Appearing in the latest stop on his national “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour,” Grammy nominee and Country Music Association (CMA) Award winner Luke Combs takes the stage at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on April 12, sharing with fans the talents and presence that led the 29-year-old singer/songwriter to become the first artist to have five number-one hit singles on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart with his first five releases.

Celebrating nearly five decades of professional performance with accomplishments including chart-topping success, tens of millions in album sales, and 2000 induction in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the rockers of Three Dog Night play Davenport's Adler Theatre on April 12, their repertoire including such timeless hits as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Black and White,” and the iconic “Joy to the World.”

Composed of bass player Bob Skeat, guitarist Mark Abrahams, drummer Joe Crabtree, and guitarist Andy Powell, the latter of whom began recording with the group nearly 50 years ago, a legendary rock outfit plays Davenport's Redstone Room on April 16 in An Evening with Wishbone Ash, with the ensemble so gifted and venerated that its past openers at concert events have included the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and KISS.

A bona-fide classic of American musical theatre, Rodgers and Hammerstein's cherished romance The King & I lands at Davenport's Adler Theatre on April 7 in a glorious new nationally touring presentation, beguiling patrons with an unforgettable score in a show the New York Times called “breathtaking and exquisite” and New York magazine deemed “too beautiful to miss.”

Described by Broadway World as “a great evening of theatre” that “hits the mark right from the start,” the area premiere of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical enjoys a April 10 through June 1 run at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse – an adaptation of the hit film comedy that the Journal Tribune deemed “sometimes touching, sometimes raucous, and at all times enticing.”

With his 2018 book Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to This Country? described by the Washington Post as “lively, stimulating, and pleasantly discursive,” author, pundit, and podcaster Steve Almond serves as the latest guest in Augustana College's River Readings series, his April 9 presentation demonstrating the talents that have won Almond the Blue Mesa Review's Poetry Prize, the New Delta Review's Editors' Choice Prize, and the 2017 Poetry International Prize.

Delivering what All About Jazz calls “a definite fresh sound by a guy who should be in everyone's playlist,” pianist Josh Nelson and his outfit the Josh Nelson Trio present a public concert at Davenport's Redstone Room on April 4 and three additional area performances April 3 through 5, treating music lovers to the talents of an artist who, according to Jazz Times, “distinguishes himself as a first-rate player and composer with a fresh, wholly personal take on the music.”

Wrapping up a 2018-19 Masterworks season that has boasted legendary works by some of the world's most noted composers, the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, on April 6 and 7, will turn their collective attention to the Quad Cities themselves in Quad Cities Past & Present, a repertoire featuring the world premiere of a QCSO-commissioned work by Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson.

For their final concerts in the group's 2018-19 season, the gifted vocalists of the professional ensemble the Nova Singers bring their talents “where the heart is” in April 6 and 7 presentations of Home – a moving and thrilling repertoire augmented by guest violinist Mariela Shaker (who will share some of her experiences as a Syrian refugee) and the world premiere of a new work by renowned composer Carol Barnett.

Best known as the founder, lead singer/songwriter, and guitarist of punk-rock outfit Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace and her Florida-based band The Devouring Mothers play an April 9 Moeller Nights concert at the East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the artist's 2016 album Shape Shift with Me called “densely packed, vicious, and heartbreaking” by Pitchfork magazine, and Grace herself notable for being one of the first highly visible punk rock musicians to publicly identify as transgender.

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