2014 will bring another great lineup of the best traditional jazz in the country to The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. The festival will once again be held all in downtown Davenport, Iowa, July 31st – August 3rd, 2014. Tickets may be ordered by mail or through the Bix Office. We will be updating Paypal on our website for ticket orders, and tickets will also be available through Ticketmaster. For more information call the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society office, (563) 324-7170, or write to B.B.M.S., P.O. Box 3688, Davenport, IA 52808.
The Host Venue for the 2013 Festival will be The Davenport River Center, featuring our main performances in the historic Adler Theater and the Mississippi River Hall. Food, refreshments, souvenirs, and band CDs will be available at this venue.
The Bix Society is proud to announce that we have partnered with the City of Davenport and the LeClaire Park performances will be part of the Summer Concert series. With this partnership there will be free evening concerts in the park on Friday and Saturday evening. The outdoor venue at LeClaire Park features an outstanding band shell, bust of Bix and historic plaques, water and restrooms, and a grandstand seat for action on the Mississippi River. Next to the park is moored the Rhythm City Casino riverboat for those who like to try their luck. There is comfortable seating and endless room for folding chairs and blankets. Those who wish may bring in their own food and refreshments.
There will be 15 fantastic jazz bands performing at the three venues throughout the festival. There are multiple special events in addition to the terrific performance schedule. Also demonstrating their jazz proficiency will be members of the Bix Jazz Society Youth Band, carriers of the torch for the next generation.
Hotel reservations can be made near the venues in downtown Davenport, and also check out the hotel links on our homepage.
More than 300 volunteers perform the vast array of tasks required to stage a festival the size and length of the Bix Jazz Festival. More are always needed. If you'd like to help call the B.B.M.S. office, (563) 324-7170
Putting on an annual festival the size of this musical tribute to Bix is tremendously expensive and ticket fees alone cannot begin to sustain it. Continued success is dependent upon grants, sponsors, and donations large and small from Bix fans and supporters. B.B.M.S. is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. Call the B.B.M.S, office, (563) 324-7170, for the various donor levels or check our website on the Sponsorship Opportunities page.