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Address: 129 Main Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa
Phone: 563-326-1333
Web Site:
Box Office Hours: Monday 12-5 p.m.; Tuesday 12-6 p.m.; Wednesday 12-5 p.m.; Thursday 12-6 p.m.; Friday 12-5p.m.  Concert times vary. Administration offices open at 10 a.m. Monday to Friday.
Admission: Free. Admission prices vary for Redstone Room performances.
Media Contact: Alex Burkamper, 563-326-1333 or 

Housed in a historic 19th century commercial building in downtown Davenport, Iowa, the River Music Experience (RME) exists to provide residents and visitors opportunities to experience America's music through live musical performances and programs designed to nurture, educate, and inspire musicians and music appreciators.

The Redstone Room features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and multimedia capabilities. The Redstone Room features local, regional, and national touring acts on a weekly basis, with ticket prices ranging from $5-25. The RME also offers live music for free in the on-site café from 12-1 pm Monday-Friday, and other evening special concerts and events throughout the week.

Great educational and music community building programs like Rock Camp, Community Drum Circle, Music Lesson Instruction, River Currents, Sound Lab audio engineering courses, and Open Mic Night are just a few of the outstanding ways in which the RME helps build the Quad Cities music scene.

During the day, listen in on the series of six interactive multi-media kiosks exploring the music and lives of musicians like Prince and B.B. King from the American songbook. Earports are also available so you can listen to the classics at your leisure.

The Quad Cities has always had a special place in its heart for music. With nationally recognized music events like the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, River Roots Live festival, and numerous festivals in Rock Island celebrating music as diverse as reggae, ska and zydeco, the Quad Cities is putting itself on the cultural map as a place for tunes in the Midwest.

“The Quad Cities has a long affiliation with live music,” said Ellis Kell of the River Music Experience, and accomplished musician himself. “We’ve hosted a wealth of renowned American musicians in Davenport, a key port-of-call for American roots music on the Mississippi. American roots music needs to be preserved and celebrated all year long. Now is the time. The Quad Cities is the place.”

Tributaries from 32 states and two Canadian provinces flow into the Mississippi River, forming the lifeline of a continent. The music that has moved along the river for hundreds of years is the storybook of American life and culture. The celebration of this river music—American Roots music—begins in the Quad Cities at the new River Music Experience. Blues, jazz, rock and roll, gospel, country, Cajun, zydeco…all are forms of roots music.

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