Delightful, fanciful, whimsical, and ingratiatingly goofy works of art will be showcased at Rozz-Tox from September 7 through 30, as the Rock Island venue and the Art Legacy League host the combined art show and sale The Crazy Heads Story, a collection of colorfully original pieces by artists trained by the late Father Ed Catich – Amy Nielsen and Paul Herrera – as well as the St. Ambrose University Art Department founder himself.

A legitimate musical prodigy who released two albums before becoming a teenager, the 14-year-old YouTube and concert sensation EmiSunshine makes her debut appearance at Rock Island's Circa '21 Speakeasy on September 6, the young artist cited by Rolling Stone as “a mind-bogglingly talented adolescent who writes intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.”

Playing past hits along with songs from the group's most recent release Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not – a work that, according to ConsequenceOfSound.net, “continues the band's decades-long path of great records” – the alternative rockers of Dinosaur Jr. play a Codfish Hollow Barn concert on September 10, their latest album described by The Quietus as “a perfect synthesis of all the incredients that have made them one of the most intriguing and long-lasting guitar bands in recent history.”

With DCMusicDownload.com calling the artist “engagingly soulful” and praising his “talent, unique songwriting ability, and ability to master the potency of silence,” the Los Angeles-based Naia Izumi appears locally as a Moeller Nights headliner on September 11, the folk-rock musician 2018's winner of NPR's esteemed Tiny Desk Contest that annually receives more than 4,000 video submissions.

Lauded by Sound Guardian as “a truly great and powerful band” and Icon Music Mag as “everything you could wish for in rock, jazz, fusion, blues, prog rock, and world music,” the Chicago-based quartet Marbin plays a Redstone Room concert on September 13, the band's most recent release Israeli Jazz praised by Festival Feak as an album that “tends to speed by at a frenetic pace, but never goes without some form of infectious melody that climbs and climbs, as if reaching for the next high.”

The ultimate live-action comic book presented in arena-stage format, Marvel Universe! Live: Age of Heroes blasts its way into Moline's TaxSlayer Center August 31 through September 2, treating family audiences to an exhilarating, stunt-filled production boasting wondrous visual effects and many of the most heroic and villainous characters found in the Marvel canon.

An annual Labor Day-weekend tradition blasts into the District of Rock Island in this year's Xstream Rock Island Grand Prix, the September 1 and 2 event in which thousands will cheer as hundreds of racing kart drivers traverse the tree-lined streets at speeds close to 100 MPH.

Presented by the area nonprofit Living Proof Exhibit, an organization that celebrates the creative spirit of those impacted by cancer, the exhibition A Visualization of Hope will bring messages of strength and resilience to Davenport's Figge Art Museum September 6 through 9, with Living Proof's annual assemblage boasting more than 50 pieces of art created by cancer survivors in the tri-state area.

Called “hilarious and sharp-spoken” by The Huffington Post, and described by BookStr.com as a poet who “has taken no small steps toward proving her brilliance, strength, resilience, and power,” author, activist, and spoken-word artist Olivia Gatwood headlines a special engagement at Davenport's The Stardust on August 31, her recent release New American Best Friend lauded by Thought Catalogue as “the book I wish I had as a teenage girl.”

Praised by New York Music Daily for their “darkly inventive Americana” and by The Sound for their “infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes,” the touring musicians of Muddy Ruckus – guitarist (and Rock Island native) Ryan Flaherty and “suitcase drummer” Erika Stahl – perform as Moelle Nights headliners on September 1, their 2018 album Bellows to Mend described by EvolvementRadio.com as “hands down their best work so far.”

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