Music

Quinteto Latino

First Presbyterian Church of Davenport

Sunday, February 26, 4 p.m.

This year’s Academy Awards air on the evening of February 26, a night likely be dominated by a certain musical that’s set in Hollywood. Earlier in the day, though, you can enjoy a completely different batch of tunes from California talents with the Quad City Arts Visiting Artists of Quinteto Latino, who perform at Davenport’s First Presbyterian Church that Sunday at 4 p.m. Based in the San Francisco area, this five-person ensemble is dedicated to showcasing the energetic rhythms of Latin American music through works both traditional and modern, and will no doubt deliver an electrifying performance in the hours before the inevitable love thrown toward La La Land. Which, if memory serves, translates into English as The The Land. (That faraway sound you hear is my collegiate Spanish professor cursing my name.)

Founded in 2004 by Armando Castellano, Quinteto Latino originated as a means of promoting the music of Mexican composers, and much of the quintet’s repertoire is devoted to vigorous compositions by the acclaimed likes of Carlos Chávez, Mario Lavista, and Arturo Márquez. But the outfit’s five musical pros – Castellano on French horn, Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Diane Grubbe on flute, Leslie Tagorda on clarinet, and Shawn Jones on bassoon – are equally exceptional whether performing a sizzling Argentinian tango or a cheerful Cuban salsa number, which they frequently do during their many touring stops and engagements with the San Francisco Ballet.

With the resulting musical blend described by San Francisco’s RepeatPerformances.org as “subtle, bouncy, and mysterious” and acclaimed for its “perfect tuning” and “full group sound,” Quinteto Latino routinely fulfills its mission statement (as found at QuintetoLatino.org) of “expanding the cultural boundaries of classical and contemporary music, making that music available, relevant, and inspiring to entirely new audiences.” With the musicians’ area residency taking them to 24 local schools, the group will surely find plenty of new Quad Cities-based audiences. And it’s practically a given that, in addition to being entertained, those kids will learn a thing or two, given the amassed knowledge that Quinteto Latino’s members have collectively attained.

Castellano, for instance, graduated with honors from San Jose City College and the University of California, and received his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in both music and psychology at Rice University in Texas before receiving his master’s at the University of Michigan. Majoring in flute performance, Grubbe received her bachelor’s from San Francisco State University and master’s from the San Francisco Conservatory. Tagorda earned a bachelor’s in clarinet performance at the Eastman School of Music and a master’s in music from the University of Hawaii. As for Jones, he is not only a graduate of the Juilliard School and Rice University who has taught at the esteemed Interlochen Arts Camp, but is also a black-belt in kung fu and a nationally certified massage therapist. Meaning he could definitely lay you out, but if you made an appointment, he’d also make you feel loads better.

For tickets to Quinteto Latino’s public performance at the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, call (563)326-1691, and for more information on the ensemble’s residency and additional area performances, visit QuadCityArts.com.

Eliyahu Sills

Eliyahu Sills

Music

Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble

St. Ambrose University

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.

On February 23, St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center hosts a special event in the school’s Performing Arts Series: an evening of haunting and exhilarating world music with Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble. Performing a repertoire that includes Jewish, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Moroccan compositions played on a variety of regional instruments, the touring artists are sure to deliver a memorable night complete with selections from their CD Eastern Wind, which recently made the top 10 on Billboard’s World Music charts.

But there’s an added bit of interest regarding the group’s arrival, because if you read the accompanying piece on Quad City Arts Visiting Artists Quinteto Latino, you’ll recall that those musicians – who begin their area residency on February 21 – are based in San Francisco’s Bay area. Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble, it turns out, are based in San Francisco proper. I never thought I’d pity anyone residing in California in late-February, but with the Quad Cities stealing two of their most acclaimed bands at the same time, you gotta feel a little sorry for San Franciscans; for a few days, at least, that city’s gonna be awful quiet.

It makes total sense that Sills and company would be performing at an area university, because on February 21, concert-goers are all but guaranteed a master class in the art of world music. A renowned professional and touring sensation of more than 20 years, Sills possesses a knowledge of musical traditions ranging from Middle Eastern spirituals to West African folk tunes to American hip-hop, and as a multi-instrumentalist he’s a gifted performer on everything from the electric bass to the Indian bamboo flute. His famed collaborators include Arabic singer Naser Musa, Ethiopian jazz/soul vocalist Meklit Hadero, and reggae band the Original Intentions, and when in concert alongside Qadim Ensmble members Faisal Zedan, Geri Hededus, and Sills’ wife Rachel Valfer Sills, the group celebrates the great diversity of regional heritage on such instruments as the ney, the saz, and the bendir.

A few of those might require definitions. The ney is a flute that figures prominently in Persian, Turkish, and Arabic music, and has been in existence for close to 5,000 years. The saz is a long-necked stringed instrument common to the music of Armenia, Syria, Iraq, and the Balkan countries. The bendir is a framed drum employed in many North African compositions, and has been in existence since prehistoric times. But while explanations may be needed for these and other Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble instruments including the riq, darbukka, and setar, there couldn’t possibly be confusion regarding the words critics have used to describe the group’s output.

The San Francisco Chronicle calls their work “visionary” and “achingly beautiful.” NPR raves about the performers’ “superb musicianship and palpable enthusiasm.” The Portland Tribune writes, “Qadim will take you on a beautiful musical journey.” And the Bay Area Reporter stated that the music of Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble was “infinitely seductive and necessary, like news from the heart.” Listen for yourself at EliyahuSills.com, and you’ll know that’s anything but fake news.

For more information on, and tickets to, Eliyahu Sills & the Qadim Ensemble’s St. Ambrose concert, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.edu/galvin.

John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett

John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett

Music

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

Adler Theatre

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.

Two of the biggest names in country, folk, and Americana will share a local stage when venerated singers/songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt join forces in February 22’s touring event at Davenport’s Adler Theatre. The concert’s official title is “An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt,” but given their surnames, I’m a little surprised that no one had the idea to simply call it the “Hi, Love!” tour. Maybe because that’s a really stupid idea.

Having released 25 singles and 14 albums to date, Lyle Lovett has been at the forefront of the country-music scene for close to four decades, with eight of those albums landing in the top 10 of Billboard’s country charts. He’s also been the recipient of four Grammy Awards – his citations including those for Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance – and in addition to his successful genre detours into jazz, folk, swing, gospel, and the blues, Lovett has frequently trod the boards as an actor, with credits ranging from TV’s Mad About You to the movie comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story to the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ Much Ado About Nothing.

Meanwhile, over the course of his 35-year career, Hiatt has emerged as one of the music’s most deeply respected talents, with 22 studio albums, two compilation albums, and one live album to his name. The recipient of the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Hiatt’s hit songs include such Billboard-charters as “Slow Turning,” “Paper Thin,” and “Child of the Wild Blue Yonder.” And while he’s equally accomplished as a singer, guitarist, and pianist, Hiatt’s greatest fame might be as a songwriter, at least based on the people who’ve covered his tunes – an intimidating bunch that includes Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Linda Ronstadt, and Iggy Pop.

According to the Adler’s Web site, Lovett and Hiatt will deliver “an intimate acoustic evening of unforgettable stories and iconic songs” on February 22. But while you may have a good idea of their songs, how acquainted are you with their stories? Find out by matching the tales below with the musician most likely to share them.

1) tales of growing up in Indiana

2) tales of growing up in Texas

3) tales from the set of HBO’s True Blood

4) tales from the set of HBO’s Treme

5) tales of recording Beneath This Gruff Exterior

6) tales of recording It’s Not Big It’s Large

7) tales of marriage to Nancy Stanley

8) tales of marriage to Julia Roberts

A) Lyle Lovett

B) John Hiatt

For tickets to An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, call (800)745-3000 or visit Adler Theatre.com.

Answers: 1 – B, 2 – A, 3 – A, 4 – B, 5 – B, 6 – A, 7 – B, 8 – A. Of course, all those answers will be wrong if Lovett and Hiatt instead tell stories about each other.

What Else Is Happenin’ …?

MUSIC

Thursday, February 16, through Saturday, February 18 – Gas Feed & Seed Festival. Dozens of independent musicians perform at numerous area locations. Village of East Davenport. $35 per day, $50 for a three-day pass. For information, visit MoellerNights.com.

Thursday, February 16 – River Whyless. North Carolina-based folk musicians in concert, featuring an opening set by Matthäus. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $13.75-17. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Thursday, February 16 – Tanya Tagaq. Inuit throat singer performs a live accompaniment to the silent movie Nanook of the North. Hancher Auditorium (101 East Park Road, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $10-25. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit Hancher.UIowa.edu.

Friday, February 17 – Cantus Vocal Ensemble: No Greater Love Than This. Concert with the eight-member a cappella ensemble based in Minneapolis. University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center (2255 Bennett Street, Dubuque). 7:30 p.m. $8-29. For tickets and information, call (563)585-7469 or visit Dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18 – Great River Show Choir Invitational. The 16th-annual weekend event featuring performances by 10 middle-school and 17 high-school ensembles. Davenport RiverCenter (136 East Third Street, Davenport). Friday: middle schools, 4:30 p.m., $5-8. Saturday: high schools, 8 a.m., 6:30 p.m. finals, $5-15. For information, visit GreatRiverShowChoir.com.

Friday, February 17 – The Schwag. An evening with the Grateful Dead tribute musicians. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $10 at the door. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, February 17 – Pokey LaFarge. Roots concert with the St. Louis-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, featuring an opening set by Jack Grelle. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $20-24.25. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, February 17 – Bucktown Revue. An old-fashioned variety show in the tradition of A Prairie Home Companion, with emcee Scott Tunnicliff, area comedians, musicians including the Barley House Band and Milltown, and special guests. Nighswander Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). 7 p.m. $13 at the door. For information, call (563)940-0508 or visit BucktownRevue.com.

Saturday, February 18 – Raelyn Nelson Band. Country-rock musician and her ensemble in concert, featuring opening sets by Them Som’Bitches and Hellwater. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. $6. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19 – Nova Singers: Dancing the Mystery. An evening of music and poetry by Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz, performed by the professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Laura Lane. Saturday: First Lutheran Church (364 East Water Street, Galesburg), 7:30 p.m. Sunday: St. Paul Lutheran Church (2136 Brady Street, Davenport), 4 p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call (309)341-7038 or visit NovaSingers.com.

Saturday, February 18 – Belinda Carlisle. Chart-topping pop/rock musician and lead vocalist for the Go-Go’s in concert. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 8 p.m. $40-70. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com.

Saturday, February 18 – Keith Walker. Concert with the Nashville-based country-music singer/songwriter. Ohnward Fine Arts Center (1215 East Platt Street, Maquoketa). 7 p.m. $13-25. For tickets and information, call (563)652-9815 or visit OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Sunday, February 19 – The Coleman Harris Trio with Mari Harris. Polyrhythms presents a 6 p.m. concert ($10-15) in the Third Sunday Jazz Series, with the trio joined by singer/songwriter Harris, and the event preceded by a 3 p.m. all-ages jazz workshop ($5/adults, free for kids). The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). Additional $10 donation requested. For tickets and information, call (309)373-0790 or visit Polyrhythms.org or RiverMusicExperience.org.

Thursday, February 23 – In the Mood. A musical celebration of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and other idols of the 1940s. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 2 and 7:30 p.m. $26.50-46.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com.

Friday, February 24 – Cornmeal. Roots and folk musicians in concert, featuring an opening set by Sun Stereo. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $13.75-17. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Friday, February 24 – RIBCO Battle of the Bands: Finals. The competition’s three semi-finalists perform 45-minute sets of original music, with the winners announced at night’s end. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 9 p.m. For information, call (309)793-1999 or visit RIBCO.com.

Friday, February 24 – The Young Irelanders. Celtic singers, dancers, and instrumentalists in concert. University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center (2255 Bennett Street, Dubuque). 7:30 p.m. $7-32. For tickets and information, call (563)585-7469 or visit Dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Saturday, February 25 – GGOOLLDD. Concert with the rock and synth-pop musicians, featuring opening sets by Naked Giants and Sister Wife. Daytrotter (324 Brady Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $8-12. For tickets and information, visit Daytrotter.com.

Saturday, February 25 – Condor & Jaybird, AsBigAsAMouse, and Soldout War. Pop, rock, and psychedelic musicians in concert, featuring an opening set by Harsh Times. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. $8.50. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RiverMusicExperience.org.

Sunday, February 26 – WVIK/QCSO Signature Series: Horn Fourtune. An afternoon with Quad City Symphony Orchestra horn players Marc Zyla, Peter Kortenkamp, Joshua Johnson, and Allison Tutton. Augustana College’s Wallenberg Hall (3520 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island). 2 p.m. $10-25. For tickets and information, call (563)322-7276 or visit QCSO.org.

Sunday, February 26 – Quad City Wind Ensemble. Winter concert with the area musicians in their Latin-themed presentation “South of the Border.” St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 North Gaines Street, Davenport). 3 p.m. $10-12, free for students. For tickets and information, visit QCWindEnsemble.org.

Wednesday, March 1 – Birdman Live. Composer and jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez performs his Grammy-winning score in a live accompaniment to the Oscar-winning film. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $30-35. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.

THEATRE

Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19 – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[Revised]. Slapstick take on the Bard’s output by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, directed by Brent Tubbs. St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center (2101 North Gaines Street, Davenport). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $8-11. For tickets and information, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.edu/theatre.

Friday, February 17 – Susan Glaspell Playwriting Contest Night. Readings and staged readings of competition winners A Whole Other Shade of Blue by Gwendolyn Rice, Under the Big Blue Sky by Sadie Theis, and The Lilith Play by Emma Brutman. QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport). 7:30 p.m. “Pay what it’s worth” ticket pricing. For tickets and information, call (563)650-2396 or visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org.

Friday, February 17 – The Last Five Years in Concert. Benefit performance of Jason Robert Brown’s musical romance performed by Old Capitol Opera, with a portion of the proceeds going to Shelter House in Iowa City. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $25-30. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.

Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26 – Ramona Quimby. Student-performed comedy based on Beverly Cleary’s children’s-book series, directed by Cynthia Safford. Davenport Junior Theatre (2822 Eastern Avenue, Davenport). Saturday 1 and 4 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $6-8 at the door. For information, call (563)326-7862 or visit DavenportJuniorTheatre.com.

Sunday, February 19 – National Theatre Live: Amadeus. An HD screening of Peter Shaffer’s Tony-winning Mozart drama. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 3 p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.

Friday, February 24, through Saturday, March 4 – Handle with Care. New Ground Theatre’s production of Jason Odell Williams’ romantic comedy co-presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, directed by Christina Myatt. Village Theatre (2113 East 11th Street, Davenport). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday and March 4 at 2 p.m. $15-18. For tickets and information, call (563)326-7529 or visit NewGroundTheatre.org.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, March 12 – Lady Macbeth & Her Pal Megan. Solo comedy written by star Megan Gogerty, directed by Saffron Henke. Riverside Theatre (213 North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $18-30. For tickets and information, call (319)338-7672 or visit RiversideTheatre.org.

Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26 – Mamma Mia! Touring production of the Tony-nominated ABBA musical. Hancher Auditorium (101 East Park Road, Iowa City). Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1 and 6:30 p.m. $40-75. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit Hancher.UIowa.edu.

DANCE

Wednesday, February 22 – Pilobolus Dance: Shadowland. New production by the touring modern-dance company. University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center (2255 Bennett Street, Dubuque). 7:30 p.m. $9-35. For tickets and information, call (563)585-7469 or visit Dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Thursday, February 23, through Saturday, February 25 – Dancers in Company 2017. The University of Iowa’s touring dance company presents works by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers created around the theme of “home.” University of Iowa’s Space/Place Theatre (20 Davenport Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $5-14. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit Hancher.UIowa.edu.

COMEDY

Thursday, February 16 – Ron White. An evening with the Grammy-nominated Blue Collar comedian. iWireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7 p.m. $44.50-59.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iWirelessCenter.com.

Saturday, February 25 – Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. An evening with the touring humorist and The Daily Show correspondent. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 8 p.m. $26.50. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.

SPORTS

Sunday, February 19 – Genesis Benefit Games. The QC Blues Hockey Club’s fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research and treatment featuring a match between the Quad City Blues and Cedar Rapids Roughriders, with a jersey auction, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more. iWireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 11:45 a.m. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iWirelessCenter.com.

Saturday, February 25 – WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania. Touring event featuring WWE superstars John Cena, A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, The Miz, Dolph Zigler, The Usos, and more. iWireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline). 7:30 p.m. $18.50-108.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iWirelessCenter.com.

EXHIBITS

Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18 – Nasty Women Exhibition. Group exhibition organized by Jen P. Harris and Heidi Wiren Bartlett held in the face of threats to roll back women’s, individual, LGBTQ+, refugee, and immigrant rights. Near Future (323 East Market Street, Iowa City). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, visit NastyWomenIC.tumblr.com.

Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26 – Young Artists at the Figge: Pleasant Valley Schools. Exhibit of works by student artists. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free with $4-7 museum admission. For information, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Friday, February 24, through Saturday, March 18 – Judy O. Gray: A Life Marked with Color. Exhibition celebrating the life and works of the recently deceased artist and Bettendorf native, with opening-reception demonstrations by fellow Left Bank Art League artists Pat Halverson and Rose Moore. Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio (225 East Second Street, Davenport). Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Opening reception February 24 (6 – 9 p.m.). Free; For information, call (563)508-4630 or visit BereskinArtGallery.com.

EVENTS

Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19 – Fishing, Hunting, & Outdoor Adventure Show. Annual weekend event featuring vendors, seminars, and guest speakers including Tommy Skarlis. QCCA Expo Center (2621 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday noon-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1-8. For tickets and information, call (309)788-5912 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com.

Saturday, February 18 – QC Hashers Red Dress Run. Seventh-annual fundraising event sponsored by the self-described “drinking club with a running problem,” in which female and male participants don red dresses for a run that includes stops for games, contests, and more. Rascals Live (1414 15th Street, Moline). 1 p.m. For information, visit Facebook.com/QCRedDressRun.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26 – RV/Camping Show. Annual weekend event featuring vendors, seminars, displays, and more. QCCA Expo Center (2621 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island). Friday noon-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1-8. For tickets and information, call (309)788-5912 or visit QCCAExpoCenter.com.

Sunday, February 26 – Cajun Cook-Off. Eight Quad Cities chefs present Cajun-inspired recipes and compete for bragging rights in an all-you-can-eat event, with Mardi Gras costumes encouraged. Figge Art Museum (225 West Second Street, Davenport). 5 p.m. $30-35. For tickets and information, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.

Tuesday, February 28 – Mardi Gras Rajun Cajun Fest. Annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross, with local chefs creating Cajun appetizers, entrées, and desserts in a competition-based event featuring food samples, a costume contest, and more. Thunder Bay Grille (6511 North Brady Street, Davenport). 6 p.m. $20-25. For information and to reserve, call (563)386-2722 or visit ThunderBayGrille.com/davenport.