On September 14, funk, groove, and soul will be on the Redstone Room's musical menu when the Davenport venues hosts a rare evening with a pair of co-headliners: Tomar & the FCs, the lauded quintet visiting the area from Austin, Texas, and Soul Sherpa, the 10-person group based in Cedar Rapids.

A two-day celebration of a most dexterous musical instrument, the area's inaugural Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival – taking place at Augustana College's Larson Hall September 14 and 15 – will treat lovers of the sax to master classes, workshops, discussions, and recitals, with the fest's guest artist, renowned saxophonist/composer Nick Zoulek, described by the Wall Street Journal as “stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre.”

Music lovers wouldn't necessarily consider the musical styles an ideal match. But on September 15, Blues Beatles will wow Rhythm City Casino Resort visitors by instilling the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo will distinct blues rhythms and phrasing, with On Stage Magazine raving that the group's Brazilian musicians “seamlessly and successfully melded classic Beatles tunes with deep-down Southern blues. These reinventions of familiar Beatles music lead a listener to wonder what would have happened if the Beatles had signed with Motown through some crazy twist of fate.”

Touring in conjunction with the September 1 release of her sophomore album A Million Miles Away, singer/songwriter/guitarist Elizabeth Moen serves as the headliner for a Moeller Nights concert on September 15, with the Iowa native's gifts inspiring The Culture Trip to write, “Elizabeth Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous thoughts and concerns, and leaving you short of breath.”

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2006 Tony Award for star Cynthia Nixon, David Lindsay-Abaire's moving, haunting, unexpectedly funny family drama Rabbit Hole enjoys a September 6 through 8 staging at St. Ambrose University's Studio Theatre, the New York Times praising the work for its “honesty, accuracy, and humor” while adding that the show “inspires such copious weeping among its audience that you wonder early on if you should have taken a life jacket.”

Chicago-based author Chanell Ruth, the winner of this year's Great River Writers Retreat contest, will deliver a special reading at the Midwest Writing Center on September 8, sharing the talents that led Tidal Basin Review to call her recent Bottom of Midnight “difficult, necessary, and important,” and to say of the work, “It would be impossible to read … and not be moved by the pain it expresses.”

A quintet of superb artists, working in a variety of mediums, will collectively showcase their works in the group exhibition Earth Wind & Fire, on display from September 1 through 28 at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, and boasting new pieces of Dean Kugler, Bill Wolford, Bonnie Grebner, Heidi Grandt, and Karen Brinson.

Beautiful and thoughtful works by artists from both Iowa and Illinois will enjoy a September 5 through October 31 showcase at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with a variety of artistic mediums employed in new pieces by Lori Miller of Eldridge, Iowa, and Janis Wunderlich and Paul Scott Page, both of Monmouth, Illinois.

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.”