1. Watch Artists in motion
Here's your chance to watch a variety of Quad-City artists at work. ARTists in Motion, serving as a fundraiser for MidCoast Fine Arts, is set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Proceeds will be split between the artists and MidCoast. Food and beverages will be provided by The Crepe Guy and Great River Brewery.
2. Hear from Luis Alberto Urrea
The Midwest Writing Center kicks off its annual David R. Collins Writers Conference this week with a free keynote address by Luis Alberto Urrea, a poet, novelist and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For info on the rest of the conference, visit mwcqc.org.
3. Blackfoot Gypsies on stage
See Blackfoot Gypsies, a two-piece rock band from Nashville, with local opener Frankie Fontagne and the Ramblers, this week at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Music starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at Daytrotter. Tickets cost $10 in advance at daytrotter.com/live-shows/ and $15 at the door. By the way, you can also see Frankie Fontagne and the Ramblers at 5 p.m. Friday during the free Live@Five concert outside the River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.
4. See The Secret Sisters
The Secret Sisters, a duo from Alabama, released its latest record, "You Don't Own Me Anymoe," on June 9. You can hear the group's new tunes at 8 p.m. Friday, with opener Cheyenne Medders, at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more info, visit rivermusicexperience.org.
5. Concert and comedy
The last time Kristin Diable, a Americana/rock singer-songwriter from New Orleans, was in the Quad-Cities, she played with Anderson East, a rising country star who is now dating Miranda Lambert and on tour with Chris Stapleton. Diable returns to town with opener Frederick the Younger, from Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Racoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Music starts at 8 p.m. and Triple Crown Comedy, a free weekly comedy showcase, will follow. Tickets, $15, are available at raccoonmotel.com.
6. Rock with Rooney
Rooney, the pop rock band that formed in the early 2000s, has — in recent years — returned to the music scene. The Los Angeles based group kicked off a 37 city tour this week and is slated to play, with openers Run River North and Twinsmith, Saturday at the Village Theatre in Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, $20 in advance, are available at moellernights.com.