The Zeta, May 6

Playing an internationally acclaimed blend of punk, hardcore, and Latin American post-rock, the Venezuelan musicians of The Zeta perform a Daytrotter concert on May 6, demonstrating why SputnikMusic.com raved about the group's “intense and passionate shows in which they display raw emotion and tight musicianship.”

Performing what the Chicago Tribune called “down and dirty, from-the-gut blues,” guitarist, vocalist, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame member Wayne Baker Brooks plays Davenport's Redstone Room on May 5, the artist described by Blues Revue magazine as “a fully developed talent and a maverick whose distinct brand of blues incorporates elements of rock, R&B, funk, and even a trace of hip-hop.”

Presented as a gala-event concert in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 season, “An Evening with Joshua Bell” will, on May 3, treat Adler Theatre audiences to the soaring classical stylings of one of America's most revered musicians – a Grammy Award-winning violinist whose career has spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and recording artist.

Two artists from Iowa and one from Illinois will fill the Quad City International Airport Gallery with paintings, stoneware, and photography when Quad City Arts presents May 2 through July 1 exhibitions by Michael Ryan of Cedar Rapids, Brian Roberts of Pella, and Trent Foltz of Geneseo.

Eight superb musicians will take the stage for one exhilarating event when the genre-defying talents of The Suffers play a Moeller Nights concert on May 4, their collective gifts leading Spin magazine to dub the Houston-based outfit “the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing.”

Described by TheatreMania.com as “an artful amalgamation of oral history, fashion show, and musical theatre,” Crowns: A Gospel Musical will fill Moline's Black Box Theatre with glorious singing and spectacular style April 26 through May 6, author Regina Taylor's tune-filled play lauded by the New York Times as “wholly theatrical” and “a show that seems to arise out of spontaneous combustion.”

A classic Hans Christian Andersen tale gets a zany makeover when Davenport Junior Theatre presents the world premiere of author Aaron Randolph III's The Emperor's New Clothes, its April 28 through May 6 presentation telling the fabled story through a student-performed, fourth-wall-breaking slapstick featuring modern-day references, surprise guests, and leading characters named Table-Cloth and Low-Fat-Greek-Yogurt.

Winner of five 2006 Tony Awards and described by Variety magazine as “irresistible” and “superior, smartly crafted pastiche,” the joyous musical-comedy spoof The Drowsy Chaperone will receive a season-ending staging at Augustana College April 27 through May 6, its feel-good delights suggesting why the New York Times stated that “few productions have ever pulled an audience so immediately and unconditionally on their sides.”

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Midwest Writing Center will host special readings and presentations with two of the most inventive and acclaimed poets of the 21st Century: Jamie Mortara and Gale Marie Thompson, both of whom will participate in the April 27 SPECTRA poetry night at Rozz-Tox and host April 28 workshops at the Midwest Writing Center.

Appearing in an April 29 Moeller Nights concert at Davenport's The Stardust, the acclaimed indie-rock artists of Rogue Wave will deliver, in its entirety, a live performance of the group's Asleep at Heaven's Gate in celebration of its 10th-anniversary reissue, the 2007 album having been deemed “an incredible pop-rock journey” by Chicago Now and, according to Variety, “a satisfying full-length that grows more pleasurable with each listen.”

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