ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (September 22, 2021) — Tickets go on sale Friday, September 24, for Syrian-American funk and soul band Bassel & The Supernaturals’ public show in downtown Davenport.  

The show is 7PM, Wednesday, October 20, at the Raccoon Motel, 315 E 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801.

Tickets are $10 and available at 10AM Friday at

Doors open at 6PM on October 20. This show is for ages 21 and over.

Bassel & The Supernaturals are an artist-in-residence with Quad City Arts’ 2021-2022 Visiting Artist Series. This performance is a new collaboration between hosting venue the Raccoon Motel and Quad City Arts to provide affordable access to high-quality live performing-arts experiences.

The Chicago-based band will be in residence October 18-21 with the Visiting Artist Series, providing school and community outreach.

This new partnership allows Quad City Arts to reach a different audience, expanding on our outreach efforts in a new venue. Quad City Arts is proud to support a Quad Cities staple in its new location. This is the first of many new venue partnerships aimed at activating new spaces and reaching more people.

Bassel & The Supernaturals tells the story of Bassel Almadani's experience as a first-generation Syrian-American, using soulful melodies, funk-inspired rhythms, and captivating lyrics regarding love, loss, and the war in Syria. Deeply inspired by Otis Redding, Bassel uses the stage as a vehicle to engage audiences at SXSW, John F Kennedy Center, and Summerfest, among others.

To find out more about these artists and to schedule a school outreach, visit

Since 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has engaged Quad City residents of all ages in quality arts experiences with professional performing artists. Artists of various disciplines present demonstrations, workshops, and master classes at pre-K sites, elementary, intermediate, and high schools as well as college campuses and community organizations.

For more information on this residency program, visit

About Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts is a non-profit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. 

Quad City Arts receives significant support for the Visiting Artist Series from Regional Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, Bechtel Charitable Trust, National Endowment of the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council, Quad Cities Cultural Trust, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and the John J Quail Fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation, Rock Island Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Melvin McKay Trust, Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust, Moline Rotary, Rauch Family Foundation I, Kiwanis Club of Davenport, and Quad City Arts donors.

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