The Mississippi Valley Fair is the biggest party of the summer.  Six days of food, rides, drinks and of course music.  Last year, Shinedown rocked the MVF but not before, Quad Cities own Alborn got the crowd going as the opening act.  Who will the rock bands be this year?  We'll find that out Friday, November 19.  Who will open up for the main act?  We'll find that out March 19 at the Battle of the Bands QC 2022!

Yep, it's back.  The way Alborn earned their spot on the big stage was by competing and winning the Battle of the Bands in March.  This year, it's back and bigger and better.

The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and MH Entertainment will be hosting the MH Battle of the Bands QC on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2022!  Two nights of battle of the bands.  One for us, the rock bands on Saturday, March 19th and one for country bands on Sunday, March 20th.

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You want your favorite local band to play the big stage, here is how it works.  You need to nominate your favorite local bands right hereIf you already see them on the poll, then vote and share!  If they are not on the poll, add them in...and then vote and share!  The nominations will end Monday, January 3rd at 5pm and voting will end on Monday, January 10th at 5PM.

The Mississippi Valley Fair and MH Entertainment said "Once again we congratulate Alborn on winning the 2021 battle! MVF and MH Entertainment has decided the winning band from the prior year is not eligible to participate in the battle for 2022."  Which means, somebody new will be opening for.....I'll fill that in after Friday.

Nominate and vote for your favorite band today and see you March 19th at the Mississippi Valley Fair!

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

Stone Temple Pilots at The Rust Belt in East Moline

Stone Temple Pilots, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, and The Forty Twos put on a great party for a Saturday night at The Rust Belt in East Moline. Always great to see live music with all the members of the I-Rock Hard Unit. Till the next one, enjoy these memories.