Great River Days
July 24th - 27, 2013
Frankie Ballard in concert tonight at GRD
Nashville's hottest bands take to the Family Credit Union Main Stage tonight, featuring Derek Frank and Grazin District at 7PM. Then, 2011 Battle of the Bands Champion First Impression hold the anchor slot at 8PM, followed by Nashville's hottest new act, Frankie Ballard at 9:30.
Concert gates open at 5:30. Adult admission is $15, with kids under 12 free w/ paid adult. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a cool night along the river!
It has come to our attention that a recent Quad City Times article stated that tickets were free. This is not true, and the Times regrets the error.
Great River Days 55 opens to big crowds
Perfect weather is in store for Great River Days, running nightly through Saturday. Wednesday's carnival wristband night was very busy, while volunteers worked setting up the beer garden and entertainment area, which opens Thursday night at 530PM.
Thursday activities include the "Terry and Sons Painting" GRD "bags" tournament, where 2 person teams will compete for a $600 CASH purse. Registration is from 530-7PM, with ladder draw and games to follow at 730. (click here for flyer) Also on tap, is the Kent Feeds/Farm Bureau "cookout contest" and the Taco Johns "super-hot" taco contest, all held in the "Toyota of Muscatine beer garden" and entertainment area. Admission to the beer garden is just $5, with kids under 12 free w/paid adult. There is no additional entry fee for the bags tournament or BBQ contest, your gate admission ticket gets you in to all the fun!
Music entertainment will be provided by Muscatine's own "Calvin the DJ" all evening, so send the kids to the carnival and come enjoy a perfect evening throwing bags, sniffin BBQ, spinnin' the tunes, and having a few cold ones.
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Great River Days 2013 announces concerts, event schedules
The 55th Annual Great River Days will be held July 24-28, 2013 in Muscatine Iowa’s downtown Riverside Park, and promises a new level of entertainment for attendees. While many of the popular activities such as the carnival return, new interests and events will compliment the four-day festival.
The event begins on Wednesday July 24 with the CDAC Carnival “wristband night” where kids of all ages can enjoy the rides from 6-10PM for one low price. White Owl productions will be on hand for the 3rd annual “Compete with the Beat” dance competition, where trophies will be awarded for various dance styles.
Thursday July 25 opens with the Great River Days Queen contest and crowning. The Toyota of Muscatine Beverage tent and concert area will be open with music and family entertainment planned. Now in its second year, the “Cookout Contest” sponsored by Muscatine County Farm Bureau and Kent Feeds takes place at 6PM, with judged winners advancing to the Iowa State Fair cookout competition as our local representatives.
Also in it’s second year, the popular yard game of “bags” returns on Thursday evening with sponsor Terry and Sons painting contractors posting a $600 overall purse to the winning teams. Last year’s inaugural bags tourney fielded 32 teams, and organizers expect that number to double in 2013 with the addition of cash prizes and trophies to the winners. The Taco John’s “super-hot” Taco eating contest moves to Thursday night at 8PM, also featuring cash prizes.
On Friday July 26, a new event joins Great River Days. Rick Wieber’s Bicycle Stunt Show will host performances at Musser Park (230PM), and at Riverside Park at 630PM. His exciting mix of bicycle stunts and educational commentary will motivate and inspire. His talents have been featured in multiple TV commercials, and broadcast on many major networks and sporting events. Cycles of a larger variety will also be in attendance at the ABATE ride-in motorcycle show, held at 530PM on the Riverfront.
On Friday night, The Family Credit Union Main Stage gets underway with a new format of concert never before seen during Great River Days. The popular “Battle of the Bands” that has been held for the last 4 years was based on precise rules and judging of 45 minute “sets” by audience ballot to determine a champion. This year, all prior champions will return to perform, along with special guest appearances by other home-town bands and musicians. The “Rock on the River” Super-Jam session will be the largest concert ever attempted at GRD considering the number of musicians on the stage for any given song. While the “Battle of the Bands” put emphasis on a singular band’s stage performance, the “Super-Jam” will combine bands and guest performers in a much more relaxed setting, and make for a memorable mix of bands, music and expression that could not be duplicated.
Kent Corporation presents the Saturday July 27 activities, which opens with the Arts and Craft fair in Riverside Park at 9AM, and the annual GRD Parade at 11AM. Popular events such as Plamor Lane’s “Sidewalk Bowling”, Unity Point Health’s “Kids Club”, and the “Dachshund Doggy Dash” will be joined by a second day of Rick Wieber’s Bicycle Stunt Show, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Muscatine.
The Bill Riley Talent Search begins at 1230 in the Riverview Center, with winners advancing to the Iowa state Fair competition in August. The Car, truck and bike show will be held that afternoon, along with a new event hosted by the Muscatine Journal. The “Riverside Entertainment Stage” offers free afternoon performances with everything from tap-dancing to choral performances, from 1-4PM. The Journal also will host the Great Ping Pong Ball Drop promptly at 3PM, with many prizes for kids under 12 in attendance.
The Family Credit Union Main Stage will host three bands on Saturday evening. Derek Frank and Grazin District will lead off the concert, commencing at 7PM. Frank, originally from the Quad Cities but now hailing from Nashville TN, is no stranger to the GRD Main stage. Since competing in the 2009 GRD “Battle of the Bands” Frank has since made a name in country music circles in Nashville, working with the likes of the Zac Brown, Gretchen Wilson, Phil Vassar, Big & Rich and Jimmy Van Zant.
Earning the prime opener slot at 830 is the 2011 “Battle of the Bands Champion, 1st Impression. Vocalist Becky Anson leads this four member group as one of the more popular and established bands in the region. Their resume includes opening for Quiet Riot, Warrant, Dokken, Pat Travers and Jackyl. Anson recently auditioned for the TV show “The Voice” which has borne more than a few career boosts.
Rounding off the Saturday concert as the headline act, is country music sensation Frankie Ballard. Ballard’s resume includes a top-5 single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely” as well as touring with Taylor Swift and Bob Seger. Ballard’s guitar playing may sound more rock than country at times, with an edge that breaks new ground for popular country music. His second single, “A Buncha Girls” gained further attention on the charts, along with an invitation to play the Grand Ol’ Opry and tour with the biggest name going, Taylor Swift. Frankie Ballard is by all definitions, an artist “on the way up”. His performance at 930PM will close the GRD Concert Series.
On Sunday July 28, the Great River Days Bass Fishing Tournament returns, with launching at 530AM from the north boat landing at Riverfront Park.
Entry forms for all contests, parade, vendor booths, ticket locations, schedules and latest news can be found on the internet at www.GreatRiverDays.com