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


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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i wireless Center

September through November


Let's take a poll: Out of all of the exciting, hotly anticipated events coming to Moline's i wireless Center this fall, which do you think will give patrons the most bang for their bucks?

Tommy Emmanuel, photo by Allan ClarkeMusic

Tommy Emmanuel

Adler Theatre

Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.


Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel performs at the Adler Theatre on September 10, and as fans of the two-time Grammy nominee can attest, he's famed for perfecting a complex playing technique called "fingerstyle." That's what I used to call my talent for eating jarred peanut butter without a spoon, but I'm betting Emmanuel's fingerstyle never got him kicked out of the family kitchen.

Lydia LovelessMusic

Lydia Loveless

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, August 23, 9 p.m.


Alternative-country musician Lydia Loveless is August 23's headliner at the Rock Island Brewing Company, and as a longtime resident of the city, I'm proud to say that her list of notable performances begins and ends in Rock Island.

Don't believe me? Check out the artist's Wikipedia page: Both the first and last inclusions in the "Notable Performances" section are recording sessions that took place at Rock Island's Daytrotter studio. Now she's playing RIBCO, where she also performed in June of 2012. Loveless? Hell, we sure seem to love her!

The Devil Makes ThreeMusic

The Devil Makes Three

The Redstone Room

Wednesday, August 13, 8 p.m.


The Devil Makes Three performs as Davenport's Redstone Room on August 13, and if you're unfamiliar with the band, writes, "The trio's sound combines bluegrass, primitive country music, folk, rockabilly, Piedmont blues, and ragtime, played with a blazing post-punk attack." The Web site also states that the group's musicians "inhabit a hardscrabble working-class world full of problem drinkers, tellers of tall tales, pirates, and troublemakers." That's odd. I haven't seen them around the Reader offices ... .

New Duncan ImperialsMusic

New Duncan Imperials

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.


Hard as it is to believe, RIBCO is celebrating its 35th anniversary this summer. In honor of the milestone, the beloved District of Rock Island venue is hosting an outdoor concert with the equally beloved party rockers of New Duncan Imperials. The traditional 35th-anniversary gift is coral. So make sure you bring some when you arrive for the band's July 26 engagement, because you can't spell "New Duncan Imperials at RIBCO" without "coral."

Ha! And people say I strain in these introductions!