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Alternating Currents Festival features 100+ performances Aug. 21-25 @ 16 Venues downtown Davenport Iowa
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm
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Alternating Currents Festival features 100+ performances Aug. 21-25

Live music, film, comedy and art showcases vibrant culture in downtown Davenport

Davenport, Iowa (August 15, 2019) – The Alternating Currents festival showcases 100+ performances, film screenings and art-related events across 16 venues in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on August 21-25, 2019.  Designed to showcase the vibrant culture of the downtown, the annual event features live music, a film festival, large comedy lineup, and many art shows.

This year’s festival offers several new highlights, including music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox; the return of Crafted QC’s OMG Beckyfest featuring handmade indie crafts and vintage wares; Peace, Love & The Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash; and Idea Factory, which explores unique ideas, subjects, perspectives and challenges from the lens of those who live it.  While some events are ticketed, a dozen venues will offer free programming all weekend indoors and outdoors.

Alternating Currents is produced by Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, in collaboration with the local talent in our region’s creative community.

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music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

music headliner Keller Williams’ The Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

“Alternating Currents gives us a chance to highlight our incredible cultural scene while also building-up the local businesses that make our downtown unique,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director of DDP.  “Now in its third year, the idea for the festival is based on the popular South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.  People are encouraged to download the event app to create their own experience.  Search by venue, day/time or genre to find what interests you – then travel from place to place – and just have fun downtown.”

For more information about the entire festival, including a calendar sortable by date or location, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com or download the app, available on both Google Play and the App Store.

LIVE MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS

Alternating Currents kicks off its headlining events at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, on Thursday, Aug. 22 with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox. Tickets for the show start at $15 through Ticketmaster.com or at the Adler Theatre Box Office.  Attendees will also have the chance to shake hands with Max Weinberg by adding on an exclusive meet and greet experience.

Keller Williams is one of the best-known names in bluegrass music.  In his latest project, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, he offers loose interpretations of Grateful Dead songs done in a bluegrass style.  Max Weinberg, the 45-year drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, who also spent 17 years with the Conan O’Brien television show, performs with his Jukebox band.  They play everything from The Beatles to Bruce to Steppenwolf and the Stones. The audience picks the songs in real time, calls them out and Max plays them.

The Adler Theatre is selling tickets to the kick-off event as well as Festival Weekend Passes for all venues. The Weekend Pass is $15 in advance or $20 on event weekend and provides the ticketholder access for all ticketed music performances at the Redstone Room at River Music Experience, EXIT Realty Fireside Garage, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel. The Weekend Pass is only $10 when you also purchase a ticket to Thursday’s Adler Theatre concert.

Live music booking was a collaborative effort between the River Music Experience, Moeller Nights, the Adler Theatre, and Downtown Davenport Partnership.

New this year is Peace, Love & The Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash, held Aug. 23 and 24 at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The mini-festival within Alternating Currents is a celebration of the birthday and life of Ellis Kell, Quad-Cities blues icon and longtime River Music Experience operations director who passed away in 2016.  The event also features a two-day vinyl record sale and musical swap meet.  Multiple vendors will sell vinyl albums, amps, instruments and other musical wares, all while being serenaded by sets from local musicians and guest DJs that knew and loved Ellis.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit The Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund, River Music Experience, and the Davenport Noon Optimists Club.  Admission to the birthday bash varies with discounts for those already purchasing an Alternating Currents Weekend Pass.

The Birthday Bash is a separate ticketed event with discounts available for Alternating Currents Weekend Passholders.  On Friday Aug. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tickets are $20 or $10 with Alternating Currents Weekend Pass, and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tickets are $10 or $5 with Alternating Currents Weekend Pass.  Admission is free on Saturday.

On Friday, Aug. 23 the event features at 4 p.m. guest DJs spinning vinyl, at 5:30 p.m. Mo Carter and at 7 p.m. Tony Hoeppner & Friends.  On Saturday, Aug. 24 the event features at 11 a.m. Vinyl the Band, at 1 p.m. Andy Landers, at 2:30 p.m. Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey with guest DJs spinning vinyl in between sets.

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

The Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, plays host to the majority of the Alternating Currents’ Film Festival, featuring an array of student, experimental, short and documentary film screenings.  Additional events will be hosted at the RME Redstone Room and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel.

Alternating Currents also has partnered with Urban Exposure films and Fresh Films this year. Urban Exposure Independent Film Project offers a ten-week film program highlighting the fundamentals of film-making, writing, directing, acting for film and editing for local students.  The Urban Exposure Premiere reception will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Figge Art Museum with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and film at 6:30 p.m.

Fresh Films is teaming up with Alternating Currents this summer to give Quad Cities youth a one-day filmmaking experience.  Youth ages 13-18 will join the Fresh Films crew to learn the ins and outs of filmmaking as they create a short film about festival artists and events.  The final film will screen at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at the RME Redstone Room.

Davenport’s Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel houses an Aug. 23 and 24 screening of the 1966 cult classic Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter with running comedic commentary at 9 p.m. in advance of comedy classics Goonies and Ghostbusters on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

 

COMEDY HIGHLIGHTS

Mac’s Tavern, Front Street Taproom, Great River Brewery, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel will all play host to a variety of comedic performances curated by local community performer Bobby Ray Bunch.

Headlining the comedy lineup is Joe Kilgallon, an LA based comedian.  Kilgallon has appeared on NBC Sports and TBS.  His debut album, Pay Attention, opened No. 1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and Top 10 on the Billboard Comedy Charts.  Joe also produces Comedians You Should Know LA, a weekly stand-up showcase blending the best of LA’s club and alt scenes.

ART HIGHLIGHTS

Crafted QC hosts its fifth indie arts festival, OMG Beckyfest, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 24, in the Great Hall of the RiverCenter.  This free shopping event features over 120 vendors from the Quad Cities region and Midwest selling unique handcrafted items and vintage finds.  Twelve kid makers will have their own booths with handmade items ranging from sewn cat toys, to green cleaning products, to original paintings.

Both the Figge Art Museum and River Music Experience will play host to walls for the Before I Die art project on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24.  Before I Die has become a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another. People are encouraged to interact with this art installation and write their own tribute.

In addition, a variety of venues around downtown also will showcase visual art, including EICC Urban Campus, Star Dog Gallery, Bucktown Center for the Arts, and CoworkQC.

“FUN STUFF” HIGHLIGHTS

This year’s Alternating Currents Festival has partnered with Idea Factory, whose mission is to explore unique ideas, subjects, perspectives and challenges from the lens of those who live it. Through tightly focused interviews and interactive discussions, they use a combination of education and entertainment to create experiences.  Idea Factory events include “Why Craft Brewers Collaborate vs. Compete Panel Discussion” at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at Great River Brewery, and “Exploring the Culture of Drag” at 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at EXIT Realty Fireside.

Children’s activities in the RME Courtyard as well as SCW Pro Wrestling demonstrations on the River Center lawn are also scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 24.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jennifer Walker, Vice President, Communications, Quad Cities Chamber

jwalker@quadcitieschamber.com or o. 563.823.2673 m. 309.269.9375

 

ALTERNATING CURRENTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (CHRONOLOGICAL)

For more details about each event, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com/calendar

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

5 p.m. Lewis Knudsen (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

7:30 p.m. Phillipe Bronchtein (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

8:30 p.m. The War and Treaty (music) Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

 

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

5 p.m. Urban Exposure program (film), Figge Art Museum

7 p.m. Max Weinberg’s Jukebox and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass (music), Adler Theatre

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

11:30 p.m. Kat Wright (music), RME Redstone Room

11:30 p.m. The Other Brothers (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

 

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

 

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

4 p.m. Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (music), RiverCenter

4 p.m. AC Record Sale and Swap Meet at Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (fun stuff)

5 p.m. Ben Miller Band (music), RME Courtyard – Live @ 5

5 p.m.  Filmmakers Meet & Greet: Film Lounge – main street entrance (film), Figge Art Museum

5:30 p.m. Rebecca Casad and Alan Morrison (music), UP Skybar at The Current

5:30 p.m. The Avey Grouws Band (music), Kilkenny’s

6 p.m. Dan Hubbard (music), Front Street Brewery

6 p.m. The Other Brothers (music), Ruby’s

6 p.m. Ha Ha Happy Hour: 1st Lineup – Lyn-Z Harney, Jake McDowell, Jeff Bailey, Kyle Scanlan, Sam Wiles, Alex Price (comedy), Great River Brewery

6 p.m. OMG BeckyFest (art), River Center

6:30 p.m. Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow (music), Mac’s Tavern

6:30 p.m. Bobby Ray Bunch (music) OMG BeckyFest at River Center

7 p.m. Jacob Miller (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m.  Meeting #FloridaMan (film), Figge Art Museum

7 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 1st lineup – Jessica Misra, Donny Townsend, Mike Lucas, Zach Pugh, AJ Grill, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Front Street Taproom

8 p.m. Doug Brundies (music), UP Skybar at The Current

8 p.m. Rebecca Casad and Alan Morrison (music), Kilkenny’s

8 p.m. The Avey Grouws Band (music), Front Street Brewery

8 p.m. TimBoobie (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

8 p.m. Pollinators (music), EXIT Realty Garage

8 p.m. Comedy @ Mac’s: 1st Lineup – James Draper, Mike Adrales, Alex Price, Sam Wiles, Kellye Howard, Joe Kilgallon (comedy), Mac’s Tavern

8 p.m. Idea Factory: Why Craft Brewers Collaborate vs. Compete Panel Discussion, EXIT Realty Garage

9 p.m. Dan Hubbard (music), Ruby’s

9 p.m. Goonies/ Ghostbusters Viewing Party (film), Figge Art Museum

9 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 2nd lineup – Mike Lucas, Kyle Scanlan, Zach Pugh, Bobby Ray Bunch, Jeff Bailey, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Front Street Taproom

9 p.m. Laugh Tracks: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter with Andrew Cline, Donny Townsend, AJ Grill (comedy), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

10 p.m. Calliope Musicals (music), RME Redstone Room

10 p.m. Brett Newski & the No Tomorrows (music), Great River Brewery

11 p.m. Toth (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

11 p.m. Radkey (music), EXIT Realty Garage

12 midnight The Other Brothers (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

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10 a.m. OMG BeckyFest (art), River Center

10 a.m. Peace, Love, & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell’s Birthday Bash (music), RiverCenter

10 a.m. The Locust Street Boys (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Pat Willis (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. AC Record Sale and Swap Meet (fun stuff), River Center

11 a.m.  Student Films (film): Age, Coming Out Straight, The Write Future, What Have I Done, A Love Affair (In Brief), Katie, Orchid, Figge Art Museum

11 a.m. Kids’ activities, RME Courtyard

11 a.m. Over the Edge for Kids’ Sake, Blackhawk Hotel

11:30 a.m. Mo Carter (music), OMG Becky Fest at River Center

12 p.m. Experimental Films (film): Don’t Drink Water From Electronic Ocean, Bella, Mother of All Time, Emanations, Placenta Et Al, Figge Art Museum

12 p.m  Condor and JayBird (music), Mac’s Tavern

12 p.m. Claire and the Bears (music), Great River Brewery

12 p.m. Seafarer (music), Ruby’s

12 p.m. PaperFest (art), Bucktown Center for the Arts

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

1:30 p.m. Doug Brundies (music), OMG Becky Fest at River Center

1:30 p.m. Lauren Anderson (music) Kilkenny’s

1:30 p.m. Al & Bret of the Candymakers (music), UP Skybar at The Current

1:30 p.m. Jenny Lynn Stacey and the Dirty Roosters (music), Front Street Brewery

1:30 p.m. SCW Pro Wrestling (fun stuff), River Center Lawn

2 p.m.  Short Films (film): Special Delivery, Sad Man’s Club, Paths of Misfortune, S3RIAL, Delineation, Knee High, Meet Uncle Paul (film), Figge Art Museum

3 p.m. Mother Nature (music), RME Redstone Room

3 p.m. Rare Element (music), Mac’s Tavern

3:30 p.m. SCW Pro Wrestling (fun stuff), River Center Lawn

4 p.m. King of the Tramps (music), Ruby’s

4 p.m. Al & Bret of the Candymakers (music), Great River Brewery

4 p.m.  Overdue and Q&A with director Stephen Folker (film), Figge Art Mueseum

4 p.m. Works by Erica Parrott (art), CoworkQC:

5 p.m. Mo Carter (music), UP Skybar at The Current

5 p.m. Land of Blood and Sunshine (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

5:30 p.m. Ha Ha Happy Hour – Jessica Misra, James Draper, Jake McDowell, Sam Wiles, Andrew Cline, Donny Townsend, AJ Grill, Alex Price (comedy), Great River Brewery

6 p.m. Claire and the Bears (music), Front Street Brewery

6 p.m. Lauren Anderson (music), Mac’s Tavern

6 p.m. Stay Outside (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m. The Pressure Kids (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

7 p.m. Rude Punch (music), EXIT Realty Garage

7:30 p.m. Seafarer (music), Great River Brewery

7:30 p.m. Comedy @ Mac’s 2nd lineup – Mike Lucas, Kyle Scanlan, Bobby Ray Bunch, Jeff Bailey, Joe Kilgallon, Kellye Howard (comedy), Mac’s Tavern

8 p.m. Mike Mains & the Branches (music), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

9 p.m. Jenny Lynn Stacey and the Dirty Roosters (music), Ruby’s

9 p.m. G. Love & Special Sauce (music), RME Redstone Room

9 p.m. Goonies/Ghostbusters Viewing Party (film), Kilkenny’s Pub

9 p.m. Comedy on Tap: 3rd Lineup – James Draper, Lyn-Z Harney, Jeff Bailey, AJ Grill, Mike Lucas , Alex Price (comedy), Front Street Brewery Taproom

9 p.m. Psychedelic Subway (art), Star Dog Gallery

10 p.m. Rare Element (music), Great River Brewery

10 p.m. Bobby Ray Bunch, Kyle Scanlan, Zach Pugh, Sam Wiles, Joe Kilgallon, Kellye Howard, Kristen Toomey (comedy), Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel

10 p.m. Idea Factory After Dark: Exploring the Culture of Drag (fun stuff), EXIT Realty Garage

Midnight King of the Tramps (music), Mac’s Tavern

 

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

9 a.m. The Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet (music), Bix Bistro

9 a.m. Pop-up Art Show (art), EICC Urban Campus

11 a.m. Karl Beatty (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

11 a.m. Sam Day (music), Freight House Farmers’ Market

 

11 a.m.  Awards and Filmmakers Social / Wrap Party (film), Figge Art Museum

12 p.m. Paradigm & Analog Arcade: The Deal of the Summer (fun stuff), Paradigm

1 p.m. Fresh Films Filmmaking Experience screening (film), River Music Experience


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Aug
25
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Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage @ I&M Canal Boat
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage

Join the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s FIRST National Heritage Area, celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary on Sunday August 25, 2019 from 10 AM until 4 PM. Ride on the I&M Canal Boat, 754 1st St, LaSalle, Illinois 61301.

In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s first National Heritage Area. This “new kind of national park” was the first explicit marriage of preservation, conservation, recreation, and economic development.

Join us as the I&M Canal National Heritage Area celebrates the anniversary with a I&M Canal Boat Tour aboard the replica canal boat “The Volunteer”. Climb aboard & learn about why the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage area is so important in America’s history & how the I&M Canal created Chicago!

Visit their Facebook Page by clicking here.

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