Last year, Brad Bark wanted to start something in downtown Muscatine to bring the community together. Twenty-nine days later, the first ever Rockin’ on Sycamore took place. A huge success, Bark decided to bring Rockin’ on Sycamore back this year and make it better than ever. He also decided he wanted it to continue supporting a good cause. On July 12th and 13th, Bark will bring Rockin’ on Sycamore back in an extended two-night format and use the event to raise money for the Muscatine Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program.
With an office right in the heart of downtown Muscatine, Bark knew Sycamore Street provided a perfect location to hold a live outdoor event. Bark knew he wanted to create such an event to provide a fun way to bring the community together. “We wanted people to get together and have a good time,” he explained. From this idea, Rockin’ on Sycamore blossomed into a fun, free weekend event. With two bands and some good food, the first Rockin’ on Sycamore met its goal of bringing people closer together through music. The inaugural event also met Bark’s second goal of raising money for a good cause. By asking local businesses to sponsor Rockin’ on Sycamore, the event brought in $7,000 for Shop with a Cop.
Though Bark felt pleased with how the first Rockin’ on Sycamore went, he knew he could make it into something even bigger and better than before. To that end, he found more bands to perform in the hopes of attracting more people to the concert. Bark’s requests met with many positive responses. He lined up eight bands, creating two nights of music with very different sounds. He also brought Skinny’s Barbeque on board to sell food both nights.
On Friday night from 7:00-10:30 pm, three Christian bands, Kim Wiseman and friends, Redeemed, and the Nate Drege Band will perform. In between acts, several Muscatine faith leaders will speak, providing a night full of inspirational messages and music.
Saturday night, the fun continues with five local bands, Pour Boyz, Lefty and the Spinners, Blind Alley, Roadside Circus, and First Impressions, playing some mean rock. With music and free beer available from 6:00 pm until midnight, no music lover will want to miss this evening of what Bark describes as, “good, clean fun in Muscatine.” Though the event will involve free alcohol, Bark requests everyone drink responsibly. “We want a tasteful, fun, and positive environment,” Bark added.
Bark also looks forward to offering even more support to Shop with a Cop by getting even more business sponsors involved. “I love the heart they have for the community,” Bark elaborated.
More than anything though, Bark looks forward to getting the community together for a weekend of fun. “I would encourage people to attend because their friends, neighbors, and coworkers will be there, and it’s a great time to connect and make new friends.”