Appearing as rare summertime guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artists series, the Rock Island-based organization welcomes the New Orleans jazz ensemble Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards to the Quad Cities, with the popular touring artists and celebrated children's musicians bringing their smoky yet distinctly family-friendly styling to a half-dozen area venues between June 15 and 19.

Three supremely gifted instrumentalists and a wonderfully talented singer will thrill River Music Experience guests in the latest event in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, with pianist Dick Miller, bassist Gary Palmer, drummer Craig Wood, and vocalist Eve Minkler combining and sharing their jazz passions in a June 16 Redstone Room concert.

A hotly anticipated summertime festival returns to the District of Rock Island on June 8, as this year's celebration of Cajun culture Gumbo Ya Ya treats guests to a veritable Mardi Gras complete with a quartet of electrifying concerts, a French Quarter Marketplace, Cajun cooking, street performers, and, as always, more than 20,000 strands of Mardi Gras beads.

Revered noise musician, performance artist, and multimedia art maven Lucas Abela brings his most notorious project Justice Yeldham to Rozz-Tox on June 9. To avoid the risk of burying the lede, I’ll just say right away that Abela plays giant shards of broken glass as his primary instrument, pressing his lips straight onto them and blowing like some mutant trumpet sparked into harsh noise fury by his electronics.

For most artists who play to huge crowds at the TaxSlayer Center, only a few words of introduction are necessary for the full extent of their credits and fame to register. For the artist playing the Moline venue on June 11, only two words are needed: Paul McCartney.

Anika, June 11

Experimental singer/composer/poet Anika brings her idiosyncratic, anachronistic music to Rozz-Tox on June 11.

A night of black metal in various forms arrives at Rock Island's Rozz-Tox on June 5, as Baton Rouge-based outfit Barghest shares a bill with Wyrm Chasm from Dallas and local group Everlasting Light.

The familiar sounds of “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby,” “Oh Boy,” “Everyday,” and many other iconic '50s-rock hits will fill the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse on May 30, with the Rock Island venue presenting two performances of the exhilarating touring production That'll Be the Day: A Tribute to Buddy Holly & the Crickets starring Todd Meredith, the leading man from Circa '21's 2008 musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

One of the most popular movies of all time, and the starting point for arguably the most beloved film franchise in history, will be given a thrilling live accompaniment on June 1 when the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents two performances of Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert – screenings of the first Star Wars from 1977 with the QCSO talents performing all two hours of John Williams' iconic score.

Appearing as the first musicians in the River Music Experience's “Guest List Series” of free concerts made possible with support from Davenport's Regional Development Authority, the blues rockers of the Kris Lager Band take the Redstone Room stage on June 1, sharing the talents that led Bandwagon magazine to praise the group's “brilliant” sound “that few other modern-day bands can offer.”

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