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1. Blake Shelton at TaxSlayer 

The country music singer behind songs such as "Honey Bee," "Some Beach" and "Boys 'Round Here" as well as his latest hit, "I'll Name the Dogs," is coming to to the TaxSlayer Center, formerly the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, this weekend. Blake Shelton has gathered some of his fellow country singers for a "Country Music Freaks" mini-tour, which includes just 14 stops from Feb. 15-March 17. They'll perform here at 7 p.m. Friday. Special guests Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins. Tickets, $55-95, are available at and by visiting the TaxSlayer Center Box Office. 

2. Adriel Denae at Raccoon Motel

Adriel Denae, who has previously performed here with her partner Cory Chisel, is slated to play a solo show this week at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Denae, who is based in Appleton, Wisconsin, will perform with special guest Robert Ellis, a folk rock singer/songwriter out of Houston, Texas. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets and more info, visit

3. Double album release party

BEEs, a female-fronted Quad-City based pop/Americana band, is ready to release its debut EP, called "Shady Lady" and Steve Baumann, a Quad-City based musician, also is ready to share his first full-length album, called "Life, Time & Love." The River Music Experience is hosting a double album release party for BEEs and Baumann on Saturday and both will perform at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event. For more info, visit

4. Local lovers open mic night 

SPECTRA, the poetry reading series presented by the Midwest Writing Center, returns this week with a love-themed open mic night. Quad-Citians are invited to read an original poem, song, story, soliloquy or performance art piece during the "Local Lovers Open Mic," set  for 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Admission is free. In addition, a team of Quad-City based poets and writers will be on hand to write love poems on the spot, which can be purchased on a pay-what-you-want basis. Proceeds will go toward the Midwest Writing Center. For more info, visit

5. 'Suessical Jr.'

"Seussical Jr." ends its run this weekend at Davenport Junior Theatre. Showtimes include 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 youth and admission is free for children 2 years or younger. No reservations; tickets sold at the door. 

6. TobyMac 'Hits Deep' at TaxSlayer 

Also at the TaxSlayer Center this week will be a concert featuring headliner TobyMac along with special guests Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, Finding Favour and Aaron Cole. Tunes from the Christian musical acts will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets, $55-95, are available at and by visiting the TaxSlayer Center Box Office. 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).