Children learning music at the River Music Experience


Join us as we sample the best food and drink made right here in the Quad Cities! 


Taste the best the Quad Cities has to offer and vote on your “favorite”, all while raising funds to support music education programming for kids.

100% of the proceeds from QC Flavor Fest go directly to Common Chord’s education programs.



This inaugural premiere fundraising event will become a must-attend event for Quad Citizens each year.  The concept is simple – to showcase and “sample” the best of our community to support Common Chord’s education programs! 

The ticketed event for will offer samplings from favorite restaurants and food trucks, local musical talent, and exciting silent and live auction items.

100% of funds raised at the QC Flavor Fest will directly fund Common Chord’s education programs, creating accessible and inclusive music experiences for youth to inspire a love of music!


All year long, Common Chord provides a variety of educational and enrichment programs to area youth designed to provide access to musical experiences and build positive relationships.

  • InTune Music Mentorship program, provided to students at Project Renewal in Davenport, the MLK Center in Rock Island, and Boys & Girls Club in Moline. InTune employs professional musician mentors to share a love of music with the kids, build healthy mentoring relationships, develop stronger support networks for at-risk youth, and show positive paths forward in life.
  • Acoustic Music Clubs, a music enrichment program for youth and adults with disabilities that provides a fun musical experience. Provided in partnership with the Blackhawk Area Special Education Center, ARC of the Quad Cities, the Handicapped Development Center, and Empower House.
  • RiverCurrents, our flagship school program that teaches the history and evolution of American music along the Mississippi River. All Davenport 5th graders participate in this program, in addition to many other schools throughout the region.
  • Let’s Band Together instrument loan program, which refurbishes donated instruments and loans them for free to students interested in exploring music, ensuring that finances are not a barrier to any child.


Buy a ticket! Tickets will be available in late summer. Watch this page, our Facebook page, and our email newsletter for the on-sale date!

Volunteer! An event of this size is a team effort! If you are interested in volunteering your skills to coordinate with restaurants, secure silent auction items, help with decorations and setup, or anything at all, email Steve Ahrens at:

Help Recruit! Do you know a local restaurant owner, food truck owner, or brilliant chef who might be willing to participate? Reach out to Steve Ahrens at and let us know! Participating makers are asked to provide sample sizes and join us at the event to share their tasty food!

Spread The Word! Invite your friends, your family, your coworkers, and any stranger you pass on the street! The more the merrier!