Two hard-rocking, chart-topping bands team up for one unforgettable night when Moline's TaxSlayer Center, on May 18, hosts a co-headlining concert with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, the rock and heavy-metal musicians reuniting this month for the first time since their massive North American arena tour in the fall of 2016.

Performing as the latest guests in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, the Lynne Arriale Trio – featuring bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer – brings formidable talent to Davenport's Redstone Room on May 20, the ensemble's pianist, composer, and namesake described as “the poet laureate of her generation” by Jazz Police, with multiple Grammy winner Randy Brecker adding, “Her music transcends the word 'jazz' – it is just pure music.”

Currently embarking on a May tour that finds the musician visiting 22 different venues, and 22 different cities, over 26 days, the critically lauded Justin Townes Earle performs a Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn on May 14, his seventh and most recent album Kids in the Street described by NPR as “the veteran songwriter's most pleasing and playful effort to date.”

With singer and group co-founder Tony Butala currently celebrating his astonishing 60th year with the trio, the beloved pop vocalists of The Lettermen will return to the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse on May 14, their annual concert engagements overflowing with timeless hits such as “When I Fall in Love,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “Shangri-La.”

Described by as a quartet of “great vintage sounds,” “triumphant jams,” and “a strong and diverse sonic palette,” the rockers of Georgia's Perpetual Groove play Davenport's Redstone Room on May 11, and according to Get Some magazine's Jared Farmer, the group's most recent EP Familiar Stare “has me on the edge of my seat to see what this band has in store for the future.”

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.”