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What's Happenin': Winter 2013-14 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 06:00

Debby BooneMusic

Holiday Pops featuring Debby Boone

i wireless Center

Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.


Not that you’d know it from these pages, but when in public, I do try to behave with a fair amount of professional decorum. Yet this past September, when I ran into Steve Jobman – the artistic director for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s November 23 Holiday Pops concert at the i wireless Center – and he told me they’d secured Grammy winner Debby Boone as this year’s featured vocalist, I’ll admit it: I squealed like a little girl. Apologies to those nearby who thought I maybe saw a mouse.

What's Happenin': Thursday, October 31, through Wednesday, November 13 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 06:00

International Chamber SoloistsMusic

International Chamber Soloists

Galvin Fine Arts Center

Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.


A very special guest is set to amaze audiences at St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center, and when I first learned that the Toronto Star called this individual “a superbly equipped player with a rock-steady bow arm and ultra-confident technique,” my initial thought was: Awesome! Katniss Everdeen!

And then I remembered that the guest in question was actually Dmitri Berlinsky, the lead violinist and front man for the acclaimed musicians of International Chamber Soloists. And then I remembered that Katniss Everdeen is fictional. Sometimes I’m a bit slow on the uptake.

What's Happenin': Thursday, October 17, through Wednesday, October 30 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:00

T. Hardy MorrisMusic

T. Hardy Morris


Thursday, October 24, 9 p.m.


Founding Dead Confederate musician T. Hardy Morris performs a special concert at Rock Island’s Rozz-Tox on October 24, and in reviewing the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s solo debut Audition Tapes this past summer, Paste magazine wrote, “It’s like Morris abandoned the ’shrooms in favor of a nice Americana-nodding spliff.” The review went on to call the CD’s title track “a simple slice of alt-country pie” with “a scoop of emo melting across the molasses-drenched crust,” and the album itself “an all-ages potluck” and “worth a toast.”

Gosh, that’s an awful lot of food references. Are we sure it’s not the Paste author who favored that nice Americana-nodding spliff?

What's Happenin': Thursday, October 3, through Wednesday, October 16 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:00

Sarah JaroszMusic

Sarah Jarosz


Wednesday, October 16, 8 p.m.


Singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz plays Rock Island’s Rozz-Tox on October 16, and in recent years, the bluegrass, country, and folk musician has been the beneficiary of some truly excellent reviews. The Austin Chronicle called her “a songwriter of uncommon wisdom.” American Songwriter magazine wrote, “Jarosz invites us along with her into a growing sonic space of collaboration and artistry.” Paste magazine praised her gift for “conjuring soundscapes, erotic tableau, and enough tension to hold listeners transfixed.”

And my inner frustrated artist is now doing his damnedest to contain his resentment, considering that Jarosz wasn’t alive in the freaking 1980s.

What's Happenin': Thursday, September 19, through Wednesday, October 2 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:00

Texas Hippie CoalitionMusic

Texas Hippie Coalition

Rock Island Brewing Company

Tuesday, September 24, 8 p.m.


The Southern-rock and heavy-metal musicians of Texas Hippie Coalition will play the Rock Island Brewing Company on September 24, and on the band’s Web site, frontman Big Dad Ritch described the group’s hit song “Damn You to Hell” thusly: “It has such drive and intensity that it’s like a mixed-martial-arts event, like UFC pay-per-view, like someone being grounded and pounded on.”

As a suggestion of the Texas Hippie Coalition style, that description seems so close to perfect that I’m tempted to just end this piece right there.

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