An annual outdoor celebration presented by the Celtic Cultures Alliance of the Quad Cities, this year's Celtic Festival & Highland Games will again boast dozens of demonstrations, exhibits, family activities, cultural workshops, and contests covering everything from dancing to feats of strength, with live music provided by more than a dozen national and local acts.

Credited for reviving the European genre of “Country and Irish” – an Irish musical form that blends North American country stylings with Celtic influences – Carter, at age 27, has released nine studio albums and three live albums to date, five of which reached number-one on the Irish Albums Chart.

Described by Downbeat magazine as “charismatic and immensely talented” and called a “jazz innovator” by Billboard, singer/saxophonist/composer Kelly not only headlines Polyrhythms' monthly “Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series” on September 17, but appears locally as the first scheduled performer in Quad City Arts' 2017-18 Visiting Artist Series.

Quality artworks by dozens of regional and national artists, children's art activities, a wine tasting, gourmet food, live music with the Barley House Band, and more will be on tap for the 30th-annual art festival hosted by MidCoast Fine Arts, with local artist Jeanne O'Melia this year's recipient of the Harley Award recognizing special contributions made to the area's visual-art landscape.

Created at the time of increased migration of Haitians to the United States, Duval-Carrié's multi-part alter-piece Endless Flight is accompanied by seven freestanding or floating assemblages referring both to the migration of colonists and slaves to Haiti, and to the migration of Haitians to the United States and other countries. The work will be showcased alongside a selection of recent paintings by Duval-Carrié that continue his dialogue on the history of colonialism in the Americas.

Swiss artist Loher, whose video installations combine performance art, music, and dance, returns to the Figge to discuss her latest work and its relation to current environmental issues, including a decline in pollinators.

Scotchy Rock 2017 oil on canvas by David Balluff

September 'Sideshow' New Works by David Balluff at Rozz-Tox Local artist David Balluff will be exhibiting paintings and silkscreen prints at Rozz Tox in September, with an opening on September 8th, from 5-7pm.

Thursday, September 7, 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m.

Presented by River Action, 822 East River Drive, Davenport IA

For the 18th consecutive year, River Action will host area tours for senior citizens that utilize existing riverfront trails, allowing participants to see and learn about beautiful area locales and landmarks from the front seat of covered golf carts.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, the touring musicians of Amasa Hines will perform a Moeller Nights concert steeped in the band's unique blend of soul, Afro-beat, psychedelic, blues, dub, and indie-rock stylings.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents a special concert headlined by a two-time winner of the Blues Music Awards' “Best Instrumentalist – Bass” citation, as well as a Chicago-blues artist whom Downbeat magazine described as “a real crowd-pleaser.”