QC Junetopia

QC Junetopia

QC Junetopia

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Author: Eric Murphy

Junetopia is in Store for Quad Cities Festival Seekers

By Melanie Hanson

Utopia (noun) : a place, such as a town or city-state, in which everything is perfect; generally considered either fictional or temporary.

Such is the origin of the name Junetopia, a 3-day Quad Cities event that no one will want to miss. In its third year, it was originally conceived as a one-time celebration of the area arts communities. Now, the festival is rapidly becoming a cornerstone among local musicians, comedians, artists, crafters, filmmakers, and performers of all kinds.

Currently billed as an annual community-strengthening event, Junetopia continues to function in the spirit of its namesake– thanks to the folks at Utopiugly Productions. Working with Safe Harbor Records and Promotions, they’ve booked dozens of bands that are distinctly local and regional. The festival continues to feature local artists in locally-owned venues selling locally-produced goods. All profits will be split evenly between the Humility of Mary Shelter, Humility of Mary Housing, Kings Harvest Ministries, and the Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No-Kill Shelter.

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QC Junetopia 2015 Raises Over A Grand

On Saturday, June 27th the first annual Junetopia was held to raise money for Humility of Mary Housing Inc. and Humility of Mary Shelter Inc.

Rozz Tox in Rock Island hosted the event that was produced by Eric Murphy and Utopiugly Productions. 16 musical acts performed throughout the day along with short film screenings and area vendors displaying their art and other hand-crafted merchandise.

A total of $1,100 was raised for the two agencies. HMSI and HMHI would like to extend a huge thank you to Eric and Utopiugly Productions– along with Ben Fawks, Andrew Barkau, Ian Harris, Hillary Hansen and Blake Auler Murphy, for helping us raise awareness and much needed funds!