6 Reasons to Go to River Roots Live

Do you have plans for August 26-27? No? Perfect. We’ve made them for you. Snag your tickets to the perfect end-of-summer event: River Roots Live. If lack thereof plans does cut it for you, here’s a few reasons that might seal the deal.

The Location
River Roots Live (RRL) is held in LeClaire Park in Davenport, IA. The park sits on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, making RRL an easy location for both Iowa and Illinois residents. With the Centennial Bridge a few yards away and I-74 just a few miles down River Drive, getting to and from the festival is simple and convenient.

The Parking
Davenport parking
This isn’t a Chicago festival where you have to budget for parking, a Metra Ticket and a day off work because your feet hurt so bad from walking miles upon miles. $5 gets you an entire day parking pass in the Harrison Street or River Music Experience parking garages only two blocks north of the park. Walk two blocks and BOOM you’re in your own car on your way home for the night.

The Price
2016 bands
An entire weekend pass only costs $25. (unless you’re one of lucky ones who bought an early bird ticket for $15. *cough*KEEP IN MIND FOR RRL’17*cough*). First of all, when was the last time you have seen national touring acts for less than $25? Let alone, two days of music for that price. You’re literally paying under $2 for each of the 13 incredible bands.

The Food
overlooking foodMusic festivals aren’t your thing? Weird…but ok. River Roots Live can still be fun for you! Some of the best grilling/smoking/roasting/braising BBQ Guru’s in the nation will be competing at the east end of the festival for bragging rights, moolah and a Davenport West handmade Ribfest Trophy. There’s no admission fee into Ribfest, so you can spend all your hard earned dollars on some of the best BBQ you’ll ever taste.

RRL smoking ribs

The Stage
stages Let’s be honest here, standing at a concert waiting for bands to get adjusted and soundcheck is pretty boring. No one likes to do it, especially the producers of RRL. Their solution? Two main stages right next to each other for constant, longer performances.

The Music
bandThis line up though…wow. So, if that isn’t enough for you, maybe the kids will be. Every year River Music Experience and West Music host the Junior Jam. Workshops for the kids and performances by local teens are offered at the east end of the festival.

Convinced yet?!? Cool. Go buy your tickets and we’ll see you for the best music & BBQ on the Mississippi!


The guest blog post was written by Lauren Crew, an intern with the Downtown Davenport Partnership.


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