My daughter had a "Career Day" recently so we were talking about some of the representatives in attendance.  They had cabinet makers, construction folks, plant managers at a nearby machine shop, and a rapper.

They discussed furthering their education and options for which colleges to attend.  They talked about going after a job they love and what joy can come from a life that is lived through...wait...

Did you say "rapper"?  Like a musical "rapper?"

Yup!

You've maybe heard of Random Tanner. If not, you've probably seen stickers on the back of people's cars and wondered what they were:

Yes, local rapper, Random Tanner was in attendance at "Career Day".  But I don't think most of them got how absolutely brilliant that move was.

  • Who decides where music trends?  Kids
  • How do we reach kids? Social media.
  • How do we get kids to check out social media? Sign up to attend a Career Day and put the Snapchat profile and link to the music in front of the WHOLE DAMN MIDDLE SCHOOL!!

If rapping doesn't work out for Tanner...you can bet he'd make a killing as a marketer.  Check out his merch page if you don't believe me.  Any "brand" would kill to have shot glasses, sunglasses, hoodies, lanyards...etc.

I was excited to hear what the Hot Dog lady had to say, but I was pumped to explain to my kids what a great move it was for RT to hit up career day.  Totally out of the box thinking.

Kids have so many different options these days.  They're super lucky to have a world where "working at the mill until you die" isn't the only box to check.

What The Quad Cities Did For Fun in the 90's

Many times over the years, I'll be talking with friends about years gone by and I'll say "take me back".

Every generation goes through this, I assume. Looking back at a more simple time where responsibilities haven't set in and life seems fun. Opportunities are endless.

Let's go back to the 1990's to Wacky Waters, 50 Cent Beer night and revisit Mallards Mania!

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.