Joseph, June 27

Praised by Whatsup Magazine for music that delivers “the lyrics as spells, the melodies as enchantment, the rhythms as the primal beatings of the heart,” the folk artists of Joseph play a Moeller Nights concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn on June 27, sharing what the magazine lauded as “a harmonic alchemical transmutation of word and music into shimmering epiphanies of transcendent meaning.”

Praised by JazzPolice.com for her “big, soulful voice,” and with 20-year David Sanborn collaborator Ricky Peterson insisting, “She will knock you out,” Minnesota-based jazz singer Pippi Ardennia performs as a June 17 guest in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, with her partner for the event Daniel Leahy, the noted jazz pianist who is currently writing and recording new compositions for the artist.

Performing in support of their sophomore album Arms of a Dream, a spring release that Ghetto Blaster magazine deemed the band's “most vivid and transformative music to date,” the Canadian musicians of Reuben & the Dark play a Moeller Nights concert on June 17, their folk-rock stylings leading American Songwriter to dub the group “Bright Eyes meets Mumford & Sons.”

A 2003 inductee in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, acclaimed blues vocalist and Quad Cities native Ernie Peniston reunites his Ernie Peniston Band for a special Redstone Room concert on June 21, an evening that finds the artist sharing the soulful talents that led Blues Blast Magazine to state, “Peniston is a singer with a magnificent voice, capable of handing a wide range of styles with aplomb and always with full-bore emotional commitment.”

With Broadway World calling the performers' live show “an awe-inspiring experience” in which the phrase “'must-see' doesn't really cover it,” the global phenomenon Celtic Woman brings its “Homecoming Live” tour to Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 12, demonstrating why the Irish musicians' international appearances have been continual sell-outs, and why they have thus far sold in excess of 10 million albums worldwide.

Anvil, June 8

Heavy-metal mainstays of the early '80s that have been enjoying a decade-long renaissance perform a special concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company, with the June 8 concert by Anvil treating patrons to a night with the stars of the 2008 documentary hit Anvil! The Story of Anvil, called “a hell of a movie” by Empire and, by IndieWire, “a must-see for dreamers everywhere.”

Praised by Paste magazine as “reliably and thoroughly exceptional” and by Spin for “music as blissful and unhurried as a cat lolling about in a sunbeam,” the indie-rock artists of Real Estate play a June 8 Codfish Hollow Barn concert co-sponsored by Moeller Nights, with their most recent album In Mind inspiring Consequence of Sound to rave, “Everything Real Estate touches turns to bliss.”

Performing what OnMilwaukee.com calls “a supreme blend of traditional country, Americana, and contemporary folk styles,” Wisconsin's alt-country five-piece Buffalo Gospel headlines a Moeller Nights concert on June 9 in support of its new album On the First Bell, a work the Web site decress “worthy of not only a listen, but a permanent place on your playlist.”

Lauded by SputnikMusic.com for her “carefree, earthy experimentalism” and “the polarized emotions she inspires,” dream-pop singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Carla dal Forno brings her North American tour to Rozz-Tox on June 3, the artist's 2016 album You Know What It's Like revered by Pitchfork.com for being a “smoky and ominous” work that “simmers, both musically and thematically, with powerful undercurrents.”

Well-known by his stage name JBM, Canadian folk- and pop-rock singer/songwriter Jesse Marchant headlines a Moeller Nights concert on June 3, the artist having been praised by Filter magazine for his “heartfelt compositions” and “meticulous and carefully crafted sound,” and by ClubDistrict.com for creating a signature style “as weathered and wise as an old home.”

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