A revolutionary abolitionist and women's-rights advocate who dedicated her life to the dissemination of knowledge through her writing, newspapers, and school, Mathilde F. Anneke will be the subject of a May 13 presentation at the German American Heritage Center, with author and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assistant professor Dr. Viktorija Bilić presenting on her work translating the personal correspondence of this German-American Suffragist.

Described by PopMatters.com as a quartet of “great vintage sounds,” “triumphant jams,” and “a strong and diverse sonic palette,” the rockers of Georgia's Perpetual Groove play Davenport's Redstone Room on May 11, and according to Get Some magazine's Jared Farmer, the group's most recent EP Familiar Stare “has me on the edge of my seat to see what this band has in store for the future.”

On May 10, in conjunction with the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) exhibition Resistance, Resilience, & Restoration, the Figge Art Museum will host an evening with exhibit curator Vero Rose Smith, the assistant director of the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project who will share her thoughts on the selection of pieces for this celebration of the beauty and fragility of nature.

Playing in support of the band's studio-album debut Guppy, a release lauded by NPR for its “razor-sharp one-liners” and “impossibly catchy hooks,” the New York-based power-pop quartet Charly Bliss performs locally in a May 15 Moeller Nights concert, demonstrating why Pitchfork.com deemed the ensemble's first album “both wry and sincere in its expression of the endless crap-conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.”

In the 10th incarnation of the venue's latest group exhibit, on display from May 3 through August 12, the 2018 College Invitational at the Figge will boast two- and three-dimensional works from no less than 56 student artists, as professors from eight area colleges and universities were tasked with selecting the top works from their schools for this year’s exhibition.

Delivering what PopWrapped.com described as “a polished sound filled with strong vocals and fantastic harmonizing made all the better with vivid lyrics and powerful instrumentation,” the folk and Americana musicians of The Way Down Wanderers headline a May 4 Redstone Room concert, demonstrating why BestNewBands.com wrote, “Their live show is full of energy and just a damn good time.”

Currently co-starring in the slapstick hit Super Troopers 2 – a movie that earned back its $13.5 million budget in its first three days of release – comedians Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme take the stage at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on May 4, treating fans to a night of hilarious reminiscences on their lives, careers, and history as members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe.

Writing in Guitar Player Magazine, reviewer Michael Molenda stated that blues artist Dave Fields delivers “an exhilarating concert experience if you ever get a chance to see [him] live.” And on May 6, blues fans and Moline Viking Club patrons will get that chance in a special event presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS), one that will show why Fields was praised by Elmore magazine as “a superb guitarist with an over-the-top, inecndiary style.”

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.”

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