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Keokuk's Rollin' On the River Bluesfest
August 18th and 19th, 2017

    The first Rollin on the River Festival in 1988 featured Buddy Holly’s Crickets. In the second year, the festival moved downriver to Keokuk’s Hubinger Landing and featured a reunion of hometown bands. The third year, the festival received a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which gave organizers a needed financial boost and the blues was chosen as the primary music format. The Festival was moved to historic Victory Park, where it remains today.
    The event is the longest running blues festival, and the only one of its kind in the Tri State Area.  Thru the years “Rollin’ on the River” has presented some of the finest blues musicians around, including Magic Slim, Jimmy Thackery, Studebaker John, Joanna Conner, Lonnie Brooks, Bernard Allison, Buckwheat Zydeco and Doyle Bramhall, Billy Branch, Papa Chubby, and Samantha Fish, just to name a few!
     In addition to stage performers ROR presents Musical Workshops and young people’s activities on Saturday afternoons, along with offering Scholarships to local students and a used instrument lending program for area students.
    The 26th Annual ROR brought 2 days of rain, but many loyal fans braved the weather to enjoy the great music.

    The 27th Annual Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival continued the long tradition of great music and great local food, join us in celebrating live blues music on the banks of the Mississippi River – Lock and Dam #19, under the bridge in Victory Park – Keokuk, Iowa.
    The 28th Annual ROR did not disappoint with 2 GREAT nights of music and a surprise appearance of the American Queen Riverboat Drifting by!!
    Come on down to the 29th Annual Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival, August 18 & 19, 2017.  Bring some friends, your family, some lawn chairs, and enjoy two great evenings of live music!