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Festivals | Street Fest 2014

43rd Annual Street Fest  Presented by APAC Customer Services

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Bix 7 Weekend
Downtown Davenport
July 25 & 26, 2014
FREE Admission!
Don’t miss the Quad-Cities Biggest Homecoming Party!

Date & Time
Friday, July 25 2014; 10AM – Midnight
Saturday, July 26 2014; – 9AM – Midnight

Street Fest is located on 2nd Street between Brady & Ripley in the heart of downtown.

What to Expect

TONS of festival food & drinks
Great live music
Firefighters Water Fights
Dozens of Arts & Crafts vendors
Family Fun Area
Video Games Etc. Tournaments
More to be announced!

Band Lineup

Friday, July 25
11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Morgan Williams/Winter Blue Allstars
1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Powell
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Whoozdads
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Night People
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Soul Storm
10:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. – Dirt Road Rockers

Saturday, July 26
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Barstool Boogaloo
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – River City 6
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Machine Gun Willie
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Tailfins
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Cosmic
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Wheelhouse
10:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. – Jason Carl and The Whole Band

Video Games Etc. Tent
Video Games Etc. is hosting various tournaments all weekend.  It will start at noon on Friday and run until 10PM Saturday.   Here’s your chance to show off your gaming skills AND win cool prizes!

Family Fun Area
The Family Fun Area is located in the grass in front of the Ground Transportation Center between Ripley and Harrison Streets on 2nd St.

Friday – Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thank you to our Family Area sponsors Davenport Parks & Recreation and Happy Joe’s!k!

Firefighter Water Fights

This year’s festival will feature the 3rd Annual Firefighter Water Fights.  Fire fighters will compete for cash prizes, bragging rights, and trophies! Registration runs from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. The women’s division starts at noon and the men’s division is scheduled to follow!

Volunteer Form
Interested in volunteering for Street Fest or River Roots Live? Each year, the Downtown Davenport Partnership needs help from hundreds of volunteers to make sure our summer festivals are fun for everyone.  If interested, please fill out the form online.

Street Fest Vendors – 2014
Would you like to be a vendor at Street Fest in 2014? Select one of the following links for a vendor contract.

*Before submitting via email, please be sure to SAVE the completed contract to your computer, then submit!*

Art & Craft Vendor Contract
Commercial Vendor Contract
Food Vendor Contract
 Non-Profit Vendor Contract
Roaming Vendor Contract
Specialty Food Vendor Contract


Contact Information
For questions related to Street Fest, please email our Event Director, Jason Gilliland, at jgilliland@quadcitieschamber.com or call 563-823-2681.  Street Fest is produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from Street Fest go to support economic development efforts downtown.


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    WVIK- A 20-foot, 500 pound sculpture and a wooden “throne” now decorate the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. Today, the Downtown Davenport Partnership celebrated the unveiling of two new sculptures.

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  • October

    2014 Halloween Parade Route

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    Parade Route
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    West on 3rd to Scott St
    South on Scott to 2nd St
    East on 2nd to Iowa
    Ends: 3rd & Iowa Streets

    Click here for an image of the parade route. 

  • October

    Vintage trend shows its might

    Quad-City Times- Just an hour into Saturday’s first American Vintage Market at the Davenport RiverCenter, one vendor was nearly sold out. A couple from Jefferson, Iowa, loaded up antique wares from their Roadside Relics shop Friday and headed to Davenport. Shortly after the doors of the RiverCenter opened at 11 a.m., their bigger pieces were already marked sold.

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  • October

    Halloween Information 2014

    With October finally here, it’s time to start planning for Halloween festivities!

    • Trick-or-Treating in Davenport will take place Thursday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • The Halloween Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m. Streets will be blocked off downtown starting at 5:00 p.m. and parade line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • September

    L&D15 – New Business

    Doing It In Davenport- Since moving from Brooklyn to Davenport a little more than a year ago, David Balluff and Lopeti Etu have searched long and hard to find the perfect space for their eclectic hand-made clothing and hat (and other stuff) store.

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  • September

    Developer Selected to Demolish & Redevelop Former Hotel Site Downtown

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is pleased to announce that a private developer has been selected to pursue the demolition and redevelopment of the former Howard Johnson hotel site at 227 LeClaire Street, a key eastern gateway to downtown Davenport, Iowa.

    The $25M proposed development, known as Riverwatch Place, is a six story mixed-use Class A office building that includes first floor commercial/retail use and restaurant space reminiscent of the former Davenport Club with river views on the top floor.   The building is 60,000 square ft. (10K per floor) and will feature outdoor vista points on each floor with a large outdoor dining area.  The initial development team includes Bush Construction, NAI Ruhl Commercial Co., Attorney John M. Carroll and BLDD Architects.  The ownership / development team will be expanded to include additional investors in the project.

    “The Riverwatch Place proposal is exactly what we were looking for,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.   “Completing this proposal would not only result in the demolition of an eyesore, but it would also mean a major a new construction project that adds to the Davenport skyline and provides a welcoming entrance to a significant downtown gateway. “

    Improving this site has long been a goal of the selected developers.  “The site offers extraordinary river views and is positioned prominently on the main entry-point to downtown Davenport. Our mission is to deliver a ‘trophy’ property worthy of the site.” Said John G. Ruhl, President of NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. “The next phase of the significant investment efforts in the downtown is an offering of true Class ‘A’ office space and restaurant space capitalizing on views of the Mississippi River.”

    The development team will enter in to an agreement with DDP and its non-profit partner, Demolition Davenport, to execute the project.  Demolition of the existing building is planned to begin by the end of the year.

    “Like any major project, there will be challenges to solve to make this a reality,” noted Carter.  “If this site was easy, it would have been done by now.  This is a big step in the right direction, and we’re excited to be one step closer to the redevelopment of such an important site that offers spectacular river views.”

    In the spring of 2014, DDP loaned funds to Demolition Davenport to purchase the site.  Since that time, DDP has assisted with debris removal and asbestos mitigation within the existing building on site.  DDP will continue to be the steward of the property as the project moves toward completion.

    Media Contacts
    Kyle Carter
    Executive Director
    Downtown Davenport Partnership

    John G. Ruhl
    NAI Ruhl Commercial Co.
    (563) 355-4000

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    Quad-City Times- As patrons of Mac’s Tavern raise their glasses this weekend, the toast could be to the staying power of the downtown Davenport institution. For 80 years, Mac’s has been part of the culture of downtown and a favorite watering hole for generations of Quad-Citians — young and old.


  • September

    City Square project nearing construction phase

    Quad-City Times- Transformation of the Parker-Putnam buildings — anchors in downtown Davenport for nearly a century — into City Square could begin in a few months, a Restoration St. Louis executive said Tuesday.

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  • September

    Boom arrives late, but still proves spectacular

    Dispatch/Argus- A belated Red, White & Boom! still packed riverfront parks Monday with hundreds of people looking for fireworks, music and fun.

    Flooding on the Mississippi River earlier this year caused the cancellation of the annual, state-spanning July 4 celebration’s massive fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music. It was rescheduled for Monday and riverfront parks in Rock Island and Davenport were filled with people ready to “ooh” and “ahh” at the fiery, thunderous show.

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  • August

    Terrostar/Medix Dental – New Business

    Doing It In Davenport- A very old building in the heart of downtown Davenport will soon be the home of two very modern companies.

    Terrostar and Medix Dental – which do online marketing and IT and technology support for the dental industry, respectively – are moving into the former Schneff Jeweler s and First Trust and Savings Building at the corner of Third and Brady streets. Tom Terronez, who owns both companies, says he hopes to have the 20-plus member staff moved into the renovated third floor of the nearly century old building by the end of 2014.

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  • August

    Scott Family Y breaks ground on new early learning center

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  • August

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    Quad-City Times- Four years after a merger of the region’s economic development forces, the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year of regional successes while pledging to align the community on building a cool, creative and prosperous Quad-Cities.

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    Restoration St. Louis project ‘completes the puzzle’

    Quad-City Times- News of a public-private partnership that includes a full-service urban Scott Community College campus, 80 apartments and restoration of the Capitol Theatre is the missing piece to the downtown renovation puzzle, a downtown official says.

    Read more here…

  • August

    EICC, Restoration St. Louis to partner on $50M downtown project

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    Read more here…

  • August

    River Roots Live 10th Anniversary August 15 & 16

    River Roots Live, the Quad Cities premiere music festival, celebrates it’s ten year anniversary this weekend. The 2014 lineup features headliners Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and the North Mississippi Allstars.  As always, Ribfest vendors from across the country will be serving up delicious BBQ throughout the weekend.

    River Roots Live will be held on Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River.  The festival is free both nights before 5 p.m. and admission is only $10 after 5 p.m.

    Additional outstanding national acts fill out the festival including ZZ Ward, Ben Kweller, Cracker, The Jayhawks, Foxy Shazam, the Ballroom Thieves, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Twins, and Robert Jon & the Wreck.  The Quad Cities’ own talent will also be showcased when the One Night Standards and The Dawn take the stage.

    Grammy Award winners and American Chicano rock power trio Los Lonely Boys will headline Saturday night.  Hailing from Texas, Los Lonely Boys are a sibling trio whose music draws equally from Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Tejano. After recording their debut album at Willie Nelson’s studio in 2003, the single “Heaven” started climbing the charts with the album selling double Platinum.

    Friday night of River Roots Live will feature Robert Randolph & the Family Band, a funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist, Robert Randolph.  This high energy, festival staple band was described by the President of Blue Note Records as having “mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner and Bonnaroo.” This is a high energy band that will leave you breathless and wanting more!

    The North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll. Brothers Luther and Cody continually expand the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that has inspired them from the beginning, but as Rolling Stone aptly notes, “the Allstars may be children of tradition, but they’re digging deep in undiscovered country”.

    On her way to River Roots Live, ZZ Ward will be showcased at Bonnaroo, Summerfest and Red Rocks this summer.  Live, ZZ’s smoky vocals and deliberate, varied arrangements make her one not to miss.  Last year, she toured with Fitz and the Tantrums, Grace Potter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Allen Stone and this year launched multiple near sell-out U.S. headline tours.

    Ben Kweller has been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. His ability to weave together opposites that coexist happily on the same album is something few can do.

    American alternative rockers Cracker will take the stage on Saturday.  Formed in 1991 the band has released 10 studio albums including the gold-selling album, Kerosene Hat, which included hit song “Low.”

    The Jayhawks have been described as forging a rootsy sound that wasn’t quite rock or country – “Hank Williams on speed.” That sentiment can be heard on such hits as “Save it for a Rainy Day”, “Blue” and “Waiting for the Sun.”

    Named one of the “100 bands you need to know” by Alternative Press, Foxy Shazam has been showing off their rock chops since 2004.  Lead singer Eric Sean Nally says “When I listen to a Foxy Shazam record I think of Evel Knievel; Bruce Springsteen; my childhood; Van Morrison; my old friends from high school I don’t talk to anymore; Elton John; the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and beyond; Iggy Pop; and my first kiss.”

    Rounding out this year’s lineup will be the Ballroom Thieves, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Twins, Robert Jon & the Wreck, the One Night Standards and The Dawn.

    It wouldn’t be River Roots Live without Ribfest BBQ!  This isn’t your neighbor burning some hotdogs and calling it BBQ.   Our vendors travel the nation and represent the top tier of professional BBQ cookers in the United States.  So loosen your belt, and we suggest trying every single one of ‘em throughout the weekend.

    The West Music Jr. Jam Tent returns both Friday and Saturday to offer fun educational workshops for kids and performances from the River Music Experience’s Rock Camp bands.

    With well over 20,000 attendees, River Roots Live has continued to grow every year since its inception in 2005. For complete details regarding band bios and festival activities, please visit RiverRootsLive.com.

    Produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber, River Roots Live is supported by partners Living Lands & Waters and the River Music Experience – all nonprofit organizations.  River Roots Live is proud to help promote music education programs at the River Music Experience, environmental clean-up efforts on the Mississippi River by Living Lands & Waters, and the growth of historic downtown Davenport.

    River Roots Live is presented by U.S. Cellular and the Riverboat Development Authority. Please visit www.RiverRootsLive.com to see the complete list of our generous community sponsors!

  • August

    Davenport soars with 4-Star community distinction

    Quad-City Times - Davenport has become only the sixth city in the country to be selected a Star Communities’ 4-Star Community for excellence in environmental, economic and social sustainability.

    “It helps in recruiting potential employers to come to the city,” Mayor Bill Gluba said during a news conference Monday at the Eastern Avenue branch of the Davenport Public Library.

    Read more here…

  • August

    Artisan Grain Distillery – New Business

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