April 8, 2005

Moline to add yet another downtown development

Continuing their focus on the downtown area, the Moline city council OKed a half million dollar project to develop alley-ways into outdoor seating for two downtown businesses and create a venue for small outdoor events.
A New Orleans-style facade overlooking the Biergarten, or beer garden, will be outlined with decorative fencing, lighting and Japanese lilac trees. Seating will include European cafe tables and chairs with bright blue umbrellas and a small stage for live music. A canopy of string lighting will illuminate the Biergarten at night along with light fixtures hung from decorative brick columns lighting the pedestrian promenade. Two double-gated entrances will feature colored paving leading into courtyards for Bierstube and the Bent River Brewery, two existing businesses. Project improvements include resurfacing an alley and revamping city parking lots T and U. The lots will be lighted for added safety and security, and long-term parking will be available for downtown businesses and visitors.

11 Comments:

At 4/08/2005 1:23 PM, Anonymous newbie said...

This is wicked cool

 
At 4/08/2005 3:35 PM, Anonymous miss manners said...

It's so beautiful outside today I can harldy wait for this outdoor venue. Margarita anyone?

 
At 4/08/2005 5:54 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

The best addition to downtown Moline was the MARK of the QCs.
DOPE, tonight I will be viewing John Cougar Mellenkamp there and may send in a late-night concert review if you would like.

 
At 4/08/2005 9:39 PM, Blogger Retro Girl said...

I must be thinking of something else I'm sure, but am I correct when I say I vaguely remember not too long ago about a bar/nightclub in one of the local areas who petitioned the city for a license to be able to have an outside bar area, lights, etc. but it was turned down because those who lived in the area didn't want the noise, lights, etc.?

 
At 4/08/2005 10:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sure Bluestate... your review of John Melloncougarcamp is welcome.
And don't forget to include the ticket prices. ;-)

 
At 4/08/2005 11:21 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

What a concert at the MARK tonight!

For a modest $35, I was able to see one of the Midwest's finest, John Cougar Mellencamp singing r-o-c-k in the u-s-a. He played for 2.5 hours, with Donavan doing "Mellow Yellow" and some of those sixties hits for about a half hour. John Mellencamp has not lost a beat since I saw him about eight years ago in Champaign.

He did several encores and had to enjoy the 9,000 screaming fans in downtown Moline.

If he comes again, don't miss the show!

 
At 4/08/2005 11:30 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Very cool. Mellencamp knows how to rock, no doubt. He's a great writer and interpreter of rock and balads with a distinctive midwest sensibility. No one does it better.
And he surrounds himself with extremely talented musicians.

And Donovan? Wow! He's still alive? But how cool to see such an icon of his era.

Thanks for the review!

 
At 4/09/2005 12:15 PM, Anonymous Rawk Eyelund said...

Blue State,

How were the acoustics at the Mark? I've only been to one concert there and the sound was so bad I swore I wouldn't go back if Miles and Trane were scheduled to appear together.

 
At 4/09/2005 4:33 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Oh boy - something to look forward to in Moline again. I for one need a pick me up after the last week's events.......

Drowning my sorrows in a margarita sounds pretty nice too.

 
At 4/09/2005 8:57 PM, Anonymous blue state said...

Hey rawk eyelund --

Accoustics at THE MARK are first rate.

 
At 4/10/2005 6:32 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You really can't make a blanket statement like that Bluestate. After all, the difference in accousics can be like night and day depending on where you sit, how the stage is configured, and how the sound system is set up.

If you're sitting in a skybox directly opposite the stage, it's going to sound a little different than if you're in the balcony stage left.

I've seen many shows there and the sound has ranged from so amazingly horrid that I felt like leaving, to fairly good.

I know the chief sound tech at the Mark and many sound engineers, and the fact remains that a room like the Mark is very difficult to engineer for consistent sound.

It was much worse in the years after it first opened, and they've installed a house system that has improved things considerably. But the Mark was built with space and flexibility in mind, but accoustics were definitely not a priority.

 

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