Performing an eagerly anticipated concert return at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the Midwestern pop-rockers of the Pork Tornadoes will deliver an eclectic assortment of hits on October 15, their energetic repertoire ranging from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Beyoncé all the way to Lizzo, The Killers, Coolio, and Phil Collins.

Presented on October 7 in collaboration with the area collective “My Arts Voice,” Voices Behind the Art will fuse visual and musical art in a showcase of more than a half-dozen Midwestern talents. The event stands as the latest cultural offering by Common Chord, the Davenport venue previously known as River Music Experience. And as Executive Director Tyson Danner explains, the institution's new moniker isn't the signal for a new direction for the former RME: “The name change has been the end of the process, really."

Delivering a unique blend of hip hop, soul, roots, and folk music, vocalists Big Samir and Aja Black will be rapping and singing (with some of their lyrics in French) on October 6 and 8 as the gifted forces behind The Reminders, concert events in which the artists will speak about their life experiences and use music as a form of soulful expression as the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series.

ONO, October 7

Led by core members vocalist travis and multi-instrumentalist P. Michael, the musical collaborators of ONO headline an October 7 concert event at Davenport's Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, the group – still performing 42 years after its inception – offering a unique combination of experimental noise and industrial music with gospel and spoken-word performance.

Praised by American Songwriter for her "superb talents and determined approach to her profession," acclaimed country singer/songwriter Kelsey Waldon headlines an October 7 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, the artist's August release No Regular Dog lauded for a creative force, according to Americana Highways, "whose skill and resolve make her an indispensable force in Americana."

For their first concert events of the 2022-23 season, Galesburg's professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers will explore the unique blend of choir and guitar in October 8 and 9 performances of A Procession Winding Around Me, performed under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane and alongside a special guest artist: classical guitarist Dr. Angelo Favis.

With its celebrated icon portrayed by touring artist and uncanny look- and sound-alike Kara Chandler, Believe: The Cher Show enjoys two performances at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse on October 6, this thrilling musical event a celebration of the superstar whose achievements include a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, and recognition from the Kennedy Center Honors and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Performing in support of their latest album Clouds, a recording that No Depression deemed "a musical gut-punch," the indie-folk musicians of the Ballroom Thieves play Davenport's Raccoon Motel on October 12, the lauded duo's 2022 release inspiring the Boston Globe to praise its “lush, omnivorous ... tight harmonies and humane, anthemic songwriting," resulting in a "timeless and mature sound.”

With their most recent album Time in the Sun lauded by NPR as "a deeply reflective and personal record" and by Americana UK as "a thoroughly joyful, enchanting, and sometimes psychedelic listen," the indie rockers of SUSTO headline an October 6 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, the musicians' 2021 recording also praised by No Depression as a work that "exemplifies SUSTO’s versatility" by “successfully hybridizing elements of the folk, rock, pop, and Americana songbooks."

A Grammy and Country Music Award nominee who has also earned six statuettes from the Inspirational Country Music Awards, chart-topping country and gospel singer/songwriter Josh Turner headlines an eagerly awaited October 6 concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, the artist famed for such number-one singles as “Your Man,” “Would You Go with Me,” and “Why Don't We Just Dance.”