Singer/songwriter John Paul Roney performs a January 26 Moeller Nights concert alongside Andrew Fraser and Aaron Simon in the musicians' experimental-folk outfit Boom Forest, a group whose recent album Post Knight Errant led MXDWN.com to write that Roney's “career should no doubt be watched with great interest,” adding, “No matter which direction Roney chooses to bring the listener, it’s impossible to be disappointed.”

Appearing locally on a national wintertime tour that takes the band from Iowa to Pennsylvania to its headliner's home state of Florida, the blues, funk, soul, and rock artists of JJ Grey & Mofro play Davenport's Redstone Room on January 28, the musicians' most recent album Ol' Glory described by NoDepression.com as a work of “boundless compassion and honesty” and “Grey's finest outing yet.”

Everything that goes out of fashion seems to make a resurgence at some point or another. This trend is no different in the music scene. Record collectors have seen formats come and go. But most recently, the focus is on the comeback of vinyl records and cassette tapes.

With his studio debut Compadre lauded by the Fort Worth Weekly for being “an adventurous foray beyond the musical norms that constrain less adventurous Americana songsmiths,” Texas musician Matthew McNeal performs a January 16 Moeller Nights concert in conjunction with his latest live session at Daytrotter, where the country, rock, and folk singer/songwriter last recorded in June of 2015.

Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort welcomes a legitimate heavy-metal superstar with the January 13 arrival of Vince Neil, the singer/songwriter who spent decades as lead vocalist for the multi-platinum-selling rock legends of Mötley Crüe.

A nationally celebrated artist kicks off the 2018 season of Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Series, with the Redstone Room's January 21 event boasting a rare area appearance by bassist and jazz vocalist Fr. Stan Fortuna, performing as part of the Kindred Spirits duo with acclaimed local drummer Manuel Lopez III.

Performing blues, folk, country, and Americana music that, according to NPR, “evokes the old-timey spirit of a thousand crackling 78 RPM records” whose “energy makes them feel new and alive,” Midwestern singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge plays Davenport's Redstone Room in support of his most recent album Manic Revelations, described by Paste magazine as “all sass and swagger, with plenty of juke-jump energy to spare.”

Described by Glide magazine as “a classic folk artist that somehow manages to never remain too predictable,” the Nashville-based, alternative-country musician Rayland Baxter performs a Moeller Nights concert on January 17, playing from a repertoire that includes his most recent album Imaginary Man, praised by RedLineRoots.com for the “vibrant and lucid way in which he paints the characters of his stories.”

Let's put a new twist on an old format – the ubiquitous year-end lists about music. We invited over 50 Quad Citizens who we know contribute to, support, and/or promote the local-music scene to give us their takes on 2017 via a 3-2-1 format. We asked: What are the three top songs they loved listening to this year; the two top live shows they saw in the Quad Cities; and the number-one artist they most want to see perform here live in 2018?

A good friend of mine once relayed a phrase that her mother would lob at her as an explanation for her poor choice in men, saying, “Your taste is only in your mouth.” I suppose that’s how it is with music, too, isn’t it?

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