Shania Twain @ the Adler Theatre - July 26Events

Adler Theatre and i wireless Center

June through August


Just how built-for-summer are the pop icons and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers known as the Beach Boys? Well, if the band's name alone wasn't enough of a hint, the Beach Boys are so built-for-summer that, in promoting the Grammy winners' July 29 concert at Moline's i wireless Center, I could devote this entire space to their seasonally themed recordings and still have song titles to spare. "All Summer Long." "Surfin' Safari." "Catch a Wave." "Surf's Up." "The Warmth of the Sun." "Surfin' U.S.A." "Summer Means New Love." "Surfer Girl." I could go on and on, but (a) my editor says that's a cheap way to flesh out the article, and (b) that would leave no room here for the summer's other big-ticket events at the i wireless Center and Davenport's Adler Theatre.

Deanna BogartMusic

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

LeClaire Park

Thursday, July 3, through Saturday, July 5


It makes perfect sense that the very first musicians to play 2014's Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in LeClaire Park - which begins at 5 p.m. on July 3 - are the members of the Johnny Kilowatt Band, because this year's lineup of artists is downright electric! (Okay, granted, that's a terrible joke, but if you've been reading me for a while now, you know they can get way worse.)

Joe Louis WalkerMusic

Joe Louis Walker

The Redstone Room

Friday, May 24, 8 p.m.


Blues, soul, and gospel musician Joe Louis Walker, who plays Davenport's Redstone Room on May 24, was born on December 25, 1949. If you're hip to the man's talents through recordings, concerts, or TV appearances, I think you'll agree that we all got a Christmas present that day.

Ronnie Baker BrooksMusic

Ronnie Baker Brooks

The Redstone Room

Friday, May 25, 8 p.m.


Performing with his father and brother as the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, Chicago-based singer/guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks will be among the headliners at this year's Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, so I guess you could consider his May 25 Redstone Room concert something of a Quad Cities warm-up.

Then again, with the All Music Guide describing Brooks as "a monster guitarist with an ample supply of technique and passion," and the Boston Herald calling his most recent CD "ferocious and unrelenting," I'm thinking the temperatures in the Davenport venue might be significantly higher than "warm."

Our Summer Guide - featuring more than 1,800 events - can be found on newsstands and also browsed here. Below are Mike Schulz's highlights for the next two weeks and the whole summer.

River Cities' Reader - Issue 779 - May 26, 2011

Becky McCorkle and Don Hazen in Don't Talk to the ActorsTheatre

Don't Talk to the Actors

Richmond Hill Barn Theatre

Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 12


Throughout the history of American theatre, there have been a number of directors famed for their presentations of numerous works by one particular author: Mike Nichols directing Neil Simon plays, Elia Kazan directing Tennessee Williams plays, Lloyd Richards directing August Wilson plays, Susan Simosky directing Tom Dudzick plays ... .

Whodunit... the MusicalTheatre

Whodunit ... the Musical

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse

Thursday, May 27, through Saturday, July 10


Making its regional debut at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, the mystery farce Whodunit ... the Musical takes place in a Connecticut mansion in the summer of 1931, and finds a wealthy spinster, her young niece, her niece's secret beau, a Cockney maid, and an eccentric butler as the primary suspects in a murder investigation. Yet considering who's been cast in director Dennis Hitchcock's song-and-dance spoof, the bigger question than "Whodunit?" might very well be "Who's gonna steal it?" (The show, that is.)

Lisa WilliamsEvent

Lisa Williams: Messages from Beyond

Adler Theatre

Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.


Great Britain's Lisa Williams arrives at Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 5, and if you were curious about just how famous she is, you should know that she claims to have spoken to Ray Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, and Princess Diana. Pretty impressive, especially when you consider that they were deceased at the time.

Devon Allman's Honeytribe

The Redstone Room

Friday, July 11


John Deere Classic

TPC at Deere Run

Monday, July 7, through Sunday, July 13


The 77's

Comedy Sportz

Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.


The 77's "Hey, Mike, you're old now, right?"

"Well, I'm not a 19-year-old intern who's only been here since May, if that's what you're wondering."