With the Washington Post deeming him “an incredibly modern and original next-generations bluesman” whose “tough vocals, guitar, and lap-steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul, and boogie,” blues artist Selwyn Birchwood performs an October 10 concert at Rock Island's Kavanaugh's Hilltop Bar & Grill, showcasing the talents that inspired Blues Matters to call the artist “a genius revelation and a pleasure.”

Currently touring in support of their 2019 release illusions, the folk and Americana musicians of The Way Down Wanderers return to Davenport's Redstone Room on October 10, their soulful set sure to demonstrate why Rolling Stone Country raved about their “intricate, hypnotic rhythms,” and why BestNewBands.com wrote, “Their live show is full of energy and just a damn good time.”

The Illinois-based, two-piece, grunge-metal unit Murnau visits Rozz-Tox on October 11, performing on the bill with Davenport-based gothic-psych band Giallows and Macomb-based alternative rock crew Chew Toy.

For the group's first concerts in its 2019-20 season, professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers will be joined by saxophone master Kenneth Tse and students from Galesburg and Rock Island high schools in The Spirit Sings – October 12 and 13 engagements filled with glorious choral arrangements brought to life via the directorial talents of Dr. Laura Lane and the Nova Singers' 19 supremely gifted vocalists.

With GratefulWeb.com calling them “the true definition of road warriors, boasting over 20 shows a month,” the touring musicians of Jon Wayne & the Pain play an October 3 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, sharing the exhilarating reggae stylings gifts that led The Pier to praise their output that “crosses genres with tracks that build from dub loops and explode into powerful party anthems.”

A quintet that, according to WSUM.org, “incorporates rock, bluegrass, jazz, and a little folk, creating nothing but an upbeat atmosphere,” the Chicago-based Old Shoe plays Davenport's Redstone Room on October 4 in a co-headlining bill with the Windy City's Ernie Hendrickson & the Citizens of Love, the ensemble that Glide magazine says “delivers elements of jazz, fusion, rock, soul, and reggae, and handles these styles with enough grace and confidence to make even first-time listeners believers.”

Its 2019-20 Masterworks repertoire devoted to an aural exploration of the human experience, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mark Russell Smith kick off the new season with the October 5 and 6 presentations of Masterworks I: Statement, with the Adler Theatre and Centennial Hall performances boasting thrilling works by Brahms, Korngold, and other composers and electrifying solos for cello player Hannah Holman and soprano Katherine Jolly.

Delivering what The Big Takeover describes as “muscular, meat-and-potatoes-style blues rock” and what The Dead Hub calls “old souls making incredible new music,” the Minneapolis-based rockers of The 4onthefloor enjoy an October 5 headlining engagement at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, treating audiences to what Music in Minnesota deemed “an exciting, drums-driven show with much-promised dancing, howling, and fun.”

Composed of of violinists Hyun Jeong Helen Lee and David Do, violist John Batchelder, and cellist Brooke Scholl, the award-winning Julius Quartet performs locally as part of Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series, the musicians' September 23 through 27 engagements demonstrating why, according to a Collegiate Times concert review, “The group left the audience mesmerized by its resonant sound.”

Baltimore's drone/space-rock duo Darsombra joins Colorado-based indie-rock crew Dear Rabbit and Peoria psych rock band The Golden Fleece on the bill at Rozz-Tox on September 25.