Music

Adam Gontier

RIBCO

Tuesday, November 1, 9 p.m.

 

On November 1, the Rock Island Brewing Company hosts a special concert with rock singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist Adam Gontier. Although he’s the former lead vocalist for Three Days Grace, Gontier’s RIBCO engagement will likely find him performing from his more recent solo repertoire, which includes numbers titled “It’s All in Your Hands,” “Until the End,” and “Take Me with You.” And it’s probably a good thing for the artist that he’s performing locally on November 1 instead of the following Tuesday. Were he here on Election Night, the Canadian musician might easily have heard numerous patrons singing “Take Me with You” to him.

Music

Lurrie Bell

The Redstone Room

Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m.

 

On October 15, Davenport’s Redstone Room hosts an evening with singer/songwriter/guitarist Lurrie Bell, and if you visit his Web site at Lurrie.com, you can listen to his title track from the musician’s 2013 solo album. Here’s a sampling of its refrain: “I like what I’m doin’ today ... . I guess I’ll always feel this way ... . I guess I’ll always keep thinking about the love I have about my life ... . The way I feel right now, I think everything will be all right.”

So if I may ask: What’s with all this optimism and cheer? Doesn’t Bell know this is a blues song?!

Music

Bronze Radio Return

The Redstone Room

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.

 

Given national and world news of late, it’s easy to feel depressed, if not downright despondent. Yet thanks to the roots-rock sextet Bronze Radio Return – performing October 6 at Davenport’s Redstone Room – I think I may have found an unbeatable pick-me-up.

Music

Jackie Greene

The Redstone Room

Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.

Americana and roots-rock musician Jackie Greene will perform with his ensemble at Davenport’s Redstone Room on September 28, and in a review of his most recent album Back to Birth, GratefulMusic.com praised the artist’s “ability to move from one instrument to another as he has done during shows since he was too young to vote or enlist in our military.” That’s right: The 35-year-old headliner was a multi-instrumentalist back in high school, and even self-released his debut Rusty Nails before he earned his diploma. Talk about Greene initiative.

Events

Adler Theatre

September through November

 

What ... is the deal ... with fall?! Is it a season? Is it a command? “You’ve been on your feet all summer, people – time to fall!” And why does it get two names – fall and autumn? Is it for when the season is feeling extra-fancy? “‘Fall’ just doesn’t go with these golden leaves of mine. Call me ‘Autumn!’”

Granted, my outstanding Seinfeld impression is a lot more impressive in person than in writing.

But you’ll be able to hone your own this fall – or, if you prefer, this autumn – after the legendary, Emmy-winning comedian comes to Davenport in September 22’s evening with Jerry Seinfeld, the first of numerous exciting events kicking off the Adler Theatre’s 2016-17 season.

MUSIC

Thursday, September 1 – Savage Master. Louisville-based rockers in concert, with an opening set by Angelust. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, September 2 – Trippin’ Billies. Concert with the Dave Matthews Band tribute musicians, with an opening set by Jason Carl. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4 – Labor Day Benefit Fest. Fundraiser for Center for Worker’s Justice in Eastern Iowa, with sets by Endorsed, Staghorn, Dowsing, and more than a dozen additional bands. Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). $6-12. For information, call (309)200-0978 or visit RozzTox.com.

Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4 – The Travoltas. Annual outdoor Labor Day-weekend concerts with the disco and pop musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

MUSIC

Thursday, September 1 – Savage Master. Louisville-based rockers in concert, with an opening set by Angelust. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, September 2 – Trippin’ Billies. Concert with the Dave Matthews Band tribute musicians, with an opening set by Jason Carl. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4 – Labor Day Benefit Fest. Fundraiser for Center for Worker’s Justice in Eastern Iowa, with sets by Endorsed, Staghorn, Dowsing, and more than a dozen additional bands. Rozz-Tox (2108 Third Avenue, Rock Island). $6-12. For information, call (309)200-0978 or visit RozzTox.com.

Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4 – The Travoltas. Annual outdoor Labor Day-weekend concerts with the disco and pop musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Music

Kurt Vile & the Violators

Codfish Hollow Barn

Sunday, August 21, 7 p.m.

 

Just like superheroes, professional musicians have their own origin stories. And given the strength of his reviews, and the powerful appreciation he engenders in fans, it makes perfect sense that indie-rock and -folk singer/songwriter Kurt Vile’s own musical origin story would start with Superman.

Theatre

The Fantasticks

Richmond Hill Barn Theatre

Thursday, August 11, through Sunday, August 21

 

On August 11, Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Barn Theatre opens its new production of The Fantasticks, the first musical produced at the venue since 2011. It’s scheduled for eight performances through August 21. But if ticket sales prove especially excellent, maybe the show will run for an additional 17,154, thereby tying the world record for “longest-running musical” currently held by ... The Fantasticks.

Music

Cory Branan

Daytrotter

Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.

 

On August 2, Daytrotter hosts a night with alternative-country singer/songwriter Cory Branan, and writing on PopMatters.com, Scott Recker stated, “Like all good country music, Cory Branan is hard, if not impossible, to define.” Perhaps Mr. Recker hasn’t read many of the artist’s reviews, because it seems that, over the years, Branan’s signature talents have been defined awfully nicely.

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