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|What's Happenin': Thursday, October 27, through Wednesday, November 9|
|Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events|
|Written by Mike Schulz|
|Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:00|
Galvin Fine Arts Center
Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
The latest presentation in the Galvin Fine Arts Center’s Performing Arts Series will take place on November 5, and according to the L.A. Daily News, the act booked for the St. Ambrose University venue “can work up some powerful emotions, make a religion out of lonely introspection, and even crack the occasional Canada joke.” And no, it’s not President Obama.
It is, however, the acclaimed acoustic duo of Dala, the Juno Award-nominated singers/songwriters and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year.” Composed of Scarborough, Ontario, natives Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine – longtime best friends whose musical output draws upon the influences of the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan – Dala originated in 2002, and by 2003, its harmonizing vocalists had already signed a five-year development deal with Canada’s Big Bold Sun Music.
Since then, Walther and Carabine have gone on to become burgeoning folk-music heroines through the release of their five Dala CDs (most recently 2010’s Girls from the North Country) and through their frequent North American tours, having opened for such noted musicians as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Cochrane, and Richie Havens.
And with Walther’s ethereal soprano blending perfectly with Carabine’s rich alto, music critics have been effusive in their praise. The Peterborough Examiner raved about Dala’s “beautiful flights of melody and harmony.” Bluegrass Special wrote, “Dala writes terrific original songs and approaches its intelligent covers with respect for the originals.” And The Irish Times insisted, “Dala seems bound for a loftier place where substance stands equal to style.” It should go without saying that I’m expecting the duo to show up at my home any minute now. (Okay, maybe it does need to be said ... .)
For more information on Dala’s St. Ambrose concert, call (563)333-6251 or visit SAU.edu/galvin.
Tuesday, November 1, 8 p.m.
Prior to their upcoming Rock Island appearances, the indie musicians of the UK-sponsored “Communion Tour” will have made stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, and Minneapolis. Yet before you start humming the Sesame Street anthem “One of These Things Is Not Like the Other,” know that the Rock Island establishment these musicians are performing in – Rozz-Tox – is exactly the sort of cozy venue this particular tour was designed for.
Describing his London-based music-promotion outfit, co-founder Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons) says, “We founded Communion as a way for people to get together and play music without all the hassle of dealing with money-grabbing venue promoters. No matter what the venue size, they’ve always been amazingly intimate occasions.” And music fans will be in for an amazingly intimate night of entertainment when the “Communion Tour” brings to Rozz-Tox the considerable talents of The David Mayfield Parade, Lauren Shera, and Matthew & the Atlas.
Playing alongside bandmates Wes Langlois, Kristin Weber, Shelby Means, and Joe Giotta, the Grammy-nominated Mayfield has earned accolades and fans with his ensemble’s disparate blend of folk, rock-and-roll, and country tunes, and led the Washington Post to rave, “His songs are sturdy enough to work in any format, because his tunes are that lovely, and his words that understated.”
A popular folk musician at such music festivals as Bonnaroo and South by Southwest, Shera is a multi-instrumentalist equally proficient on the violin, cello, banjo, and mandolin, and a singer so expressive that the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh said she “redefines what you thought you knew about music, and touches you deep down in your soul.”
Matthew & the Atlas, meanwhile, formed in 2009 and wasted no time amassing the sorts of raves musicians frequently wait decades for. The Independent called the folk artists “spellbinding,” and describing a Matthew & the Atlas set he attended this past summer, Daytrotter.com’s Sean Moeller wrote: “If anyone listening had the ability to choose for themselves the music that they’d like to have played either at their birth or as they were closing their eyes for the final time ever, they would have said, ‘This. I want to hear this.’”
Good Rockin’ Live
Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse
Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Good gracious, great balls of fire! Just when you thought the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse was wrapping up its year-long celebration of ’50s and ’60s music with the current theatrical production The Marvelous Wonderettes, the Rock Island venue will be presenting one last era-appropriate title in its 2010-11 season: Good Rockin’ Live: A Salute to Sun Records & the Birth of Rock & Roll.
Taking place on November 3, this concert event will find Arizona Blues Hall of Famers Steve Grams and Danny Krieger, Holland-based blues pianist Erik-Jan “Mr. Boogie Woogie” Overbeek, and national recording artist Robert Shaw performing famed numbers from the Sun Records catalog. And in case you’re wondering exactly how famed those numbers are, let’s just say that the names that emerged from the company’s small storefront in Memphis included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and B.B. King. So yeah. Pretty famed.
As lead vocalist Shaw recently performed the roles of both Presley and Cash in the Chicago production of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Baby, you can plan on lots of high-energy, foot-stomping fun from this popular touring event. But while you’re no doubt familiar with many of the biggest hits in Circa ’21’s one-night-only offering, try matching the following Sun Records smashes with their perhaps less-known flip sides:
1) “Blue Suede Shoes”
2) “Oh, Pretty Woman”
3) “I Walk the Line”
4) “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”
5) “Three O’Clock Blues”
6) “Hound Dog”
A) “Yo Te Amo Maria”
B) “That Ain’t the Way to Do It”
C) “It’ll Be Me”
D) “Honey Don’t”
E) “Get Rhythm”
F) “Don’t Be Cruel”
Tickets to the show-only performance of Good Rockin’ Live – with sandwiches and appetizers available for purchase – are $25 and available by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visiting Circa21.com.
Answers: 1 – D, 2 – A, 3 – E, 4 – C, 5 – B, 6 – F. Yeah, that last one was a total gimme. But hey, I said perhaps less-known flip sides. It’s not my fault that Elvis was such a freakin’ hit machine.
i wireless Center
Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.
On November 3, the i wireless Center will present an evening with country-music star Luke Bryan, appearing in Moline as part of the singer’s national “Tailgates & Tanlines” tour.
The co-writer of Billy Currington’s smash single “Good Directions,” Bryan himself scored chart-topping hits with 2010’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” and cracked Billboard’s top five with “All My Friends Say,” “Do I,” and this year’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”
Bryan’s first two CDs – 2007’s I’ll Stay Me and 2009’s Doin’ My Thing – each peaked at number two on Billboard’s country charts, while Tailgates & Tanlines, released this past August, made it all the way to number one.
Last year, Bryan was nominated for “New Artist of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards, and netted two wins at the Academy of Country Music Awards, in the categories of “Top New Artist” and “Top New Solo Vocalist.”
And I could write more about the performer, but it’s my friend Angie’s birthday this week, and I knew she’d appreciate this sizable photo of Luke Bryan much more than a card. Happy Birthday, honey!
Luke Bryan performs with special guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, and Matt Mason, and tickets to Thursday’s concert are available by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting iwirelessCenter.com.
What Else Is Happenin'...?
Thursday, October 27 – Mothers, Daughters, & Sisters: A Cabaret for the Cure. Concert fundraiser for Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities featuring performances by the cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes and the Circa ’21 Bootleggers. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island). 7 p.m. $12-15. For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visit Circa21.com.
Thursday, October 27 – AnDa Union. Award-winning Mongolian folk musicians in concert, in a Hancher Auditorium presentation. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $15-35. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.
Sunday, October 30 – They Might Be Giants. Alternative-rock pioneers in concert. Englert Theatre (221 East Washington Street, Iowa City). 7 p.m. $22-25. For tickets and information, call (319)688-2653 or visit Englert.org.
Sunday, October 30 – All Time Low. Acclaimed pop-punk musicians in concert, with openers The Ready Set, He Is We, and Paradise Fears. The University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge (125 North Madison Street, Iowa City). 7 p.m. $22-28.80. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit http://Scope.UIowa.edu.
Friday, November 4 – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials. Chicago blues musicians in concert, with special guests Nick & the Ovorols. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 9 p.m. $12. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RedstoneRoom.com. For a 2005 River Cities’ Reader interview with Lil’ Ed, visit RCReader.com/y/liled.
Friday, November 4 – Smoking Popes. Noted pop-punk musicians in concert, with openers Johnny Scum and Lion in Rome. Rock Island Brewing Company (1815 Second Avenue, Rock Island). 8 p.m. $10-12. For information, call (309)793-4060 or visit RIBCO.com.
Saturday, November 5 – Davy Jones. Concert with the pop icon and former member of The Monkees. Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center (1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf). 7:30 p.m. $20-30. For information, call (800)724-5825 or visit Bettendorf.IsleOfCapriCasinos.com.
Saturday, November 5 – Flatfoot 56. Celtic punk musicians in concert, with an opening set by T.B.O.P.R.R.I.O.F. The Redstone Room (129 Main Street, Davenport). 8 p.m. $10. For tickets and information, call (563)326-1333 or visit RedstoneRoom.com.
Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6 – Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Poems on Fate. The second Masterworks concerts of the season, conducted by Mark Russell Smith and featuring Verdi’s Overture to La Forza Del Destino, Brahms’ Song of Destiny, Strauss’ Death & Transfiguration, and Liszt’s Les Preludes. Saturday – Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport), 7:30 p.m. Sunday – Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island), 2 p.m. $11-53. For tickets and information, call (563)322-7276 or visit QCSymphony.com.
Friday, October 28, through Sunday, November 13 – The Cripple of Inishmaan. Martin McDonagh’s comedy about Hollywood invading Ireland, in a collaboration with Cornell College. Riverside Theatre (213 North Gilbert Street, Iowa City). Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $15-28. For tickets and information, call (319)338-7672 or visit RiversideTheatre.org.
Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30 – The Rocky Horror Show. Do the “Time Warp” again with the City Circle Acting Company of Coralville. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (1301 Fifth Street, Coralville). Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call (319)541-2980 or visit Coralville.org.
Sunday, October 30 – My Fair Lady. Touring production of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street, Davenport). 7 p.m. $31.50-51.50. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit AdlerTheatre.com.
Tuesday, November 1 – Paul Taylor Dance Company. Modern and cheeky choreography with the company in its 55th year of touring, in a Hancher Auditorium presentation. Iowa City West High School (2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City). 7:30 p.m. $20-45. For tickets and information, call (319)335-1160 or visit http://www.Hancher.UIowa.edu.
Saturday, November 5 – Pro Elite MMA. Mixed-martial-arts event featuring Tim “The Maniac” Sylvia versus Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, and Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski versus Travis “The Ironman” Fulton. i wireless Center (1201 River Drive, Davenport). 7 p.m. $32-100. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit iwirelessCenter.com.
Friday, October 28 – Kathleen Madigan. Stand-up set with the popular HBO and Comedy Central performer. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 8 p.m. $25-35. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com.
Friday, October 28 – Tim Bedore: Vague But True. Stand-up with the frequent guest on The Bob & Tom Show. The Establishment Theatre (220 19th Street, Rock Island). 7 p.m. $16-18. For tickets and information, call (309)786-1111 or visit EstablishmentTheatre.com.
Saturday, October 29 – Billy Gardell. Stand-up comedy with the star of TV’s Mike & Molly. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 8 p.m. $25-35. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com.
Sunday, October 30 – Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Reminiscences, songs, and comedy with the star of The Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family. Riverside Casino Event Center (3184 Highway 22, Riverside). 4 p.m. $20-35. For tickets and information, call (877)677-3456 or visit RiversideCasinoAndResort.com. For a 2009 River Cities’ Reader interview with Lawrence, visit RCReader.com/y/vickilawrence.
Tuesday, November 1 – Iran Then & Now. A screening in the museum’s “World Adventure Series,” presented by filmmaker Buddy Hatton. Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre (1717 West 12th Street, Davenport). 1, 4, and 7 p.m. $4-6. For tickets and information, call (563)324-1933 or visit Putnam.org.
Thursday, October 27 – 2011 Fright Night in the District. Annual outdoor Halloween party featuring a children’s costume contest, a treasure hunt, scary stories, make-and-take activities, and more. The District of Rock island. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (309)788-6311 or visit RIDistrict.com.
Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30 – Bixby’s Inflatable Rainforest. Touring attraction featuring a journey through a tropical rainforest, inflatables, children’s activities, a parade, live performances, educational programs, and more. RiverCenter (136 East Third Street, Davenport). Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m. $18.95-41.95. For tickets, call (800)745-3000 or visit BixbyLive.com.
Saturday, October 29 – 2011 Boneyard Boogie. Annual Halloween bash presented by the Daiquiri Factory, featuring a costume contest, performances by Sleepin’ on the Couch and the “Thriller” Dance Team, free admission to the first 200 entrants, and more. The District of Rock Island. 7 p.m. For information, call (309)788-6311 or visit RIDistrict.com.
Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30 – Rock & Jewelry Show. Event organized by the Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Club, with jewelry, fossils, arrowheads, agates, geodes, minerals, and quartz on display and for purchase. Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds (2815 West Locust Street, Davenport). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 for ages 18 and older. For information, call (563)445-3034 or visit BlackHawkGemAndMineralClub.com.
Sunday, October 30 – 2011 Zombie Pride Parade. Third-annual undead trek through downtown Davenport, preceded by a 2 p.m. gathering party, and followed by a post-parade party at the Redstone Room. Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 East Second Street, Davenport). 6 p.m. Free admission. For information, visit ZombiePride.org.
Thursday, November 3 – Food for Thought Fundraiser. Seventh-annual fundraiser for the Rock Island library, with culinary samples, wine, craft brews, an auction, music by the Edgar Crockett Duo and Lee Blackmon, and more. Main Rock Island Public Library (401 19th Street, Rock Island). 5 p.m. $25/person, $45/couple. For information, call (309)732-7323 or visit RockIslandLibrary.org.
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