Visiting Artists

Clinton Community College

CCC Maquoketa Center  (7 p.m. both)

Muscatine Community College  (2 p.m. both)

Scott Community College  (12 p.m. both)

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges annually cooperates with Quad City Arts to bring world-renowned artists to eastern  Iowa through the Visiting Artist Series.

This is the 39th year that artists will come to the Quad Cities through the program, with six of them appearing at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College. Two performances will also be held in Maquoketa in cooperation with Clinton Community College. 

The performances are free of charge, held in informal settings and open to the public.
The Visiting Artists are selected based on the quality of their work and the ability to interact with audiences of diverse backgrounds and ages.

Jon Aanestad

Jon AanestadJon Aanestad
and his band, The Sugarcane, have changed their tune in recent years, turning to an edgier pop-rock sound that hones in on some of his songs that are closer to the bone.

The band is focusing its irreverent pop sound, and taking on arrangements that fuse modern pop, old-school soul and contemporary folk. Since 2009 and the release of Aanestad’s EP, “Songs From A City”, the band has gained momentum playing in three festivals and in some of the best venues in the Northeast. He has also toured nationally as a solo act.

Aanestad’s self-titled debut EP, “Songs From A City” was a blend of Folk, R&B and Pop. Released in 2009, it combined a sort of country sensibility with a soulful backbone. “City Living” the last track, was an Al Green inspired tune while “High Heel Hangover” was more of a pop anthem meant to catch an ear, which it did in the UK Songwriting Contest where it landed as a semi-finalist song.

Break of Reality

Break of RealityBreak of Reality has been described as having “excitement, originality, and an undeniable intensity that louder, heavier bands only dream of. Break of Reality is going to win a Grammy someday. Bank on it.” (Rochester City Newspaper).

Break of Reality is a cello rock band formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music, as well as interpretations of music by Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Their sound is cinematic, subdued and heavy all at once, and their live audiences are equally diverse; fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo Ma are finally getting acquainted.

Maggie Brown

Maggie BrownMaggie Brown is a tremendously talented singer and performer using her gift to not only entertain, but educate as well. She is the daughter of the late Oscar Brown, Jr. a world renowned composer, social activist, and legendary giant on the jazz music scene.

Mr. Brown passed on his artistic integrity to his daughter who now uses her own voice to create images that excite and inspire. For 19 years, she has nationally toured her one-woman show, “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music” that follows the history and evolution of African American music and covers a wide range of musical forms.

The mother of three young boys, Maggie sees the need to work through the arts to make an impact on young lives. Her message fosters care and respect for words, music, history and life. Miss Maggie’s vocal musicianship proudly heralds the LEGACY left by those who came before us.
“Music is a powerful force. We need to use our music, which is our cultural expression, in a way that uplifts humanity, rather than simply for material gain,” said Brown.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance TheaterEnsemble Español‘s extraordinary repertoire contains original work by Dame Libby Komaiko, Edo, Maria Alba, Victorio Korjhan, Roberto Lorca and Spain’s legendary dancers and choreographers Juan Mata & Ana Gonzalez, founding members and former first dancers of the National Ballet of Spain.

Works by Timo Lozano, Edo, Paco Alonso, folkloric authority Juanjo Linares,and Flamenco master Manolete all exemplify the Ensemble’s dedication to its cultural and artistic mission. Dame Libby Komaiko was the first American artist in history to be decorated with Spain’s highest honor- “Lazo de Dama” “Ribbon of the Dame” by the King of Spain for her artistic, cultural and educational work throughout the United States.


Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the “international voice of jazz.” She received a standing ovation from 20,000 in her star-making a cappella appearance on the Grammy Awards telecast.

Freelon has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, Al Jarreau, the Count Basie Orchestra and more. Phenomenal performances at Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl, the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Newport Jazz Festival, and from Montreaux to London.

Freelon has been heard and seen in feature film in “What Women Want,” on In Performance At The White House to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Variety’s The Children’s Charity, on the #1 TV hit Mad Men, on the Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, and many more.

Sweet Plantain

Sweet PlantainNobody bridges the gap between generations or musical genres like Sweet Plantain, a refreshingly new string quartet. Artfully fusing the western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improv, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their original writing and live shows educate and entertain.

Separately hailing from the Bronx, New Jersey and Venezuela, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is contemporary, multicultural and very New York. The group strives to give voice to a contemporary, urban, Latino sound therefore much of the group’s repertoire is rooted in improvisation.