To end the month of January, Q Casino made the announcement that rapper/singer-songwriter Upchurch would be one of several artists slated to perform on the Back Waters Stage during the 2024 Summer Concert Series. It was the first concert announcement of the year, and it not only generated excitement, but also subconsciously signaled to people that more will be coming.

Low and behold, Q Casino has just announced today that Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will be performing on the Back Waters Stage this summer! Isbell will be coming to Dubuque along with his band, The 400 Unit, with special guest Shemekia Copeland performing as well.

Photo Credit: Q Casino's Back Waters Stage
Photo Credit: Q Casino's Back Waters Stage

Brian Rakestraw, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Q Casino, commented via a press release from Q Casino about how the excitement Isbell's show will bring to another summer chockful of live music in the Tri-States:

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. 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. - Brian Rakestraw, per a press release from Q Casino

Isbell will be performing on the Back Waters Stage on Friday, August 9th, 2024. Gates open at 6:30pm with the show set to commence at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 8th, 2024 at 10am ($59.99 for general admission; $79.99 for Turpin Tailgate).

Any fan of Jason Isbell will tell you what an incredible storyteller he is. His music often details the lives of wanderers, who look inside themselves but also externally. He can capture a world of emotion and empathy in just a few fleeting minutes. His latest album, Weathervanes, is the perfect example of that:

There is something about boundaries on this record. 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. - Jason Isbell on his new album Weathervanes, per a press release from Q Casino

Furthermore, Isbell also has a role in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, which is up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture:

Photo Credit: Amy Sussman, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Amy Sussman, Getty Images

Tickets for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit in Dubuque can be purchased on the Back Waters Stage's website or at Guest Services inside Q Casino starting Friday, March 8th at 10am. Per usual, Q Casino will also be putting on after-parties following Back Waters Stage concerts this summer.

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. Stay posted with more announcements and ticket information on the Back Waters Stage's website.

Photos from Summer's Last Blast 2023

Summer's Last Blast 2023 took place at Q Casino's Back Waters Stage on August 25th and August 26th. Seven bands performed over the course of the two days!

Gallery Credit: Steve Pulaski

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