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