Q-C Junetopia, a three-day festival celebrating underground artists, is back for its third year this weekend.
More than 30 musicians along with comedians and visual artists, all subscribing to the"DIY" or do-it-yourself genre, will perform at area venues Friday-Sunday, making for a bigger and better fest, says organizer Eric Murphy.
"It's always in that DIY element and we want to keep it that way," Murphy said, meaning "no sponsors and not a lot of money" backing the festival.
"The idea is to have a big underground fest that's showcasing a lot of artists of different genres," Alex Mahaffey, another organizer, said. "There's a really wide variety of music and art, from psych rock to hip-hop to comedy. It's seriously everything we could think of."
He and Murphy book weekly shows at Rozz-Tox, The Island, a DIY performance space in Moline, as well as basements and cafes such as Theo's Java Club.
"It's incredibly gratifying to celebrate underground artists," he said. "They need to be put in the spotlight."
Junetopia outgrew its original venue, Rozz-Tox, and has expanded this year into three additional spaces, including the Figge Art Museum, Rooster's, a sports bar in Rock Island, and The Village Theatre. In addition, the second annual Jantopia, a winter spin-off festival, is scheduled for January 2018.
"It's growing and snowballing into this bigger thing," Mahaffey said. "This is going to be the best one yet."
Proceeds will benefit the Humility of Mary Shelter, Humility of Mary Housing, Kings Harvest Ministries, and the Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No-Kill Shelter. Last year, the festival raised about $2,000, according to Mahaffey.