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What's Happenin': Thursday, June 21, through Wednesday, July 4 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 06:00

XanaduTheatre

Xanadu

The District Theatre

Friday, June 29, through Saturday, July 14

 

In the new musical at Rock Island’s District Theatre, California chalk artist Sonny Malone finds himself frustrated with the design for his latest sidewalk mural, and plans to commit suicide. Viewing his distress from Mount Olympus, the muse Clio decides to travel to Earth to cheer him up, disguised as an Australian roller-skater in leg warmers. Upon meeting Clio, Sonny is inspired to open a lavish roller disco, an idea that doesn’t sit well with Clio’s evil sisters Melpomene and Calliope. Eventually, a retired-clarinetist-turned-real-estate-broker gets involved, and then the winged horse Pegasus, and then Zeus ... and if you think this sounds like the stupidest storyline ever conceived for a stage production, I couldn’t agree more.

Race you for tickets.

 
What's Happenin': Thursday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 20 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 06:00

The Split LiversMusic

The Split Livers

Rock Island Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m.

 

On June 13, the Rock Island Brewing Company presents a concert with the recently formed collaborative duo the Split Livers, which I like to think of as the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of the acoustic-punk bluegrass scene. My reasons for this are twofold. (1) Like peanut butter and chocolate, the Split Livers blends two separate ingredients – Wayne Gottstine of Split Lip Rayfield and Danny Barnes of Bad Livers – to form one signature taste. (2) Have you ever had a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? Those things are freakin’ awesome.

 
What's Happenin': Summer 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 06:00

Ronnie Baker BrooksMusic

Ronnie Baker Brooks

The Redstone Room

Friday, May 25, 8 p.m.

 

Performing with his father and brother as the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, Chicago-based singer/guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks will be among the headliners at this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, so I guess you could consider his May 25 Redstone Room concert something of a Quad Cities warm-up.

Then again, with the All Music Guide describing Brooks as “a monster guitarist with an ample supply of technique and passion,” and the Boston Herald calling his most recent CD “ferocious and unrelenting,” I’m thinking the temperatures in the Davenport venue might be significantly higher than “warm.”

 
What's Happenin': Thursday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 23 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:00

Mark MellitsMusic

Rhythm Unleashed: The Music of Mark Mellits

The Redstone Room

Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m.

 

The latest presentation in the Quad City Symphony’s Signature Series finds four of the orchestra’s members performing Rhythm Unleashed: The Music of Mark Mellits, taking place on May 19 at Davenport’s Redstone Room. And if that seems like an ill-fitting venue for a symphony offering, you should know that according to the New York Press, Mellits’ compositions suggest “what classical music has in common with rock and pop.”

You should also know that according to the All Music Guide, “Mellits apparently draws considerable inspiration from food” ... but then again, who doesn’t?

 
What's Happenin': Thursday, April 26, through Wednesday, May 9 PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:00
Andre WilliamsMusic

Andre Williams & the Goldstars

Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, May 5

 

Venerated R&B musician Andre Williams plays the Rock Island Brewing Company on May 5, and describing his glorious growl of a voice, punk musician Lux Interior said, “Andre Williams makes Little Richard sound like Pat Boone.” The same is oftentimes said of me ... but I think that’s just because when I sing, everyone I imitate sounds like Pat Boone.

 
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