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Quad City Rockfest hits the stage July 19

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST

MOLINE — The iWireless Center is teaming up with MetroLink and the city of Moline to bring Quad City Rockfest to downtown Moline on Saturday, July 19, featuring Night Ranger and Firehouse. This event, from 3 to 11 p.m., features bands inside the iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr., and outdoor on top of the MetroLink parking garage across the street. There will be barbecue, beer, vendors, contests and a huge line-up of acts.

In addition to Night Ranger and Firehouse, Saturday night will also feature Cheap Thrill.  Cheap Thrill includes Jeff Labar and Eric Brittingham of Cinderella, Cheney Brannan of Collective Soul and Brandon Gibbs of the Gibbs Brothers.

Other acts announced include local recording artists Eleven Fifty Two, who’s second EP The Company drops this year; the area’s best 80’s rock cover band, Divebomb; and local favorites, The Hooks. The show opens with the 97Xposure Battle of the Bands winner who has been selected from a short list of finalists who first submit a video and are selected by 97X radio listeners and subsequently by a panel of judges at a battle of the bands contest to be held at Rascals June 26.

Event attendees can also purchase a VIP After Party Package for $52.50 which includes a VIP concert ticket in the first 10 rows as well as admission to the Cheap Thrill After Party at Rascals, 1414 15th St., Moline. Patrons must be must be 21 years of age to attend after party. The After Party is exclusive to patrons who purchase the VIP After Party Package and is limited to the first 250 people.

Night Ranger’s debut album Dawn Patrol hit the charts hard, going instantly Top 40 with the now anthemic single, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” They followed with a string of best-selling albums that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The band’s popularity was fuelled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sister Christian,” “Sentimental Street” and “Goodbye.”

Firehouse arrived at the peak of the pop metal explosion releasing their first album in 1991. The group’s melodic, commercial hard rock had immediate chart success; their self-titled debut went platinum and featured two Top 20 singles, “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “Love of a Lifetime.” The following year, Firehouse released their second album, Hold Your Fire, which went gold with the strength of their mega-hit “When I Look Into Your Eyes.”

Ticket prices for Quad City Rockfest are $29.50 with a limited number of $45 tickets and a limited number of $99 four-packs. Purchase tickets at the iWireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. 

For additional information on the Quad City Rockfest, visit www.quadcityrockfest.com.

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