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Haki Madhubuti speaks about his experiences as a leading poet, publisher
and educator in the Gavle Room 3 on March 5.

World-renowned poet and publisher speaks to campus

Kayla Palliser March 16, 2024

After a lifetime of breaking boundaries in the fields of poetry, publishing and education, Haki Madhubuti came to Augustana to share his life stories and offer advice to future generations.  On March...

Augustana alumni and Chicago resident, Uxmar Torres, 24, recites his written poems at the Roaring Rhetoric Fundraiser sponsored by the 2F Project for Community Education at Rozz-Tox on October 5, 2019. Torres uses his experiences of growing up in Chicago to create honest and conflict charged poetry.

Poet alumnus performs at local fundraiser

McKenna Nagle October 10, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Rock Island cafe, bar, and performance venue Rozz-Tox hosted new local non-profit 2F’s first fundraiser at its monthly “Roaring Rhetoric” showcase. The event began with an introduction...

Vendors sell records and photos at the event

Lowland Block Party

Katherine Hogan October 4, 2018

The Quad Cities plays host to several interesting cultural happenings and on the overcast and slightly drizzly day of Sunday Sept. 30, local hangouts Rozz-Tox and Laborspace hosted the third annual Lowland...

The poet and the protest: One in the same

Rachel Leman October 20, 2016

Bearded and in shadow, his face was the least of the audience’s concerns as they listened to the mellow voice of poetry sooth them under the poor lighting and damp coffee scent of Roz Toxx last Wednesday....

The Land of Blood and Sunshine Album Release Event

The Land of Blood and Sunshine Album Release Event

January 25, 2016

Though it seemed like a typical night at Rozz-Tox, it was the album release event for The Land of Blood and Sunshine’s latest LP, “Lady and the Trance” sponsored by Cartouche Records. At a little...

Psych rockers to take over Rozz-Tox

February 12, 2015

Looking for a way to end the weekend before finals week? Look no further. Rozz-Tox is hosting two heavy, psychedelic rock bands, All Them Witches and The Well. While it is The Well’s first time playing...

Black metal band Sept of Memnon performs at one of their concerts.
Photo courtesy of Alex Mahaffey.

Bringing black metal to the QC: Student screams for band Sept of Memnon

February 12, 2015

Sweat, blood and tears are familiar to Alex Mahaffey. While screaming at the top of his lungs in a crowded, sweaty room, Mahaffey knew he was where he wanted to be. Mahaffey, a junior at Augustana, is...

Wulfbriar performs improvisational blues at the Geneseo, Ill. Moose Lodge in 2014.

Up and coming Quad City bands get their footing

October 2, 2014

  Local artists said they are determined to keep the music scene in the Quad Cities authentic. Residents who were born and raised in the area are working to make a name for themselves, and the Rock...

From left to right: Muddy Ruckus members Erika Stahl, Brian Durkin, Ryan Flaherty.
Photo credit: Jason Elon Goodman

Muddy Ruckus returns to Quad Cities

September 18, 2014

Rock Island native, Ryan Flaherty will return to the Quad Cities to debut his band's new album at Rozz-Tox on Sept. 19. Flaherty's band, Muddy Ruckus, will perform a mix of folk, blues and gypsy swing. Muddy...

Rozz Tox to feature local poets

September 11, 2014

Local poets will read original work, exploring topics such as the environment, relationships and what it means to be alive. Published poets Tyler Mills, Alex Lemon and Adam Clay are to be featured in...

Americana singer Sarah Jarosz will be at Rozz Tox on Oct. 16, playing songs off of her news album, “Build Me Up From Bones.” This is Jarosz’s third released album. Photo by Scott Simontacchi.

Singer Sarah Jarosz to perform at Rozz-Tox

October 8, 2013

The acoustic Americana music of Sarah Jarosz will mix with the comfortable, artistic atmosphere of Rozz-Tox cafe when she performs there on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. For this event, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist...

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