Three bands displayed their talents in downtown Rock Island on Sept. 17 amidst storms and sirens.
Rozz Tox, a small cafe/ bar, is located next to Rooster’s on 3rd Avenue. The Last Glimpse, Model Stranger, and The Candymakers wowed the crowd with their music.
The Last Glimpse was the first band to perform. The Rock Island based band is, as guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Loder said, “Original music, emotion, texture, crushing sound firmly rooted in 90’s alternative.”
They got their start when vocalist/guitarist Steve Krug had been recording a solo project when Loder was a producer. After deciding to try to work together, they recruited drummer Dave Hughes and bassist Dayne Burton. More recently, they played a benefit at Rascals on Oct. 3 for their friend Chicken Boy.
You can catch The Last Glimpse at RIBCO (Rock Island County Brewing Company) on Oct. 28 when they play a Smashing Pumpkins tribute. That show will start around 9 PM.
The next act to hit the stage was Chicago-native Model Stranger, who was last in the Quad Cities on Feb. 19 at RME. This time, however, the band had a full cast as compared to the February show, which was part of the Imitation Act Tour. The Imitation Act Tour was in conjunction with the release of their EP Imitation Act.
Model Stranger is self-described as “psychedelic grunge”. They draw inspiration from Tom Petty to Pearl Jam. During the show, the drums lit up during some songs.
Model Stranger will be onstage at WIU-Macomb campus at 9:30 on Oct. 30 for the college’s Halloween party. Vocalist Stephen Francis attended WIU. The following night, the band will be in their home of Chicago at The Elbo Room at 8 PM for the 6th annual Elbo Room Halloween Party.
The final act of the night was The Candymakers, who are, as their facebook says, “funk/soul/blues, Rock n’ Soul music”. The band won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011. They’ve released two CDS’, the first in February 2012 and the second – titled Ridiculicious – in September 2014.
The band’s next show is Oct. 9 at Lefty’s in Des Moines at 9PM. There is a $5 cover charge to see them and Cedar County Cobras.
You can check out all three bands on their websites at thelastglimpse.com, modelstranger.com, and thecandymakers.com. You can buy merchandise as well as music on their sites.
Contributed by Guest Reporter Anna Headley