Special Events & Festival Performances

Visit the new BIX MUSEUM!

It's a must stop for jazz and history lovers.  Visitors will learn of Bix Beiderbecke's brief but eventful life at the dawn of the 20th century, view rare films and listen to his incomparable music.

This museum (opened July, 2017) in Bix's hometown tells his story through recordings, photos, videos, storyboards, poignant letters, instruments used by colleagues and precious artifacts, including a baby grand piano from the N.Y.C. apartment where he died in 1931 at age 28.

The museum is located in the lower level of the River Music Experience (RME), at the corner of 2nd & Main in downtown Davenport (Iowa).  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday and 10 am - 2 pm Saturday.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.            Information: www.bixmuseum.org

A special, FREE BUS TOUR of the Bix Museum is being offered to all festival fans on Friday, Aug. 3rd.  The bus will leave at 9:15 am from under the canopy of the Rhythm City Casino, arriving at the downtown museum at 9:30.  The cost to tour the museum if free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  The bus will leave downtown at 11 am to return you to the festival for the 11:30 first-band kickoff.

Sat., Aug. 4th is the annual, traditional Bix Graveside cemetery event at  Oakdale Memorial Gardens 25th St. & Eastern Ave.  It will begin at 10 am and end at 11 am with music from Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers from St. Louis.  Please note that this year's main venue concerts will begin at 11:30 am at the Rhythm City Casino, finishing early at 4:30 to allow for a longer dinner hour.

Ticket information is on the FESTIVAL page.