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The Quad Cities' Most Immersive Fest is Coming
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The Quad Cities' Most Immersive Fest is Coming

The wildest – but still family-friendly – festival closes out the 2018 summer season with a feast for your senses. All of them.

The All Senses Festival, back for its second go-round, is a community collaboration that combines a wide variety of artists – local, regional, and national. This is a real Quad Cities' event, leapfrogging the Mississippi repeatedly to hit The Figge Art Museum, Rock Island Brewing Company, and Rozz-Tox.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, September 25 at The Figge with The Roedelius Cells. Paige Underwood of Yellow UFO (the Quad Cities newest press and booking agency) calls this installation “an immersive audio experience created by Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story.” Occupying the Grand Lounge through Thursday, September 27 – when there will be a closing ceremony as well as a Q&A with Story – this unique and exciting event leads into Cinema at the Figge as presented by Ford Photography.

Ford is one of many local businesses that support All Senses. In addition to that and the above venues, other supporters include Ragged Records, Wake Brewing, and Curious Music. The Midwest Writing Center is involved again this year, hosting their Poetry Church on Sunday the 30th alongside the Lowland Block Party. In its third year, the block party will be in the green space between Rozz-Tox and fellow All Senses sponsor Future Apple Tree Studio Too, closing out the festival.  

But before that:

 On Friday the 28th, the fest heads over to Illinois with a night of music and spoken word at Rozz-Tox starting at 7pm. Concurrent performances over at Rock Island Brewing Company (RIBCO) run until midnight.

Then, save some energy for Saturday because both Rozz-Tox and RIBCO are hosting another night of dueling venues. It’s going to be hard to choose a winner because while Bongripper and Telekinetic Yeti play RIBCO, Rozz-Tox has the last word starting at midnight when two of our favorite local psych bands present what promises to be a fun, silly, and rocking good show – Condor and Jaybird and The Golden Fleece Present: Snooty and the Snout Pouch.

Tickets for events on these nights are $15 per venue, so if you want to see Emma Ruth Rundle and Crown Larks play on Friday night, you’re going to have to shell out $30 – OR you can do the sensible thing and just get an All Pass for $45. The All Pass gets you into every show plus a guaranteed seat for the film events at the Figge. (Note: the film events are free to attend; this just means you definitely won’t have to stand through them.)

Sunday is the big Lowland Block Party, which is free to attend (donations welcome). The dunk tank will be back this year along with the antique and art fair, the new&used record sale, the food vendors, live music, tarot reading, piñatas, etc., etc.

Food and drink are available at all events. There will even be free craft beer samples at the Figge on Thursday! Seriously, what are you waiting for? Get tickets! Go!

Image credit: Image made using All Senses media press kit from Yellow UFO

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