Keller Williams is a unique artist, a multi-instrumentalist whose body can produce sounds reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin, a guitar virtuoso, a performer who can create a wall of sound on stage even though he's all by himself.
Last week in Rock Island, a crowd gathered for the announcement of a new housing development: Highland Place. It's a small project, but it's drawing a lot of attention as what is hoped to be the first of many new housing developments in Moline and Rock Island.
The Riverssance Festival of Fine Art will have quite a few changes in its first year being run by MidCoast Fine Arts. The festival, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village of East Davenport's Lindsay Park, will feature stilt-walking harlequins (called "Harleys"), a wine garden, and new gates and way-finding signs, while still featuring more than 100 of the area's top regional artists and a children's art tent.
While the Riverssance Festival of Fine Art has something for just about everybody - food, music, wine, and other entertainment - the artwork should take precedence. And although there are many worthy local artists on the roster of 105 showing at this year's event, the Reader is giving some attention to artists less familiar to a Quad Cities audience.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kraig Kenning has been a professional musician for going on 15 years, but it wasn't until his sixth CD - titled Mactub and released last year - that he was happy with what he put out.
The two Quad Cities-based bands providing musical accompaniment to WQPT's Brew Ha Ha in LeClaire Park on Saturday have both released new discs recently, and they're worthy efforts that suggest there will be plenty of great American music to help the beer go down.
On Monday, the Recording Industry Association of America filed copyright-infringement lawsuits against 261 people for sharing electronic music files over the Internet. The association, or RIAA, has cited electronic piracy as a major cause of plummeting CD sales.
The steel that's rising from the ground along River Driver between Harrison and Main streets in Davenport is the physical skeleton of the $34.4-million Figge Arts Center, but it also stands as a symbol of a new framework for doing business for the Davenport Museum of Art (DMA).
Artist Les Bell has a document from September 1999 that lists artists' complaints about the Davenport Museum of Art (DMA). They include the museum not publishing its mission statement, not welcoming local artists, and not making studio visits.
Ghostlight Theatre can thank World War II, at least in part, for the patronage of Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger. The theatre company's upcoming production of Das Barbecü will happen largely because of Neiswanger.