- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport music producer has announced plans to bring about 30 bands to the city for an inaugural three-day music festival.

The Quad-City Times (http://bit.ly/1O8Xo8F ) reports that Sean Moeller intends to bring bands that he thinks will have breakthroughs in 2016 to perform at the Daytrotter Downs festival.

“You’re not going to know many of these people, but take our word for it, they’re going to be big soon,” said Moeller,

Moeller says he named the festival after the Quad-City Downs, a former racetrack in East Moline, Illinois.

The festival is scheduled to kick off Feb. 18. at the Adler Theater in Davenport, and the organizer says that he hopes the festival will emulate the small beginnings of South by Southwest.

“I’m curious to see what happens when we open the doors and the lights are really turned on for the first time,” he added. “If we do it right, I think this could become a destination.”

February will also mark the 10-year anniversary of Moeller’s independent music website.

Moeller recently moved his music studio to a new space in downtown Davenport that features a performance venue that can fit up to 400 people and studio space.

He hopes to host his first show in the space in January once the Davenport City Council approves the venue’s liquor license.

Kyle Carter, director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, said he is excited to see Moeller’s plans.

“Daytrotter itself will definitely be an anchor for downtown, but that’s only the beginning of his vision,” Carter said.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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