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Veteran Quad Cities Bassist/Guitarist Shines With New Solo Album

Randy Leasman of Davenport has written songs since he was 12, but the veteran bassist and guitar player hasn’t been able to sing his own material on a record or in concert over the years. That changed recently for the 37-year-old Davenport West alum, with the...

A PSA on PROs

Becoming a music industry professional requires a base level of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to become an artist, producer, manager (the list goes on), there are fundamental aspects of the industry to know early on.  Know the ins and outs of your stage plot. ...

River+City Collective rebounding from COVID, booking more shows in QC.

Sam Koester is a rare bird in the aviary of the Quad City region’s music biz. The friendly, 41-year-old Muscatine native now resides in Moline, owning and operating River+City Collective. RCC is an ​​entertainment production company producing shows primarily in and...

Quad Cities Halloween Shows – Everything You Need To Know

What’s scarier than not having a costume for Halloween? Not having plans! The Echo has curated a rundown of shows all over the Quad Cities to ensure Halloweekend is a graveyard smash! Looking to get psychedelic for Halloween? Check out Howl-O-Ween Trip Out! At the...

Quad City Arts Signature Series Brings Artists Up Close and Personal

The Quad City Arts Performing Arts Signature Series (PASS) is tailor-made for a unique, charismatic musician like Bassel Almadani, who has quite a story to tell. The first-generation Syrian-American – born in Ohio – fronts the funk and soul band Bassel & The...

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Returns to a Whole “New World” For New Season

It’s fitting that the last Quad City Symphony Orchestra performance before the Covid shutdown was Verdi’s Requiem, a piece written in memory of a dear friend. The first Masterworks program to welcome a full-capacity audience since then (Oct. 2-3, 2021) will feature...

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Revamps Website, Brings Back Blues Fest to LeClaire Park

It takes an army of volunteers and sponsors to make the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival possible, and perhaps no more important than this year. Following the pandemic-plagued 2020, when the fest was canceled along with so many events, the all-volunteer Mississippi...

Lewis Knudsen Premiers New Album at the Redstone Room

After becoming a full-time musician in 2018, Lewis Knudsen found himself on the edge of a precipice. The Covid Pandemic forced him to try other avenues that were not live music.  “After the shutdown, I looked around and asked myself, “how can I make music if I...

For Further Inspection: 3 Doors Down at the Rust Belt

3 Doors Down made a top at The Rust Belt in the Quad Cities on their 20th-anniversary tour. This tour was in celebration of their album A Better Life, originally released in 2000. See JR Howell’s full gallery here.

Baby Garp Moves to Rock Island

The River Music Experience and Sean Moeller of Codfish Hollow have partnered to bring “Baby GARP” to the Quad Cities this year. The one-day festival will take over Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, IL, on Sept. 11.  Scheduled initially for Codfish...
A PSA on PROs

A PSA on PROs

Becoming a music industry professional requires a base level of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to become an artist, producer, manager (the list goes on), there are fundamental aspects of the industry to know early on.  Know the ins and outs of your stage plot. ...

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Quad Cities Halloween Shows – Everything You Need To Know

Quad Cities Halloween Shows – Everything You Need To Know

What’s scarier than not having a costume for Halloween? Not having plans! The Echo has curated a rundown of shows all over the Quad Cities to ensure Halloweekend is a graveyard smash!Looking to get psychedelic for Halloween? Check out Howl-O-Ween Trip Out! At the...

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Everything You Need To Know About Open Mic And Jams

Everything You Need To Know About Open Mic And Jams

Open mics (OM) and jams (OJ) have been a long-standing tradition for generations in the music world and are a crucial grassroots method of building a healthy music scene. It is a ground-level entrance to any music scene for any experience level. They offer so many...

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How to Get Started on Your Vinyl Journey

How to Get Started on Your Vinyl Journey

Starting your vinyl collection is full of excitement! What records do you buy first? How do you organize them? What piece of furniture will you use to store them? There are so many questions right from the jump. I’m Jon (also known as Centaur Noir) from Ragged Records...

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