Praised by New York Music Daily for their “darkly inventive Americana” and by The Sound for their “infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes,” the touring musicians of Muddy Ruckus – guitarist (and Rock Island native) Ryan Flaherty and “suitcase drummer” Erika Stahl – perform as Moelle Nights headliners on December 28, their 2018 album Bellows to Mend described by EvolvementRadio.com as “hands down their best work so far.”

Those who can't get enough of the Broadway musical Hamilton will want to be in the room where it happens (the room where it happens) on December 29, when the Davenport Public Library's Fairmnount Street Branch hosts its first Hamilton Party – a celebration of all things Hamilton featuring activites for all ages and the air filled with memorable tunes from the Grammy-winning soundtrack.

Visitors to Davenport's Figge Art Museum can not only enjoy a guided tour and Q&A through the halls of the exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850 – 1950, but also genuine French cuisine courtesy of the venue's seasoned chefs in the December 28 event French Friday, an art-and-food pairing designed to make museum guests of all ages shout “C'est magnifique!

Fans of Elvis in all of his performance incarnations will find that they can't help falling in love with the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's special New Year's Eve treat, as the Rock Island venue hosts the December 31 concert event Remember the King: Celebrating the Music of Elvis Presley, a night of lip-curcling, hip-swiveling excitement boasting decades of iconic hits performed by touring tribute artist Robert Shaw.

With her debut novel Are You Sleeping described by CrimeByTheBook.com as a work that blends “the compulsively-readable style of authors like Ruth Ware and Clare Mackintosh with a plot that captures the engrossing, very particular style of true-crime podcasts,” Kathleen Barber appears at the Moline Public Library on December 28, an event that will find the author and Galesburg native speaking on her career, her book's success, and its forthcoming adaptation into a 10-episode TV series.

One of the country's most venerated and lauded country, gospel, and bluegrass ensembles makes an eagerly awaited appearance at Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 20, when the the Grammy Award-winning group The Oak Ridge Boys celebrates the holidays with timeless hits and seasonal favorites in their touring production “Shine the Light on Christmas.”

Two rock ensembles – one from Missouri, one from Illinois – will appear as headliners in two local Moeller Nights concerts on December 21 and 22, with performances by the acclaimed garage-trio trio of Radkey preceding concerts with The Dawn, the latter group employing their Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel sets to record a new live album.

A legendary area rock outfit from the 1970s makes a triumphant return to the Rock Island Brewing Company on December 21, as brothers and Cedar Rapids natives BillyLee and Bryce Janey deliver an evening with the hard rockers of Truth & Janey, whose seminal 1976 LP No Rest for the Wicked and live Erupts! album from 2001 (recorded at Davenport's Col Ballroom) have both been reissued on CD by the Rockadrome label.

Amidst the joys and festivities of the season, it wouldn't be the holidays if they didn't also come complete with a hearty cry of “Bah, humbug!” And from December 14 through 22, Countryside Community Theatre will deliver that cry – along with messages of hope and wonder and scores of beautiful music – in the Boll's Community Center production of A Christmas Carol, the seasonal delight boasting music and lyrics by Danny White and a book by the show's director Tristan Tapscott.

Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical and described by Broadway World as “a twinkling Christmas delight,” the eagerly awaited touring production A Christmas Story: The Musical lands at Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 18, its score by the Oscar- and Tony-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul inspiring the New York Times to write, “You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”

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