Performing locally as a holiday gift to fans, the chart-topping, seven-time Grammy-winning music legend Gladys Knight brings her national tour to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on December 16, treating audiences to a remarkable repertoire dating back to the 1960s and boasting such unforgettable hits as “Every Beat of My Heart,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

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 headline December 10 and 11 concerts at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, treating audiences to what Music in Minnesota deemed “an exciting, drums-driven show with much-promised dancing, howling, and fun.”

Family audiences are invited to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy an evening of wonderful choral music when the professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers treats listeners to the yuletide cheer of Peace, Love, Joy!, a pair of moving and uplifting concert events taking place on December 10 at Moline's First Congregational Church and December 11 at Galesburg's First Lutheran Church.

Chart-topping musicians whose most recent, eponymous album, according to Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, found the artists "writing from the gut and playing from the heart," the Whiskey Myers ensemble headlines a December 10 concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, with Saving Country Music adding that 2019's Whiskey Myers "pushes the boundaries of their sound more than ever."

Unforgettable show tunes and beloved seasonal standards will be on the December 11 repertoire at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center when the venue houses the touring sensation Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday, an evening of stars and songs from the Great White Way boasting Dubuque native Rita Harvey, a castmate in Broadway's revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell.

In celebration of one of the best-selling and most popular bands of all time, the alt-rock musicians of Nivrana: A Tribute to Nirvana will take on an ambitious challenge in their December 10 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, with the artists' first set a performance of the Grammy-winning MTV Unplugged in New York, and the evening's second half a recreation of the set Nirvana played at Davenport's Palmer Auditorium on October 22 of 1993.

Their 2020 album Ancient Homies lauded by Everything Is Noise as “an absolute must-listen” that “is fun, engaging, and well worth your time,” the funk and groove musicians of lespecial headline a December 9 concert set at Davenport's Redstone Room, the group delivering a sound, according to Relix, that owes as much to Radiohead and The Mars Volta as it does Medeski Martin & Wood and Umphrey’s McGee.”

With Pop Matters describing his most recent album as delivering “a unified message of love, kindness, and island vibes,” Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Jason Mraz brings his national tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 7, the pop/folk, jazz, and reggae artist hitting the road with longtime collaborator Toca Rivera, who has performed with Mraz since his coffee-shop days.

Instrumental and vocal celebrations of overseas beauty will be on the docket as the Quad City Symphony Orchestra continues its Masterworks season with the musicians' third showcase for 2021-22: English Serenade, December 4 and 5 presentations held at the Adler Theatre and Bartlett Performing Arts Center highlighted by the performances of Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman and the QCSO's longtime principal horn player Marc Zyla.

Touring in support of their October release Georgia Blue, an album that Pitchfork deemed “a joyful affair with sadness lurking in the shadows,” Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit headline a December 4 concert event at East Moline's The Rust Belt, the alternative-country and Southern rock ensemble's frontman a four-time Grammy Award winner who was also a member of Drive-By Truckers from 2001 to 2007.