1. Experience the Grateful Dead
The Schwag, a St. Louis-based band, brings the Grateful Dead Experience to stage this weekend. See the tribute group and hear from its catalog of 200 songs at 9 p.m. Friday at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $10, are available at the door. For more information, visit ribco.com.
2. River Whyless at Redstone Room
River Whyless, a four-piece folk group from Asheville, North Carolina, is sailing into the Redstone Room on Thursday. Opener Matthäus, a band with members from Chicago and St. Paul that creates contemporary concert music in pop settings, also will hit the stage. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $12 in advance at rivermusicexperience.org, $15 at the door.
3. The After Hour
It's Third Thursday in downtown Davenport, which means there's a slew of specials at area restaurants, art galleries and shops. It's also time for The After Hour, a monthly special, with poetry, comedy and music, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport.
4. Proving Grounds
Quad-City artists are getting another chance to test their chops at Proving Grounds, a monthly rap competition presented by Graveyard Studios. Ten musicians will go head-to-head starting at 9 p.m. Saturday at McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave., Moline. The winning rapper will be awarded free recording time at Graveyard Studios.
5. Rock into Murder
Skellington Manor, the event center known for its haunted house in October, is hosting a murder mystery dinner with a rock ’n’ roll theme. The show, which includes a cash bar and buffet dinner, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Skellington Manor, 420 18th St., Rock Island. Reserve your spot by calling 563-344-9187. Tickets are $39.95.
6. Shakespeare gets silly
Three seniors at St. Ambrose University are taking on all of Shakespeare's 37 plays in 90 minutes. Well, kind of. The student production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]," a comedy full of improv, slapstick humor and 20 costume changes, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for faculty/staff/senior citizens, $8 for non-Ambrose students and free for Ambrose students.