Winner of nine Tony Awards, and the rare musical to also win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway's legendary A Chorus Line will enjoy its first-ever Quad City Music Guild presentation July 6 through 15, demonstrating why the 1976 New York production ran a staggering 6,137 performances, and why the New York Times called its debut “a smoke signal to the world that the musical can touch unexpected depths in the human heart.”

The extraordinary talents of four gifted singer/songwriters – one of them born in the Quad Cities – will soon be on display at the Codfish Hollow Barn, with the Maquoketa venue hosting the July 4 event “Barn on the Fourth: Lady Liberty,” a special holiday concert showcasing a quartet of female artists including chart-topping chanteuse and Rock Island native Lissie.

Seven rare prints by one of Mexico's most accomplished and lauded painters will be on display at the Figge Art Museum July 7 through December 30, when the Rufino Tamayo exhibit showcases the talents of its namesake who received the 1985 Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts of Spain and the 1988 Belisario Dominguez Medal of Honor awarded to Tamayo by the Mexican Senate.

Bluegrass, funk, roots, and plenty of rock will be on tap, and in the great outdoors, when the area rockers of The Dawn host the fourth-annual Dawn & On Music Festival, the eagerly awaited July 7 event outside Len Brown's North Shore Inn boasting food and beverage vendors, arts & crafts, and nine exhilarating concert sets by lauded local and national acts.

Annual explosions of fun will be taking place at both Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park and Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park when the Quad Cities hosts its Fourth of July celebration Red, White, & Boom!, the July 3 event delivering a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River as well as live music, food and beverage vendors, pecial presentations, family programming, and more.

Appearing locally as part of a July/August tour that will also take him to Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, the Austin-based singer/songwriter Walker Lukens plays a Daytrotter concert on July 6, the artist having been called “one of the best songwriters in Texas” by the Free Press Houston, “wonderfully inventive” by NPR World Cafe, and even, according to his hometown newspaper the Austin Chronicle, “a non-sexually-intimidating version of Prince.”

With their debut album Democracy Manifest described by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as “a fusion of jazz with rock, funk, soul, and R&B” that “grows more rewarding the deeper you dig,” the Vegas-based musicians of The Lique bring their stylish sound to Rock Island's Rozz-Toxx on July 11, demonstrating why, after a recent concert, Las Vegas Weekly stated that “what The Lique did best was blend rhymes with grooves so funky and smooth it would have been impossible not to have a good time.”

Lauded by for their “trademark wry humor and ability to speak the truth about matters of the heart and the large disappointments and slender victories life offers,” the Americana, folk, and pop three-piece Bombadil headlines a Moeller Nights concert on July 7, the trio's most recent album Fences a work that, according to, “provides an abundance of musical wealth with an economy of means.”

With his most recent release Big Bad Luv described by as an album that “can hold its own next to any of the great Americana-tinged rock 'n' roll records of the past,” singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist John Moreland and his full band perform a July 3 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, the Moeller Nights event showcasing an artist Farce the Music decreed “gloriously and joyfully heartbreaking.”

One of the most significant events in the history of American travel will, on June 28, be explored at the Putnam Museum & Science Center when the venue hosts a special free screening of the documentary East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi the first public showing of the film since its River Action-hosted area premiere last August at the Figge Art Museum.