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.

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.

Fans of Elvis in all of his performance incarnations will find that they can't help falling in love with the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's special New Year's Eve treat, as the Rock Island venue hosts the December 31 concert event Remember the King: Celebrating the Music of Elvis Presley, a night of lip-curcling, hip-swiveling excitement boasting decades of iconic hits performed by touring tribute artist Robert Shaw.

Praised by New York Music Daily for their “darkly inventive Americana” and by The Sound for their “infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes,” the touring musicians of Muddy Ruckus – guitarist (and Rock Island native) Ryan Flaherty and “suitcase drummer” Erika Stahl – perform as Moelle Nights headliners on December 28, their 2018 album Bellows to Mend described by EvolvementRadio.com as “hands down their best work so far.”

One of the country's most venerated and lauded country, gospel, and bluegrass ensembles makes an eagerly awaited appearance at Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 20, when the the Grammy Award-winning group The Oak Ridge Boys celebrates the holidays with timeless hits and seasonal favorites in their touring production “Shine the Light on Christmas.”

Two rock ensembles – one from Missouri, one from Illinois – will appear as headliners in two local Moeller Nights concerts on December 21 and 22, with performances by the acclaimed garage-trio trio of Radkey preceding concerts with The Dawn, the latter group employing their Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel sets to record a new live album.

A legendary area rock outfit from the 1970s makes a triumphant return to the Rock Island Brewing Company on December 21, as brothers and Cedar Rapids natives BillyLee and Bryce Janey deliver an evening with the hard rockers of Truth & Janey, whose seminal 1976 LP No Rest for the Wicked and live Erupts! album from 2001 (recorded at Davenport's Col Ballroom) have both been reissued on CD by the Rockadrome label.

A side project of, and album by, indie-rock singer/songwriter John Brodeur, Bird Streets the band will play music from Birds Streets the album on December 12 as the latest guests in the Moeller Nights series, Brodeur's recording praised by AllMusic.com for its “clever twists, rich harmonies, and intricate guitar work,” and described by Albumism as “a contemporary masterpiece that conjuries indie rock's glory days.”

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