Devon AllmanMusic

Devon Allman

Redstone Room

Friday, August 14, 8:30 p.m.

 

Considering the 42-year-old has spent his entire career forging his own musical path, and considering he didn't even meet the über-famous Gregg until he was 15, blues rocker Devon Allman can hardly be accused of riding his father's coattails. That said, when you hear Devin's soulful blues growl during August 14's Redstone Room concert, and witness his mad guitar skills, you'll likely concede that there's something to be said for genetics. As someone who, from his own dad, merely inherited a proclivity for inappropriate singing and the complete lack of an ass, I gotta say I'm envious.

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Yonatan Gat

Rozz-Tox

Thursday, July 23, 9 p.m.

 

On July 23, Rock Island's Rozz-Tox will host an evening of thrillingly eclectic power rock with the New York-based trio led by guitarist/composer Yonatan Gat. According to TheFireNote.com, Gat displays "unhinged creativity ... with a tone that fits somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana." Meanwhile, NYPress.com writes, "Gat's Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla guitar tone is the instrument by which the band brings the arena-rock experience within your immediate reach." I'm consequently thinking that Gat will be treating the Rozz-Tox crowd to some serious Jimi Hendrix action. That, and maybe a chorus of "Evil Ways" while kicking the crap out of Mothra.

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girlpARTs Fest

Schwiebert Riverfront Park

Saturday, July 11, 4-10 p.m.

 

Designed to raise awareness and funds for gynecologic- and ovarian-cancer education programs, the Norma Leah Ovarian Cancer Foundation's inaugural girlpARTs Fest takes place on July 11 at Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park, and the event's headliners are the alternative folk rockers of N.E.D. You could probably make a strong argument for the musicians composing our country's smartest touring ensemble. Or, in the spirit of the festival, the smARTest.

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"A Taste of New Orleans" featuring the Stooges Brass Band

RME Courtyard

Wednesday, July 8

 

On July 8, Davenport's River Music Experience presents a mid-week happening titled "A Taste of New Orleans," featuring an informative workshop on the city's rich musical history and the Woodfire Grill selling delicious Cajun appetizers and entrées. But the event's spiciest treat will likely be its RME Courtyard performance by the jazz, hip-hop, funk, and R&B artists of the Stooges Brass Band, and I gotta say, ga lee! I'm getting major freesons knowing they'll be bag daer! Weh!

Yeah, I'm pretty fluent in the Cajun dialect. You'd never guess I was actually of German and Danish descent, would you? [Editor's note: We guessed, Mike.]

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Adler Theatre and i wireless Center

June through August

 

Just how built-for-summer are the pop icons and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers known as the Beach Boys? Well, if the band's name alone wasn't enough of a hint, the Beach Boys are so built-for-summer that, in promoting the Grammy winners' July 29 concert at Moline's i wireless Center, I could devote this entire space to their seasonally themed recordings and still have song titles to spare. "All Summer Long." "Surfin' Safari." "Catch a Wave." "Surf's Up." "The Warmth of the Sun." "Surfin' U.S.A." "Summer Means New Love." "Surfer Girl." I could go on and on, but (a) my editor says that's a cheap way to flesh out the article, and (b) that would leave no room here for the summer's other big-ticket events at the i wireless Center and Davenport's Adler Theatre.

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MarchFourth!

The Redstone Room

Thursday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.

 

According to Iowa City's Little Village magazine, "Some mad scientist somewhere took a bunch of marching-band geeks who died in a bus crash outside his castle, reassembled their bodies, laid them out on a platform, zapped it with a lightning bolt, and brought them back to life as a monster, all the while cackling as he admired his creation."

That's author Yale Cohn's description of the high-energy, genre-defying musical powerhouses of MarchFourth!, who'll be bringing their traveling party to Davenport's Redstone Room on June 18. But your confusion is understandable if you thought that opening paragraph was actually meant for the What's Happenin' below.

Bruce KatzMusic

Bruce Katz

The Muddy Waters

Saturday, June 6, 8:30 p.m.

 

Good news, gang: Summer is fast approaching! As opposed to previous summers, however, we'll have to wait a little longer for this year's Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the traditional Fourth-of-July-weekend event that's now a Labor-Day-weekend event.

But fret not, blues fans! The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is ready to ease your impatience with a bunch of summertime concerts held at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, beginning with the June 6 engagement featuring Bruce Katz. A four-time Blues Music Award nominee for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, the pianist, organist, and bass guitarist has been described by JazzTimes magazine as "a multi-directional cat with a lot of music inside him." Much like my parents' cat, but you really don't wanna know what's inside him.

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The Way West

Village Theatre

Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 24

 

The final production in New Ground Theatre's 2014-15 season is author Mona Mansour's The Way West, which runs at the Village Theatre May 15 through 24. The Chicago Tribute wrote that Mansour's 2013 play "captures how fast technology reveals the skeletons in our closet." The Windy City Times called it an exploration of how "poor judgment can squander millions in stocks or pennies in a jam jar."

New Ground director Christina Myatt, however, has her own description: "Family dysfunction, old boyfriends, bad business schemes, financial distress ... . You know, a lot of comedy." And she's not being sarcastic.

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Erin Foley

Radisson Quad City Plaza

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.

 

The Women's Connection's 11th-Annual "Celebrate a Special Woman" Signature Event will take place at Davenport's Radisson Quad City Plaza on May 7, and the celebration's featured speaker is actress and comedienne Erin Foley. At the Internet Movie Database, you'll notice that Foley's first film credit was Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous, in which she played "Alison the Fact Checker." With 15 years having now passed, Crowe could easily cast Foley as the lead in that movie's sequel - so long as its title found Crowe ditching the "Almost."

RittzMusic

Rittz

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m.

 

If you're blue and you don't know where to go to, why don't you go to RIBCO? It's ... puttin' on the Rittz!

That intro's probably more clever if you sing it in rhythm to the Fred Astaire song. Please don't make me tell you which one.

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