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1. Music fest at Codfish Hollow

GARP, a two-day music festival, returns for its second run this weekend at Codfish Hollow, the barn-turned music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. Nathaniel Rateliff, who performed at the barn's third-ever show in 2010, will headline Friday night with his first full folk set in several years. Then, on Saturday, his full band — Nathaniel Ratefliff & The Night Sweats — will serve as the headliner. Other acts on the lineup for the two-day and two-stage festival are Israel Nash, Pearly Gate Music, Vera, JE Sunde, Amasa Hines, Bully, Hunterchild, The Weeks and Clarke and the Himselfs. General admission passes are sold out. You can still purchase a grounds pass, which features access to camping, the area outside the barn and the Valley Stage, for $30 per day at 

Doors open 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, Codfish Hollow, $30 

2. Beaux Arts outside the Figge

The Beaux Arts Fair returns this weekend. Peruse a variety of art vendors featuring hand-woven textiles, paintings, jewelry, pottery and woodworking, outside the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Admission to the Figge Art Museum is also free on Saturday and Sunday. 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, outside the Figge Art Museum. Free

3. Twista's tunes 

Twista, the Chicago-based rapper known for songs such as "Overnight Celebrity" and who has been performing since 1991 and has since collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Missy Elliott, is slated to perform this week at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets, $20, are available at In addition, VIP tickets are available for $40. 

8 p.m. Thursday, RIBCO, $20 in advance 

4. Samantha Fish concert 

See Samantha Fish, the blues rock musician, with opening act Wooden Nickel Lottery on Friday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available at

8 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, $15 

5. Not country, but Ameripolitan music

Dale Watson, the Austin, Texas-based musician, who created the Ameripolitan genre of music, a mix of honky-tonk, outlaw, rockabilly and Western swing, must be starting a Quad-City tradition. The last time he performed here was last September — on a Wednesday — and he returns this Wednesday for another September show in Davenport. See Watson at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 W. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are available at

7 p.m. Wednesday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $17 

Kick off your weekend with the next installment of the River Music Experience's Live@Five concert series. The Maytags, a Des Moines-based group, will perform a free show on Friday outside the River Music Experience, or RME, on 2nd Street. For more info, visit

5 p.m. Friday, RME Courtyard. Free 

7. Get your Thursday night groove on

Here's another must-see free outdoor concert series. The Rock Island Parks and Recreation kicked off its Thursday Night Groove series last month and concerts are scheduled through Oct. 5 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 101 17th St., Rock Island. This week's edition features Happy Joe's pizza, Bent River Brewing Company's craft beer, dance lessons and music from Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Thursday.

6 p.m. Thursday, Schwiebert Riverfront Park. Freee

8. Bereskin gallery re-opening

Now that the Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy has moved into its new home in Bettendorf, a grand re-opening is planned for Friday. You can check out the gallery's latest exhibit, called "Skylines and City Lights," which features the newest works from artists Jeff Allen and Pat Bereskin. It will be on display through Oct. 21 at the gallery, which shares a space with 212 STEAM Labs at 2967 State St., Bettendorf. For more info, visit

5-9 p.m. Friday, Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy. Free

9. Biscuit Miller & The Mix 

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is bringing David "Biscuit" Miller and his backing band, The Mix, to town this weekend. See the blues musician on Saturday at Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th St, Rock Island. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more info, visit

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tavern, $10-$12 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).