MUSCATINE, Iowa–As the United States’ national bird, Eagles have always fascinated people across the country. An American classic, people have enjoyed ragtime music for over a century. This winter, Muscatine classic Eagles and Ivories will return for its 26th year, uniquely blending these two interests into one unforgettable weekend from Jan. 23-26.
Beginning Thursday evening and continuing all the way through Sunday, Eagles and Ivories will feature many different musical groups from Muscatine and beyond. They will include local favorites, such as the Mad Creek Mudcats, regional musicians such as Josh Duffee from Moline, and nationally known performers Anne and Jeff Barnhart, among many others. In keeping with the old time feel of the ragtime, Eagles and Ivories will feature a historically inspired event as well, playing a silent movie at the Muscatine Art Center at noon Saturday.
People looking to catch a glimpse of wild eagles can do so with local naturalist and park ranger Dave Bakke from the Muscatine County Conservation Board. Going on from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., this event will prove fun for the whole family. A free outing, anyone interested may attend.
For those who have never attended Eagles and Ivories, Ed Chamberlin, one of the event’s organizers, highly encourages you to do so. “I personally enjoy the opportunity to see and interact with the performers,” he shared. “It’s an opportunity to get up close and watch these incredible, talented individuals. . . The talent that comes to Eagles and Ivories is top notch.”
Anyone wanting to attend Eagles and Ivories can elect to go to events at convenient times for them or to go to everything planned. Tickets to the cabaret concert at the Merrill Hotel Thursday evening will cost $15, as will afternoon concerts at the Muscatine Art Center. Evening concerts at Wesley United Methodist Church will cost $20 a piece. Attendees may also come early for a $6 dinner in the church basement. The silent movie at the Muscatine Art Center will have $5 tickets as well. Anyone wanting to buy an all concert pass can do so for $70. You may purchase tickets and passes at Flowers on the Avenue or at the door. Children under 18 may attend for free.