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All Senses

The first-ever All Senses Festival is this weekend. 

The first-ever All Senses Festival, a four-day event which blends film, spoken word performers and live music, is set for this weekend.

And according to fest organizer Bob Herington, who owns Ragged Records, it started as bringing one band to town. 

“It grew out of something really small and we kept tying in more people and it grew into this long festival weekend," he said. 

As it took shape, Herington and other organizers wanted to make All Senses different than other fests in the area. 

“There’s a lot of festivals going in the Quad-Cities and surrounding areas and we wanted to do something that wasn’t pop or indie rock music like a lot of them are doing," he said. "This is more geared to psychedelic, electronic experimental music, which is a different niche." 

Herington looped in En Media Res, an area film company, the Midwest Writing Center and the ongoing Cinema at the Figge series. The fest wraps up with the second annual Lowland Block Part on Sunday in Rock Island. 

“Several people who were already doing cool things have joined together,” he said. “It’s definitely a group effort.”

For Rozz-Tox shows, a weekend pass costs $30, which guarantees you a seat and a one-day pass costs $15. Tickets are available at Some events are free. For more info, visit

Here's the full schedule: 


The fest kicks off Thursday with Cinema at the Figge, presented by Ford Photography, featuring a short film and live score performances. It's set for at 5-9:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Free. 


On Friday, music is set for 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Festival ticket required for admission. 

Outside Rozz-Tox, En Media Res will present short and feature film screenings from dusk to 1 a.m. Films to include: "The Wasp Woman," "King of the Zombies," "Reefer Madness," "Assassin of Youth," "Devil's Harvest," "How to Undress," "She Shoulda Said No!," "Narcotic Story," "Marihuana," "The Cocaine Fiends," "Girl Gang," "Tomorrow's Children," "Delinquent Parents," "Sex Maniac," and "Sex Madness."

Midwest Writing Center will also present readings from national and regional spoken word artists at Rozz-Tox from 6:40 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. The lineup includes Aubrey Barnes, Keith Lesmeister, Kamden Ishmael Hilliard, Brandon Taylor and Anders Carlson-Wee. 

Here's the music schedule: 

7-7:40 p.m. Mountain Swallower (Quad-Cities)

8-8:40 p.m. Har Di Har 

9-9:40 p.m. Moss Folk 

10-10:40 p.m. Dead Rider 

11-11:40 p.m. Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

midnight-12:40 a.m. Harakiri 


In between the musicians, spoken word artists will perform at Rozz-Tox. The artists include Holly Norton, Abigail Zimmer, Matthew Guenette, Rachel Yoder and Matt Hart. Film screenings will happen outside Rozz-Tox from dusk to 1 a.m. 

Music from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

3-3:40 p.m. Johnnie Cluney of Bedroom Shrine solo show (Quad-Cities)

4-4:40 p.m. Brooks Strause (Iowa City)

5-5:40 p.m. Liv Carrow (Quad Cities)

6-6:40 p.m. Emili 

7-7:40 p.m. Bill MacKay 

8-8:40 p.m. Heaven's Gateway Drugs 

9-9:40 p.m. Vanishing Kids 

10-10:40 p.m. Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

11-11:40 p.m. US-Mode (Quad-Cities)

midnight-12:40 a.m. The Golden Fleece 


The fest wraps up on Sunday with the Lowland Block Party, featuring an antique/vintage flea market and art fair, live music, food vendors, a dunk tank, and face painting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday outside Rozz-Tox. Free. 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).