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1. One of these nights

It's here early. The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra moved its summer concert, Riverfront Pops, from Sept. 10 to Aug. 20 this year, a change prompted by the annual Hawkeyes-Cyclone standoff being scheduled as a night game. On Saturday, the symphony orchestra takes on The Eagles in a symphonic/rock hybrid, sponsored by the Quad City Bank and Trust. Along with familiar tunes like "Take it to the Limit," "Desperado" and "Hotel California," hear renditions of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Sousa’s "Stars and Stripes Forever" and stick around for fireworks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

6:30 p.m. Saturday, LeClaire Park, $20 for adults, $5 for kids

2. Take the back road

About 3,000 people live in Galva, Illinois, but on Saturday, the small town will likely swell with country-music fans traveling from far and near to hear Easton Corbin (think: "Baby Be My Love Song" and "All Over the Road") and more top names. The Back Road Music Fest kicks off its third year of tunes with gates opening at 2 p.m. See Chris Lane at 4 p.m., The Swon Brothers at 5:45 p.m., David Lee Murphy at 7:30 p.m. and Easton Corbin at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit

2 p.m. Saturday, The Galva Park District, Galva, Illinois, $50 in advance

3. Floating for another record attempt

Is the seventh shot the lucky one for Floatzilla? The annual all-things-paddling festival is slated for Saturday along the Mississippi River and its backwaters. River Action hosts the water party with food vendors, live music and paddling for all ages and skill levels on tap. Don't forget about the competitive element. At 2 p.m. Saturday, paddlers head to Sunset Park, Rock Island to attempt to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks. Floatzilla has yet to tap the record of 3,150 attendees held by Inlet, New York. For more information and to register, visit

Saturday, Q-C Water Trails and Sunset Park, $25-30

4. Reggae in RI 

Ya Maka My Weekend, The District of Rock Island's annual summer festival, returns for its 25th year on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy Caribbean music, food and pretend you're in a tropical oasis. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Hear acts like the Jumbies, Papa Michigan and Anthem and keep your eye out for neon-colored drinks. For more information, visit

Friday and Saturday, downtown Rock Island, $9-14 

5. Ride for the cure

Grab your motorcycle and join the Q-C Cancer Awareness Ride, formerly known as the Q-C Ride for the Cure. The ride aims to spread awareness and raise money for all types of cancer. The stops include (in this order), Lady Di's Park View Inn,  Valley Inn in Pleasant Valley, Logger House in Hampton,  Daiquiri Factory in Rock Island and Chuck's Tap in Davenport. Start with breakfast at Lady Di's Park View and end with live music and dinner at Chuck's Tap at 6 p.m. 

Noon Sunday, Lady Di's Park View Inn, Eldridge, $15-20

6. Bringing a drama back to life

The Q-C Theatre Workshop opens its fifth season Friday with a presentation of "Inheritors," a work written by Davenport native Susan Glaspell. Glaspell won the 1931 Pultizer Prize for Drama for "Alison's House." The theater group is bringing her 1921 dramatic play back to life from Aug. 19 through Sept. 4 at the Q-C Theatre Workshop, 1730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport. Cost is under a "Pay what it's worth" policy, with donations welcome following the performance. For more informaiton, visit

7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Q-C Theatre Workshop. Free

7. Walking and wine-ing 

Looking to spend your Saturday sipping wine on-the-go? Head to the Village of East Davenport for its seventh annual Wine Walk, an event that supports Gilda’s Club Quad-Cities. Stop by booths along 11th Street, buy a wristband that includes a $20 donation and pick up a map of more than 20 area participating stores. Sample over 25 types of wines, featuring some from local wineries and others from around the world. 

3-6 p.m. Saturday, Village of East Davenport, $20 

8. Competing for laughs 

The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is hosting a stand-up comedy contest on Saturday. Comics from the Quad-Cities as well as cities across the Midwest will battle for the most laughs, and the title of Speakeasy Laugh Hard Challenge Champion, plus a prize of $1,000. A team of judges and reactions from the crowd will determine the winners. For more information, visit

7 p.m. Saturday, The Speakeasy, $10-12 

9. Kurt Vile and the Violators 

If you dig into the indie rock scene of the last decade, Kurt Vile's name is going to be flagged a few times. Vile, a 36-year-old singer and songwriter out of Philadelphia has released six albums and often draws Bob Dylan comparisons. In the studio and on stage, Vile is backed by his band, The Violators. Your Friend, the music moniker for singer Taryn Miller, will open the show at the Codfish Hollow Barn. 

7 p.m. Sunday, Codfish Hollow Barn, Maquoketa, Iowa, $25-30 


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