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Big Story: Introducing the Current Iowa

August 1st, 2017 | Filed under , , , .

Davenport’s original skyscraper is rising again as The Current Iowa hotel.

In the former Putnam Building at Second and Main streets, Amrit and Amy Gill’s Restoration St. Louis has renovated a tired downtown office building into a modern luxury hotel that champions the building’s past and will be a showplace for the Midwest art scene.

Read the full story here.


Photo Credit : Kevin E. Schmidt (Quad-City Times)

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  • May

    Resources for Businesses & Volunteers in Downtown Davenport

    Thank you to our community for the outpouring of help. We have compiled a list of ways to help and useful contacts:

    Business Re-Opening: The City of Davenport has put together a thorough document of Flood Recovery Information located on their website. Here is a quick list of contacts listed from their document:

    • Building Permits/Fire Marshall:
      • Located at Public Works – 1200 E. 46th Street (7:30 am – 4:30 pm)
      • 563-326-7745
    • Floodplain Development Permits/ Planning Department :
      • Located at City Hall – 226 W. 4th Street on the 2nd Floor in Community Planning (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
      • 563-326-7765
    • Scott County Emergency Management Agency: 563-484-3050
    • Scott County Health Department: 563-326-8618
    • Mid-American Energy: Residential 1-888-427-5632/ Business 1-800-329-6261

    – Small Business Administration (SBA) to Open Business Recovery Center in Davenport.

    • Business Recovery Center at Eastern Iowa Community College (101 West Third St.) Opens at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 16 | Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Fridays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Iowa Small Business Development Center announced the opening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Davenport on May 16 to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding that began March 12, 2019.
    • “Due to the severe property damage and economic losses the severe storms and flooding inflicted on Iowa businesses, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield.“The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives and Iowa Small Business Development Center counselors will be available to meet individually with each business owner,” she added. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.


    Cleanup  The City of Davenport is providing guidance to businesses and residents effected by recent Mississippi River flooding. For sandbag pick-up call (563) 326-7923 or place a request online at Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. We will not pick up sandbags we have not received a request for.

    For flood property debris removal, coordinate with a private hauler. Know that whether the city or the hauler picks up the material, there are waste separation guidelines for flood debris. Guidance on how to properly dispose of debris was also offered.

    For public safety, and to get properties impacted by recent flooding re-occupied or re-opened, the City of Davenport has submitted a resolution to Davenport City Council to waive all necessary and applicable City permit fees for flood recovery and building restoration activities. The waiver of fees shall be contingent upon the completion of a damage assessment by City of Davenport staff or their designee.

    The City and Scott County also shared a pair of links to website. The first is 2019 flood resources. The second is an update on a donations center that opens Friday May 10.


    – Genesis Convenient Care Locations Offers Free Tetanus Vaccinations For Flood Recovery Workers. Genesis Convenient Care locations in Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline will temporarily offer free tetanus vaccinations for adults involved in flood relief efforts.

    Individuals at higher risk for wounds by working in flood water can receive the free vaccinations at:

    • Genesis Convenient Care, 3200 West Kimberly Road, Davenport
    • Genesis Convenient Care, 2140 53rd, Bettendorf
    • Genesis Convenient Care, 3900 28th, Moline.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that exposure to contaminated flood waters can cause: Wound infections, skin rash, gastrointestinal illness, and tetanus

    The CDC also said possible hazards in floodwaters can include:

    • Human and livestock waste
    • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
    • Waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
    • Other contaminants that can lead to illness
    • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris
    • Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

    Wounds suffered while working in floodwater should be cleaned as soon as possible and may require medical attention.

    Regarding the treatment of wounds during flood recovery, the CDC says:

    • Avoid exposure to floodwater if you have an open wound.
    • Cover and clean open wounds with a waterproof bandage to reduce chance of infection.
    • Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
    • If a wound develops redness, swelling, or oozing, seek immediate medical attention.

    Genesis Health System also is announcing the launch of a local community flood relief fund and is accepting donations from businesses, individuals, and from the 5,000 employees of Genesis. For more:


    Downtown Davenport businesses who need sand bags can contact Davenport Public Works at 563-326-7923.


     If you or your business needs assistance OR you wish to volunteer, please contact the Scott County Emergency Management Agency at 563-484-3086. The call center will be staffed between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m, until further notice.

    Scott County Emergency Management Agency will assemble a multi-agency resource center in the future to offer assistance to businesses. As details unfold, we will keep businesses informed. Thank you everyone for your help and support.

    More info following this link:


    – The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.

    For more information:


    If you are unable to work due to the flood, you may be eligible to file for unemployment. For Unemployment Benefits, help can be found through Iowa Workforce Development. They are located at 902 West Kimberly Road in the Village Shopping Center. To file bring your direct deposit information and a valid ID.


    The American Red Cross in the Quad Cities has opened shelters in Iowa and Illinois for those directly impacted by rising flood waters. Residents affected by the flooding, flood-related issues or are unable to safely access their homes are encouraged to go to a shelter. Be sure to bring any needed medications, clothing, personal hygiene items and medical devices.

    The shelters are located:

    Lincoln Fundamental School
    318 East 7th Street
    Davenport, IA
    Please use the 8th Street & Iowa entrance.

    Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church
    1201 13th Street
    Moline, IL
    Please use the back entrance.

    Staffing for both shelters is provided by Red Cross volunteers who will be on-site while it is available. Cots, blankets and meals for shelter residents are provided.


    – Donations of Supplies: The Salvation Army will open a Flood Donation Center on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Flood Donation Center will be a location for individuals to donate items, and to receive items. The Flood Donation Center will serve residents of Scott and Rock Island Counties. The location is at the former Office Max building near North Park Mall, 320 West Kimberly Road in Davenport.

    Those impacted by the flood, or wanting to donate needed items, can visit the location between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM Friday, May 10th or Saturday, May 11th. The Flood Donation Center will continue to be open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM through at least the end of May. Currently, flood clean up kits and water are available for those impacted by the flood for pick up. A valid Driver’s License or State Issued ID is needed to pick up items.

    At this time, the Flood Donation Center will accept the following items needed for flood recovery:
    1. Dehumidifiers
    2. Fans
    3. Tools for building repair
    4. Cleaning supplies and tools
    5. Personal protective equipment such as work gloves, nitrile gloves, work masks, and eye protection
    6. Unopened bottles of bleach

    At this time the Salvation Army will not be accepting clothing, food or household goods.
    Individuals needing flood clean up kits or water before Friday, can pick them up at either Salvation Army location.

    3400 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM M-F

    2200 5th Ave., Moline
    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM M-Th; 9:00-12:00 F

    For additional details and questions call Bill Horrell, Salvation Army Development Director at 309-566-0350.


    These entities have reached out to us and we will continue to add postings. If you have a resource that you would like to share please email us

  • Apr

    Open Businesses in Downtown Davenport

    Per the City of Davenport, two hour on-street parking, River Center and Harrison Street parking ramps remain free and on-street parking zones are not going to be enforced until 7 a.m., Monday May 20.


    Your dollars make an impact locally! There are more open businesses than closed ones in downtown Davenport and it’s important that locals and visitors alike continue to support our downtown businesses. To make it easy we wanted to take the guessing game out of possible store or restaurant closings and provide you an accurate listing of open businesses. Showing your support for independent local businesses will help them get through this rough spring season after a harsh winter. With the rising waters, some of our downtown Davenport businesses had to temporarily close and we hope to keep you updated as soon as they open again!

    We will be continually updating this list, if you need to update your listing please email


    Currently open retail businesses:

    Currently open restaurants/bars/coffee shops:

    Currently open services:


    Here is current list of temporarily closed businesses in Downtown Davenport (as of 5/16/19):



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  • Feb

    Davenport Riverfront Proposal – The Riverfront as Integrated Art

    Download Full Presentation

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) and Figge Art Museum, in cooperation with the City of Davenport, presented a proposal that integrates public art concepts in to the design and development of the RiverVision plan and ongoing riverfront improvements. Produced in conjunction with RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, a division of RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, the plan focuses on the Davenport riverfront portion known as Main Street Landing from Harrison to Pershing Streets.

    The goal of the project is to integrate an artistic vision in to the ongoing design and development of the RiverVision plan, ensuring greater opportunities for the public to engage and enjoy the Mississippi riverfront and downtown.  Further, the proposal seeks to develop an overall story for the riverfront that will establish it as an iconic destination and bolster its connection with downtown Davenport and the entire Quad Cities.

    “This proposed update to RiverVision was a thorough process and has great potential to create new private and public investment for years to come,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director of Downtown Davenport Partnership. “The hard work of building public support, fundraising models, and execution of the big idea remain, but it all starts with a shared vision.”

    “The undulating currents and whiling eddies of the Mississippi are echoed in the contours of the riverfront, offering new destinations for recreation and reflection, entertainment and events,” said David Dahlquist, RDG Dahlquist Art Studio. “The concept builds upon previous studies to connect the riverfront with downtown Davenport and the Figge Art Museum, inviting people to gather at the river’s edge and to explore multi-use venues. The Skybridge is a primary link to the pavilion, sky deck, event lawn, and more.”

    The proposed 9-phase project has a projected $53 million total investment (excluding Phase 1 & 2, which are ongoing investments). The plan design is intended to be resilient in flooding and provide unique views during flood events, and is responsive to existing utilities.

    • Construction of Celebration Plaza – flexible event space and adjacent lot improvements (Phase1 & 2)
    • Skydeck Pavilion & Main Street Promenade ($9.8M)
      • Skydeck Pavilion provides opportunity for public/private restaurant and event space
    • Main Street Events Lawn & River Edge Public Art ($6.5M)
      • Sculptural frameworks are thoughtfully integrated throughout, engaging people with beautiful views of their community and realigning perspectives
      • Sculptural frame concept provides opportunity for additional riverfront sculptures throughout each Quad Cities riverfront modified to each community’s unique vision
    • Upstream River Edge, Promenade & Public Art ($9M)
    • Playgrounds, Natural Discovery, Promenades (7.5M)
    • River Access, Promenade, Transition to LeClaire Park ($5.6M)
    • Urban Lounge Park ($2.2M)
    • Mirror Plaza ($11M)

    The riverfront proposal would enable significant new private/public investment opportunities downtown. Funding this proposal will require leadership from both the private and public sector.

    The proposal was presented at a meeting February 15, 2019 hosted by Davenport Mayor and City Council, DDP Board, and Figge Art Museum Board, and includes additional stakeholders: Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Design Review Board, and the Q2030 Riverfront Work Group. All parties saw the proposal simultaneously with the public.  This coalition of civic and private organizations has never met all at once, which is itself a historic and exciting moment.

    This proposed plan will continue to be discussed and public feedback will be important.

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  • Oct

    Halloween Happenings

    Get spooky in downtown Davenport. From Trick or Treat, parades, haunted speakeasys, and showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show – here’s the list of everything Halloweenish happening downtown this week:

    Friday, October 27

    6 – 9 PM  •  Artoberfest Final Friday at Bucktown Center for the Arts

    Combining Fall, Halloween and of course, Art, for this month’s Final Friday, there’ll be a chili cookoff and artist decorated Halloween/Autumn glasses with craft beer from Front Street Brewery.

    Sara Slee Brown’s work is on exhibit in the MidCoast Gallery, Central High School students will sing a medley of tunes from Little Shop of Horrors (8 – 9 p.m.) and Heidi Brandt is launching the third Art Meets the River calendar.

    And of course, there our great artists will be on hand to visit and talk about their work! More info>


    Saturday, October 28

    10:30 AM  •  The Darker Side of Davenport Ghost Tour, German American Heritage Center & Museum

    Join the GAHC for the much anticipated and inaugural, haunted walking tour! After much success with the summer historic house tour, they thought it only appropriate to create a tour that’s a little spookier just in time for Halloween. So grab your walking shoes and a water bottle and join them every Saturday at 10:30 as we explore downtown Davenport and share the many haunts, murders, and mysteries that Davenport holds!
    Tours are $5 per person More info>

    2 PM  •  City of Davenport Halloween Parade 

    Looking for the parade route? Click here.

    8 PM  •  Howl UP at the moon

    Head to UP Skybar at The Current Iowa for a Halloween party & costume contest!  $800 in prizes for costume contest, Winners announced at 11pm.
    Free appetizers 8pm-10pm. Live DJ with DJ Tom X. Price: $20.00 per person. More info>

    8PM  •  Haunted Speakeasy Party

    Join Cru for their 3rd annual Haunted Speakeasy party! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Featuring some devilish drink specials throughout the evening! More info>


    Sunday, October 29

    Noon – 5 p.m.  •  Day of the Dead Family Fiesta

    This traditional Mexican holiday, The Day of the Dead, is celebrated with great joy, laughter, music and dance as we remember the lives of lost loved ones. Enjoy free admission all day as you join us to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of El Día de los Muertos through art projects, live performances, music and food. More info>


    Monday, October 30

    6 – 9 PM  •  Eat the Treets

    If you haven’t been to Eat the Streets yet, it’s a social gathering with lots of cool cars, and awesome food trucks happening at the foot of the Davenport Skybridge. More info>


    6 – 9 PM  •  Halloween Group Run

    Brought to you by Fleet Feet Sports Davenport who says… Don’t come to this. It will be boring. Don’t show up in a costume. Don’t win free shoes from Altra Running for having the “best” costume, OR, the “least runable” costume. Certainly, do not have fun while running a bridge loop with friends. And please, do NOT drink a beer afterwards at Great River Brewery. Finally, certainly refrain from bringing a spooky snack for our petrifying potluck in the reserved side room. Stay home. More info>


    Tuesday, October 31

    5 – 9 PM  •  6th Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show

    happening at Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms, Dinner Buffet from 5pm until 7pm when Rocky Horror starts, The first movie showing starts at 5pm with Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman followed by the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

    Menu includes:
    7-layer salad
    Hot German Potato salad
    Chicken Pot Pie
    Tuna casserole
    Acorn Squash
    Assorted Appetizers and Desserts

    More info>

    5:30 – 7:30 PM  •  City of Davenport Trick or Treat

    7 PM • Frankie and the Witch Fingers w/ Native Harrow

    at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel. Get tickets>

    8 PM   The Dawn presents: Halloween Show

    at Dayrotter. Get tickets>


    Know of a Halloween event happening downtown that is not on the list? Shoot Alisha a note at and we will get it added!

  • Sep

    5 Reasons to Love Third Thursday Downtown

    Every month, the small businesses of Downtown Davenport team up to stay open a little bit later (9PM), hold special events, and offer special discounts on a ton of pretty rad stuff. We’ve deemed this occasion “Third Thursday” because, well, it’s on the 3rd Thursday of the month and why complicate things?   We highly suggest you come down and celebrate all things downtown!  Here’s why:

    1. Deals, Steals & Freebies – DUH!
      Downtown Davenport businesses offer serious benefits during third Thursday. Nearly every month you can find a shop giving away free drinks, find all day happy hours, or significant percentage off unique retail items.
    2. Local, Unique Entrepreneurs Build Communities
      By now you’ve probably seen the “Every time you buy something at a small business, a real person does a happy dance” quote. Well, it’s true. When you shop downtown, you’re actually fueling someone’s dream and HARD work while keeping your money in town. Support the local entrepreneurs busting their butts to make cool stuff and provide awesome service- not people sitting in a corporate board room hundreds of miles away. Supporting downtown biz fosters creativity and pushes OUR community forward!
    3. It’s Thirsty Thursday, Too
      In addition to boutiques, shops and restaurants offering steals, deals and discounts… THE BARS DO TOO! 2 for 1’s; $2 off, all day happy hours,1/2 bottles of wine…the list goes on! If there’s one thing for certain, downtown is not lacking on drink specials during Third Thursday.
    4. Special Events
      Almost every month one of our venues host a concert/comedy night during third Thursday. So not only can you shop/eat/drink without hurting your wallet, but you can make it a full-fledged date night complete with a show. This month we even have a magazine release & fashion show!
    5. Because Downtown Rules!

    With all that said, GET DOWNTOWN!

    September 2017’s Third Thursday specials:
    • Barrel House (211 E 2nd St) –Don’t miss out on ½ priced fall martini’s and bottles of wine! Half priced appetizers start at 9 pm!
    • Energized Café (226 W 3rd St.) – Energized Café is hosting an Open Mic Night! Sing a song, share a poem or just enjoy LIVE music and great coffee from 6-8pm.
    • Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd St.) – Take a moment to appreciate the new exhibit “Endless Flight” with the artist who created it, Edouard Duval-Carrie. The opening reception starts at 5:30pm with Duval-Carrie’s talk starting at 7pm.
    • Me & Billy (200 W. 3rd St.) – Get ready for fall with a $5 Pumpkin Mule! Support local and your wallet with $2 off any local drink!
    • River Music Experience (129 Main St.) – The Tillers are opening for the post-modern bluegrass group Head for the Hills! Music starts at 8pm!
    • The Phoenix (11 E 2nd St.) – The Phoenix is teaming up with Strung by Shawna and The Project of the Quad Cities for a string art benefit! (Registration is through Eventbrite) Let your waitress know that you’re there for Third Thursday and receive exclusive happy hour prices all day long!
    • Sippi’s American Grill & Craft Beer – Show your waitress this Facebook post and receive a 25 oz mug of one of our 22 craft beers for the price of a pint.
    • Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 E 3rd St.) – Detroit-based rock band, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas are headlining the night! Music starts at 7pm! Be sure to stick around for the free Triple Crown Comedy night that starts at 9:30!
    • What A Gem (218 W 3rd St.) – Use the code “editorial” for 10% off your purchase!

  • Sep

    ‘Talking Art’ With Johnnie Cluney

    Longtime WVIK listeners might remember the program Art Talks. It was hosted by the late Bruce Carter and featured interviews with local painters, musicians, and writers.

    Now, as part of our efforts to enhance coverage of the local art scene, we’ll bring you Talking Art, a segment during Morning Edition.

    Listen to the full story here.

  • Sep

    Scott Community College’s New Urban Campus On Schedule To Open Soon

    If you’ve been to downtown Davenport recently, you’ve probably noticed a big transformation taking place on 3rd Street between Brady Street and Main Street.

    It’s the future site of Scott Community College’s Urban Campus and we learned that it’s on schedule and under budget when WQAD News 8 had Breakfast With…” Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Don Doucette on Thursday, September 14th live on Good Morning Quad Cities.

    Read the full story here.

  • Sep

    Ruby’s shifts Q-C bar scene in new gear

    If you’re checking to see if downtown Davenport’s newest bar and restaurant is hoppin’, don’t just look for cars in the parking lot.

    At Ruby’s Beers, Bikes & Brats, which opened on Sept. 1 at 429 E. 3rd St., you can bet plenty of diners arrived on two wheels.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E.Schmidt (Quad City Times)

  • Sep

    Our scene isn’t like anywhere else, and we should embrace that

    “A football game and family time were the initial reasons for my trip to Austin, Texas, last week.

    But after hearing so much about the city’s booming music scene, I made it my mission to go to a show one night when I was free.”


    Read the full story here.


    Photo Credit: Amanda Hancock (QC Times)

  • Sep

    Artist takes on tall task, creates downtown Davenport welcome sign

    “Iowa-bound drivers on the Government Bridge soon will be greeted by a vibrant piece of art as they enter downtown Davenport.

    The 12-by-24-foot mural at the foot of the crossing will be unveiled Thursday afternoon.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook

  • Sep

    Inaugural Alternating Currents ‘exceeded expectations’

    “It’s nearly impossible to track how many people attended the inaugural Alternating Currents, which filled 16 venues in downtown Davenport with music, comedy, film and art over the weekend.

    Still, the Downtown Davenport Partnership crew, who organized the festival that replaced River Roots Live, say Alternating Currents’ first run “exceeded expectations.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep

    The Big Story: Making progress on Davenport’s riverfront

    “The canvas for the nine miles of city-controlled land along Davenport’s riverfront is so wide that Mayor Frank Klipsch’s map barely can contain it all.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt (QC Times)

  • Sep

    New festival marks a new kind of momentum in downtown Davenport

    “Alternating Currents, the mega two-day festival that kicks off Friday in downtown Davenport, wouldn’t have worked here just a year or two ago.”

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep

    First-ever Alternating Currents is this weekend: What you need to know

    “If you’re still wondering when River Roots Live is this year, you have some studying up to do about Alternating Currents. ”

    Read the full story here.


  • Sep

    Summer 2017 Galleries: Davenport welcomes the inaugural Alternating Currents festival

    “Labor Day weekend is here and summer draws to a close. But we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the season just yet. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be giving you a look back at the summer that was. This summer saw the inaugural Alternating Currents music, art, comedy and film festival in Davenport, Iowa Saturday August 26, 2017.”

    Read the full story here. 


    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (QC Times)

  • Sep

    Follow-Up File: Ellis Kell won’t be forgotten at RME

    “Standing on the Adler Theatre stage last Saturday, Bret Dale had one minute and a microphone.

    Before Ben Folds performed, as part of the inaugural Alternating Currents festival, Dale wanted to honor the Quad-City music icon Ellis Kell.”

    Read the full story here. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt (QC Times)

  • Aug

    Ribfest joins Street Fest to feature bands, barbecue

    Bigger and busier than ever, Street Fest took over downtown Davenport this past weekend closing off July with barbecue and live music.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit : Meg McLaughlin (QC- Online)

  • Aug

    Big Story: Introducing the Current Iowa

    Davenport’s original skyscraper is rising again as The Current Iowa hotel.

    In the former Putnam Building at Second and Main streets, Amrit and Amy Gill’s Restoration St. Louis has renovated a tired downtown office building into a modern luxury hotel that champions the building’s past and will be a showplace for the Midwest art scene.

    Read the full story here.


    Photo Credit : Kevin E. Schmidt (Quad-City Times)

  • Aug

    Luxury hotel, rooftop bar opens in downtown Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — A luxury, boutique hotel complete with rooftop bar and restaurant has opened in downtown Davenport.

    On Wednesday, July 26, developers and city leaders cut the ribbon on The Current Iowa.

    Read the full story.

  • Jul

    Bix Beiderbecke Gets a Museum in America’s (Other) Birthplace of Jazz: Iowa

    By many jazz experts’ accounts, the genre had two grandfathers, separated by a little less than a thousand miles along the Mississippi River: Louis Armstrong, in New Orleans, and Leon Bismarck “Bix” Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa. They both played the cornet, both established styles unlike any of their contemporaries and both left an indelible mark on American music history.

    Read the full story.