Our Story

More than one century later, the former automobile manufacturing plant from the early 1900s is the newest addition to unique venues in the Quad Cities. With space accommodating nearly 4,000 people, the venue provides the opportunity for a range of musicians, comedians, and other artists to entertain audiences in our region. From wrestling to weddings, The Rust Belt welcomes all.

Our Unique Space

Our space was once home to auto manufacturer Moline-Knight Automobile Company and QC Metal Pickling. Today, that grit shines through in the architectural details of our venue. We kept the history and feel to make The Rust Belt feel special –both for audiences and performers who visit.


Attracting Big Names

Each performance is a unique experience, and we strive to bring a variety of diverse acts to our iconic stage and space.

  • Bon Iver
  • Anderson East
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Lolo
  • Low Cut Connie
  • Laura Jane Grace
  • Abbarama
  • Rayland Baxter
  • Caveman
  • Lucie Silvas
  • Four Fists
  • The Cerny Brothers
  • The Greyhounds
  • Illuminati Hotties
  • William Elliott Whitmore
  • Mercy Union
  • Control Top
  • The Trongone Band
  • Ona
  • The Harmaleighs
  • Small Houses
  • Shane Leonard
  • Rookie
  • Moon Ruin
  • Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Shakey Graves
  • Marcy Playground