We will be closed on Friday 31 October
in observance of Halloween
THURDAY 3O OCT // ANODES
$5 - $10
Muldoon's Clever Girls
SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER // SPECTRA POETRY READING 015
SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series closes out its fall season with acclaimed poets Sean Thomas Dougherty, CM Burroughs, and Brian Russell
The SPECTRA Reading Series, voted a top 10 reading series in the Midwest by LitBridge, returns to Rozz-Tox on Thursday, October 9th to continue its fall season with three acclaimed poets—Sean Thomas Dougherty, CM Burroughs, and Brian Russell.
Also, earlier on November 1st, Sean Thomas Dougherty will be leading a unique writing workshop at the Midwest Writing Center from 1:00-3:00 p.m., where he will talk about forms of poetry. Topics will include creating your own poetic forms, and playing with/extending existing forms. Cost of registration for this unique workshop opportunity is $10 for MWC members, $15 for non-members. Scholarships for high school and college students are available. For more information about registration, please call or email Ryan Collins at the MWC.
SPECTRA is also accepting submissions from local poets to read for the Spring 2015 season. To submit, email up to 3 poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase “SPECTRA Submission” in the subject line.
Please contact Ryan Collins at Midwest Writing Center if you are interested in speaking to any of the featured readers, or for more information: (563) 324-1410 | email@example.com.
The 2014 season of SPECTRA manifests thanks to the generous support of the Riverboat Development Authority and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions). He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances, he has performed at hundreds of venues across North America and Europe, including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television. He has taught creative writing at Syracuse University, Penn State University, Case Western University, Chatham University and Cleveland State University. He currently works at a pool hall in Erie, PA and tours for performances.
CM Burroughs serves as Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, her poetry has appeared in journals including Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Volta. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut collection of poetry is The Vital System from Tupelo Press, and she is Senior Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and Co-Editor for Court Green. Learn more about Burroughs at www.cmburroughs.com.
Brian Russell is the author of The Year of What Now (Graywolf), which was named a finalist for the Levis Reading Prize. Brian serves as managing editor of Phantom Limb and lives with his wife, son, and dogs in Chicago.
SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER // Myles Coyne + Ladders
$5 - $10
Ladders will go on at 10:30PM
*following the SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series
SUNDAY 02 NOVEMBER // DYLAN SIRES & NEIGHBORS
$5 - $10
The Olympics (Iowa City)
White Zephyr (Quad City)
THURSDAY 06 NOVEMBER // Har-Di-Har
$5 - $10
Har-Di-Har // a Twin Cities-based, Iowa bred, dream-pop/psychedelic-folk duo that play intricately-composed music
Peas and Carrot // Minimalist folk punk out of Cedar Falls
Mystic Dolphin // Quad Cities post garage punk
FRIDAY 07 NOVEMBER // Dan Hubbard
SUNDAY 09 NOVEMBER // Sour Boy, Bitter Girl
$5 - $10
w/ Micah Schnabel (of Two Cow Garage) & The Memphis Dives opening the show
SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER // ROOMS
$5 - $10
Since 2012, Rooms has forged a distinctive voice as an improvising ensemble. Comprised of Dan Pierson on keyboards, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Matt Carroll on drums, the group plays compositions that provide different improvisational scenarios through variation in structure, mood, and feel. Rather than taking cues from a particular stylistic standard, Rooms’ music is shaped by the energy of the moment, which allows each composition to take on new dimensions from performance to performance.
TUESDAY 18 NOVEMBER // The Grownup Noise
WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER // Quinn DeVeaux
$5 - $10
opening act: REN
Quinn DeVeaux has packed houses and astounded audiences in the bay area for years with his smooth and dirty spank you voice and cool melodic songwriting. First he started an early Chicago Blues band and then a New Orleans soul and gospel band. Both groups had audiences clamoring for more. Now he has combined it all in the Blue Beat Review a self-styled crossroads of his many musical roots. Quinn harnesses the likes of Ray Charles, John Hurt, Fats Domino and Bo Diddley. His songwriting is the classic influence made fresh. With all the style and subtlety of the great soul/blues singers of the earth bound golden days, his band keeps audiences in a state of joy.
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER // Mr. Daytrotter Presents: Madi Diaz' Record release show
$7 - $12
also performing is Christian Lee Hutson and two mystery guests -- Don't Miss This Show!
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER // Squidling Bros Circus Sideshow
$5 - $10
Hailing from Philly, The Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow -- Offering an edgy and humor-filled twist on the classic american sideshows of the early 20th century, brothers "Matterz Squidling” and "Jelly Boy the Clown” have created an international sensation with a dare-devilish mix of music, freak show, dancing, unusual sword swallowing, aerial, burlesque and body modification.
with special guests::
From Chicago, the Legendary SANJULA "The Sultan of Suffering" VAMANA! Often imitated, never duplicated! No gaffs, no gimmicks, no doubt! BEHOLD! BELIEVE! BEWARE!
Count Jabula the NASCAR SUPERSTAR from the world's only Meat Canning/Rock Band combo in the world, HUMAN AFTERTASTE!
MOXIE RHODES, The Punk Rock Petunia of Burlesque! From Madison, WI.
SATURDAY 29 NOV // The Velcro Lewis Group + Just Let Go
$5 - $10
Funk rock occultists, The Velcro Lewis Group bring the harmonies of Motown, the groove of Stax, the drugs of Hawkwind, and the drive of Bohannon to their own LSD-laced barbecue of sound.
Led by blind frontman, Velcro Lewis--along with 5-octave range singing drummer Hawk Colman, soul-injected guitarist Travers Gauntt, groove-hammering bassist Halden Spoonwood, and sonic menace Lawrence Peters on electric washboard and bass vocals--The Velcro Lewis Group seamlessly create ass-kicking future-funk rock n' roll. All aboard the spaceship Impala.
SUNDAY 30 NOV // Sino Cinema Series: Devils on the Doorstep
無門票 // 晚上八點
2000, China, black comedy, mandarin Chinese/ Japanese w/ English subtitles
a film by Jiang Wen
This is the first part of a series that we're starting here at Rozz-Tox focusing on Chinese cinema (Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan), an attempt to bring some awareness to the Sino cinema culture. The series will be curated by Benjamin and will feature, in the beginning, films from the 90's to present. Benjamin already has a handful of directors picked out and is very excited to bring this to the Quad Cities. We will try to hold this event once a month on a Sunday, and they will be free and open to public. The films will be independent, cult, underground, banned and well received in the film world, and they will all be in their native tongue w/ English subtitles.
TUESDAY 02 DEC // River Glen + Lojo Russo + Bethann Gavin
$5 - $10
River Glen's songwriting is a blend of folk, pop, and hip-hop. "His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Deneen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range". -Julien's Journal
Lojo Russo is a songwriter with a lot of lyrical power and a singer with one hell of a voice who performs with the energy and rocking empowerment of Ani DiFranco, the graceful folksiness of the Indigo Girls and the gritty blues of Susan Tedeschi.
Bethann Gavin is a born and raised Iowa musician. She performs in such groups as The Fez, The Uniphonics, Soul Storm and as a solo artist, Songbird Bethann. Her original music is lyrically driven and conveys influences from Gillian Welch, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and The Avett Brothers.
THursday 04 dec // the Soil and the Sun
$8 (pre sale available here)
opening act: Evol Backwards
the Soil & the Sun is corn-fed, Michigan-made, Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock. Originating in 2008 as a two-piece band, the group has grown and matured into a seven-piece community of friends and musicians. Oboe, violin, guitars, accordion, percussion, piano, keys and vocals, cooperate to create complex harmonies, layered melodies, and driving rhythms. The careful orchestration and intentional instrumentation will speak to your soul.
FRIDAY 05 DECEMBER // DYlan Sires & Neighbors + Chrash + Seth Knappen + John June Year
SUNDAY 07 DECEMBER // Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars)
$5 - $10
Andrew will be releasing his sixth solo album on January 27, 2015. It’s called This Is The Life. Like his previous records, he recorded the album in his home studio. He played everything on the record with the exception of bass guitar (played by Matt Patton of Drive By Truckers) and steel guitar (played by Kell Kellum).
MONDAY 08 DECEMBER // YONI YUM
$5 - $10
Yoni Yum = Minneapolis post punk jammers on tour
Alex Body = Iowa City synthy psych-pop troubadour
Centaur Noir = Quad Cities dance party jams from Jon and Lora
Baby Alchemy = Muscatine electro pop from Mollie and Cory Peak
SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER // SINO CINEMA SERIES: HAPPY TOGETHER 中國電影系列：《春光乍洩》
無門票 // 晚上八點
1997, Hong Kong, romance/drama, Cantonese/ Spanish w/ English subtitles
a film by Wong Kar-Wai
This series is focusing on Chinese cinema (Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan), an attempt to bring some awareness to the Sino cinema culture. The series will be curated by Benjamin and will feature films from the 90's to present. The films will be independent, cult, underground, banned and well received in the film world, and they will all be in their native tongue w/ English subtitles.
SUNDAY 18 JANUARY // SINO CINEMA SERIES: SUZHOu River
無門票 // 晚上八點
2000, China, Mandarin Chinese w/ English subtitles
a film by Lou Ye
Fun fact: Suzhou River was never screened in China and Lou Ye was banned from filmmaking for two years after screening this at a film festival without the proper permissions from China.