Life must be returning to semi-normal, since some favorite outdoor summer concert series are back this year. The Starlight Revue Concert Series in Rock Island starts back up May 18, and free concerts are returning in early June to downtown Davenport and downtown Moline.

Live Summer Concert Series in Quad Cities Return This Month

The All Sweat monthly reggae series starts Thursday, May 20.

The Tuesday night free Starlight Revue series begins in Lincoln Park on May 18 with River City 6. Starting 5 p.m., Hy-Vee Grille and Rock Island Parks and Recreation will sell food and drink, with the concerts starting at 7 p.m. The 2021 lineup is:

  • May 18: River City 6
  • May 25: Troy Rangel and Friends
  • June 1: The Tailfins
  • June 8: Crooked Cactus Band
  • June 15: Gray Wolf
  • June 22: The Hotrods
  • June 29: 20th Anniversary Concert of Josh Duffee Orchestra
  • July 6: The Night People

Jazz drummer and Q-C bandleader Josh Duffee recently posted that his concert will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first Starlight Revue show June 30, 2001, and this summer’s concert will also be a tribute to legendary drummer Gene Krupa (1909-1973) and his orchestra.

Live Summer Concert Series in Quad Cities Return This Month

The Moline Bass Street Landing series starts Thursday, June 3.

The River Music Experience, 2nd and Main streets, Davenport, is bringing back the free Live@Five on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting on June 4. Last year due to Covid, the series was limited to August and September.

The RME courtyard will host live music featuring a wide range of genres and styles. Like last summer, the series asks patrons to wear a mask when you can’t maintain a distance of at least six feet from others not in your party. And when choosing your seating, pick a place at least six feet from other parties. The pavement will be marked to help you in that process.

This year’s schedule of bands is:

Moline Centre on Friday was excited to announce this year’s lineup for the Thursday night Bass Street Landing Summer Concert Series, off

Live Summer Concert Series in Quad Cities Return This Month

The Lincoln Park Starlight Revue series starts Tuesday, May 18.

17th Street and River Drive.

“It has been 610 days since our last FREE concert @ Bass Street, and we are ready to ‘safely’ party with all of you again on the plaza!” it posted on Facebook, noting it is partnering again with Courtesy Car City as both the title and vehicle sponsor for this year’s concert series.

Moline Centre “is taking many extra precautions to ensure that these series of concerts are following all CDC/State of Illinois Covid-19 safety guidelines,” the group posted. “We ask that all guests please wear a mask anytime social distancing is not possible. Social distance whenever possible. Frequently use the hand sanitizing stations that will be provided. Avoid concentrated gatherings of people. Please stay home and do not attend these concerts if you are sick or feeling sick.”

The Thursday night lineup for the free 7 p.m. concerts is:

  • June 3: 1st Impression
  • June 10: Minus Six
  • June 17: Gray Wolf Band
  • June 24: Class of ‘82
  • July 1: Glory Days Garage Band
  • July 8: Corporate Rock
  • July 15: Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls
  • July 22: North of 40
  • July 29: Been There Done That
  • 5: Blues Rock-it
  • 12: Smooth Groove
  • 19: Avey Grouws Band
  • 26: Alewife
  • 2: Dynoride
Live Summer Concert Series in Quad Cities Return This Month

The RME Live@Five series starts Friday, June 4.

And also in Moline, All Sweat Productions is starting a new outdoor concert series – the All Sweat 3rd Thursday Reggae Party, at Len Brown’s North Shore Inn, 700 N. Shore Drive, Moline, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting May 20.

Each free show — sponsored by Yabba Dabbas — will feature an original set along with a tribute set to one of the band’s favorite reggae artists. This series lineup is:

  • May 20: The Wontu Trees
  • June 17: Reggae Rapids
  • July 15: Palmolive
  • 19 : Joe Marcinek
  • 16: Rude Punch
  • 21: The Wontu Trees
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Live Summer Concert Series in Quad Cities Return This Month
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.