Festival Season is Here! Roberta's Blog

Festival Season is in full swing. There are so many regional music festivals, it would be difficult for one person to attend them all. I thought now would be a good time to talk about some of our tremendous regional music festivals. Maybe you’ll find one that interests you! The following list covers festivals up until the end of July. I’m still waiting on information for a few events in August and September, and will post those soon!

June 18: Fulton Blue Grass Festival

This festival is located in the Wierenga Heritage Canyon, which provides natural acoustics from limestone walls and an old time stage. This annual event is in its fourth year and includes 5 bands, activities for kids and vendors. Tickets are $10 and kids 13 and under are free.

Lineup: Miles Over Mountains, A Kin, Milltown, Bottom Shelf Whiskey, Pete’s Sake

June 24-25: Two Rivers

The Two Rivers Music Festival is brand-new this year. With a strong lineup of regional folk musicians, the Conesville event center is reaching out beyond its previous biker-oriented programming to welcome a new audience. The Conesville event center is located between the Cedar and Iowa Rivers in southeast Iowa. Ticket prices are more than fair for this two-day camping fest. Prices range from $35 for a full pass for adults to $10 for those between ages 6-10. There is an extra charge for RVs, but at $25 for two nights, you won’t find a less expensive campsite in Iowa. You can find more information about the festival on their Facebook page and web site.

Lineup: Kind Country, Flatland Harmony Experiment, Flash in a Pan, Jon Eric, Sean Costanza, Jack Tell, Sam Knutson, Justin Swafford, Cedar County Cobras, Eric Pettit Lion, Sean Tyler, The Creeping Charlies, Def Kittie BlinDogg, Feed the Dog, Crystal City, Whisky Tree

July 1-2: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

The Mississippi Valley will be echoing with the sounds of Blues Fest again this year! Last year’s cancellation of the annual festival left many Blues fans in a funk. The fest might not have a huge name attached to it this year, but a new festival is rising from the ashes of the old. Look for regional artists and many, many local ties this year, in a 2-day festival on Davenport’s river front. Watch for feature articles on Local Scene Magazine in the days leading up to the fest, as we put our full support behind this local festival.

Bandshell Stage Lineup: Frankie Fontagne & the Ramblers, Toronzo Cannon, Tweed Funk, Shawn Hold & the Teardrops, Juliana & a Soul Purpose, Shane Johnson’s Blue Train, Ellis Kell Band, Laura Rain & the Caesars, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, The Cash Box Kings
BluesSkools: Kevin “B.F.” Burt, Winter Blues All Stars, David Berntson

July 8-9: 80/35

This festival, currently in its 9th year, is organized by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition, a non-profit that supports the Des Moines music scene. The fest is located at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. With over 40 bands lined up on 3 stages, it is a progressive indie and jam music fest. For more information, including the full line-up, check out http://2016.80-35.com/

Headliners: NAS, The Decembrists, Lotus, Wolf Parade, Black Lips, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Lizzo, Jeff Austin Band, Craig Finn.

July 9: Dawn and On
In its first year, Dawn and On was a huge success, with all of the music provided by local bands. This year, a few regional bands have been added to this one-day festival. Dawn and On is once again being held on the banks of the Rock River, at North Shore Inn, Moline. Along with a stellar lineup, expect to see an expanded light show (as if last year’s light show needed improvement?) and more vendors!

Lineup: The Dawn, Soap, The Candymakers, River Valley Rangers, Joe Marcinek, Winterland, Driftless Sisters, Have Your Cake, The Low Down, Rude Punch, Juliana & a Soul Purpose, Bottoms Up QC Burlesque (and more to be announced).

July 14-16: Camp Euforia

Camp Euforia began as a Fan appreciation party put on by Euforquestra that grew into a full music festival. It is a 3-day event with two stages and camping on site on a scenic Iowa farm near Lone Tree Iowa. While the festival focuses on the Iowa City Music Scene, a handful of performers from across the country are also invited. More information, including the full lineup can be found at: http://www.campeuforia.com

Partial lineup: Winterland, Heatbox, Flash In A Pan, The Dawn, The Maytags, EGI, Have Your Cake, Kris Lager Band, Euforquestra, The Candymakers.

July 22-23: Lock 12 Music Festival

Lock 12 Music and Trading company in Bellevue, IA hosting this new 2-day festival.

Lineup includes: Missbeehavin, 5th Fret, Buzz Berries, Patchy Fog, Whiskey Revival, Matt McPherson Band, Lexi Parr & the Ruby Blonde Band

July 28-30: Great River Days

Great River Days began as a Muscatine local festival/fair on the riverfront over 50 years ago. In 2008, it looked like the event would not be held anymore, but a group put the pieces together and created a new festival with a blend of local music and touring bands.

This year’s event features Muddle of Mudd, Lefty & the Spinners, Fry Daddies, Hong Kong Sleepover, Eleven Fifty Two, Hailey Whitters and Frank Derek Douglas. Watch their Facebook page for more information and tickets.

July 29-30: Bix Street Fest

Street Fest is the street party surrounding the Bix 7 race. The official stage is booked by the downtown Davenport partnership, but many venues in the downtown area also have outdoor stages with live music.

Main stage lineup: QC Rock Academy, Chuck Murphy, Fifth of Country, Bad Hair, Soul Storm, Dirt Road Rockers, Yoyo Y Yo, Keep off the Grass, River City 6, Grupo Instinto, 3 on the Tree, Remedy, the Candymakers

July 29-31: Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm is a 2-day camping festival in its second year. This fest boasts a lineup of around 20 bands, as well as an artist community and vendors, and is situated on a farm in Manhattan, Illinois. 2-day passes include 2 nights of camping for $50 and a single day pass for Saturday including one night of camping is $35.

Lineup includes: Soap, Strange Arrangement, The Heard, EGi, DJnoDJ, Miles Over Mountains, Chachuba, Thinner Teed, Bones Jugs, Joe Marcinek Band, Afternoon Moon, Mungion, Washer Clemons, Digeometric, New Sound Underground, Frogleg, Kind Country, Todd Hazelrigg, The Dawn, Conundrum, Porch Fire.

Watch for August and September festivals coming soon!