Rock Island Brewing Company

Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m.


If you're blue and you don't know where to go to, why don't you go to RIBCO? It's ... puttin' on the Rittz!

That intro's probably more clever if you sing it in rhythm to the Fred Astaire song. Please don't make me tell you which one.

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Liz Longley

The Redstone Room

Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.


Davenport's Redstone Room will host a very special concert event on April 15, and I know what you're thinking: Ugh - April 15. That annual day of dread, knowing the obligation you have to attend to before midnight that, as usual, you're almost criminally - perhaps literally criminally - unprepared for.

I'm referring, of course, to April 15 being my dad's birthday. How does this date keep sneaking up on me? I mean, I had a whole year to pick out the perfect tie!

Happily, though, this year's April 15 will be made much sweeter via the Redstone Room concert with songwriting chanteuse Liz Longley, whose album-release tour makes a local stop in support of her new, self-titled offering.

Leon Russell


Leon Russell

The Redstone Room

Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.


Leon Russell will soon be taking the stage at Davenport's Redstone Room, and calling the 72-year-old singer, songwriter, session musician, producer, pianist, guitarist, and recording-company owner a musical icon is practically an understatement.

He's worked professionally, and consistently, since 1956. He's mastered the genres of rock, country, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, and even surf music. He's enjoyed a chart-topping duet with Willie Nelson. He's performed and collaborated with artists as disparate as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Doris Day. And in 2014, 44 years after the release of his self-titled solo debut, he delivered a new album of classic favorites titled Life Journey. So why don't we take an abbreviated look at Russell's?


Chuggington Live: The Great Rescue Adventure


Adler Theatre

March through May


Just how big a smash is Jersey Boys? So big that in an Adler Theatre lineup currently boasting 19 springtime events, the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons musical accounts for nearly half of 'em.

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2015 Playwrights Festival

Village Theatre

Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15


Artistic Director Chris Jansen is doing something a bit different with the presentations in New Ground Theatre's annual Playwrights Festival, running at the Village Theatre March 6 through 15. On two of those days, there'll be a reading of a new, full-length play titled This Side Up, written by University of Iowa undergraduate Christopher "Kit" Grassi. On four of those days, there'll be staged productions of five plays by five separate authors, each lasting between 10 and 15 minutes.

And in one of those plays, Sam Collier's In My Mother's Tongue Like Winter, actor Michael Carron will play a poetry-minded grolar bear.

Patrick Green and Jill Schwartz rehearse Love Stories featuring Romeo & JulietDance

Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.


Ballet Quad Cities' latest presentation in the company's annual Love Stories series - being staged February 27 and 28 at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral - is officially titled Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. As love stories go, that's an awfully powerful one. It's also a pretty depressing one, considering that Romeo and Juliet, in the end, both die.

Of course, you know that. And Ballet Quad Cities' Courtney Lyon knows you know that. And that's why choreographer and BQC Artistic Director Lyon chose to do something unusual in her particular take on Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers: "I put the end of the ballet first."

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Katrina: The K Word

Augustana College's Potter Theate

Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 8


For years, the Augustana College course Theatre 350: Play Production has asked its students to wear a great many hats. With participants, under faculty supervision, wholly in charge of auditioning, casting, directing, designing, costuming, stage managing, and ultimately presenting a dramatic work for paying audiences, the class offers a rather comprehensive 10-week education on what it takes to successfully mount a show.

But this year, Professor Jeff Coussens' Play Production students are also receiving a 10-week education on their chosen play's subject, considering that the recent-seeming tragedy it concerns happened, as Coussens says, "when the students were, what ... nine?"

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James Armstrong

The Muddy Waters

Friday, January 23, 9 p.m.


James Armstrong, who plays the Muddy Waters on January 23, is an electric guitarist and singer/songwriter whose venerated talents have earned him the nickname "The Ambassador of the Blues." But with Armstrong boasting, according to JazzTimes magazine, "the kind of flexibility that allows him to easily and convincingly shift gears," and celebrated blues historian Tony Russell calling him a master of "the flexible language of feeling allusion," I'd like to propose a new moniker for the famously flexible artist: Stretch Armstrong.

And just now, I received a cease-and-desist from Hasbro. Man, I really thought I was the only one who remembered that toy ... .


Deadroots' Farewell Concert

The Redstone Room

Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.


Steve Braddy, bassist and singer/songwriter for the Quad Cities musicians of Deadroots, has a lot of fond memories from gigs played by the band he co-founded just over 15 years ago. Like this one:

"One time, we got a show out in the middle of nowhere. I couldn't even tell you what town it was in. But you know that scene in The Blues Brothers where they get in there and have to play behind the chicken wire? It was kind of like that without the chicken wire.

Chuck Murphy at Thirsty's on Third"Hey, Jeff!"

"Hello there, Mike. All done?"

"Yep! Just finished this week's What's Happenin' pages - my last official writing duty of 2014!"

"Good for you."

"As usual, we're actually calling these the 'What's Happenin' on New Year's Eve' pages, as they'll list all the information we have, as of press time, regarding the area venues hosting live music or karaoke or DJs on December 31!"