Described by as “justly acclaimed as a titanic force at the keyboard,” special guest Garrick Ohlsson joins the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for the ensemble's October 2 and 3 presentations of The New World, the first concerts in the musicians' 2021-22 Masterworks season, and performances showcasing a pianist whose recent concert engagement was described by the New York Times as “a vigorous, crisp, and clear performance without a trace of Romantic excess.”

A beloved Quad Cities ensemble that, as stated in DownBeat magazine, “channels its pent-up enthusiasm and not-slight musical ability toward an individuated brand of blues-rock,” the talents of the Avey Grouws Band play an October 1 concert at Davenport's Gypsy Highway Bar & Grill in support of Tell Tale Heart, the group's sophomore album – released on September 24 – that follows the critical and commercial success of 2020's The Devil May Care.

An internationally acclaimed rapper whose accolades include four Grammy nominations and a People's Choice Award, Tramar Lacel Dillard – better known by his performance alias Flo Rida – plays a headlining concert at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center on October 3, the musician's repertoire boasting four studio albums, four EPs, 37 singles as a lead artist, and 24 music videos.

Serving as the latest stop on the musician's “Hits Deep Tour,” Moline's TaxSlayer Center hosts an October 2 concert with the Grammy-winning, chart-topping TobyMac, whose extensive, critically acclaimed discography has made him one of the best-selling artists in contemporary-Christian and hip-hop history.

A five-piece ensemble that, according to, “incorporates rock, bluegrass, jazz, and a little folk, creating nothing but an upbeat atmosphere,” the Chicago-based musicians of Old Shoe play Davenport's Redstone Room on October 1, the band's most recent release Country Home a compilation of 13 original tracks that were praised by for the songs' ability to “paint a diverse landscape of American life.”

Delivering the organization's first public performance in 21 months, Chamber Music Quad Cities makes a welcome return with the September 25 program America: A Prophecy at Bettendorf's Asbury United Methodist Church – an evening boasting featured performances by violinist Charles Wetherbee and CMQC artistic directors and siblings Thomas and Gregory Sauer.

One of the best-selling and most beloved rock bands in history will be celebrated in a special concert event at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, with the Rock Island venue, on September 21, presenting Queen Flash: The Untimate Queen Tribute, a showcase to iconic singer Freddie Mercury and an ensemble whose unforgettable hits include “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” and “We Are the Champions.”

Over the span of three days, two touring tributes to the chart-topping, Grammy-winning rockers of the Eagles (Hotel California, One of These Nights) will deliver three celebratory concerts at a pair of Illinois theatrical venues, with Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse hosting 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute on September 23, and Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse presenting afternoon and evening performances of Heartache Tonight's Eagles Tribute Concert on September 25.

Designed to celebrate the end of a lively summer of outdoor events in the Quad Cities, Davenport's River Music Experience (RME), Downtown Rock Island, and the Bix Jazz Society team up to present the NOLA Block Party on September 18, an outdoor bash in downtown Rock Island's Great River Plaza boasting a concert set by the nationally recognized, New Orleans-based jazz musicians of Tuba Skinny.

We last heard from Davenport-based composer William Campbell earlier this year with the release of his soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated short film Hunger Ward, which profiled the famine in Yemen and the efforts of health workers to combat starvation and malnutrition of the children in the region. While Campbell’s score for the film featured swathes of his moody, affecting composition for the piano, the instrument formed only one piece of a larger palette that incorporated dark-ambient electronics and orchestral strings.