By Cindy Iutzi
Gate City Staff Writer
The 19th annual Rollin¹ on the River Blues Festival is Friday, Aug. 17 and
Saturday, Aug. 18 at Victory Park in Keokuk.
Friday evening begins with free tent entertainment at 6 p.m. featuring Tammy
Davis Sollenberger. At 6:30 p.m. Hot Tamale and the Red Hots kicks off the stage entertainment followed at 7:45 p.m. by Sally Weisenburg and the Famous Sidemen. The
headline act, Joanna Connor, takes the stage at 9:15 p.m. and keeps it
sizzling until the end of the evening.
Saturday, free tent entertainment begins at noon with a jam session followed
by a performance by McNamara¹s Band and Petrella. Children¹s entertainment
is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an Harmonica Clinic, Homemade Jamz and Raeann
School of Dance.
Chuck Mitchell wraps up the tent entertainment ending at about 6 p.m. when
Scotty and the Soultones take the stage.
At 7:15 p.m., Willie Houston and the Prowlers perform, followed by the
Homemade Jamz Blues Band at 8:30 p.m.
The headline act, Lil¹ Ed and the Blues Imperials light up the stage at 10
p.m. and keep it hot until the evening¹s close.
The Rollin¹ River Cafe is open both days.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the stage show.
Advance tickets for both nights sell for $20. At the gate tickets are $12
Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee in Keokuk, Fort Madison and
Burlington; Keasling¹s Pharmacy & Gifts, Keokuk; Meister Music, Keokuk;
Weird Harold¹s¹, Burlington; Thurman Music, Fort Madison; Smith Music and
Vegas Music in Quincy, Ill.
Call 800-383-1219 or check www.rollinontheriver.tripod.com for more
Performances are held rain or shine.
In conjunction with the blues fest, Keokuk Cultural and Entertainment
District¹s Art Over the Mississippi River will be at the Old Mississippi
River Bridge Observation Deck from Friday through Sunday.
Also, Hoopin¹ on the River girls 3-on-3 basketball starts at 8 a.m. Saturday
at Hubinger Landing.