1. Ellis Kell benefit
Peace, love and joy of music. That’s the phrase, and way of life, many tie to Ellis Kell, the Quad-City musical icon who died in December. And that’s what the River Music Experience, where Kell worked for 12 years, has in mind for the “Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert,” which promises a night of tunes and a chance to support Kell’s family. The lineup includes members of the Ellis Kell Band, The Whoozdads, The Way Down Wanderers, David G. Smith, The Candymakers, Lojo Russo, The Velies, Rude Punch, The Curtis Hawkins Band with Ernie Peniston & Hal Reed, Quad-Cities Blues Mafia and RME Camp Kids Jam. The benefit is set for this weekend at the RiverCenter’s Great Hall, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Donations of $10 are suggested.
4-11 p.m. Saturday, RiverCenter, donations only
2. Country crew
It’s a family affair for Thompson Square. The country group is comprised of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, who have been married for 17 years. Plus, their 1-year-old son Cooper recently starred in the duo’s homemade music video for “You Make It Look So Good.” Thompson Square, known for hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” is slated to perform at the Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport, this weekend. Tickets are available at www.rhythmcitycasino.com.
8 p.m. Friday, Rhythm City Casino Resort, $27, $37, $47
3. Play the keys
If you ever find yourself itching to play a piano in public, here's your chance. The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, or QCSO, tasked students from Davenport schools' Creative Arts Academy to paint a piano with the theme, “Joined by a River.” The result is the Quad-Cities Community Piano, which will travel to several venues, such as the Putnam Museum and the Adler Theatre, around the Quad-Cities in two-week residencies. For its first residency, you can view or play the piano at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, through Sunday.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Figge Art Museum, admission is $7
4. Margaret on a Monday
This New York singer-songwriter’s winter tour is a busy one. Margaret Glaspy has 20 show dates on the calendar in the next month. For some shows, she’ll open up for The Lumineers to a crowd of thousands. For others, like her concert set for Monday at the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport, Glaspy will play to a few dozen people. See Glaspy on a smaller stage, with Lex Allen, this week.
7 p.m. Monday, Village Theatre, $10
5. Comedy at Daytrotter
The After Hour, a monthly show in the vein of late-night comedy TV, is back this week at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Quad-City comedian Andrew King hosts the night of live poetry from Holly Norton and music by area hip-hop artist Errol Hem. The After Hour is part of Downtown Davenport's Third Thursday series of free events.
6 p.m. Thursday, Daytrotter, free
6. Hairbangers welcome
This Chicago-based rock band is on a mission to keep the musical style of the ’80s — and the sounds of groups such as Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi and Poison — alive. Relive the ’80s for a night with tunes from Hairbanger's Ball at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island.
9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, cover charge
7. Magical night
Magician Nate Staniforth doesn't take the stage with top hats or smoke machines. The Iowa City resident says he performs a stripped-down "indie type of magic," sans special effects. See (or believe) it for yourself. You have two more chances to see Staniforth, who currently is in the middle of a one-month residency in the Quad-Cities, on Thursday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport. To buy tickets in advance, visit facebook.com/moellernightsinc.
7 p.m. Thursday, Village Theatre, $10
8. Jantopia kicks off
A new three-day musical festival is kicking off this weekend. The inaugural Jantopia, a winter-sibling-series to Q-C Juntopia, has a lineup of area and national touring bands on the bill, including Condor & Jaybird, Archeress and Mountain Swallower performing at Daytrotter and Rozz-Tox. Proceeds will be go toward King's Harvest Ministries and Humility of Mary Shelter Inc. Tickets and the day-by-day lineup are available at qcjantopia.com.
Starts 6 p.m. Friday, Daytrotter, $10-15
9. Guerrilla Girls
After three decades, the identities of the Guerrilla Girls, a collective of activists and feminists, are still top secret. But that doesn't mean you can't hear them talk about fighting discrimination through humor and the arts. The Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art is bringing two members of the Guerrilla Girls, whose members famously wear gorilla masks, to Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, this week for a performance and lecture.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Centennial Hall, free