In a unique blend of sound art and public reading, the latest presentation in the Midwest Writing Center's Spectra series, Bradley/Clifton/Miller, will find noted writers Jon Miller and Brian Clifton collaborating with sound artist William Ellis Bradley to create a thrilling, multi-modal experience at Rock Island venue Rozz-Tox, the January 8 event also boasting readings by local authors Beth Roberts and Ryan Collins.

Accompanied by an entire repertoire of jazz standards and iconic pop hits, a 2005 graduate of Rock Island High School returns to the Quad Cities in The Matt Barber Experience, the January 9 concert event at Davenport's Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge that finds Barber and his touring musicians performing classics from the five albums he has recorded since 2007.

Praised by AllMusic.com for their “intriguing and quite effective blend of hard melodic rock with progressive rock tendencies and awesome vocal arrangements,” the musicians of the iconic rock ensemble Head East play a special concert at East Moline's the Rust Belt on January 10, performing more than a half-century after the band's formation and eight years after being inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Sharing the evening's bill in the latest presentation in the River Music Experience's Guest List Series, the alternative-folk artists of Them Coulee Boys and Fireside Collective join forces for a Redstone Room concert on January 14, filling the Redstone Room with rousing songs from the musicians' most recent respective albums Die Happy and Life Between the Lines.

With the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel raving that “they sing and play with a lusty ease that blows the dust off old music,” the vocal and instrumental talents of the Rose Ensemble serve as the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series, their January 15 through 18 concert events sure to prove why the Duluth News Tribune stated, “The Rose Ensemble always creates a colorful blend of text and tune, woven together for a seamless tapestry of music from distant times and places.”

With Music Taster's Choice labeling the musician “one of the top 10 guitarists in the world,” the acclaimed blues rocker Anthony Gomes plays Davenport's Redstone Room on January 10 in support of his most recent release Peace, Love, & Loud Guitars, demonstrating the talents that led BluesWax to name him its 2003 Artist of the Year and inspired music legend B.B. King to ask, “Where did that voice come from?”

Held in celebration of the legendary German composer born in 1770, Chamber Music Quad Cities' Beethoven Year will honor Ludwig van's accomplishments in a January 4 concert performed at Davenport's Unitarian Universalist Church of the Quad Cities, its quartet of musicians composed of the organization's artistic directors Gregory and Thomas Sauer and guest violinists Lee Taylor and Serena Canin.

A quartet of rock, punk, and metal ensembles based in Cambride, Morrison, and the Quad Cities serve as co-headliners in the first 2020 concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company, with the venue hosting a January 3 concert set featuring the high-energy musicians of Northbrook, Dynoride, Echoes & Afterthoughts, and Murnau.

Appearing locally after December tour stops throughout Florida and Minnesota, the genre-hopping talents of Belladiva perform a special New Year's Eve concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, offering venue guests a 2019-ending party filled with pop, R&B, country, rock, and nothing in the way of an admission fee.

A quintet of debuting short plays will serve as the final new presentations on the Quad Cities' 2019 theatrical calendar, with New Ground Theatre's Playwrights' Festival, from December 20 through 22, treating audiences to five holiday-themed works written, directed, and performed by area talents.

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