With the New York Music Daily lauding their “darkly inventive Americana” and The Sound praising their “infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes,” the touring musicians of Muddy Ruckus – guitarist and Quad Cities native Ryan Flaherty and “suitcase drummer” Erika Stahl – perform as Moeller Nights headliners on August 9, the duo's 2018 album Bellows to Mend described by EvolvementRadio.com as “hands down their best work so far.”

In 1992, the District of Rock Island hosted its very first outdoor festival with the debut of its Caribbean-themed celebration Ya Maka My Weekend. Twenty-seven years later, the District's longest-running annual tradition will continue with 2019's Daiquiri Factory-sponsored Ya Maka My Weekend on August 10, an event boasting a marketplace, arts and crafts vendors, ethnic food of all flavors, and concert sets by six sizzling musical acts.

Having charted 67 tunes – six of them number-one hits – on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart between 1985 and 2017, legendary country-pop artist Vince Gill makes his long-awaited appearance at Davenport's Adler Theatre on August 14, performing from a solo repertoire that dates from 1985's The Things That Matter to his new Okie, the latter scheduled for release on August 23.

An iconic rocker with significant credits as a singer/songwriter, producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist, and activist, Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams brings his “Shine a Light” world tour to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on August 15, performing from a massive repertoire boasts 14 studio albums, six compilation albums, four live albums, two soundtracks, and an incredible 69 singles.

Though they traditionally deliver pre-show entertainment for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's mainstage productions, the theatre's wait staff of Bootleggers will be “the main course” on the five Thursdays in August when the singing and dancing servers present The Best of the Bootleggers, an August 1 through 29 revue of some of the gifted performers' most memorable pre-show performances from Circa '21's 42 seasons.

Winner of five 2013 Tony Awards and the record-holder for the most Olivier Awards – the United Kingdom's equivalent of the Tony – ever won by a musical, the Broadway smash Matilda: The Musical makes its long-awaited area debut at Moline's Spotlight Theatre August 2 through 11, treating family audiences to a delightful entertainment for all ages, and a work the New York Times called “an exhilarating tale of empowerment” told with “astonishing slyness and grace.”

From August 8 through 10, an eagerly awaited summertime tradition will take place both on and in between the LeClaire and Port Byron Levees, as the 33rd Annual Great River Tug Fest delivers outdoor family fun with carnival attractions, live music, arts and crafts vendors, fireworks displays, and the hotly anticipated tug-of-war over the Mississippi River.

Held in annual celebration of the legendary cornet player and Davenport native, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival will, for the second year in a row, find the majority of its concert sets taking place at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, with the venue, from August 1 through 3, hosting no less than 25 individual sets by seven assemblages of thrilling jazz artists.

Lauded by NPR for songs that are “bright, approachable, outward-facing throwbacks to the best in classic countrified rock” while also “a canvas for serious, sometimes enormously ambitious ruminations on the meaning of life,” the indie-rock and -folk artists of Dawes enjoy a two-night booking at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn on August 2 and 3, their “Two Evenings with Dawes” event treating fans a repertoire ranging from the band's 2009 North Hills debut to 2018's Passwords.

Touring in support of his most recent recording The Bad Testament, and with the River Cities' Reader's Jeff Ignatius deeming him “a hypnotic performer” who delivers “a galloping guitar workout,” Scott H. Biram plays a headlining concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company on August 3, demonstrating why Noisey stated, “His messy, raw records swirl together outlaw country, blues, Americana, soul, and rock 'n' roll, and his new record The Bad Testament is all over the place in the best kind of way.”

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