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 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.”

Delivering what 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 wrote, “Their live show is full of energy and just a damn good time.”

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 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.”

Presented as a gala-event concert in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 season, “An Evening with Joshua Bell” will, on May 3, treat Adler Theatre audiences to the soaring classical stylings of one of America's most revered musicians – a Grammy Award-winning violinist whose career has spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and recording artist.

Eight superb musicians will take the stage for one exhilarating event when the genre-defying talents of The Suffers play a Moeller Nights concert on May 4, their collective gifts leading Spin magazine to dub the Houston-based outfit “the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing.”

Appearing in an April 29 Moeller Nights concert at Davenport's The Stardust, the acclaimed indie-rock artists of Rogue Wave will deliver, in its entirety, a live performance of the group's Asleep at Heaven's Gate in celebration of its 10th-anniversary reissue, the 2007 album having been deemed “an incredible pop-rock journey” by Chicago Now and, according to Variety, “a satisfying full-length that grows more pleasurable with each listen.”

With the Chicago Tribune deeming him “an artist who makes deeply introspective music that by turns can project a hazy, late-night vibe or a lighter, sunnier flavor,” the 21-year-old rap and hip-hop musician Kweku Collins headlines a Daytrotter concert on April 27, his most recent LP Grey praised by for its creator “effortlessly conjuring melodies that gracefully tread the line between spoken word and rap.”

For its latest full-length family concert, guest conductor Carl Topilow and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will celebrate space – the final frontier – in the Adler Theatre's April 28 event QCSO: A Space Odyssey, an afternoon of thrilling and inspiring compositions familiar to fans of everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter to The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons.