Currently celebrating 40 years of bringing extreme rodeo excitement to fans nationwide, the CINCH World's Toughest Rodeo makes a return visit to Moline's TaxSlayer Center January 18 and 19, treating patrons to entertainment from touring favorites such as professional bull jumper Manu Lataste, barrel artists John Harrison and Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford, Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, and Sonny the 2,000-pound picture bull.

Sinuous plants, youthful maidens, venomous dragons, and other arresting sights will be on display from January 19 through June 16 at the Figge Art Museum in the Davenport venue's new exhibition Art Nouveau Amphora, a collection of magnificent works of artistic pottery from the late-19th and early-20th Centuries.

With the Grand Rapids Press hailing their “topnotch, instumental wizardry,” Alison Lynn and Diana Ladio serve as the latest Quad City Arts Visiting Artists with their Celtic/bluegrass outfit The Moxie Strings, whose January 24 public performance at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center will demonstrate why Current magazine insists that “the future of music could not be in better hands.”

An area great that Jazz News calls “exceptionally illuminating,” trumpet and flugelhorn master Manny Lopez performs with his Manny Lopez Septet in the latest event in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, the musicians' January 20 Redstone Room concert treating fans to the singular jazz stylings that have thrilled local audiences for more than four decades.

Armed with iconic hits such as “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin' into the Night,” and “Caught Up in You,” the touring musicians of 38 Special bring their singular brand of exhilarating Southern rock to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on January 19, continuing the legacy of the band's four-decades-plus history in the company of 38 Special vocalist/guitarist Don Barnes, who began with the group in 1975.

One of America's most popular comedians brings his latest touring event to Davenport's Adler Theatre on January 10, with Blue Collar Comedy Tour star Ron White sharing the humorous observations and quick-witted routines that have earned him three Grammy Award nominations and comedy-album sales of more than 10 million to date.

Performing what calls “a supreme blend of traditional country, Americana, and contemporary folk styles,” Wisconsin's alt-country five-piece Buffalo Gospel headlines a Moeller Nights concert on January 11 in support of its most recent album On the First Bell, a work the Web site decress “worthy of not only a listen, but a permanent place on your playlist.”

Two Midwestern ensembles will deliver one special night of bluegrass, folk, and timeless Grateful Dead tunes when Davenport's Redstone Room hosts a shared headliner concert on January 10, with Iowa City's Winterland performing the '60s and '70s classics of Jerry Garcia's legendary band and Minneapolis' Kind Country playing exhiliaring covers and classics.

Delivering what descibed as “good, and at times great, diverse, lowbrow, knuckle-dragging, abrasive, raunchy, testosterone-fuelled, rowdy rock and roll,” the touring talents of Mondo Generator play the Rock Island Brewing Company on January 11, with the band's founder and frontman Nick Oliveri a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist famed as a member of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Dwarves.

Delivering what the artist herself describes as “rock 'n' roll with a dreamer's soul,” Milwaukee-based chanteuse Abby Jeanne and her ensemble serve as Moeller Nights headliners in support of their sophomore release Music Box Dancer, the January 12 concert demonstrating why the Milwaukee Record said of Jeanne, “Her soulful voice is drenched in raw emotion, love, and on-point dynamics.”