The Mississippi Valley Fair is the biggest party of the summer.  Six days of food, rides, drinks and of course music.  Last year, Jason Aldean, LOCASH, Old Dominion and Craig Morgan all took the stage in front of thousands of Quad Cities country fans.  This year, who will be coming to the Quad Cities?  We'll find that out Friday, November 19.  But also, what Quad Cities country band will open up for the main act?  We'll find that out March 20 at the Battle of the Bands QC 2022!

This year, it's back and bigger and better.  Last year, there was one winner with local rock band Alborn winning the competition and earning the right to open for Shinedown.  This year, two local bands will take the main stage.  One rock, one country.

The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and MH Entertainment will be hosting the MH Battle of the Bands QC on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2022!  Two nights of battle of the bands.  Saturday, March 19th will feature only rock bands while there will also be a competition for just the country bands on Sunday, March 20th.  One of those bands will play the main stage at the 2022 MVF for one of the country acts.

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You want your favorite local country band to play the big stage, here is how it works.  You need to nominate your favorite local bands right here.  If you already see them on the poll, then vote and share!  If they are not on the poll, add them in...and then vote and share!  The nominations will end Monday, January 3rd at 5pm and voting will end on Monday, January 10th at 5PM.

The Mississippi Valley Fair and MH Entertainment said "Once again we congratulate Alborn on winning the 2021 battle! MVF and MH Entertainment has decided the winning band from the prior year is not eligible to participate in the battle for 2022."

Nominate and vote for your favorite band today and see you March 20th at the Mississippi Valley Fair!

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

The Best Illinois Concert Venues

With concerts back in full swing, we give you the best venues for seeing live music in Illinois. Any missing? Send the name of the venue and some of your pictures to ryan.mccredden@townsquaremedia.com.
After looking at the Illinois venues, check out the Iowa venues here.