Lauded by Paste magazine for their “emotional urgency” and by the Chicago Tribune for “the sheer force of the trio's aching, tight-knit harmonies,” the Americana and alt-country musicians of The Lone Bellow perform a July 19 Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, demonstrating why NPR raved about “the group's earnest, ingratiating charm, dispensed via charisma-drenched songs that amble and soar.”

With ClashMusic.com praising the venue's headliner for her “honest, emotive songwriting,” “stirring, affecting work,” and “remarkable sense of depth,” Davenport's Redstone Room hosts a July 25 concert with alternative-folk and rock musician Maggie Koerner, whose talents inspired ItchySilk.com to rave, “There is something Janis Joplin about Koerner, whose ability to tear into songs is aural ecstasy brimming with controlled power.”

Described by Examiner.com as “a band unlike any other” and Blurt magazine as “a hybrid of Idris Muhammad, George Clinton, Ohio Players, and Earth, Wind & Fire,” the tightly-wrapped funk, rock, and R&B musicians of Here Come the Mummies take the stage at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on July 20, their infectious grooves leading The Bob & Tom Show co-host Bob Kevoian to call one of their concerts “the most fun I've had in 20 years.”

Held in celebration of the Daiquiri Factory's 14th anniversary and the Rock Island Brewing Company's 40th, the District of Rock Island will house its annual, dual anniversary party for both venues on July 20, an outdoor event featuring the latest area appearances by the glam-rock tribute artists of Hairbanger's Ball.

With her most recent album Highway Queen lauded by The Guardian as “a boisterous collection of firecracker 'outlaw country,' singer/songwriter Nikki Lane headlines a June 30 Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa' Codfish Hollow Barn, her performance sure to underscore why Rolling Stone labeled her songs “inspirations cased in a streetwise, modern shell that's as unapologetic as Johnny Cash's middle finger.”

The up-and-coming yet already widely acclaimed country and Americana band Roanoke headlines the Redstone Room's RME Member Appreciation Show on July 18 in support of the group's self-titled album, a debut release by that The Huffington Post called “brimming with optimism, youthful exuberance, and creative energy.”

Praised by Rolling Stone as an artist who “playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang,” the Canadian-American country singer/songwriter/guitarist Whitney Rose headlines a Moeller Nights concert on July 12, indicating why Paste magazine wrote, “Her voice, a gentle and unassuming croon, gives her music a quiet caress, making [Rose's songs] effortlessly engaging each time out.”

The formidable talents of Walter Trout, Jonny Lang, Shaun Murphy, and many others will be showcased when the Mississippi Valley Blues Society hosts the 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport's LeClaire Park, the July 6 and 7 outdoor event boasting exhilarating sets with national, regional, and local blues artists and interactive presentations for kids in the society's popular BlueSKool program.

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.

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.

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