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 Exclaim.ca 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.”

On January 13, a pair of master musicians will unite for Chamber Music Quad Cities' winter program The Recital, an enchanting afternoon program in which Chicago-based violinist Robert Chen and Davenport-based pianist Benjamin Loeb perform magnificent sonatas by Beethoven and Strauss complemented by compositions from Clara Schumann and Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.

Watercolors, sculptures, mono-prints, and more will be on display in the first Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery exhibition of 2019, with the January 3 through February 28 artistic showcase boasting works by Linda Buechting of Quincy, Illinois, Paul Nitsche of Ridgeway, Wisconsin, and Corrine Smith of Rock Island.

Described by Glide magazine as “one of the most unflappably earnest musicians on the planet” and by Grammy-winning icon John Mayer as “the best live performer I've ever seen,” rock and Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist Martin Sexton plays a Moeller Nights headlining concert at Davenport venue The Stardust on January 10, demonstrating why Billboard magazine calls him “a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”

Works of lauded composers from the late-19 and early-20th Centuries will be celebrated on January 5 when the Figge Art Museum hosts the first WVIK/QCSO Signature Series event in the radio station's and Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 2019 season: Ravel & Debussy, an evening of gorgeous compositions and the composers' noted tonal and harmonic gradation boasting performances by violinist Naha Greenholtz, cellist Hannah Holman, and pianist Rene Lecuona.

Two modern blues-guitar greats – one the long-touring grandson of a musical icon, one a 23-year-old prodigy who began playing at age four – will share the Redstone Room stage as co-headliners on January 4, when the Davenport venue hosts a night with a pair of exhilarating talents: Mississippi native Kent Burnside, and Matthew Curry of Bloomington, Illinois.

Praised by the Sunday Times as “extraordinary and brilliant,” and by the Seattle Times as “fierce and funny … a satire as sharp as it gets,” author Aravind Adiga's debut novel The White Tiger serves as the discussion point for the latest Get Lit event at the Bettendorf Public Library, with attendees exploring the work that earned Adiga the 40th Man Booker Prize and a New Yorker rave for "his appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order.”

Visitors to Davenport's German American Heritage Center can enjoy free admission on January 5 and 6 as part of the museum's Open House Weekend, and can also enjoy the free presentation Just Before the Battle Mother: A Visit from a Civil War Soldier – a special, one-man performance program made possible through a grant by Humanities Iowa.

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