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1. A Song for Sammie

\"A Song for Sammie: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Concert,\" a fundraiser show featuring music from\u00a0The Candymakers, Juliana & A Soul Purpose and The Merchants, is set for\u00a06 p.m. Saturday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $10, are available at\u00a0the door. For more information, visit rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

2. Americana tunes

If you like Jason Isbell or Sturgill Simpson, you'll probably like the music of Matt Woods, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based Americana, rock and country singer-songwriter. Woods is set to\u00a0perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island.\u00a0For more information, visit ribco.com.\u00a0

3. Dan Hubbard returns

Dan Hubbard, an Illinois-based singer-songwriter has performed several times in the Quad-Cities over the past decade. Hubbard, who has released eight albums and toured around the country, is making his return to Davenport. See Hubbard, with opening act\u00a0Erin Moore, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $10, are available at\u00a0rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

4. Prenzie players

\"Coriolanus,\" presented by the Prenzie Players, opens this weekend. Show dates include 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday as well as March 30-April 1 at\u00a0the Q-C Theatre Workshop,\u00a01730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport. For tickets, $10 in advance, visit\u00a0prenzieplayers.com, call the box office at\u00a0563-484-4210 or email\u00a0tickets@prenzieplayers.com.\u00a0

5. 'Extreme Weather 3D' opening

\"Extreme Weather 3D\" is set to storm onto the Giant Screen at the Putnam Museum and Science Center, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport.\u00a0Get there early for a meet-and-greet with director Sean Casey, who also created the film, \"Tornado Alley,\" and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle. The meet-and-greet is planned for 11 a.m., and the movie will start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $8.50 and $7 for kids.\u00a0

6. Be our guest

The live-action adaptation of Beauty & the Beast\" is showing at area movie theaters now \u2014\u00a0and it's time for a family-friendly party. The Davenport Public Library has themed games, crafts and more on tap. The festivities start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library's Eastern Avenue branch, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport.

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Over the weekend, Tanner Rodman, a 28-year-old Clinton-based rapper, had an announcement to make to his 5,000 Facebook followers.

He was ditching his longtime stage name, \u201cSkeez\u201d for something more professional: \u201cRandom Tanner.\u201d

\u201cNo more skanky impressions or gross first assumptions,\u201d he wrote on Facebook. \u201cRandom Tanner is a person, an artist, a dad, a regular dude with a real message ready to touch the world.\u201d

\u201cFor obvious reasons, the name I had has a bad connotation,\u201d he said via phone this week. \u201cI\u2019ve grown a lot as a person and a musician over the years, and I wanted a fresh start.\u201d

Since Rodman started making music in high school \u2014\u00a0when he adopted the nickname \u201cSkeez\u201d \u2014\u00a0he\u2019s often felt pressure to fit the rapper stereotype: He would wear too-big T-shirts and baggy jeans instead of finding his own style.

To Rodman, who has two kids and delivers office supplies Monday-Friday, the name change says, \u201cIt\u2019s OK not fit in or be labeled a certain thing that doesn\u2019t fit.\u201d

He plans to unveil his new moniker Thursday at Danceland Ballroom in downtown Davenport, when he opens up for Tech N9ne, an independent hip-hop artist whom, Rodman said, has led the way for rappers \u201cwho don\u2019t exactly fit the mold\u201d like himself.

\u201cHe\u2019s the No. 1 independent hip-hop artist in the world,\u201d Rodman said. \u201cI want to take a similar path that he\u2019s taken. He\u2019s done all of it on his own in his own way.\u201d

Big buzz

Tech N9ne, the rapid-rhymer who has collaborated with Lil Wayne and Eminem and has 3 million likes on his Facebook page, is set to release his 17th album in April.

He has gotten here \u2014\u00a0with a dedicated cult following \u2014 by creating his own independent music label, called Strange Music, and relying on grassroots efforts from more than 100 Strange Music Street Teams across the country, including one in the Quad-Cities, to spread his name and music around.

As part of the Quad-City-based street team, William Brandle, a Bettendorf resident, has been selling tickets and passing around posters to promote Thursday\u2019s show for the past several weeks.

\u201cThere\u2019s a big buzz about the show,\u201d Brandle said. \u201cEvery day, there\u2019s someone saying how excited they are on social media. Tech has a big fan base.\u201d

Not many street teams of this scale are left, said Brandle, who has attended 27 Tech N9ne shows.

\u201cStreet teams have been around for so long,\u201d Brandle said. \u201cWith the internet, you don\u2019t need them as much. But this one has held on to their underground roots. I think that\u2019s really how it\u2019s done.\u201d

'Not your average rap show'

Tech N9ne, who is based in Kansas City, Missouri, tours about nine months of the year and has performed in Davenport several times over the past decade, Brandle said. He last performed here in 2013 at the Danceland Ballroom, which fits about 3,000 people.

The shows can get rowdy, but Brandle has never seen anything bad happen at a Tech N9ne show.

\u201cIf you\u2019ve never seen Tech N9ne, you gotta go,\u201d Brandle, who works in the restaurant business, said. \u201cHe\u2019s different than a lot of rappers. I like the honesty in his music. He speaks about his real life \u2014\u00a0the good or bad of it.\u201d

It makes for \u201cnot your average rap show,\u201d said Tyler Stubblefield, 28, also known by his stage name \u201cT. Stubbz,\u201d who also is set to perform on Thursday.

\u201cIt\u2019s super high energy and explosive; he\u2019s known for being really lyrical, and that takes a lot of skill,\u201d said Stubblefield, who was born in Clinton and now lives and works as a welder by day in Rockford, Illinois. \u201cTech N9ne is the epitome of the independent rapper, and for us at this level, he\u2019s what we\u2019re shooting for.\u201d

For Stubblefield and Rodman, who have performed consistently for the past decade, sharing a lineup with Tech N9ne, which they\u2019ve done a few times before, offers more exposure than typical shows.

\u201cIt\u2019s exciting to get in front of that many people and that crowd and get your name out there,\u201d Stubblefield said. \u201cThey come ready and give everyone on stage the same amount of love.\u201d

\u201cA lot of artists don\u2019t get that opportunity like we do, so we never take it for granted,\u201d Rodman said. \u201cIt always means a lot.\u201d

Getting on the bill has taken plenty of hard work on Rodman\u2019s part.

\u201cIn the Midwest in general, we have to work harder. We don\u2019t have the connections that other people do, so we have to learn how everything works,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s hard to be taken seriously. You don\u2019t think of Iowa and think of rap.\u201d

Despite its challenges, Rodman, who recently installed a recording studio in his Clinton home, said he\u2019s proud of his hometown roots.

\u201cI like being from here,\u201d he said. \u201cI like that I can still be me and make music that people like.\u201d

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Don Wooten has been talking about closing the curtain on his role at the Genesius Guild for 10 years.

Now, Wooten, who founded the theater group known for offering free summer performances of the classics in 1956, says he\u2019s finally ready to retire.

You know Wooten\u2019s voice. The Rock Island resident is a longtime broadcaster and former Illinois state senator. He still hosts programs at the Augustana College-based WVIK, 90.3 FM.

Those who know him well aren\u2019t surprised that it\u2019s taken so long to let go \u2014\u00a0fully \u2014\u00a0of one of his biggest passions.

\u201cHe\u2019s had more comebacks than Cher,\u201d said Gary Rowe, who has served as a consultant to the Guild for the past four years and a fan for 50 years. \u201cI think he means it this time.\u201d

Rowe estimates that more than 250,000 people have attended performances and 2,000 individuals have participated in performances during the Guild\u2019s history, most of which with Wooten leading the way.

Wooten officially announced his retirement to the board in January. But before he\u2019s done, he has one more show to direct \u2014\u00a0a rare off-season performance of \u201cMurder in the Cathedral\u201d Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.

\u201cIt\u2019s the end of an era,\u201d Rowe said. \u201cIt\u2019s a landmark moment.\u201d

Nevertheless, Wooten, who started the Guild so he could act while working at an area TV station, said he has come to terms with this show being his last.

It\u2019s time

When I went over to Wooten\u2019s Rock Island house last week, on his 88th birthday, he said he\u2019s ready \u2014 for the most part \u2014\u00a0to retire from the Guild.

\u201cThe fact that it\u2019s still here \u2014 it means it wasn\u2019t a bad decision to start it,\u201d Wooten said. \u201cAfter a while, all the memories start to flow together like melted chocolate. They\u2019re good ones.\u201d

He said his self-designed \u201cedging out\u201d has been a slow process, because he enjoys the work so much.

\u201cThe problem with many artistic organizations is that when the founder dies, the organization dies, and I didn\u2019t think that should happen,\u201d he said \u201cAt my age, I\u2019m running out of strength. As odd as it seems, acting requires strength. And so does directing. I thought that I should step down so others could step up. I\u2019ll hand over all the books and everything at the end of the month. And that will be it.\u201d

As part of the process, Wooten and his team wanted to set up the Guild to be financially sound in the future. They\u2019re on track to raise $250,000, with help from the Iowa Cultural Trust, Bechtel Trust and Moline Foundation, by the end of the year.

\u201cIf you\u2019re going to do something for free, you have to get money from somewhere,\u201d Wooten said.

And that\u2019s why he\u2019s confident about stepping away.

For 60 years, he balanced his long list of other roles with spearheading the Genesius Guild, saying he often split his day into 15-minute increments to get everything done.

\u201cI thought it would be hard, but believe me, it\u2019s a relief,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t think I\u2019ll miss it. I\u2019ve done it long enough \u2014\u00a0the temptation is there to keep doing it. I think it\u2019s just time.\u201d

A love of the classics

Wooten had never read a Greek play when he started directing and acting them out, but he studied the Greek tragedies and comedies, all of Shakespeare\u2019s plays and several operas.

\u201cThe reason they\u2019re classics is they\u2019re entertaining at all ages and will never lose their relevance,\u201d Wooten said. \u201cThe reason we do it for free is everyone should have access. When you read the classics, they tell you something essential about life. Why not keep those alive? Why not give people a chance to see them and be in them?\u201d

His love of the classics follows his self-described old-fashioned mindset. Wooten, who uses his iPhone only to check the weather and adjust his hearing aids, said he sometimes feels that he belongs in another era.

His mind, however, is as sharp as ever.

While visiting with Wooten, he quoted Hamlet and brought up the intricacies of the plots he has directed over the years easily into conversation.

When an actor dropped out last-minute in \u201cMurder in the Cathedral,\u201d Wooten stepped in and memorized his lines in two days.

That\u2019s what has made Wooten so invaluable at the Guild, said Doug Tschopp, who has served as executive director for the past 10 years.

\u201cHis knowledge base and his talent is quite something,\u201d he said. \u201cIt blows you away that he knows the lines to these plays, and he gives you the context. He understands it like a lot of other people don\u2019t.\u201d

One last performance

What\u2019s Wooten\u2019s favorite part of theater?

\u201cWhen you do a play, you put all this effort into it and see it through to the end,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s not many things like that in life.\u201d

This weekend, he\u2019ll do that one more time.

His directing philosophy hasn\u2019t changed much over the decades: \u201cThe most important things is to do justice to the play and not cheat the audience. The play is the thing.\u201d

It certainly will be different when Wooten isn\u2019t in the director\u2019s chair, Rowe said.

\u201cIt\u2019s his creation and vision that led to an absolutely unique cultural institution,\u201d Rowe said. \u201cAs far as we know, it\u2019s the only one like it in the country.\u201d

Wooten said he hopes the Guild lives on and that it provides people \u2014\u00a0no matter their theater experience \u2014\u00a0with a chance to see and take part in classic theater. Wooten has a tradition of casting at least one person who has never acted before in each summer production.

\u201cWe still have people that have never heard of us,\u201d Wooten said. \u201cAnd we have other people that drive from all over the country to see us. I hope that continues, and I hope more people go.\u201d

But Wooten will be the first person to tell you, it\u2019s not about him.

\u201cThe cool thing about Don is he doesn\u2019t do these things for Don; he does things for the community. That\u2019s his motivation,\u201d Tschopp said. \u201cHe believes this stuff is important and that it should survive. He did it all on his own for so long. It\u2019s pretty amazing.

\u201cIt\u2019s changed a lot of people\u2019s lives. Without people like Don, art dies, right?\u201d

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Bill\u00a0Bell, a Quad-City native known around the world as 'The Jazz Professor,\" died Saturday at his home in Oakland, California. He was 80.\u00a0

Bell grew up in the Watertown neighborhood of East Moline and attended\u00a0United Township High School\u00a0and Augustana College. He later studied music at the University of Iowa before moving to California.\u00a0

Bell spent about 30 years teaching at the College of Alameda in northern California and occasionally taught at Stanford University. He also kept a steady performance schedule. Over the years, he returned to the Quad-Cities several times to teach lessons and to play shows, including as part of the Third Sunday Jazz Matinee and Concert Series, presented by Polyrhythms.

Nate Lawrence, director of the\u00a0Polyrhythms and fellow Watertown native, said many in the Q-C music community count Bell as a \"hero\" and \"inspiration.\"\u00a0

\"He was a good friend and mentor; he's\u00a0one of the reasons we do what we do,\"\u00a0Lawrence said. \"Growing in Watertown, everybody knew everybody. And everybody wanted to be like him.\"\u00a0

Bell last performed in the Quad-Cities in May 2013, Lawrence said.

\"He had the respect of professional musicians and was so accomplished,\" Lawrence said. \"And he always came back. This was his community.\"\u00a0

In a 2008 interview with the Quad-City Times, Bell said highlights of his career included touring with Carmen MacRae, known as a contemporary to Ella Fitzgerald, as well as playing with the Duke Ellington Band.

Bell also said this of his hometown performances: \"It's probably one of the most rewarding experiences I can have. I play for audiences that really know me. They know me not only as a pianist and performer and a musician, they know me as a person. That kind of support is just invaluable.\"

To Lawrence, Bell's impact on the jazz world, is invaluable, too.\u00a0

\"He was the kind of guy that commanded respect; we're talking about a lion,\" Lawrence \u00a0said. \"It's a loss for our community.\"\u00a0

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If it\u2019s a Friday during Lent, you can smell the fish frying from the parking lot of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport.

That\u2019s one of the ways to know you\u2019re at the right place \u2014\u00a0the gathering that\u2019s lauded as the largest fish fry in the Quad-City area.

Another way?

Look for Mary Klauer.

The 84-year-old Klauer, who sings in the church choir, wears a yellow truck hat pinned with three stuffed animal-type fish.

\u201cI wear my fish fry hat all the time,\u201d Klauer said. \u201cYou know you\u2019ve come to the right place when you see the funny old lady with the fish hat.\u201d

The former cook at Davenport West High School has volunteered at each fish fry since the tradition began 35 years ago. She\u2019s battered and fried the fish, served it and cleaned up the silverware.

\u201cI\u2019ve done about all there is to do here,\u201d she said.

That\u2019s why volunteers this year gifted her another fish fry accessory: an apron inscribed with the title \u201cQueen of St. Al\u2019s Fish Fry.\u201d

\u201cI feel a little embarrassed about it,\u201d she said. \u201cI think it\u2019s just because I\u2019ve been here longer than anybody else.\u201d

It\u2019s also because Klauer knows the secrets of St. Al\u2019s fish fry, from the seasonings\u2019 key ingredient to why so many people \u2014\u00a0many outside the church\u2019s congregation \u2014\u00a0come each year.

She knows it\u2019s not always about size of the event. It\u2019s also about the soul.

Sense of community

Last year, during my first few months at the Quad-City Times, I wrote about the annual phenomenon, which steadily brings droves of people\u00a0\u2014 their record is 1,200 in one night\u00a0\u2014 to the small central city church\u2019s cafeteria on the Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

Back then, a non-churchgoer told me, \u201cOnce you come, you know to come back.\u201d

I think they were right. Maybe that\u2019s why the event has grown so much since its beginning in 1982, when about 20 of the church\u2019s members caught some fish and got together at the church. They ate dinner together and played cards for hours, said Tom Stahler, president of the Holy Name Society, the church\u2019s confraternity.

\u201cOver the years, it\u2019s just gotten bigger and bigger,\u201d he said. \u201cI think it\u2019s because of the taste and quality of the fish. We\u2019ve got it down to a science. It\u2019s kind of like organized chaos.\u201d

The team of 50 volunteers serves all-you-can-eat plates of baked and fried fish, baked potatoes, french fries, coleslaw and onion rings. They go through about six kegs of Coors Light. Soda, coffee and homemade desserts also are available.

What else brings people back?

\u201cIt\u2019s about the people,\u201d Stahler said. \u201cIt\u2019s a social thing. People get together and share a meal.\u201d

After going through the line \u2014\u00a0some wait for more than an hour \u2014\u00a0diners find a seat in the crowded cafeteria, which is named after Klauer\u2019s late husband, Paul. You\u2019ll hear lots of \u201cHow have you been?\u201d and \u201cGood to see you\u2019re back\u201d from each corner of the room.

Socializing is Mary Klauer\u2019s favorite part. Three of her five children volunteer at the fish fry as well as several of her grandchildren.

\u201cYou see the same people over and over and you feel kinship with them,\u201d she said. \u201cAll of these people look familiar. You see them at the grocery store, they\u2019re neighbors or they go to church with you. Some are strangers, too, but that doesn\u2019t matter.\u201d

\u2018Come for the fish, stay for the faith\u2019

The fish fry serves as the church\u2019s biggest fundraiser of the year. Money raised goes toward a variety of expenses, from the insurance bill to buying wine and bread for communion.

\u201cWe\u2019d probably go out of business without the fish fry,\u201d Klauer said.

On some level, it serves another mission: To get people of all different religions in one space, where you'll find a sign reading \u00a0\"Come for the fish, stay for the faith.\"\u00a0

One of those people is the Rev. Chris Young, a pastor at St. Mary\u2019s Church in Moline who also often speaks at St. Al's.

\u201cYou want some theology?\u201d he asked me before delving into how important \u2014\u00a0no, sacred \u2014\u00a0the family meal is.

\u201cThis gives us the opportunity to share a meal in common and come together,\u201d Young said. \u201cIt\u2019s wonderful season of hospitality. Some may never come to our church any other time but the fish fry.\u201d

For some, this is the only time they\u2019ll step foot into any church all year.

And Klauer, who attends Mass every Sunday, said everyone is welcome.

\u201cWe\u2019re not judgmental. Everybody\u2019s human and has failings,\u201d she said. \u201cMy religion is important to me and it\u2019s a good religion. It\u2019s about being kind to people and not wanting to fight with your neighbor.\u201d

Sometimes faith-related conversations come up at the fish fry and sometimes Klauer sticks to talking about her grandkids, her favorite John Denver song or her adventures while deer hunting.

On Friday, as the line swelled at St. Al's, we talked about the time, decades ago, she gave up cream in her coffee for Lent. And how she never craved cream in her coffee again. \u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019re not asked to give up much,\u201d she said. \u201cSometimes when\u00a0you do that, it changes your life and it changes your soul.\"

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1. 'The Storm' rolls in\u00a0

Tech N9ne, the Kansas City, Missouri-based independent rapper who has collaborated with artists such as Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Cee Lo Green and Kendrick Lamar, is coming to the Quad-Cities this week. The rapid-rhymer, who released his 17th album, \"The Storm,\" in December, kicks off his \"Strictly Strange Tour\" with a stop at Danceland Ballroom,\u00a0501 W. 4th St., Davenport. Along with Tech N9ne, see Brotha Lynch Hung, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru, Krizz Kaliko as well as Clinton-based\u00a0Skeez\u00a0and T. Stubbz\u00a0and Quad-City based\u00a03Mz Entertainment. Tickets are available at ticketweb.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Thursday, Danceland Ballroom, $30

2. A taste of Texas

Country singer Whitney Rose recently released \"South Texas Suite,\" a so-called love letter to Austin, Texas, where she moved more than a year ago. Rose, who spent last week performing multiple sessions per day at the Austin-based mega festival South by Southwest, or SXSW, is making a few Midwest stops before a scheduled international tour over the summer. Check out Rose's honky-tonk sound, along with tunes from Davenport-based Mo Carter, this week at Baked Beer and Bread Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport.\u00a0Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.\u00a0Note: This show was originally scheduled for The Village Theater and has been moved to Baked.\u00a0

7 p.m. Tuesday, Baked, $12 in advance; $15 at the door

3.\u00a0Prenzie Players presents ...\u00a0

It's opening weekend for the Prenzie Players' rendition of \"Coriolanus,\" the tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Along with three performances this weekend, show dates include 8 p.m.\u00a0March 30-April 1 at\u00a0the Q-C Theatre Workshop,\u00a01730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport. For tickets, visit\u00a0prenzieplayers.com, call the box office at\u00a0563-484-4210 or email tickets@prenzieplayers.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Q-C Theatre Workshop, $10 in advance; $15 at the door

4.\u00a0Party with BAM

Thanks to Quad-City Arts, BAM, a rhythm tap, percussion and dance ensemble, is in town this month. BAM, the organization's visiting artist through March 30, is performing outreach workshops in area schools as well as a free public performance set for March 29 at the\u00a0Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley. Before that, see the high-energy dance group this week at\u00a0the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For advance tickets, call 309-793-1213. All proceeds benefit the Quad-City Arts' Visiting Artist Series. For more information, visit\u00a0quadcityarts.com.

6:30 p.m. Friday, Figge Art Museum, $50\u00a0

5. Songs from an Illinoisan\u00a0

Dan Hubbard, an Illinois-based singer-songwriter has been hustling in the music industry since 2003. Hubbard, who notes Tom Petty and Neil Young as inspiration, has released eight albums and toured around the country. See Hubbard, with opening act\u00a0Erin Moore, this weekend at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets are available at rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, $10 in advance; $12 at the door

6. \u00a0Charlie Brown on stage

This weekend marks the end of \"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,\" at The Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline. The family-friendly musical follows familiar characters \u2014\u00a0Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy \u2014\u00a0on their adventures and includes numbers such as\u00a0\u201cMy New Philosophy\" and \"Happiness.\" To purchase tickets, visit\u00a0theblackboxtheatre.com.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, The Black Box Theatre, $16\u00a0

7. Let it bloom\u00a0

The QCCA Flower and Garden Show is back at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. The three-day event features landscape displays and more than 100 vendors to get you in the spring spirit.\u00a0For advance tickets, visit\u00a0qccaexpocenter.com or call\u00a0309-788-5912.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, QCCA Expo Center, $8 for adults, $1 for ages 6-15 and free for kids under 6\u00a0

8. One more winter performance

Here's a last-chance performance featuring The Genesius Guild's final off-season performance of \"Murder in the Cathedral.\" The Guild, which hasn't broken its routine of summer-only shows since 1992, presents the T.S. Eliot play at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 715 S. 3rd St., Clinton. For more information, visit genesius.org.

7 p.m. Saturday,\u00a0St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clinton. Free

9. Blues Society show

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is bringing Damon Fowler to the Quad-Cities this weekend. The Florida-based blues musician is slated to perform at Kavanaugh\u2019s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th St., Rock Island. For more information, visit\u00a0mvbs.org.

8 p.m. Friday, Kavanaugh's Hilltop, $10 for members; $12 for non-members

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\u201cThe Music Man\u201d seems like one of those shows Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse would perform every few years.\u00a0

But even though the musical\u2019s opening number is titled \u201cRock Island,\u201d the Rock Island theater hasn\u2019t performed the iconic show since 1992.

\u201cFor a while, I think the show was looked upon as too old fashioned,\u201d Denny Hitchcock, the theater\u2019s producer, said. \u201cPeople thought it was too tired or trite.\u201d

When the show\u2019s two-month run kicks off this weekend, it'll be the third time Circa '21 has produced \u201cThe Music Man\u201d in its 40-year history.

Why bring it back now?

\u201cThere seem to be time periods where shows can be recycled more than others,\u201d Hitchcock said. \"We hadn\u2019t done it in 25 years. It\u2019s time.\u201d

A cast with chemistry\u00a0

The timing is right, Hitchcock said, when you have a cast that will bring something different to a story that\u2019s been told on stages over and over since its 1957 Broadway debut.

The story follows Harold Hill, a rapid-talking salesman without musical knowhow, who cons the people of River City, Iowa, a fictionalized setting Hitchcock believes is modeled after the Quad-Cities, into buying musical instruments for a band he promises to start. And it\u2019s as well-known as the show\u2019s memorable numbers, such as \u201cTrouble,\u201d \u201cSeventy-Six Trombones,\u201d and \u201cGary, Indiana.\u201d

\u201cWhen the cast is different, they might take it in a new direction and in a way you haven\u2019t seen before,\u201d Hitchcock said.

When it came to the lead roles of Harold Hill and the town\u2019s formidable librarian Marian Paroo, Hitchcock had a fitting pair in mind: Don Denton and Paige Salter, who are not only Circa '21 veterans; they also recently got engaged.

\u201cThey're perfect for both roles, obviously have the chemistry and they wanted to do it,\u201d Hitchcock said. \u201cIt's like the gods came together.\u201d

The show proved fitting for the couple, who recently moved to Bettendorf, too.

Denton and Salter have performed in plenty of shows together, including last month\u2019s \u201cGhost the Musical\u201d and others at Circa '21, but \u201cThe Music Man\u201d is the rare opportunity for the pair to play a couple on stage.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t gotten to do it that often,\u201d Denton, 33, said. \u201cIt\u2019s not a common thing for us that we\u2019ve played opposite of each other in a romantic way.\u201d

It\u2019s not exactly common for Hitchcock, who said he\u2019s grown wary of casting couples in lead roles.

\u201cThere are times in the past that I would do that on purpose if they were both good and it would end up causing tension if they broke up halfway through the show's run,\u201d he said. \u201cIn this case, it seemed like it was more than just a temporary showmance.\u201d

It seems that way to the Denton and Salter, too. Their wedding date is scheduled for September in Salter\u2019s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

\u201cWe\u2019re fortunate that we have the same passion,\u201d Denton said. \"And we get to work together most days.\"\u00a0

Over the past two weeks of rehearsal, they\u2019ve gone over scenes at\u00a0home and took turns having the show\u2019s music stuck in their heads. They\u2019ve shared what they separately like about their characters: Denton appreciates what Harold inspires and Salter says, \u201cit\u2019s nice to play Marian, a woman, especially in this time period, who is strong and speaks her mind.\u201d

And together, there\u2019s one moment in the show where, Salter says, their real-life romance takes over the stage

\u201cWhen I sing \u2018Till There Was You,\u2019 I get emotional because I\u2019m singing it to Don,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of feeling behind it.\u201d

Feel-good musical\u00a0

There\u2019s something about \u201cThe Music Man\u201d that lives on 60 years after audiences first saw it live. Figuring out what that something is depends on who you ask.

Salter says it\u2019s the timeless songs. She had never been in \u201cThe Music Man\u201d before, but she remembers her grandparents singing \u201cLida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You\u201d \u2014\u00a0a favorite from the the show \u2014to each other.

\u201cThe music and the melodies are gorgeous,\u201d Salter said. \u201cIt\u2019s so beautiful and emotional and it stays with you.\u201d

For Denton, who has performed leading roles at Circa \u201821 in \u201cJoseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,\u201d \u201cLes Miserables,\u201d A Wonderful Life\u201d and \u201cThe Full Monty,\u201d this is the \u201cshow that has defined music theater.\u201d

\u201cWhen it came out, every show after it was influenced by it,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s one of the best musical theater pieces ever done.\u201d

If you ask Hitchcock, that's the kind of piece that's overdue for a return to Circa '21.\u00a0

\"It's a feel-good musical where you go and you laugh and you smile,\" Hitchcock said. \"If you're having a bad day, you won't be having a bad day after you see \u2018The Music Man.\u2019\u201d

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1. Parade for St. Patrick's Day

The St. Patrick Society Grand Parade, back for its 32nd year, is set to step off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The 2-mile parade route starts at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island and crosses the\u00a0Centennial Bridge to downtown Davenport with an after-party planned at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Don't forget to wear your green.\u00a0

2. Codfish Hollow Basementstormer

\u00a0It's not quite warm enough for an outdoor show at Codfish Hollow Barn, so organizers are throwing a concert in the basement of their house, also known as a \"Basementstormer.\" Hear music from Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts\u00a0with Ryan M. Stier at 8 p.m. Saturday at 3437 288th Ave., Maquoketa, Iowa. Tickets, $20, are available at codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.\u00a0
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3. A country St. Paddy's party
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Rock Island's country-themed bar, RIDRS, is hosting its own set of St. Patrick's Day festivities. The party starts at noon Friday and continues with music from Tyler Hammond slated for 9 p.m. Saturday at RIDRS, 1722 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Cover is $5.\u00a0
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4. Celtic songs\u00a0
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Get in the traditional Celtic mood this St. Patrick's Day. A fundraising concert, presented by the Celtic Cultures Alliance, is planned to help raise money for the 2017 Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad-Cities, which is set for mid-September. Music from\u00a0Four Shillings Short and Laural Almquist, plus a raffle of gift certificates, gift baskets and prizes, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $20, are available at rivermusicexperience.org.\u00a0
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5. Tribute to The Beatles
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It's been 50 years since The Beatles\u00a0released \"The Sgt. Pepper\u2019s Lonely Hearts Club Band\"\u00a0album with songs such as \"With A Little Help From My Friends.\" RAIN, a tribute band covering The Beatles, promises to play the album in its entirety as well as other classics. The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets,\u00a0\u00a0$32, $40, $48, $56, are available at Tickemaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
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6. Two days of tunes
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Six Quad-City based musical acts are on the lineup for a free event billed as the \"Shamrockin' Paddy O'Pardy\" at\u00a0Kavanaugh's Hilltop, 1228 30th St., Rock Island. Hear Chuck Murphy,\u00a0Party To Go with RedHot Brian Scott,\u00a0Funktastic 5, Greg and Rich, the\u00a0Barley House Band,\u00a0Mayer School Of Irish Dancing and the\u00a0Dirt Road Rockers. Music starts at 3 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, visit facebook.com/KavanaughsHilltop.
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If you talk to anyone music-minded this week, they\u2019ll likely bring up South by Southwest, or SXSW, billed as the biggest music festival in the country.\u00a0

The Austin, Texas-based event is a big week for well-known acts and up-and-coming bands as well as film premieres, talks (last year, President Barack Obama gave a keynote) and tech industries (Twitter was announced there in 2007).

That's why some top players in the Quad-City music scene say Austin is the place to be this week.\u00a0

\u201cIt's pretty much the holy grail,\u201d said Sean Moeller, a Davenport-based concert promoter who made the trip to SXSW on Wednesday. \u201cI don't know of another gathering that's unanimously attended by people in the industry. There's nothing like the scope of this.\u201d

The team at Davenport-based Daytrotter set up a studio at SXSW and plan to record 40 sessions through Sunday. Those recordings, featuring one with\u00a0Wyclef\u00a0Jean, will be\u00a0archived on Daytrotter's website and recorded live day-by-day on Facebook. You can follow along at\u00a0facebook.com/Daytrotter.\u00a0

For Ben Crabb, Daytrotter\u2019s booking manager, it's a \"dream come true\" to be at SXSW, which started in\u00a01987.

\u201cThese are bands we've wanted to record, but they haven't been routed close enough to the Quad-Cities, so this is our chance,\u201d Crabb said. \u201cIt's important right now to be here because we have a new team and we want to get that exposure out there.\u201d

Sample of the industry

Another goal, according to Crabb, who joined Daytrotter last summer, is to meet as many acts as possible with the hope of booking them at the Daytrotter venue, 324 Brady St., Davenport, in the future.\u00a0

\u201cA million careers start here; if you're a band and you're not making an attempt to be here, you're not doing it right,\u201d he said. \u201cIt's the most important music fest in the country to sample what's happening now and what's coming next.\u201d

Among the more than 1,000 official acts on the lineup are Quad-City-based bands Condor & Jaybird and Atorias.

\u201cWhen you get here, to some degree, you can't believe you're here,\" Crabb said.\u00a0

This week SXSW, next week Davenport

At SXSW, Moeller's mission is to hunt down acts to book at venues such as Baked Beer and Bread Co., Codfish Hollow Barn and the soon-to-open\u00a0Triple Crown\u00a0Whiskey\u00a0Bar &\u00a0Raccoon Motel.\u00a0

\u201cIt's sort of like spring break for the music industry where you actually get a lot of work done,\u201d he said. \u201cI go down there to find musicians that people are not talking about yet to see how they are live and see where they fit in the Quad-Cities.\u201d

Moeller also plans to see musicians he has already booked, including pop-country singer Whitney Rose, who is playing three sessions each day at the festival. Rose is slated to play Tuesday at The Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport.

To Rose, who has lived in Austin for more than a year, SXSW means \u201ca lot more traffic\u201d and a week of seeing what \u2014\u00a0and who \u2014\u00a0is new in music.\u00a0

\u201cIt draws from so many genres and so many kinds of music,\u201d she said. \u201cYou meet musicians and fans from all over the world and you kind of unite with them.\"

Rose was so enamored of Austin's scene that she put together an EP, \u201cSouth Texas Suite,\u201d described as a love letter to her new home. She released the album in January.

\u201cWith things like SXSW and the rest of the year, Austin is a really uplifting and supportive place for musicians,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd that's a very rare thing.\u201d

It's especially supportive of\u00a0Rose's brand of Ameripolitan music, a genre created by Texas-native Dale Watson.\u00a0

\u201cIt's a freaks and geeks genre; it's certainly different than what's being played on the radio,\u201d she said. \"In Austin, it's a huge deal, but that's not everywhere. Some places I go, I'm petrified that no one is going to show up.\"\u00a0

Rose, who previously performed here in August, said she doesn't have that fear ahead of her show next week in Davenport.\u00a0

\u201cIn Davenport, it seems like there's people tapped into that underground scene,\" she said. \"There are people paying attention to new artists that are up and coming. They're digging a little deeper.\u201d

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Celtic Fire, a show scheduled for Thursday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, has been canceled because of unforeseen circumstances, the venue announced Tuesday.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

For questions about tickets, contact the Adler Theatre Box Office at 563-326-8555. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit\u00a0adlertheatre.com/events.

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