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1.\u00a0'The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans'

See Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, currently on \"The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans\" tour,\u00a0at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.\u00a0Tickets,\u00a0\u00a0$28, $43, $53, are available at\u00a0Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

2.\u00a0'Dracula'

Ballet Quad-Cities\u00a0brings its Halloween tradition, \u201cDracula,\u201d to the stage this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave., Moline. Tickets are $15 for students/seniors and $25 for adults. For more info, visit\u00a0balletquadcities.com

3. Campdogzz at the Raccoon Motel\u00a0\u00a0

See Campdogzz, a Chicago-based folk band with opener John the Baptist this weekend at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 in advance at raccoonmotel.com

4. Prenzie Players show

Prenzie Players will present Shakespeare's \"All's Well that Ends Well\" this weekend. See it at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at 1730 Wilkes Ave., DavenportTickets cost $10 in advance and $15 day of the show. For more info, visit prenzieplayers.com

5. Third Thursday\u00a0

It's time for another Third Thursday, billed as a monthly self-guided tour of downtown Davenport. Explore area shops, restaurants and specials at participating businesses such as Endless Brews, Abernathy's, Analog Arcade Bar, Crafted QC and Great River Brewery from 5-9 p.m. Thursday.\u00a0

6. Deer Tick at Codfish Hollow

This show is a good excuse to stretch out your weekend to Tuesday. Deer Tick, a Rhode Island-based rock band, is playing at Codfish Hollow, the final not-sold-out show of the season at the barn-turned music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $35. For more info, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com

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If they haven\u2019t yet, Dion Stover tells every actor he meets, \u201cYou need to do 'Rocky Horror.'\u201d

And that\u2019s mainly because of the audience that never fails to accompany the show.

The Chicago-based actor got his first taste of that audience\u00a0\u2014 known for dressing up in costume and yelling out traditional (and untraditional) callbacks during songs or scenes\u00a0\u2014 last October in the Circa \u201821 Speakeasy\u2019s debut of \u201cThe Rocky Horror Show.

\u201cI performed in a 4,000 seat house in St. Louis that was sold out and I thought hearing the applause of those people was something,\u201d he said. \u201cTo feel the energy and excitement the audience brings to you, you would think they\u2019re coming to see Michael Jackson.\u201d

That\u2019s one reason Stover has returned to play Frank N. Furter in a two-weekend run of the musical\u00a0\u2014 an enduring tribute to B-grade horror movies of the 1950s and 60s\u00a0\u2014 at the 130-seat venue neighboring the Circa \u201821 Dinner Playhouse.

It opens Friday.\u00a0

\u201cIt\u2019s like being at a big party and at the same time everyone wants to be there and is happy to be there,\u201d Stover said.

Husband and wife directors Erin and Bret Churchill also signed on again for \u201cThe Rocky Horror Show,\u201d which they say is a change-of-pace for directors and actors alike.

\u201cIt\u2019s not like anything you\u2019ve ever tackled,\u201d Erin Churchill, who met her husband at Circa \u201821, said. \u201cWe worked really hard last year. There were a lot of little challenges putting a big show on in that small space. Once we did it and it went well, we were reeling from it. We saw this an opportunity to tackle those challenges and make our vision come to life.\u201d

This year, they spent more of their budget on costumes and props. Plus, they supplied microphones for the 10-person cast.

\u201cA lot of (the challenge) was sound,\u201d Erin Churchill said. \u201cWe were banking on the projection of the actors\u2019 voices, but it did create moments where they couldn\u2019t hear.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s hard when you have 60 people shouting over one voice,\u201d Bret Churchill added.

The directors prepare the cast for the audience by yelling out callbacks during rehearsal.

\u201cThe moment you get the audience in there, it changes,\u201d Erin Churchill said. \u201cThey are another character in the show.\u201d

And there are times that they \u201cjust lose their minds after hearing a single thump in the music.\u201d

There are several moments like that throughout the musical, which is based on the 1975 movie that originally flopped in theaters. But, as Churchill said, there was just something about the story that turned it into an on-stage and screen cult favorite full of tunes such as \u201cSweet Transvestite,\u201d \u201cHot Patootie\u201d and \u201cTime Warp.\"\u00a0It follows a clean-cut engaged couple who, after getting a flat tire, visit a castle run by Frank N. Furter and his crew, including aliens and a mad scientist.\u00a0\u00a0

\"People really love these characters,\" Stover said. \"They love them so much that they dress up like them.\"

After last year's performances, almost of all which sold out, Stover polled his actor friends who were in \"The Rocky Horror Show\" in Oregon and St. Louis.\u00a0

\"I wanted to know if the audiences were like this everywhere,\" he said. \"I learned there's always a following no matter where you go.\"\u00a0

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\u201cLet me tell you a fact about myself that almost everyone feels the need to remind me. I am black,\u201d says Aubrey Barnes in the opening line of his most popular poem.

The Rock Island-born spoken word artist goes on about often being asked if he\u2019s from Africa and how he should be allowed to keep his \u201ceyes open and and teeth showing\u201d during a game of laser tag. \u201cOtherwise, I\u2019d be cheating,\u201d he writes.

In \u201cBlack Like Me,\u201d Barnes, 26, also notes that friends tell him, \u201cYou aren\u2019t like the black people on TV.\u201d

It\u2019s one example of what makes Barnes, who stage name is Aubs., a self-described \u201cparadoxical poet.\u201d

Putting down a collection of stories by Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, Barnes talked at a Davenport cafe earlier this week about his array of literary influences. They range from southern gospel music to Kendrick Lamar to Langston Hughes, which differs from other poets who are influenced, as Barnes said, by writers such as Edgar Allen Poe. Barnes writes about activism, relationships, race, society, etc. in quiet coffee shops and performs them with the urgency of a battle rap.

\u201cA lot of my writings come from a faith aspect but at the same time talk about societal issues,\u201d he said. \u201cBecause of that, people don\u2019t know where to put me or what box to put me in.\u201d

So far, it hasn\u2019t mattered. Barnes is creating his own box.

Growing up, Barnes and his family primarily listened to southern gospel. At around 13, he heard rap for the first time.

\u201cI heard it and I knew I wanted to create something like it,\u201d he said. \u201cSo I started writing.\u201d

His passion for poetry continued, mostly privately, through his time at Rock Island High School and while attending Iowa Central Community College and St. Ambrose University, where he studied elementary education and ran cross country and track.

Then, at an open-mic in the summer of 2014, Barnes took his hobby to the stage for the first time.

\u201cI had no idea what a poetry slam was at first,\u201d he said. \u201cI thought poetry was just 17th century stuff. It kind of blew my mind how everyone articulated themselves in this artful manner.\u201d

Barnes was hooked. He started performing at open-mic nights around the Quad-Cities and region.

Here, he said, spoken word and slam poetry \u201cfelt like a foreign art.\u201d

\u201cThere weren\u2019t really places specifically for poetry and spoken word,\u201d Barnes said. \u201cI didn\u2019t feel like I had a community of people who understood my art and pushed me.\u201d

So, he created his own community of lyricists, called Roaring Rhetoric, about three years ago. Barnes hosts workshops and frequent open-mic nights, featuring 10-20 performers, at Connect Coffee House in NorthPark Mall.

\u201cWhen you have art that deviates from having any musical accompaniment and it\u2019s just the artist and their voice, it brings a different feeling and a different impact,\u201d he said. \u201cYou\u2019re just hearing their voice. Music hits me hard, no doubt. But when you hear every word and just their voice, it\u2019s way different.\u201d

At those events and several others each month, Barnes shares his own brand of words, which he hopes \u201cprovokes thought, empathy, graciousness and love for each other.\u201d

That line of positivity attracted Terrell Boyd, founder of a Quad-City based performance label, called New Rise Entertainment, to Barnes\u2019 art.

\u201cHe has a style I don\u2019t think a lot spoken artists have,\u201d Boyd said. \u201cHe\u2019s his unique self and people really resonate with that. He brings a presence that captures you.\u201d

The Chicago-born musician started the label because he \u201cthought there was a need for positive entertainment in all genres.\u201d

\u201cGrowing up, I listened to a lot of hip hop that had sexual undertones and was violent and all of that,\u201d Boyd said. \u201cI had a desire to offer something different because I believe what you watch and listen to on the regular influences you.\u201d

And he said people are \u201chungry\u201d for influences such as Barnes\u2019 poetry.

\u201cWe\u2019re all going through stuff,\u201d he said. \u201cWe want to hear something that says, \u2018You can accomplish it. You can make it through or do something different.\u2019\u201d

That goes for Barnes\u2019 poem, \u201cBlack Like Me,\u201d in which part of his goal is point out\u00a0\u2014 and make light\u00a0\u2014 of certain labels attached to race, writing at one point, \u201cI mean when was the last time you went to an ice cream parlor anticipating all flavors to be same? That\u2019d be lame.\u201d

Another one of his goals?

To highlight all kinds of artists in the Quad-Cities.

\u201cWe have so much awesome art here that people don\u2019t know about,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re so quick and so apt to jump to support the Kendrick Lamars or the Taylor Swifts and people we don\u2019t know. And it\u2019s like we have a Kendrick Lamar and a Taylor Swift here in our town. We need to celebrate what\u2019s here in our community.\u201d

Along the way, Barnes is making his own dreams a reality.

As of two months ago, when he quit his day job as a para-educator, Barnes is doing this full-time. And you can expect to see his debut book of poems, titled \u201cUnfinished,\u201d out in December.

The title, along with the period at the end of his stage name, Aubs., is a nod to one of his philosophies on performing.\u00a0

\"All art is meant to provoke thought,\" he said. \"It's not over at the end of my poem. What matters are the conversations and thoughts that happen after I'm done.\"\u00a0

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It's officially Halloween season, which means there's plenty of candy to eat, pumpkins to decorate and costume parties to join. Read on for seven Halloween-y things to do in Bettendorf and LeClaire.\u00a0

1. Scarecrow Shenanigans

Want to build your own spider web? Or make your own witch's brew? Scarecrow Shenanigans, slated for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at the Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, has all of that and more (hint: pumpkin bowling). It's free for museum members and $8 for non-members. For more information, visit familymuseum.org.

2. Witches Walk

Grab your costume (bonus points for a witch) for the 14th annual Witches Walk Parade and Costume Contest in LeClaire. Festivities such as the costume contest and trunk-or-treat start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the Levee/Pavilion at 117 S. Front St., LeClaire. For more information, refer to visitleclaire.com. Rain date is Nov. 4

3.\u00a0Halloween parade

Halloween isn't Halloween without candy, costumes and Bettendorf's nighttime parade. The city's Halloween parade, sponsored by the Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation, steps off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the intersection of Middle Road and 23rd Street. From there, the route will continue to Spruce Hills Drive, turn left on 18th Street, turn left on Middle Road and wrap up at the entrance of the Life Fitness/Splash Landing parking lot. Line-up will begin at 5 p.m. at Middle Park. For more information, visit bettendorf.org.

4. Trick-or-Treat

In the city of Bettendorf, trick-or-treat is slated from 5 to 7 p.m.\u00a0Tuesday, October 31.\u00a0In LeClaire, trick-or-treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

5. Monster pub crawl

Hop around to different Bettendorf bars during the third annual Monster Pub Crawl. It's set for 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 28. Participating bars include My Place, The Main Event, Fumbles Sports Bar & Grill, Riverside Grille and Purgatory's Pub. A shuttle bus will be provided with wristbands for $3.

6. Pumpkin Palooza

Head to the LeClaire Community Library,\u00a0323 Wisconsin St., Le Claire,\u00a0for Pumpkin Palooza from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Festivities include Halloween-themed story time, pumpkin painting and candy eating.

7. The Great Pumpkin Drop

What could be more fun than throwing away your old pumpkins? Dropping them off the ledge of the Family Museum. That's what's on tap at The Great Pumpkin Drop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. For more information, visit familymuseum.org.
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Go just a block past Sweet Delite Ice Cream and across the street from Sugar Shack, and you\u2019ll find the West End of Davenport\u2019s newest treat: Chic Soiree.

The bakery opened last month and is in its soft opening phase, but the business has long roots in the neighborhood.

One of the owners/bakers Sara Whelchel, a native of Homewood, Illinois, moved to the West End in seventh grade. At Smart Intermediate School and Davenport West High School, classmates would ask Whelchel, \u201cWhy do you live down there?\u201d

\u201cPeople have a skewed vision of this area,\u201d the 23-year-old said.\u00a0

She still lives \u201cdown there.\u201d Whelchel, her husband and 3-year-old daughter share a house with her mother, brothers and aunt, Lorraine Mccaffrey.

It\u2019s the same house where Mccaffrey, an Idaho native and longtime baker, started a catering business called Chic Soiree out of in 2014. As business picked up, she gradually enlisted the help of her family members, including her niece.

\u201cWe\u2019re a family of bakers,\u201d Mccaffrey said. \u201cIt\u2019s just something we all do together.\u201d

Making a dream happen\u00a0

In September, Chic Soiree officially joined the Davenport bakery scene, which includes Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie near the intersection of Main and 3rd streets.

Meanwhile, East Side Bakery on Harrison Street closed earlier this month.

One thing that sets Chic Soiree\u2019s sweets apart is what\u2019s not in them.

About two years ago, Mccaffrey started making vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian items at the request of clients in the Quad-Cities. Plus, several of her family members have those diet restrictions.

\u201cThere\u2019s such a demand for those things,\u201d Whelchel said, \u201cthat it justified us getting our own place.\u201d

\u201cWe finally said, \u2018We\u2019re just going to go for it,\u201d Mccaffrey said. \"It's our dream come true.\"\u00a0

At Chic Soiree, there are designated display cases for vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options and the baking team also takes special orders.

\u201cWe want to have cupcakes for people like that where it still tastes like a cupcake,\u201d Mccaffrey said. \u201cSome people go their whole lives without those things.\u201d

To come up with those recipes, Mccaffrey and her baking helpers have to be creative. And that\u2019s part of the fun.

\u201cWe have a big imagination,\u201d Mccaffrey said. \u201cOur brains don\u2019t shut off. We\u2019re always coming up with ideas.

Chic Soiree\u2019s website and Instagram profile features samples of their creativity, including sprinkled cake pops, maple syrup bacon cupcakes, macarons, elaborate wedding cakes and a cake decorated with a \u201cTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles\u201d theme.

\u201cOur options are limitless,\u201d Whelchel said. \u201cYou can start with nothing and then you have something beautiful.\u201d

'We're glad you're here'

As Whelchel and her aunt started searching for storefronts, they didn\u2019t look far from home.

They settled on the spot at 2002 W. 4th Street, across the street from Monroe Elementary School.

Passing by one day this past week, Chic Soiree didn\u2019t yet look open for business.

Whelchel has heard that from customers.

\u201cWe\u2019re kind of pacing ourselves for now,\u201d she said.

Ahead of the establishment\u2019s grand opening at the end of month, the Chic Soiree team will offer a stripped down set-up with limited treats available each day. Next year, they hope to expand the menu to feature sandwiches and soup for lunch.

In the meantime, customers have still dropped in the newest bakery in town to check it out and sample a blueberry scone or pumpkin bar.

And, \u201cconstantly,\u201d Whelchel said, they\u2019ve said, \u201cWe\u2019re glad you\u2019re here. We needed something like this.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019ve had a ton of people come in and say, \u2018We\u2019re glad there\u2019s a place like this in the West End,\u2019 she said.

As someone who grew up there, Whelchel is glad too.

\u201cThere wasn\u2019t anything like this for me when I was in school,\u201d she said. \u201cI hope it brings the community together.\u201d

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1.\u00a0\u2018Dracula\u2019

Ballet Quad-Cities will perform \u201cDracula\u201d to kick off its 21st season. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 20-21\u00a0at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave., Moline. For more info, visit\u00a0balletquadcities.com.

2. 'Best time ever'

KIDZ BOP, an all-kids group that covers today's pop hits, will be performing Friday, currently on the \"Best Time Ever\" tour at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

7 p.m. Friday, Adler Theatre,\u00a0$29.50, $45, $75

3. 'The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans'

This night of music showcases 'The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.\u201d It includes\u00a0performances by Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet on Saturday at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.\u00a0Tickets are available at\u00a0Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre,\u00a0$28, $43, $53

4. Cheech and Chong

Musical comedians Richard \"Cheech\" Marin and Tommy Chong are making a visit to Q-C. See the satire-infused duo, known as Cheech and Chong, who have started in eight movies together, this week at the Rhythm City Casnino, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Tickets are available at\u00a0rhythmcitycasino.showare.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday, Rhythm City Casino, $35, $40 and $45

5. Fall festival

The Freight House Farmers' Market is hosting a fall festival this weekend. Festivities include pumpkin carving and painting, fall food and drinks and more starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at\u00a0421 W River Drive, Davenport.\u00a0

8 a.m. Saturday, Freight House Farmers Market. Free

6. Brew & View\u00a0

The Putnam Museum is launching a new kind of movie night. Every third Thursday of the month, the museum will hold Brew & View, featuring locally-crafted craft brews, music, games and a movie screening. This week, the featured film is \"Beerfest\" and the featured brewery is Great River Brewery. For more info or advance tickets, visit putnam.org.

5-9 p.m. Thursday, Putnam Museum, $15

7. Davenport Ghost Tour\u00a0

Curious about the spookier side of Davenport's history? The German American Heritage Center & Museum is hosting a Halloween-themed walking tour each Saturday morning this month. The 1.6-mile tour around downtown Davenport starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Tours are $5 per person.

10:30 a.m. Saturday,German American Heritage Center & Museum, $5

8. 'The Rocky Horror Show'

The Circa '21 Speakeasy is bringing back \u201cThe Rocky Horror Show\u201d the next two weekends, just in time for Halloween. See it at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 27-28 at the Circa \u201821 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $20 in advance, are available at\u00a0circa21speakeasy.com\u00a0or by calling 309-786-7733.

7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Circa '21 Speakeasy, $20\u00a0

9. Humming House\u00a0

Start off your week with a show from Humming House, a Nashville-based folk five-piece band, at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel., 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Becca Mancari is the opener. Tickets, $15, are available at raccoonmotel.com.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $15\u00a0

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Amelia Judd got into writing about 10 years ago because it\u2019s \u201cone of those rare jobs a stay-at-home mom could do.\u201d

With two children at home, her goal was to publish a book.\u00a0

She remembers thinking, \u201cThis won\u2019t be that hard.\u201d

\u201cI naively thought I could easily do it,\u201d said Judd, of Bettendorf. \u201cIt was a lot harder than I thought.\u201d

Since then, Judd has self-published two books and she\u2019s planning to release two others over the next year. All are part of a modern-day romance series titled the \"Silver Bay Books.\"

Judd is one of 16 local authors participating in the inaugural Indie Author Day set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Davenport Public Library, 321 N. Main St. It features a book fair, readings, presentations and panels about publishing, editing and building a brand.\u00a0

Judd will be on a panel about the editing and publishing process, something she said \u201cwould've been wonderfully helpful\u201d when she was first navigating the independent publishing course.

\u201cI didn\u2019t attempt the traditional route, that wasn\u2019t even a consideration,\u201d she said. \u201cBack then, indie publishing was around, but it wasn\u2019t given any respect.\u201d

Twila Belk, a Bettendorf-based author who will publish her seventh book in January, has also noticed that lack of respect.

\u201cThe stigma isn't as big now, but it\u2019s still there,\u201d she said.\u00a0

Belk will present about creating book buzz on Saturday.

\u201cI think it will give great exposure to the authors in the area,\u201d she said. \u201cLocal authors don\u2019t have as many outlets for their books to be seen.\u201d

Another author and panelist, Donna Beserra, of Moline, has previously written children's books, but recently published a how-to book for authors titled, \u201cMoney Coming Out of My Ears.\u201d

Since she did \u201ceverything the hard way,\u201d Bessara, who has taught writing classes at\u00a0Black Hawk College and the Midwest Writing Center, hopes to help other authors avoid some of her mistakes.

\u201cA lot of people think indie authors aren\u2019t as good as authors who are published the traditional way and that\u2019s just not true,\u201d she said. \u201cThere is a lot to learn and there is a lot of help, too.\u201d

That goes for events such as Indie Author Day. It is open to readers and writers, whether they\u2019ve penned one chapter or a full rough draft, Judd said.

\u201cI don\u2019t know how many people I\u2019ve talked to who say they want to write a book,\u201d she said. \u201cIf you just want to find out if it\u2019s something you can do and the next steps, this is a good place for that.\u201d

For more, visit indieauthorday.davenportlibrary.com.

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Days before Whitney Rose took off on a four-month worldwide tour in support of her album, \"South Texas Suite,\" earlier this year, the Canadian-born and Austin-based country singer journeyed to Nashville for one week.

She had a new album to record.\u00a0

At some point during this week in January, in which she was working 12 hours each day, a member of her production team, a recovered addict, walked into the Nashville studio with a pint that said \"Rule 62.\" Instead of taking a lunch break, he had visited a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

\"I asked him about it and he told me the story behind it,\" Rose said. \"I said, 'Well, that's the name of the album.'\"\u00a0

The story behind it is this: Rule 62 stands for \"Don't take yourself too seriously.\"

\"It was so timely and so perfect,\" Rose, 30, said. \"I couldn't help myself. I knew that people were going to make assumptions and that it would be something interesting to talk about because a lot of people don't know about it.\"\u00a0

As it turns out, that fit right in with what Rose had been writing about. She penned nine of the 11 tracks on \"Rule 62,\" which was released last Friday. Rose is headed out on another tour this week.\u00a0

\"When I was writing the songs for this album, kind of what I wanted to do was take situations and feelings that could easily be considered serious or really sad or bad or heartbreaking or things that make you angry and just put a different twist on them,\" she said.\u00a0

Her twist is this: \"Be sad or whatever. But don't let it ruin you.\"\u00a0

Take, for example, one song in particular.\u00a0

For as long as Rose has performed, she has intermittently become really anxious before her sets to the point of trembling or shaking. So, she came up with a little jingle to calm her nerves, in which she sang the words \"Can't stop shakin'\" over and over. It always made her feel better.\u00a0

\"That was not ever supposed to be a song,\" she said. \"It was a little anthem I would sing to myself.\"\u00a0

In the studio, on Inauguration Day, Rose told one of her producers about her anthem and was urged to write more lyrics. She did so in 20 minutes.\u00a0

It served as a way, she said, of settling her own frustrations about what was happening outside the studio and around the country on that day.

\"It was on everyone's mind,\" Rose said. \"There were so many different kinds of energy.\"

\"Can't Stop Shakin',\" which premiered last month on Rolling Stone Country, turned into a groove-infused tune that's one of the most fun, Rose said, on \"Rule 62.\"\u00a0

It goes back to that saying: \"Don't take yourself too seriously.\"\u00a0

This is just a sample of what Rose and I talked about, ahead of her show on Friday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel in downtown Davenport. That show will mark her third stop in Davenport in the last 13 months, each time brought to town by area concert booker and promoter Sean Moeller, who has called Rose a \"country goddess.\"\u00a0

You can hear our full conversation, including why she doesn't talk politics with her fans and how many pairs of cowboy boots she owns, in the next episode of my new podcast, called Worst Town in America, which is available now.\u00a0

To listen, visit qctimes.com or soundcloud.com/worsttowninamerica. You can also find it by searching \"Worst Town in America\" on iTunes or Apple's Podcasts app. 

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1. GRB Firkin Fest

Want to sample beer from area spots such as\u00a0Front Street Brewery, Geneseo Brewing Company, Iron Spike Brewing Company,\u00a0 Wake Brewing, Radicle Effect Brewerks and Baked Beer & Bread Co.? Check out the inaugural GRB Firkin Fest from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Great River Brewery in downtown Davenport. General admission tickets cost $10 and VIP tickets cost $20. Festivities include live music and food trucks.\u00a0

2. Jay Leno live

Jay Leno is slated to perform this weekend at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $49, $79, $125, are available at ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and by phone at 800-745-3000.

3. Tweed Ride

The fifth annual Quad-Cities Tweed Ride is rolling into town this weekend. The five-mile ride starts at the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport, at noon Saturday. Pre-ride festivities start at 10 a.m. For info, visit qctweedride.com. Tickets cost $20.

4. Dog Day at Bent River 

Bring your pup to Bent River Brewing Co. for a Dog Day Afternoon. Bent River will be donate $1 of every pint or mug, as well as $2 of every cocktail sold to QC Greyhound Adoption. Festivities are planned for noon-3 p.m. Sunday at Bent River, 512 24th St., Rock Island. 

5. The Darker Side of Davenport Ghost Tour 

The German American Heritage Center is hosting a Halloween-themed walk, billed as the Darker Side of Davenport Ghost Tour, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday starting outside the Center, 712 W. 2nd St.,\u00a0Davenport. Participants will explore downtown Davenport. Tickets are $5.

6. Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

See folk rock singer-songwriter Miles Nielsen and his back-up band, the Rusted Hearts, along with opener Chris Otepka, on Saturday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, $12, are available at raccoonmotel.com.

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In the final weeks of Ellis Kell\u2019s life, he and his wife, Kristi, talked about their favorite music, their grandkids and everything in between.

One of those things, one of the most important, was Moondance, the benefit concert they started in 2002, months after their daughter Karli Rose died in a car accident. She was 17.

\u201cWe knew we would continue it,\u201d Kristi Kell said. \u201cIt was so important to him to keep it going.\u201d

Her husband, Ellis Kell, a longtime Quad-City music maker and supporter, died in December.

For Kristi Kell and her daughter, Ali, planning this year\u2019s Moondance\u00a0\u2014 the first without Ellis\u00a0\u2014 hasn\u2019t been easy.

\u201cIt\u2019s been a rough 10 months,\u201d Kristi Kell said. \u201cThat\u2019s the reason we started a little behind this year. Our hearts and minds needed to take some breaks.\u201d

Moondance benefits the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund, a 501c3. Since Ellis and Kristi Kell started it, the fund has raised over $90,000 in support of area kids who might not otherwise be able to participate in music education and performance opportunities at the River Music Experience, or RME.

Some of those opportunities include programs Kell created during his time at the RME as the director of programming and outreach. He launched programs such as Kidstock and Winter Blues Camp.

\u201cIt\u2019s to help kids realize their music potential and for kids who want to realize their music dreams,\u201d Kristi Kell, of Rock Island, said. \u201cIt brings us a lot of joy.\u201d

A special\u00a0sight\u00a0

The night Karli Rose died, the Kell family looked outside to see a full moon with a bluish ring. And they saw her face right there in the moon.

\u201cWe said it was (Karli) saying goodnight one more time,\u201d Kristi Kell said.

It\u2019s a story that Kate Dale, the RME\u2019s director of entertainment, has heard several times during her nearly 10 years there.

\u201cNot only did they see her face in the moon, but they got multiple phone calls from friends and family who said, \u2018We just saw Karli in the moon,\u2019 Dale said. \u201cIt\u2019s just amazing. Now, when there\u2019s a full moon, they still look up and try to get a glimpse of her.\u201d

When they were coming up with a name for the benefit concert, \u201cthe moon had to be part of it,\u201d Kell, who has collected moon trinkets since then, said. \u201cIt was that simple.\u201d

Be there in spirit

Over the years, Moondance, which will be held on Saturday at the Redstone Room, has gotten bigger. This year, the musical lineup includes Rock Island-native Lissie, the Whoozdads, Mo Carter and Erin Moore.

For Dale and the RME staff, it\u2019s always an extra special event.

\u201cAfter having worked with Ellis and knowing what he went through losing his daughter, it\u2019s a horrible thing to have to go through,\u201d Dale said. \u201cFor them to turn around and make something out of it that\u2019s positive and contributory to the community is just amazing.\u201d

Moondance was, she said, near to Ellis Kell\u2019s heart.\u00a0

\u201cIt was an event he took on himself and didn\u2019t ask for much help from us,\u201d Dale said. \u201cHe was really proud of it. You could see that.\u201d

\u201cAs much as it was rewarding for him, it was always emotional,\u201d she added. \u201cIt\u2019s especially hard this year for Ellis to not be there. But he will be there in spirit.\"

This Moondance, where musicians are planning their own tributes to Ellis Kell, is the latest in a string of events where the Quad-City community has shown up for the Kell family.

\u201cI\u2019m not able to find my words yet,\u201d Kell said. \u201cThis community has a way of pulling together and helping each other out. They have been good to this family.\u201d

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