“3 chords and the truth” at Raccoon
The young singer-songwriter Angela Meyer, of McCausland, Iowa, is only 25, but already has nine years of professional performing under her cowboy hat. She and Kari Arnett will play a Moeller Nights gig Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.
Inspired by “writing songs for empty rooms and broken hearts in hopes to fill them up,” Meyer stays true to “three chords & the truth,” according to her biography at angelameyer23.com. A storyteller with a passion for her listeners, “Angela pulls in the crowd with a sweet voice and brutal honesty,” it says. “She knows what it’s like to be in the audience, her earliest memories taking her back to being a child dancing in smoky tent while her mama sang on stage with her band at the Iowa State Fair.”
Before she could talk, Angela was singing with the radio and introduced to her musical heroes through her grandparents’ record player in their Iowa farmhouse, Meyer’s bio says, noting she started to write her own music at 15, “creating the foundation to build her young dream into a lifelong career.”
“In a world more concerned about image than content, Angela boldly offers that authenticity through her artistry,” the bio says. “She does not give a second thought to the fact she is a young woman; she just delivers her intention with conviction. Each person she encounters lends the inspiration that only many lifetimes could provide.”
Her debut album, “Consequence,” was released in April, and Thursday’s show has a $10 admission.
Delicious French music at Figge
It’s girl power in more ways than one at the Quad City Symphony’s next Signature Series chamber-music concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Figge Cafe, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.
The orchestra concertmaster, violinist Naha Greenholtz, will be joined by principal cellist Hannah Holman, and University of Iowa piano professor Rene Lecuona in a French program primarily of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). They’ll perform a Debussy piano trio and sonata for cello and piano, and a Ravel sonata for those latter two instruments.
Complementing the end of the Figge’s “French Moderns” exhibit, the program includes a piece for the threesome by Lili Boulanger, “D’un Soir Triste” (“Of a sad evening”). Younger sister of famed composer, conductor and teacher Nadia Boulanger, Lili (1893-1918) sang and played piano, violin, cello, and harp. In 1913, at 19, she became the first female composer to win the Prix de Rome, according to a bio at Hyperion Records.
“Her work was noted for its colorful harmony and instrumentation and skillful text setting; aspects of Fauré and Claude Debussy can be seen in her compositions, and Arthur Honegger was one composer influenced by her innovative work,” it says, noting bronchial pneumonia at age 2 weakened her immune system, leading to the intestinal tuberculosis (now called Crohn’s Disease) that cut short her life at age 24.
Tickets for Saturday’s Figge date are $25 for adults, and $10 students, available at 563-322-7276 or qcso.org.
Open house offers Civil War story
The German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, will offer a free community open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can see the exhibits “Twas the Night Before Weihnachten: A German Christmas Story” and “The Civil War: Through the Eyes of German-American Caricaturists” before they close, and there is a special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday on everyday life during the Civil War.
“Just Before the Battle Mother — A Visit from a Civil War Soldier” will be presented by O.J. Fargo, a 71-year-old Moline native who lives in central Iowa. He is the author of two books on Iowa history, the everyday life of a Civil War soldier and Iowa in the Civil War.
Fargo has penned 27 booklets on Iowa and Western U.S. history, and in addition to researching, writing, lecturing and public appearances, he’s also president of an Iowa regiment of Civil War re-enactors.
In his talk, he dresses in full Union Army regalia and focuses on an individual Iowa soldier’s Civil War experience. During and after the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the “soldier,” who stays in character. Fargo will bring an artifact display and full electronic Civil War roster of all men who served from Iowa.
For more information, call 563-322-8844 or visit gahc.org.
‘Get Lit’ in Bettendorf
Drinking and reading are encouraged in the Bettendorf Public Library’s intoxicating book club, “Get Lit,” which next meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Crawford Brew Works, 3659 Devils Glen Road, to discuss “The White Tiger.” No reservations are needed, and participants don’t need to finish the book or even like it to join the discussion.
A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” “The White Tiger” (2008) by Aravind Adiga follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society, according to a synopsis. The white tiger of the novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur.
The book is “narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own,” according to its Amazon summary. “Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation — and a startling, provocative debut.” Adiga was born in India in 1974, attended Columbia and Oxford universities, and is a former correspondent for Time magazine.
Get Lit is a discussion group for adventurous souls who want to read a little something different, according to Bettendorf adult services librarian David Otten. It started in 2013 for readers who wanted to meet somewhere outside the library. Get Lit meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
They read a wide variety of books, from literary fiction and genre fiction, to nonfiction and graphic novels. For more information, call 563-344-4187 or email email@example.com.