Touring in support of his 2018 recording Encore – an album the New York Times called a “lustrous revisiting of raucous Southern soul, rousingly delivered and pinpoint precise” – the chart-topping roots rocker Anderson East plays a September 18 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, displaying the musical gifts that led NPR to deem him “a perceptive record-maker and proven captivator of live crowds.”

Described by Rolling Stone as blending “highbrow smarts with down-home stomp,” the Denver-based rockers of The Yawpers perform a September 19 Moeller Nights concert in support of the band's 2017 release Boy in a Well, a concept record ConsequenceOfSound.net praised for its “complex and ambitious tale” and “muscular, unpredictable rockabilly tracks.”

An artist who, according to American Blues Scene magazine, “plays a head-spinning variety of styles … never failing to excite the listener,” the Florida-based JP Soars and his band The Red Hots play a September 19 concert presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, their engagement at Kavanaugh's Hilltop Bar & Grill demonstrating why BluesSource.com wrote, “Soars can stroke, persuade, bend, and stretch notes from places other guitarists haven't even heard of.”

Lauded by BluesRockReview.com for his “harmonica gymnastics with vocal theatrics” and the frontman for the Grammy-winning outfit Blues Traveler for more than 30 years, John Popper plays a special September 24 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, sharing the musical gifts that led Alternative Revolution to deem the 51-year-old “an elder statesman of the jam scene … and he certainly earned the title at a young age.”

Augustana College will start its 2018-19 theatre season off with a bang – and a “Ribbit!” – via its September 15 and 16 presentation The Frog & the Princess, a family comedy featuring classic storytelling, untraditional romance, and hilarious one-liners, and adapted by Brandon Roberts from the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

An on-stage explosion of dance, music, and art will transpire at St. Ambrose University on September 15 and 16 as the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities present their season-opening presentation Paris en Pointe – a multi-media collaboration featuring area musicians and singers, and one held in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's forthcoming exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1950-1950.

An eagerly awaited Centennial Park celebration presented by the Celtic Cultures Alliance of the Quad Cities, this year's Celtic Festival & Highland Games of the Quad Cities will, on September 14 and 15, boast dozens of demonstrations, exhibits, family activities, cultural workshops, food and beverage vendors, and contests covering everything from dancing to intimidating feats of strength, with live music provided by more than a half-dozen national and local acts.

For the first public engagement in the organization's 2018-19 lecture series, the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities (WACQC) will, on September 18, offer Bettendorf Public Library visitors insight and information on a largely misunderstood religion in Introduction to Sikhism: Contributions and Challenges of the Sikh Community in the United States, a 90-minute presentation by the Sikh Coalition's Community Development Director Dr. Rucha Kaur.

Described by ChicagoCritic.com as “very beautiful and moving” and “a wonderful tale of personal bonding that transcends the grave,” Tuesdays with Morrie – the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom's bestselling memoir – runs at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre September 14 through 23, with Variety magazine calling the two-man drama a “life-affirming” work “poignantly emphasizing the necessity of enjoying life while we have it.”

Original works from more than 80 juried regional and national artists, children's activities, a Tabor Wines tasting, gourmet food, live music with Whoozdads? and other area performers, and additional treats will be on hand at the September 15 and 16 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, with MidCoast Fine Arts' 31st-annual Lindsay Park event finding Rachel Mullins Steiner this year's recipient of the esteemed Harley Award in recognition of her visionary leadership in creating an area arts culture.

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