The World According to _” 107. Carpet type 58. Musical composition
31. Challenges 108. Permission 60. Unfriendly manner
32. Harvest deity 109. Simulacrum 61. Sounded
33. So-so mark 110. Grammatical gaffe 62. Accessory fruit
34. Monastic community 111. Raison d’_ 64. Shankbone
37. Word in place names 112. Glyceride 65. Place of leadership
39. Midges 113. Accounts 66. Afrikaans, formerly
41. Teasdale the poet 114. Bear or Berra 67. Seaweed
42. Kind of old poster 115. Sprinkle 68. Old game of cards
45. Declines 69. Semiconductor
49. Cache DOWN 70. “Marry in _, ...”
51. Sandwich board 1. Vestments 71. Duelers’ weapons
52. Immigrants’ island 2. _, Queen of Scots 73. Gulls
53. De _ (excessive) 3. Shortly 74. Page-design consideration
54. Eureka! 4. Hats and helmets 77. Maltreats
55. Pip design 5. Chief 78. Intimidate
57. Size 6. Downturns 80. Vendor of a kind
58. Standing or stepping 7. Olympics event 83. Renders holy
59. Engage in a spiritual practice 8. Tout’s offering 86. More garish
61. _ for sure! 9. Edmonton’s province 88. Wraparound garment
62. Chopin’s birthplace 10. _ Haute 89. Saharan
63. Spook 11. Roger Rabbit et al. 90. Mosey
64. Sycophant 12. Duck genus 91. Tiresome ones
65. Used a whetstone 13. Bolshevik 92. Native of Dubrovnik
66. A Windward Island 14. Contract provision 94. Goat antelope
68. Diacritical mark 15. Endure 95. Settle
69. Maneuver 16. Caper 97. Raccoon family member
72. Coeur d’_ 17. Mise-en- _ 99. Yielded
73. Shelve 18. Twilled fabric 100. Italia’s capital
74. Kind of lace 24. Horse-drawn cart 101. Vigor
75. Drink 26. Cheats, in a way 102. Least little bit
76. Noted film critic of the 1940s 28. Papal scarf 103. Japanese seaweed
77. Nest 31. Mournful song 104. Eliot Ness et al.
78. Condemn 32. Big hit from one’s youth 106. Intelligence
79. Came to pass 34. State in India 107. Howl
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MUSIC Continued From Page 6 By Mike Schulz

Crossover Appeal around, trying to find the best players in
Greeley and seeing who might be interested
in this sort of thing. And we got a good
performance pieces looked strong on paper,
Conrad admits he wasn’t altogether certain
how they’d sound in practice.
Balancing Act always loved, which has this kind of jazz response early on – and an interesting mix of “I was actually a little nervous going into
What Conrad had in mind was an and orchestra crossover element to it. And I jazz musicians and people who didn’t really those first rehearsals,” says Conrad. “I mean,
ensemble of four strings, three woodwinds, looked at what instrumentation they used, have an improvisation background.” I’d never written for this kind of group, and I
three brass, and a rhythm section with per- thinking that would be a good starting point Conrad planned on having an ensemble of was anxious to hear what I had written, and
cussion that wouldn’t be strictly beholden to – finding a way to incorporate jazz elements 15 even before musicians were approached, see if it worked. And,” he adds with a laugh,
traditional jazz stylings. with strings and woodwinds. saying, “That seemed like a good balance of “it mostly did.
“I also love orchestral and classical music,” “So basically I got some friends together, different instrument groups that offered a “The really tricky thing with this group is
says Conrad, “and there’s this album called mostly musicians at the University of North- lot of different possibilities for combining balance of sound. Because when you’ve got a
Wide Angles by Michael Brecker that I’ve ern Colorado, and we just started asking them.” But even though the group’s planned drummer playing full-force, and these other
louder elements, you still have to hear the
strings and the woodwinds. That was one thing
I discovered early on. It’s the kind of group
that really works well in a recording studio,
but when we were playing live, it was like, ‘Oh,
man, I can’t hear all these notes I wrote!’
“Ultimately, what I realized is that we
needed sound reinforcement,” Conrad
says. “So now we mic the strings and the
woodwinds so you can really hear all the
instruments.” And just as crucially – for both
performance- and pleasure-based reasons –
the musicians can all hear each other.
“It’s so fun to see these musicians interact-
ing,” says Conrad of his All Angles Orches-
tra. “Like you have the cellist, for example,
watching somebody play an improvised solo,
and just being kind of amazed by that. But
then you watch these jazz musicians admire
the beautiful sounds that these orchestral
musicians are getting. It’s just such a cool
thing to see people from different musical
worlds coming together like this.”
And it’s a sight that Midwestern audi-
ences, starting on June 27, will be seeing
when Mike Conrad’s All Angles Orchestra
embarks on its very first tour, its Village
Theatre stop landing amid concerts in cities
including Chicago, St. Louis, Des Moines,
and Lincoln, Nebraska. Both the tour and
the group’s New Angle album were financed
primarily through the University of North-
ern Colorado’s inaugural Art Innovation
Award – a fortuitous circumstance that,
Conrad stresses, he’s deeply grateful for.
“We were able to use the money to help
finance all this stuff – which, it turns out, is a
lot,” the musician says with a laugh. “When you
have this large a group and you’re trying to do a
studio-quality album, and then you have to rent
all these vehicles, and figure out all of the lodging
… . It’s a big task. As I’m finding out.”

Mike Conrad’s All Angles Orchestra performs
at the Village Theatre (2113 East 11th Street,
Davenport) at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 2.
Tickets are $5, and more information is
available by calling (563)326-7529 and visiting

For more information on the orches-
tra and its album New Angle, visit
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The Blackstones (6:30pm) – Bettendorf Jenny Lynn Stacy – Waking Robots – Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – Len
Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Joe Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club – Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore
Dr., Bettendorf IA RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island IL Dr., Moline IL
Bobby Ray Bunch – The J Bar, 4215 Just 4 Fun Band (6pm) – River Valley Iowa City Jazz Festival: Laura Caviani
Elmore Ave., Davenport IA District Library, 214 S. Main St., Port Trio (2pm) – John Raymond & Real
Buddy Olson (5pm) – Hy-Vee - Moline, Byron IL Feels (4pm) – Donny McCaslin
750 42nd Ave. Drive, Moline IL Local on the 8’s – Meteor Cat – Iowa City Group (6pm) – Stacey Kent (8pm)
Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart – Riverside Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA – University of Iowa Pentacrest,
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway Mississippi Valley Blues Festival: University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
22, Riverside IA Zach Harris Band (5pm) – All Sweat Jim Ryan (2pm) – Service Station Bar &
Gray Wolf Band (6pm) – Bass Street Productions Presents: The 3 Kings Grill, 432 1st Ave. W., West Milan IL
Landing Plaza, , Moline IL [B.B., Albert, & Freddie] (6:30pm) – Mike Conrad’s All Angles Orchestra
Moeller Nights: Kristin Diable – The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn – Village Theatre, 2113 E 11th St,
Frederick the Younger – Triple Crown Band (8:30pm) – Joanna Connor Davenport IA
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Off with Their Heads – The Mill, 120 E. Moeller Nights: Carson McHone – (6pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St.,
Burlington St., Iowa City IA Kirby Brown – Triple Crown Whiskey Iowa City IA
The RiverCity 6 (6:30pm) – Kewanee Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Third St., Ron Tegeler Jazz Trio (5pm) – Flatted
Veterans Park Gazebo, E 2nd St,
The Secret Sisters @ The Redstone Room - June 23 Davenport IA Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr.,
Kewanee IL The RiverCity 6 (4pm) – New Perspective Bellevue IA
Rob Dahms & Gary Pearson (5:30pm) Fifth Ave. between 11th & 12th Streets, Teen Daze – Sam O.B. – Daytrotter, 324 Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (6pm) – Len Senior Living, 1900 10th St., Silvis IL

– Rivals Sports Bar & Grill, 1720 E. Moline IL Brady St., Davenport IA Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Stars, Stripes, & Saxophones – Bill Bowe
Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Ralston Creek Ramblers – Death Valley Wild Oatz Band – Henry County Dr., Moline IL Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park,
Soul Storm – Herbert Hoover National Welcome Center – Porchburner – Fairgrounds, 311 E. North St., Mo Carter (6:30pm) – The Faithful Pilot Bettendorf IA An Evening with Leftover Salmon
Historic Site, off I-80 at exit 254, West Whiskey Autumn – Iowa City Yacht Cambridge IL Cafe & Spirits, 117 N Cody Rd, LeClaire IA The Stone Flowers – Frick’s Tap, 1402 W. – The Redstone Room, 129 Main St,
Branch IA Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Moeller Nights: Cash’d Out – Fifth of 3rd St., Davenport IA Davenport IA
Thollem – Bob Bucko Jr. – Rozz-Tox,
2108 Third Ave., Rock Island IL
The Ron Tegeler Jazz Trio (6pm) – Cool
Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock SUNDAY 25 Country – Baked Beer & Bread Co.,
1113 Mound St., Davenport IA
Sushi Roll – Rhythm City Casino Resort
Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave.,
Band Du Jour – Moline Township Activity
Center, 620 18th St., Moline IL
Island IL Bike Sunday: Phyllis (& the Sharks) & Mono – B-Star – Gabe’s, 330 E. Davenport IA Ernie Peniston – Riverside Casino

The Secret Sisters – Cheyenne Gary (1pm) – Service Station Bar & Washington St., Iowa City IA Twisted Insane – Volkan Night Club, 815 and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Medders – The Redstone Room, 129 Grill, 432 1st Ave. W., West Milan IL Tinsley Ellis – CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd W. Second St., Davenport IA Riverside IA
1F Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West Bar & Main St, Davenport IA Blossoms at Butterworth: Jeb Poust St SE, Cedar Rapids IA Wannabe (8pm) – Stim Pack (9:45pm) – A Giant Dog – The Zealots – Daytrotter,
Dance Club, 100 76th St., Davenport IA Smoke N Guns Band – Riverside Casino (12:30pm) – Bix Beiderbecke Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 324 Brady St., Davenport IA
Bix Youth Jazz Band – Bill Bowe
Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park,
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22,
Riverside IA
Memorial Youth Band (1 & 3pm) –
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, THURSDAY 29 Highway 22, Riverside IA
Wild Oatz Band (6pm) – Jumer’s Casino
The RiverCity 6 – Modern Woodmen
Park, 209 S Gaines St, Davenport IA
Bettendorf IA The Stone Flowers – Bier Stube Moline, Moline IL Adam Beck & Amber Dawn – Riverside & Hotel, 777 Jumer Dr., Rock Island IL

Bobby Ray Bunch (5pm) – Wide River 415 15th St, Moline IL Blossoms at Butterworth: Troy Harris Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway
Winery - LeClaire, 106 N. Cody Rd.,
LeClaire IA
Susto – Lolo – Wild Fur – Frederick the
Younger – Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013
(noon) – The RiverCity6 (12:30pm)
– Deere-Wiman Carriage House, 817
22, Riverside IA
Bernemann Brothers – Herbert Hoover SATURDAY 1 Barn on the Fourth: Twin Peaks – The
Dance Floor Riot – Rhythm City Casino 288th Ave., Maquoketa IA 11th Ave., Moline IL National Historic Site, off I-80 at exit 10 of Soul – River House, 1510 River Dr., Kickback – Yoko & the Oh No’s –
Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Buddy Olson (3pm) – Ducky’s Lagoon, 254, West Branch IA Moline IL Land of Blood and Sunshine – The
Ave., Davenport IA
Death Valley Welcome Center &
SATURDAY 24 13515 78th Ave W., Taylor Ridge IL
Chris Vallillo (2pm) – Uptown Bill’s
Branson on the Road: Salute to America
(1 & 7:15pm) – Circa ’21 Dinner
6 Odd Rats – The Jumbies – Iowa City
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA
Blisters (5pm) – Codfish Hollow Barn,
5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa IA
Ralston Creek Ramblers (6:30pm) Bernemann Brothers Band – The Mill, Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Playhouse, 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Carsie Blanton – CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 Bettendorf 4th of July: Powell (noon)
– Weatherdance Fountain Stage, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA Iowa City IA Chuck Murphy – The J Bar, 4215 Elmore 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA – Corporate Rock (2pm) – 50 Shades
outside the Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Dance Floor Riot – Rhythm City Casino Ed James (11am) – Baked Beer & Bread Ave., Davenport IA Dave Moore – Uptown Bill’s Coffee of Rock (4pm) – Hap Hazard (6pm) –
Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport IA The Dandelion Stompers – Paper House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Dirt Road Rockers (8pm) – East Stage
Dick Holliday & the Bamboo Gang – Ave., Davenport IA Ed James (4pm) – Sergeant Major’s, 213 Moon Shiners – The Mill, 120 E. Frank & Beans – The Krank Daddies – 7 near Teske’s, 2395 Spruce Hills Dr.,
Bass Street Landing Plaza, Moline IL Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames – 6th Ave. W., Andalusia IL Burlington St., Iowa City IA Sins Sideshow – RIBCO, 1815 Second Bettendorf IA
Douglas & Tucker (6pm) – Steventon’s, Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Forfeit – Frail Body – Avoid – Gabe’s, 330 Double Grave – Jenny Lynn Stacy & the Ave., Rock Island IL Bettendorf 4th of July: Soul Storm
1399 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire IA Dr., Bellevue IA E. Washington St., Iowa City IA Dirty Roosters – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Geneseo (noon) – The Stone Flowers (2pm)
Friday Live @ Five: Frankie Fontagne & Downtown Block Party: Caroline Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (2pm) – Ave., Rock Island IL Brewing Company, 102 S. State St., – Bugeye Sprite (4pm) – North
the Ramblers (5pm) – RME Courtyard, Smith – Elizabeth Moen (5pm) Tycoga Vineyard & Winery, 2585 195th Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Aledo Central Geneseo IL of 40 (6pm) – Rolling Thunder
131 W. 2nd St., Davenport IA – Weatherdance Fountain Stage, St., DeWitt IA Park Bandshell, Hwy 17, Aledo IL Iowa City Jazz Festival: North Corridor (8pm) – West Stage near 18th Street,
The Generations! Band – Rivertown outside the Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Jim Ryan (2pm) – Len Brown’s North High Top Fade – Bass Street Landing Jazz All Stars (1pm) – Christopher’s Bettendorf IA
Grille & Bar, 2606 W. Locust St., Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Dr., Moline IL Plaza, , Moline IL Very Happy. Band. (3pm) – Jacob Jim and Carol Bowe (6pm) – Bettendorf
Davenport IA Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Chief’s Bar Moeller Nights: Mike & the Moonpies The Marcus King Band – Gabe’s, 330 E. Garchik’s Ye Olde (5pm) – Kris Park Band (7:30pm) – Bill Bowe
Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo – Galena and Grill, 1600 Crosstown Ave., Silvis IL – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Washington St., Iowa City IA Davis Quintet (7pm) – The Cookers Memorial Bandshell, Middle Park,
Brewing Company, 227 N. Main St., Haphazard – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Motel, 304 E Third St., Davenport IA Melanie Devaney (6:30pm) – (9pm) – University of Iowa Pentacrest, Bettendorf IA
Galena IL Mound St., Davenport IA The RiverCity 6 (12:30pm) – Deere- Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 University of Iowa, Iowa City IA Pastmasters – Rhythm City Casino
Guts – We Should of Been DJs – John Burns – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, Wiman Carriage House, 817 11th Ave., Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA Kickin Back (6pm) – Illiniwek Forest Resort Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore
Kickstart the Sun – Good Morning 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Moline IL Preserve Campground, 836 State Ave., Ave., Davenport IA
Midnight – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington Kickin Back – Riverside Grille, 1733 State
FRIDAY 30 Hampton IL Rosie & the Rivets (6:30pm) – Riverside
St., Iowa City IA
Heartland Marimba Collective
St., Bettendorf IA
Meowcaholics – The Enz – Iowa City MONDAY 26 1F Trio (6pm) – 1 Hundred West Bar &
Larry Boyd (6pm) – Cool Beanz
Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock
Casino and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway
22, Riverside IA
(12:15pm) – Overman Park Bandshell, Yacht Club, 13 S Linn St, Iowa City IA Ken Paulsen Orchestra – Moline Dance Club, 100 76th St., Davenport IA Island IL

W. 3rd St. & Clay St., Cedar Falls IA Moeller Nights: Rooney – Run River Township Activity Center, 620 18th St., 50 Shades of Rock – River House, 1510 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival:
Identity Crisis – River House, 1510 River North – Twinsmith (6pm) – Village Moline IL River Dr., Moline IL Travis Ried Band (1pm) – Marquise
Dr., Moline IL Theatre, 2113 E 11th St, Davenport IA Moeller Nights: Sarah Shook & the Bobby Ray Bunch (6pm) – Steventon’s, Knox (2:30pm) – Corey Dennison Native Harrow – Uptown Bill’s Coffee
The Jason Carl Band – 11th Street Moonshine Run – Harley Corin’s, 1708 Disarmers – Tree Machines – Triple 1399 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire IA Band (4:30pm) – Hamilton Loomis House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA
Precinct, 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA State St., Bettendorf IA Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, Chastity Belt – Darren Hanlon – Gabe’s, (6:30pm) – Dana Fuchs (8:30pm) Tommy Pickett & Friends (5:30pm) –
Jim Ryan (2pm) – Hy-Vee Market Cafe MusicIC (10:30am) – Iowa City Public 304 E Third St., Davenport IA 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City IA – Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Rivertown Grille & Bar, 2606 W. Locust
Patio, 2930 18th Ave., Rock Island IL Library, 123 S. Linn St, Iowa City IA Chicano Batman – The Golden Fleece – Hellraisers (10:30pm) – LeClaire Park, St., Davenport IA
Kidstock at Camp Abe Lincoln Concert
– YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln, 1624 West
Nappy Roots (7pm) – Wolf Mixer
(10pm) – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington TUESDAY 27 Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport IA
Class of ’82 – The Redstone Room, 129
400 Beiderbecke Dr., Davenport IA
Moeller Nights: Ratboys – Abram
Front St., Blue Grass IA St., Iowa City IA Hidden Hospitals – Gabe’s, 330 E. Main St, Davenport IA Shook – Mother Evergreen – Triple
Kind Country – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Northern Parallels 07: Mike Derer – Washington St., Iowa City IA Cobalt Blue – 11th Street Precinct, 1107 Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel,
Rock Island IL Higgy – Deke – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Moeller Nights: Miss Tess and the Mound St., Davenport IA 304 E Third St., Davenport IA
The Knockoffs – Cactus Country, 3075 W. Ave., Rock Island IL Talkbacks – Katie Day – Triple Crown Frankie Joe & Kinfolk (5pm) – Creekside Rude Punch – 11th Street Precinct, 1107
Main St., Galesburg IL Sarah Allner & Friends (2pm) – Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E Vineyards Winery & Inn, 7505 120th Mound St., Davenport IA
Mark Hestness (6pm) – The Black Watch Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn, Third St., Davenport IA Ave., Coal Valley IL Stim Pack – Riverside Casino and Golf
Room, 3851 Forest Grove Rd., LeClaire 7505 120th Ave., Coal Valley IL Tropicante – The Mill, 120 E. Burlington The Giving Tree Band – The Cerny Resort, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside IA
IA The Schwag – RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., St., Iowa City IA Brothers – CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd Wannabe (8pm) – Sushi Roll (9:30pm)
MusicIC: Transcendence – Englert Rock Island IL St SE, Cedar Rapids IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm
Theatre, 221 East Washington St., Iowa
City IA
Smoke N Guns Band – Riverside Casino
and Golf Resort, 3184 Highway 22, WEDNESDAY 28 Gladdy & the Soulmates – Flatted Fifth
Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA
Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport IA
Wooden Nickel Lottery – Flatted Fifth
Quad City Ukulele Club & Ballet Riverside IA Burlington Street Bluegrass Band – Greg & Rich Acoustic Duo (5pm) – Blues & BBQ, 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue IA Teen Daze @ Daytrotter -
Folklorico (5pm) – Mercado on Fifth, Smooth Groove – River House, 1510 The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa Missipi Brewing Company, 107 Iowa
River Dr., Moline IL City IA Ave., Muscatine IA June 24
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Jams/Open Mics
Karaoke Night (June 23) – The Mill, 120
E. Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Cross Creek Karaoke – Hey Bryan’s, Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Karaoke Monday w/ Pierced
1140 15th Ave., Moline IL 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Productions – Grumpy’s Saloon,
Cross Creek Karaoke (June 29) – Jim’s Karaoke Night – Roadrunners 2120 E. 11th St., Davenport IA
Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Musicians Jam w/ CJ Lomas (July 3,
Milan IL Davenport IA 6pm) – Theo’s Java Club, 213 17th St.,
DJ Night w/ 90s Music – Thirsty’s on Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 Rock Island IL
Third, 2202 W. Third St., Davenport IA W. Third St., Davenport IA Open Mic w/ J. Knight – The Mill, 120 E.
Jam Session & Mug Night – Iowa City Karaoke Night – V.F.W. Post 9128, 2814 Burlington St., Iowa City IA
Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA State St., Bettendorf IA

Karaoke Night – Bier Stube Moline, 415 Karaoke Night w/ Mike Matthews
15th St., Moline IL – Hollar’s Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St.,
Karaoke w/ Double Dz – Purgatory’s Moline IL Acoustic Music Club – River Music
Pub, 2104 State St., Bettendorf IA Open Mic Coffeehouse (June 23, 7pm) Experience, 129 N. Main St.,
Open Jam Session – My Place the Pub, – First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Davenport IA
4405 State St., Bettendorf IA Rock Island IL Karaoke Night – My Place the Pub, 4405
Open Mic Night – Uptown Bill’s Coffee Soulshake – Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington State St., Bettendorf IA
House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City St., Iowa City IA Karaoke Night w/ Okeedokee It’s
IA Karaoke – Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon, 1151
Open Mic w/ H.C. Wallace (June 22) –
Geneseo Brewing Company, 102 S.
SATURDAYS E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA
Open Mic Night – Broken Saddle, 1417
State St., Geneseo IL Cross Creek Karaoke – Jim’s Knoxville Fifth Ave., Moline IL
Rock the House Karaoke – Bottoms Up Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan IL Open Mic Night – Cool Beanz
on 7th, 1814 Seventh St., Moline IL DJ Dolla – RIDRS, 1722 Second Ave., Coffeehouse, 1325 330th St., Rock
Thumpin’ Thursdays DJ Night – Rock Island IL Island IL
Rascals Live, 1414 15th St., Moline IL DJ Freeze – PHDJ (June 24, 10pm) – Tuesday Blues Jam w/ Mark Avey &
Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa “Detroit” Larry Davison – Cabana’s,

City IA 2120 Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL
Irish Music Session (July 1, 3pm) – Underground Open Mic w/ Kate Kane
Cabana Karaoke Night – Cabana’s, 2120 Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. – Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.,
Fourth Ave., Rock Island IL Dubuque St., Iowa City IA Iowa City IA
Cross Creek Karaoke – Firehouse Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S.

Bar & Grill, 2006 Hickory Grove Rd., First St., Long Grove IA
Davenport IA Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports
DJ Alex (June 23, 5pm) – Mercado on Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport Acoustic Jam Night w/ Steve McFate
Fifth, Fifth Ave. between 11th & 12th IA – McManus Pub, 1401 Seventh Ave.,
Sts., Moline IL Karaoke Night – Miller Time Bowling, Moline IL
DJ Dolla – RIDRS, 1722 Second Ave., 2902 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA Hump Day Wing & Sing w/ Marybeth –
Rock Island IL Karaoke Night – Roadrunners Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Grill, 4646
DJ K Yung – Barrel House Moline, 1321 Roadhouse, 3803 Rockingham Rd., Cheyenne Ave., Davenport IA
Fifth Ave., Moline IL Davenport IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct,
DJ Lacey – Hawkeye Tap Sports Bar N Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA
Grill, 4646 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport W. Third St., Davenport IA Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West
IA Karaoke Night w/ Jim Harker – Hollar’s Locust St., Davenport IA
Fresh Wax: Fichsia Dimensions w/ Bar & Grill, 4050 27th St., Moline IL Karaoke Night – RIBCO, 1815 Second
Treehousemouth (June 30, 9pm) Old-Time Gospel Music Jam (June 24, Ave., Rock Island IL
– Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Ave., Rock 3pm) – Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, Karaoke Night – Thirsty’s on Third, 2202
Island IL 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City IA W. Third St., Davenport IA
Fresh Wax: Low Tide w/ Liv Carrow Twisted Mics Music & Entertainment – Open Jam w/ The Channel Cats – Bent
(June 23, 9pm) – Rozz-Tox, 2108 Third Barrel House Moline, 1321 Fifth Ave., River Brewing Company, 512 24th St.
Ave., Rock Island IL Moline IL Rock Island IL
Karaoke Night – Circle Tap, 1345 West Open Mic Night – Boozie’s Bar & Grille,
Locust St., Davenport IA
Karaoke Night – The Grove Tap, 108 S.
SUNDAYS 114 1/2 W. Third St., Davenport IA
Open Mic Night (June 28, 5:30pm)
First St., Long Grove IA Karaoke Night – 11th Street Precinct, – Milltown Coffee, 3800 River Dr.,
Karaoke Night – K & T’s Bike Rack Sports 1107 Mound St., Davenport IA Moline IL
Bar & Grill, 3303 Brady St., Davenport Open Mic Night (5pm) – Lynn’s BBQ &
IA Saloon, 1151 E. Iowa St., Eldridge IA

Studio Series: Stand Up Showcase Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Bar
(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 19th & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Davenport IA
Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – St., Rock Island IL Studio Series: MFK (9:30pm) – The
Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL
Davenport IA
Brett Walkow (8pm) – Penguin’s Comedy
Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA Circumstantial Comedy Show (10pm) – SATURDAY 1
ComedySportz (7pm) – The BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport IA Bobby Bones Funny & Alone Comedy
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL Tour (8pm) – Paramount Theatre, 123
Murder in the Double-Wide (6:30pm)
– Skellington Manor Banqet & Event
MONDAY 26 Thirds St. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Center, 420 18th St., Rock Island IL Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – Iowa Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL
The Speakeasy’s Laugh Hard (8pm) – City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA Studio Series: Wisenheimer (9:30pm)
Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., – The Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock
Rock Island IL
Stand-up Open Mic (9pm) – Boozie’s Bar

& Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Davenport IA
Studio Series: Tubbs & Kelly Presents …
Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Penguin’s
Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar SUNDAY 2
(9:30pm) – The Establishment, 220 19th Rapids IA Circumstantial Comedy Show (10pm) –
St., Rock Island IL BREW, 1104 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport IA

SATURDAY 24 Bix Beiderbomb Presents (8pm) – MONDAY 3
Brett Walkow (8pm) – Penguin’s Comedy Boozie’s Bar & Grille, 114 ½ W. Third St., Honeycombs of Comedy (9pm) – Iowa
Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA Davenport IA City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City IA
ComedySportz (7pm) – The ComedySportz (7pm) – The
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL
Open Source Improv (8pm) – Circa ’21
Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island IL
Mary Quite Contrary’s Powerhouse WEDNESDAY 5
Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Variety Show (8pm) – Circa ’21 Comedy Open Mic (7:30pm) – Penguin’s
Speakeasy, 1818 Third Ave., Rock Island IL Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar
Rapids IA
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