Q Casino Announces First of Many Acts for 2024 Back Waters Stage Summer Concert Series

Upchurch to perform August 2 and Jason Isbell on August 9 in Dubuque.

(Dubuque, Iowa – March 5, 2024) – Today, Q Casino announced two acts that will be appearing this summer as a part of their annual concert series on the Back Waters Stage. Following the success of last year’s concert lineup, 2024 is shaping-up to be another season of great, live entertainment on Schmitt Island in Dubuque, complete with updated amenities, food and beverage options, and numerous after-parties hosted by Q Casino.

“We look forward to offering another full slate of concerts this summer on our Back Waters Stage and hosting people from all over the tri-state area,” said Brian Rakestraw, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Q Casino. “Having acts like Upchurch and Jason Isbell perform on back-to-back Fridays in August is just a glimpse of what we expect to be yet another great summer of live music across many genres here at Q Casino.”

The Back Waters Stage Summer Concert Series is presented by MidWestOne Bank, fueled by Kwik Stop, and sponsored by Verlo Mattress, Turpin Dodge, Conlon Construction and Giese.

Upchurch: Tune-In Tour

Concert Details
Featuring: Upchurch
Opening Acts: T2, Brodnax and JJ Lawhorn
Date: Friday, Aug. 2, 2024
Location: Back Waters Stage at Q Casino in Dubuque, Iowa
Time: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. / Concert begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets: On sale now General Admission = $64.99; Tailgate = $84.99

Tickets can be purchased at BackWatersStage.com or at Guest Services at Q Casino

About Upchurch

The more serious alter ego of comic hick-hop performer Upchurch the Redneck, Ryan Upchurch established a sideline career as a singer, performing songs significantly warmer and more personable than his purposefully rowdy rap material. Ryan Upchurch was born in Pegram, Tennessee, on May 24, 1991. Upchurch created a humorous character, Upchurch the Redneck, who played on stereotypes of young men in the Deep South, for the amusement of his friends and himself. In 2014, Upchurch began making videos with his friends in which he portrayed the Upchurch the Redneck character, as well as showing off his skills as a rapper. After Upchurch started posting the videos online, word about his work began to spread, and as he developed a fan base for his “hick-hop” music, he released an EP, Cheatham County, in May 2015. The EP rose to number 29 on the country albums chart, and Upchurch the Redneck’s recording career was on its way. In February 2017, while Upchurch’s web presence was still dominated by his hick-hop and comedy videos, he offered fans a look at another side of his talents with the song “Where It All Went Down,” a modern country number where Upchurch sang rather than rhymed. Credited to Ryan Upchurch, the song later appeared on a six-song EP of his vocals stylings, Summer Love, released in May 2017. For more information on Upchurch, visit www.upchurchmerch.com.


Jason Isbell: Weathervanes Tour

Concert Details
Featuring: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Opening Act: Shemika Copeland
Date: Friday, Aug. 9, 2024
Location: Back Waters Stage at Q Casino in Dubuque, Iowa
Time: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. / Concert begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets: On sale Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m.
Ticket Prices: General Admission = $59.99; Tailgate = $79.99

Tickets can be purchased at BackWatersStage.com or at Guest Services at Q Casino

About Jason Isbell

A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. He shrinks life small enough to name the fear and then strip it away, helping his listeners make sense of how two plus two stops equaling four once you reach a certain age – and carry a certain amount of scars.

“There is something about boundaries on this record,” Isbell says. “As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while you’re growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.”

Weathervanes is a collection of grown-up songs: Songs about adult love, about change, about the danger of nostalgia and the interrogation of myths, about cruelty and regret and redemption. Life and death songs played for and by grown ass people. Some will make you cry alone in your car and others will make you sing along with thousands of strangers in a big summer pavilion, united in the great miracle of being alive. The record features the rolling thunder of Isbell’s fearsome 400 Unit, who’ve earned a place in the rock ‘n’ roll cosmos alongside the greatest backing ensembles, as powerful and essential to the storytelling as The E Street Band or the Wailers.

They make a big noise, as Isbell puts it, and he feels so comfortable letting them be a main prism through which much of the world hears his art. He can be private but with them behind him he transforms, and there is a version of himself that can only exist in their presence. When he plays a solo show, he is in charge of the entire complicated juggle. On stage with the 400 Unit, he can be a guitar hero when he wants, and a conductor when he wants, and a smiling fan of the majesty of his bandmates when he wants to hang back and listen to the sound.

The roots of this record go back into the isolation of the pandemic and to Isbell’s recent time on the set as an actor on Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” There were guitars in his trailer and in his rented house and a lot of time to sit and think. The melancholy yet soaring track “King of Oklahoma” was written there. Isbell also watched the great director work, saw the relationship between a clear vision and its execution, and perhaps most important, saw how even someone as decorated as Scorsese sought out and used his co-workers’ opinions.

“It definitely helped when I got into the studio,” Isbell says. “I had this reinvigorated sense of collaboration. You can have an idea and you can execute it and not compromise – and still listen to the other people in the room.”

For more information on Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, visit www.jasonisbell.com.

Note: All ages are welcome for both events (Aug. 2 and Aug. 9). Events will be held rain or shine. Tickets are not refundable, and ticket prices and lineup are subject to change.

Updates and information regarding events at Back Waters Stage, including security guidelines and onsite amenities, can be found atBackWatersStage.com.

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