A two-time winner of Nashville Scene's citation for “Best Local Album,” pop singer/songwriter Tristen serves as the latest visiting artist in the Moeller Nights series, her most recent album Sneaker Waves described by NPR as a work that “abounds in toothsome melodies and glistening layers of guitar and synth” as the artist herself “bears quietly lacerating witness to vulnerability.”

Headlining a two-day music festival at the Codfish Hollow Barn, the South Carolina-based ensemble SUSTO brings its Americana and alt-country stylings to Maquoketa on August 10 and 11, the artists' Fine 2Day Fest demonstrating the skills that led SoundingBoardBlog.com to rave, “The band brings a level of passion and thoughtfulness to their performance, and the way they play engulfs your attention and resonates a sense of authenticity. You can see how this is one of those bands who truly love to play music.”

Held in annual celebration of the legendary cornet player and Davenport native, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will, for the first time, find the majority of its concert sets taking place at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, with the venue, from August 2 through 4, hosting no less than 26 individual sets by seven assemblages of thrilling jazz artists.

Led by rock legend Buzz Osborne, who has been touring with his band for 35 years, the sludge-metal and hardcore-punk musicians of The Melvins make a return appearance at the Rock Island Brewing Company on August 6, with AllMusic.com writing of the iconic group, “Their ability to combine punk with a strong Black Sabbath influence had a major impact on everything from grunge to alternative metal to doom metal and stoner rock.”

With the band having opened for the likes of Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, the Zac Brown Band, and the Goo Goo Dolls, Davenport's Redstone Room hosts an August 8 concert with the Celtic-rock talents of Gaelic Storm, an assemblage of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists lauded by the Examiner for their “high energy, consistent interaction with the audience, and exceptional musical performance.”

Lauded by Living Blues magazine as “21st Century Blues at its best,” the Memphis-based artists of the Ghost Town Blues Band perform an August 4 Harley Corin's concert presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, treating audiences to the soulful, electrifying effects of, as Living Blues stated, “what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments.”

Touring in support of his new album Lifted that LouderThanWar.com called “suffused with summer sunshine and bursting with optimism in the face of global fear and loathing,” indie-rock and Americana musician Israel Nash performs as the Moeller Nights headliner on August 4, the artist recently praised by Rolling Stone as a “singer-songwriter who mixes folk, rock, and psychedelia” who “is proving a master of sonic textures.”

A chart-topping country duo that scored the rare feat of having an album simultaneously debut at number 13 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and number 10 on its Top Rap Albums chart, Moonshine Bandits performs at Davenport's Redstone Room on August 2, treating audiences to the singular stylings that led SputnikMusic.com to state, “Fans of either hip-hop or country should be able to find something they like … since the two genres are made to complement each other so well.”

Two exhilarating bands – both of them originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York – share one weekend at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel when a pair of acclaimed national acts serve as Moeller Nights headliners: the indie-pop four-piece ensemble Frances Cone, which takes the Davenport stage on July 27, and Oneida, the psychedelic-rock quintet being showcased on July 29.

Composed of Dave “Dixie” Collins, Dave “Shep” Shepherd, and Travis Owen – the former two musicians having co-founded the group 20 years ago – the fired-up sludge-metal musicians of Weedeater perform a Rock Island Brewing Company concert on July 26, their most recent album Goliathan described by AngryMetalGuy.com as “an intoxicating examination of Southern culture and arguably the most tongue-in-cheek approximation of their sludgy, stoner sound thus far delivered.”