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Keokuk's 30th Annual Rollin' on the River Bluesfest
August 17th and 18th 2018

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WOW! What a GREAT 30th weekend down by the River. Except for a minor, brief drizzle Friday, the weather was perfect both days.
From the sharp clean sound of the Pena Brothers, to the Kansas City Guitar work and vocals of Nick Schnebelen, we were then treated to the best musicians in Memphis along with the impeccable tenor voice of John Nemeth & The Lovelight Orchestra who put on a clinic of Big Band Memphis Groove Blues that was absolutely mesmerizing, and that was just Friday!!
Saturday afternoon was well attended with Young Folks learning some basics on Harmonicas & Percussion plus an Open Mic hour where several kids “showed off their pipes” to an appreciative audience.  A Bag Tournament added to the afternoon fun.
Noah McNally played his cool acoustic sound in the tent to get us ready for the Saturday Stage.
Bob Dorr’s Limestoners was a really strong start to the night and played a tight mix of sounds, ending with the 60’s Dylan Hit, “Rainy Day Women”, ya can’t beat it! Because of a scheduling change, Otis Taylor played next after a delay due to an equipment malfunction. Taylor brought his unique banjo like licks and encouraged the crowd to come up front and dance, and he came out into the audience to play as well. Last up came the ultimate Fort Lauderdale Guitar Slinger Albert Castiglia, who kept things going hot and quick all the way to the end. Great Shows!!
As we begin to plan for 2019, we thank you all and ask you to stay safe, be well & we’ll see ya down the road, the 3rd Weekend in August, 2019!!