General Info

River Roots Live is the Quad-Cities' premiere music festival featuring top national bands and award winning BBQ right on the Mississippi Riverfront.

Date: August 28 & 29, 2015

Location: LeClaire Park (400 Biederbecke Drive, Davenport, IA)
Click here for info regarding the Centennial Bridge Closing

Friday: 11AM Rib Vendors Open for Lunch; Music
 5PM – Midnight

Saturday: Music and Ribs from 11AM – Midnight

Ticket Info

Price: FREE before 3PM both days; $10/day or $15/weekend in advance; $15/day or $20/weekend day of

Kids: Ages 10 and under get in for FREE

The purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges that he/she is purchasing this ticket to River Roots Live and not a particular artists performance. River Roots Live is an outdoor festival and weather conditions will affect the performance of all entertainers and there is a possibility that a particular performer or multiple performers may not be able to perform due to weather conditions. Thus, the purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges and will not expect a refund of the ticket for any talent cancellations.


There are numerous parking ramps offering event parking for $5 in the immediate vicinity of the festival – don’t park a mile away and walk. The ramps are cheap and easy to use! FREE on street parking is available throughout downtown.

For more information visit the parking page on

Festival Rules

River Roots Live is presented by the Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber. In the interest of maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, Quad Cities Chamber/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to enforce the following rules during the festival:


The hours of the festival are as follows:
Friday: 11AM Rib Vendors Open for Lunch; Music
 5PM – Midnight
Saturday: Music and Ribs from 11AM – Midnight


All vendors must hold a permit from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Partnership and comply with the rules and policies in their vendor contracts.


Purchasers of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years old under Iowa State law. A valid I.D. is required. Wristbands will be only issued to those of legal age.


Attendees shall not interfere with River Roots Live vendors, disrupt River Roots Live entertainment, or disturb the peaceable conduct of the River Roots Live activities. Coolers, alcoholic beverages, and pets are prohibited from the festival. No roller-skates, rollerblades, bicycles, or skateboards can be used inside the festival area. All purses and bags will be subject to a thorough search at the discretion of the Davenport Police Department.

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to exclude or remove anyone from River Roots Live who does not comply with these rules.


Do NOT bring any food or beverage to the festival grounds. Food vendors will be on-site serving primarily BBQ; however, additional cuisine will available. Beverage tents will be selling bottled pop and water, along with Budweiser and Great River Brewery beers.


We are making every effort to create a safe and secure environment on the festival grounds. On-site security will be provided by a professional security company, which will be assisted, as necessary, by the Davenport Police Department. Emergency medical staff will also be available on site. If you need any assistance, go to the medical services just outside of the main gate, or look for a festival staff member.

Special Access

The festival grounds are wheelchair-accessible. Special disabled designated parking is available in the parking ramps and at the freight house in designated spots. The festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service. Please bring attendants if needed. You must have a State issued placard to park in handicapped reserved spaces.

Allowed Items

You MAY bring in the following items: 
Non-professional Photo-Camera Equipment 
Baby Strollers, 
Lawn chairs, 

Lost and Found

During the festival, there will be a lost & found area located at the box office just North of the main entrance on Ripley Street. Items will be held for 30 days. Please call 563.322.1706 after the festival. The Downtown Partnership will not be held liable for any unclaimed. This is the central location for any lost children as well.

Prohibited Items

Guests and their belongings are subject to search. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home. The following items WILL NOT be allowed:

Video equipment: No video recording will be allowed of musical acts or festival entertainment.

Professional still camera equipment (no tripods, no cameras with detachable lens)

Professional audio and video recording equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of such devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

In-ground poles
Weapons of any kind
Illegal substances (including narcotics)
Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival)
Glass containers
Food or beverages
Skateboards or scooters
Bicycles inside festival grounds
Large umbrellas
Pets (except service dogs)




Coming Soon!


Junior Jam

Sponsored by West Music & RME. 
The Jr. Jam Tent, located at the east end of the park, will feature hands-on music workshops and performances for local youth coordinated by the Quad Cities finest musicians. Bounce houses and additional family fun will also be nearby, so stop by and support the future of music in the Quad Cities.

Schedule TBA

Family Activities

Bounce houses

Video Games Etc.

Open Gaming hosted by Video Games Etc. 
Details to be announced.


Q: How does admission work?

A: For ticketing options, click here.

Q: I heard the festival combined with Ribfest – what exactly does that mean?

A: Basically, it means the festival has absolutely amazing food. The main component of Ribfest being married to River Roots Live is the presence of award-winning national BBQ rib vendors. If you’re not from the Quad Cities Area, you have no idea who or what Ribfest is, trust us, you’re in for some of the best food you’ve ever laid hands on.

Q: How many years has this event been happening?

A: 2015 is the 11th year of the event, and we’re excited this top-notch festival has grown significantly every single year!

Q: Will there be camping?

A: No.

Q: Is it possible to record this event?

A: Professional audio and video equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of the devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

Q: Will you have local brew again this year?

A: Yes! In addition to Budweiser’s fine products, we will be serving 3 outstanding brews from Great River Brewery!


Downtown Davenport Partnership

Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown Davenport.

As administrators of the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the Downtown Davenport Partnership provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives. Whether you're here to live, work, or play, check out our website for more information.

River Music Experience

The River Music Experience (RME) is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to preserving and building on the Quad Cities’ musical heritage by creating a wide range of opportunities for our residents and visitors to listen, learn, and play music.

The purpose of the RME is to provide educational programming and live music performances that would not otherwise by available in the Quad Cities. There is no other organization in the area that consistently provides the volume and quality of musical opportunities that the RME delivers to our community and the region.

Since the RME’s inception, dozens of top-tier national acts who had previously never toured through the area have played in the Quad Cities. Unique educational programs that never existed are now available to our residents, guests, and visitors. Musicians young and old have performed for a wide range of audiences on RME stages and have grown as musicians and citizens of our community.

The impact of the RME on the Quad Cities community and the region is immeasurable, though absolutely tangible and profound. Throughout its growth and myriad changes, the RME has focused consistently on learning and sharing meaningful music together, enriching the lives of those within its unique community.

Living Lands & Waters

Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501 ©(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like us in the world.

Spending up to 9 months a year living and traveling on our barge, the Living Lands & Water crew hosts river cleanups, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.

Our Mission

To aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds.
To expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river.
To create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.


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We couldn’t even begin to organize this festival without our community partners and sponsors. We encourage everyone at the festival to support our sponsors too!

US Cellular Logo Riverboat Development Authority Kimberly Car City Logo Key Auto Mall Logo Downtown Davenport Logo

River Music Experience Logo Living Lands and Waters Logo

7G Logo Small Wonders Photography Logo City of Davenport Logo 97x Logo Davenport Levee Improvement Commission Logo DuTrac Community Credit Union Logo Electronic Engineering Logo 99 Plus KFMH Logo WQAD Logo Tennant Truck Lines Logo Hupp Toyota Lift Logo Hy-Vee Logo Iowa American Water Logo Jim Hawk Truck Trailers Logo Block Ready Mix Logo Mediacom Logo Mickle Communications Logo Molo Petroleum Logo MVP Auto Center Logo Nerdwerx Logo One Step Printing Logo Pepsi Logo Per Mar Security Services Logo Quad City Times Logo Ragged Records Logo Rexroat Sound Logo River Center Logo Sears Manfacturing Logo Stoney Creek Inn Logo Sunbelt Rentals Logo Victory Store Logo Video Games, Etc. Logo West Music Logo Zimmerman Honda Logo Locals Love Us Logo


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Friday & Saturday 11AM – Midnight | Aug 28 & 29, 2015

The Details

WAY BACK IN 2007, we had the brilliant idea to merge two of our best festivals into one big party. We’re happy to say that once again, Ribfest’s mouth-watering and award-winning ribs will be available at River Roots Live!

This isn’t your neighbors BBQ. Our vendors travel the nation and represent the top tier of professional BBQ cookers in the U.S. BBQ doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

So loosen your belt, because we suggest trying every single one of ‘em throughout the weekend, since each brings their own unique flavor to the table. Beside, you’ve got to try them all to give a fair vote for the People’s Choice Award! With music and food you have no excuse to miss River Roots Live 2014.

The Skinny

Friday – Open at 11:00 a.m. in the park. Don’t forget about lunch. We have more rib vendors this year to make sure nobody goes hungry! Saturday – Rib vendors open all day, 11:00 a.m. – Midnight.

Rib Vendors

A ballot will be provided to vote for your favorite rib vendor. Receive and return your ballots at the volunteer check-in tent.

National Rib Vendors:

Porky Chicks BBQ

Big Boned BBQ

Texas Thunder

Chicago BBQ

Carolina Rib King

Local Rib Vendors:

Steve’s Meat Shop

Uncle Jimmy's BBQ