DeadrootsMusic

Deadroots' Farewell Concert

The Redstone Room

Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.

 

Steve Braddy, bassist and singer/songwriter for the Quad Cities musicians of Deadroots, has a lot of fond memories from gigs played by the band he co-founded just over 15 years ago. Like this one:

"One time, we got a show out in the middle of nowhere. I couldn't even tell you what town it was in. But you know that scene in The Blues Brothers where they get in there and have to play behind the chicken wire? It was kind of like that without the chicken wire.

Chuck Murphy at Thirsty's on Third"Hey, Jeff!"

"Hello there, Mike. All done?"

"Yep! Just finished this week's What's Happenin' pages - my last official writing duty of 2014!"

"Good for you."

"As usual, we're actually calling these the 'What's Happenin' on New Year's Eve' pages, as they'll list all the information we have, as of press time, regarding the area venues hosting live music or karaoke or DJs on December 31!"

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Naughty Not Nice: A 7 Sins Christmas

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, December 13, 9 p.m.

 

'Tis the season for holiday-themed events, folks! Choral concerts! Wintertime art strolls! Young people walking on broken glass and pounding nails in their foreheads!

Counting CrowsEvents

Adler Theatre

November through February

 

According to the ancient philosopher Laozi, "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." If that's true, the universe is gonna spend the next few months hearing from the Adler Theatre, because every single one of the venue's 16 scheduled wintertime events will be filling patrons' souls with music.

Christmas at Augustana and An Ambrosian ChristmasMusic

Christmas at Augustana

Centennial Hall

Friday, December 5, 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 6, 4 p.m.

 

An Ambrosian Christmas

Christ the King Chapel

Saturday, December 6, 7 p.m.

 

Augustana College's seasonal celebration Christmas at Augustana, showcasing numerous students from the school's choirs, will be held on December 5 at 8 p.m. and December 6 at 4 p.m.

St. Ambrose University's seasonal celebration An Ambrosian Christmas, showcasing numerous students from the school's choirs, will be held on December 6 at 8 p.m.

You know what that means, right? There's no need to choose between these events at institutions separated by a river - they've been scheduled so we can attend both! It's like the Christmas truce of World War I all over again! And exactly 100 years later, to boot!

The Legendary Shack ShakersMusic

Legendary Shack Shakers

Rock Island Brewing Company

Friday, November 14, 9 p.m.

 

On November 14, the Rock Island Brewing Company hosts an evening with the Legendary Shack Shakers, rockabilly/blues musicians whom Stephen King has called a "dynamite group" whose output "I actually play when I'm working, pretending to work, or just goofing around." Given that the band's discography includes the songs "Blood on the Bluegrass," "The Hills of Hell," "Sin Eater," and "Hellwater," why King is goofing around when he could instead be adapting Legendary Shack Shakers songs into horror novels is beyond me.

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Anchee Min

St. Ambrose University

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.

 

For this year's eighth-annual International Women Authors Event hosted by the Women's Connection - taking place at St. Ambrose University's Rogalski Center on November 6 - the guest speaker is award-winning author Anchee Min. And I truly don't mean to trivialize our area visitor or the speaker's past in any way, but I think I've now found my dream role if anyone ever commits Min's life story to the screen. I'd be absolutely perfect for the part ... if only I were 10 years older ... and a woman ... and Chinese-American ... and a much, much better writer ... .

Break of RealityMusic

Break of Reality

St. Ambrose University

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

 

Break of Reality, the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series, is a cello-rock ensemble whose performers are as versed in the musical languages of Radiohead and Led Zeppelin as they are in that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Yet how many musicians can also boast an equal fluency in the language of Dothraki?

Grace AskewMusic

Grace Askew

Rozz-Tox

Sunday, October 12, 8 p.m.

 

Webster's dictionary defines "grace" as "a way of moving that is smooth and attractive." Webster's dictionary defines "askew" as "at an angle." An author who begins an article with "Webster's dictionary defines," meanwhile, is defined as "unoriginal" and "desperate," but that's neither here nor there.

Shook TwinsMusic

Shook Twins

The Redstone Room

Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.

 

Pop culture is filled with sets of identical twins whose warmth and charisma have brought us joy: Susan and Sharon in The Parent Trap; Patty and Cathy in The Patty Duke Show; Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potters; the sadistic gynecologists in Dead Ringers; those creepy little girls in The Shining ... .

Okay, this intro kind of got away from me.

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