Brushville @ RIBCO - March 19MUSIC

Thursday, March 17 – The Beggarmen. A St. Patrick’s Day concert with the Celtic musicians. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (1301 Fifth Street, Coralville). 7:30 p.m. $10-15. For tickets and information, call (319)248-9370 or visit

Friday, March 18 – Spring-Queening. Tribute concert to Queen featuring Alan Sweet as Freddie Mercury, Bret Dale as Brian May, David Abdo as John Deacon, and Erik Wilson as Roger Taylor, plus The Dawn delivering a David Bowie tribute. Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $16.75-20. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit

Friday, March 18 – Bucktown Revue. Celebration of Mississippi River Valley culture through music, storytelling, poetry and humor; with emcee Scott Tunnicliff and special guests. Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). 7 p.m. $13 at the door. For information, call (563)940-0508 or visit

Saturday, March 19 – Brushville. Concert with the nationally touring country musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For tickets and information, call (309)793-1999 or visit

Saturday, March 19 – Téada. Internationally touring Irish musicians in concert, with a performance by dancer Brian Cunningham. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street, Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $13-25. For tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or visit

Sunday, March 20 – The Billy Foster Quartet. A 6 p.m. concert in Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz & Matinée Series featuring pianist Billy Foster and vocalist Renee Miles-Foster, preceded by a 3 p.m. “Demystifying Jazz” workshop. Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). $10-15 concert, $5 workshop (free for kids). For information, call (309)373-0790 or visit or

Christian HowesMusic

An Evening with Christian Howes

Redstone Room

Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m.


On March 9, Davenport’s Redstone Room will host a hugely acclaimed, virtuosic jazz violinist in “An Evening with Christian Howes.” In its 2011 critics’ poll, DownBeat magazine voted Howes number one in the category “Rising Stars/Violin.” DownBeat called his 2012 album Southern Exposure “a masterful journey.” DownBeat praised Howes’ musicality by writing, “Everything about the way he moves across each string seems to express another emotion.” That’s an awful lot of DownBeat for someone who makes listeners so darned happy.

Miguel ZenónMusic

Miguel Zenón Quartet

The Redstone Room

Sunday, February 21, 6 p.m.


Appearing locally in a special collaboration between Quad City Arts and Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday Jazz Series, the Miguel Zenón Quartet will be gracing the Redstone Room stage on Sunday, February 21. Gee, jazz saxophonist Zenón quickly became a world fave. That sentence is both true and my suggested replacement for “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” (That joke is strictly for the typists among you.)

Pam Ohnemus' MiddayExhibits

Figge Art Museum

Thursday, February 4, through Sunday, June 5


Well, how about that? It’s the first week of February in the Quad Cities, and there are gorgeous, summery sights everywhere! Fields of wildflowers! Golden-hued sunsets! Irises! Poppies! A child playing guitar on the banks of a gently flowing stream!

You do realize, though, that you’ll have to visit the Figge Art Museum to see all this, right? Because until our weather improves, you can only see that collection of arresting images – along with dozens of equally beautiful pieces – in the Figge’s 39th Annual Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, on display February 6 through May 15.

Marsha NormanTheatre

Getting Out

Augustana College

Friday, January 29, through Sunday, February 7


I know, I know: It’s really cold out there. You’re likely at home, curled up on the couch under a blanket, newspaper or iPhone in hand, with no intention of getting out into the winter chill. But at some point between January 29 and February 7, could you maybe be persuaded into getting out? Or, rather, persuaded into Getting Out.



Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

Wednesday, January 15, through Saturday, March 5


He was born and raised in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. His horribly disfigured face is hidden behind a mask. He meets a beautiful singer named Christine and becomes her music tutor. He falls in love with the girl and shows her his face, at which point she recoils in horror. He goes on a crazed rampage. He becomes the scourge of Parisian society. And his name is well known to you all. He is, of course ... Erik.

The Dawn @ Renwick Mansion"Happy Holidays, Jeff!"

"And to you, as well, Mike. I presume you have the What's Happenin's for me?"

"Au contraire, boss and friend - I have the What's Happenin' on New Year's Eve for you!"

"Of course."

"Once again, we'll be publishing a center-spread account of all the information we have, as of press time, regarding the area's music scene on December 31 - what bands are playing, where you can find open-mic or karaoke nights, and all that jazz!"

Michele Stine and Scott Ray Merchant in Chicago Shorties, top, and Gashlycrumb OrphanageTheatre

Gashlycrumb Orphanage and Chicago Shorties

Rockridge High School

Thursday, December 17, 7 p.m.


The Center for Living Arts

Friday, December 18, 7 p.m.


Nearly every local friend I have is antsy for that eternally promised passenger-rail service to and from Chicago, and among those friends, all the ones who are also active in stage productions say variants of the same thing: "It'd make seeing Chicago theatre so-o-o much easier." Well, we still don't have that train. But the week before Christmas, we'll at least get a momentary respite from our complaining, because Chicago theatre is coming to us.

Christmas at Augustana, December 5Music

Holiday Concerts

November and December


If you're planning to treat the family to a holiday concert (or several) and check out the "Music" section of the Winter Guide events calendar, the sheer volume of area options can appear a tad overwhelming. I consequently recommend viewing the seasonal scene not as a mass of individual happenings but as one big, beautiful advent calendar, with a different musical treat behind every window flap. Granted, it's not quite the same as those awesome advent calendars that have chocolate hidden inside, but what's revealed will do doubt be just as sweet.

The Purple Xperience Live on StageMUSIC

Wednesday, November 25 - Dark Side of the Rainbow: Pink Floyd Party. A pairing of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz, followed by local musicians performing some of their favorite Pink Floyd songs. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $7. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit

Friday, November 27 - The Purple Xperience Live on Stage. Concert with the Minneapolis-based Prince & the Revolution tribute band led by Matt Fink. Col Ballroom (1012 West Fourth Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $20-25. For tickets and information, call (563)508-2893 or visit

Saturday, November 28 - Stayin' Alive: A Tribute to the Bee Gees. Touring celebration of the chart-topping pop and disco performers. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (2021 State Street, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $25. For information, call (800)843-4753 or visit

Saturday, November 28 - The Brat Pack. Concert with the almost-totally-'80s pop musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit