THE LIVING SEA AND A-MAZING SEA
Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre
Opening Friday, May 26

There's no better time than summer for enjoying a trek to the beach, venturing into deep waters, submerging yourself in the briny blue, and communing with some of nature's most spectacular underwater creatures. Unless, like me, you're hydrophobic.

LIN ROUNTREE
The Redstone Room
Saturday, May 20, 7 p.m.

Reviewing Lin Rountree's Groovetree CD in the Michigan Chronicle, David G. Watkins wrote, "The smooth, progressive beats and rhythms are tantalizing and can send the listener into a virtual groove-based trance," and as anyone who's heard his music can attest ... wait, what was I saying? Rountree, the featured performer at the May 20 fundraising event for the Smooth Jazz Concert Series (being held in the River Music Experience's Redstone Room), is an accomplished R&B, soul, and jazz trumpeter/composer who has risen to the forefront of the Detroit music scene, but his presence has been felt far beyond the Great Lakes State; in Jazz Monthly magazine, D.J. Fazio wrote, "If first impressions are lasting ones, then Lin Rountree's CD Groovetree should make him a lasting player." 

JASON RICCI & THE NEW BLOOD
Blueport Junction
Thursday, May 11, 8 p.m.

From the research I've done, it sounds like Jason Ricci really blows. Of course, he's a harmonica player, so that's actually a good thing. Playing Davenport's Blueport Junction on Thursday, May 11, Ricci's performance biography begins in 1995, when the musician performed the main stage of the King Biscuit Blues Festival, competed in the International Blues Competition in Memphis, and recorded his debut CD ... all before the age of 22.

kennychesney KENNY CHESNEY The Mark of the Quad Cities Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. You might think you know a lot about country-music sensation Kenny Chesney, playing the Mark of the Quad Cities on Thursday, May 4, with tourmates Dierks Bentley and Sugarland.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PAN AMERICAN MARIACHI Capitol Theatre Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. As the final performers in the Quad City Arts' 2005-6 Visiting Artists Series, the University of Texas Pan American Mariachi will perform in a series of educational workshops, and present a public concert at Davenport's Capitol Theatre on April 29.

SLM Rock Island Brewing Company Thursday, April 20, 10 p.m. Who would have thought a Milwaukee band, one that has never played the Quad Cities before, would have their arrival so eagerly anticipated by area residents? SLM (pronounced "slim"), a five-piece rock/acid group, has had multiple hits at its My Space site

KATE MORRISSEY Theo's Java Club Friday, April 14, 9 p.m. Her style has been described as a little bit Joni, a little bit Tori, and a little bit Alanis. Judging by the acclaim she's received, I'm guessing all the right bits.

THE REVEREND ROBERT JONES RME and Family Museum Wednesday, April 5, and Friday, April 7 As the final guest of the organization's 2005-6 "Blues in the Schools" program, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society has brought back the Reverend Robert Jones, the Detroit musician who enjoyed a similar residency here in November 2001.

CLIFFHANGER Richmond Hill Barn Theatre Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 9 Action fans rejoice! The latest production at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre - opening March 30 - is Cliffhanger, and who among us isn't salivating to watch the show's Sylvester Stallone figure foil an armed robbery while dangling precipitously between two Rocky Mountains? Oh, wait .

F'LOOM Galvin Fine Arts Center Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. F'loom. Say it out loud. F'loom. Kinda fun, huh? But nowhere near as fun as the F'loom vocal ensemble itself. On Saturday, March 25, visitors to St.

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