Moline 150 to serve up musical menu for all tastes  

Nearly 20 bands from a variety of genres have been added to the bill for the Moline 150 three-day downtown music, history and arts street festival Aug. 25-27.

The Thursday through Saturday event is part of the week-long celebration of Moline’s Sesquicentennial celebration, which is presented and sponsored by John Deere.

Headliners listed so far on the MidAmerican Energy main stage include: Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Celisse, Pokey LaFarge, Lissie, The Way Down Wanderers and Bando Cerro Azul.

Regional bands also will be featured. Among those scheduled to appear are: Mountain Swallower, Electric Shock, Jason Carl’s Tom Petty Tribute, Lewis Knudsen, Group Innstinto, the Forty Twos, Logan Spring & The Wonderfully Wild, Smooth Groove, Blues Rock-It, Crooked Cactus, Piso’s Cure and CJ Parker & XII.

According to the Moline 150 committee, a full daily schedule for the festival – including other local acts on the community stage – will be announced later in July and added to the Moline 150 website.

The headline acts chosen serve a wide variety of musical tastes. For example:

  • Galactic is a New Orleans-based ensemble that plays an exciting blend of funk, pop, R&B, jazz and hip hop. They are fronted by Anjelika Jelly Joseph, a former American Idol contestant who recently toured with Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangers.
  • Celisse is a sing-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and spoken word artist who has played with many notable musicians including Mariah Carey, Graham Nash and Melissa Etheridge. She is a founding member of Trey Anastasio’s Ghost of the Forest.
  • Pokey LaFarge was born in Bloomington, Illinois, but cut his musical teeth as an itinerant musician playing street corners, bus stops and other public spaces across the country. Now based in Los Angeles, he brings a mix of Americana, old-time country, blues, folk and Western swing to the stage.
  • Lissie is very familiar to Quad Cities audiences. A Rock Island native, she moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s and embarked on a musical career spanning four albums and countless sold-out concerts. She now lives on a farm in Iowa, but still delights with her mix of rock and folk-pop.
  • The Way Down Wanderers are another regional favorite, hailing from down Interstate 74 in Peoria. They play a quirky style of modern bluegrass and roots-pop.
  • Banda Cerro Azul will highlight the Friday Night main stage takeover by Mercado on Fifth. They are a wildly popular Chicago-based traditional mariachi band with a full complement of brass.

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