Concert-goers pack downtown Moline

Downtown Moline was packed Friday night for the sold-out Maroon 5 show, making it a big night for the restaurants, bars and hotels that feed the fans — and occasionally entertain the celebrities themselves.

Maroon 5 kicked off their Quad City stay at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, where they spent Thursday night drinking Corona in the downstairs bowling alley.

The band’s visit had girls squealing, some coming from as far away as Indiana to catch a glimpse of lead singer Adam Levine’s “moves like Jagger.”

“We love Maroon 5, and Adam Levine is super hot!” said Kristen Maddox.

Downtown business owners have high expectations as well. It’s the weekend they’ve been waiting for, saying the only word that describes tonight is “swamped.”

“Oh, it’s huge. And that’s one of the reasons we chose to be in downtown Moline, for the incremental sales from the iWireless Center. It’s all a bonus for us; it’s all extra,” said Missy Reddish, owner of Twenty Sports Grille and Nightclub.

Many of those music fans and downtown businesses will only have a few hours to recover, though, as country star Luke Bryan comes to town for another sold-out show Saturday night. Downtown businesses said they’re expecting another huge night then as well.

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