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 PopMatters.com 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 NoDepression.com, “provides an abundance of musical wealth with an economy of means.”

With his most recent release Big Bad Luv described by PopMatters.com 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.

Described by Glide magazine as “a self-assured powerhouse” who “will knock your socks off with her smart, unpretentious rock and roll,” the Nashville-based Ruby Boots performs as the headliner in a June 29 Moeller Nights concert, demonstrating why LouderSound.net lauded her “artfully scruffed alt-country songwriting” and “powerful, versatile, wide-open voice.”

Scultpures and paintings by Iowa- and Illinois-based talents will fill the Quad City Arts Center from June 29 through August 17, as the Rock Island venue houses Dean Kugler's Relics and Erik Ohrn's Momentarily Present – exhibitions boasting works by two gifted artists who use figuration to communicate ideas about psychology, internal states of being, and the solitary nature of existence.

An iconic group of chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling rockers from England serve as headliners for the District of Rock Island's annual, outdoor Rock the District concert on June 29, with the late-June heat given extra sizzle by the post-grunge musicians of Bush led by founder, lead vocalist, and rhryhm guitarist Gavin Rossdale.

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