Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber has announced the newest addition to their festival repertoire: Alternating Currents. The two-day event will highlight the many facets of the region’s creative community and take place the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26, replacing River Roots Live.

Throughout the weekend, a dozen venues across downtown will host a wide variety of live music, film screenings, comedians, and visual artists.  Over 50 national and regional acts, big and small, will perform throughout the festival. Patrons will be encouraged to travel from venue to venue and explore all downtown has to offer.

“We’re excited for the change in model and to produce a festival that is centric to the mission of our organization,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.  “From national artists at the Adler Theatre, to film screenings and up-and-coming comedians and bands, we’ll offer a little something for everyone and use the opportunity to showcase the incredible energy and growth happening downtown.”

Place making continues to be at the top of conversation as we meet with our peers, Chamber members and investors to discuss talent and business recruitment. Alternating Currents is the perfect event to build into the Chamber’s talent attraction and retention strategy, to align with our efforts through Q2030 and ultimately grow the region. The festival will highlight the cultural assets that are important to young talent, cultivate downtown Davenport and will help to manifest the region’s distinctive live music identity.

While the lineup for the event is yet to be announced, DDP is collaborating with a group of the region’s top talent to curate the festival.  Some key “do-ers” in the creative community have been tapped to help produce an inclusive and unique event. 

“Alternating Currents truly captures the spirit of the Q2030 initiative,” said Jason Gilliland, Director of Events DDP. “This style of festival, similar to that of SXSW (Austin, TX) and Mile of Music (Appleton,WI) has proven to be successful in other markets and it’s exciting to offer a new experience for Quad Citizens. This region has a vibrant creative scene and Alternating Currents is an incredible opportunity to show it off.”

The creatives behind Alternating Currents 2017:

Sean Moeller, Moeller Nights Kate Dale, River Music Experience; Benjamin Crabb, Daytrotter; Corey Ewing, Flood93 Radio; and Rick Palmer, Adler Theatre, will serve as a brain trust behind the musical aspect of the festival. 

Joshua Ford, Ford Photography; and Harry Walker; En Media Res, are teaming up to lead film screenings.

Dan Bush, Analog Arcade Bar & Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel; and Andrew King, The After Hour; are gearing up to help curate laughs for the weekend.  

Mary Talbert of Crafted QC and a team of “makers” will host “OMG Becky Fest”, a handmade/vintage craft festival, in conjunction with Alternating Currents.

Local arts organizations including the Figge Art Museum, Quad-City Arts, and Midcoast will be tapped to provide a hand for the visual arts component, too. 

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