MUSCATINE, Iowa–With in-person events surging in popularity, Chad Bishop, a local musician and producer of the Aural Xam Soundstage concert series, felt that the time had come to debut a new kind of music festival in Muscatine. Bishop drew inspiration from events in Muscatine’s past, such as Great River Days and Second Saturday, as well as his own love for independent music to design a two-day event meant to complement Muscatine’s existing music staples, Almost Friday Fest, the Second Sunday Concert Series, and the annual River City Throwdown.
Set for Sept. 3 and 4, MuscaPalooza will take place on the riverfront and in the Riverview Center at 110 Harbor Drive, Muscatine. Featuring two different stages, MuscaPalooza will highlight many different regional bands, with an eclectic mix of original rock and pop on the outdoor stage and hip hop and electro dance music performed live in the Riverview Center.
To compliment the music, MuscaPalooza will have an art fair as well with local vendors selling everything from prints and hand-painted wooden signs, to jewelry and painted t-shirts. A regional graffiti artist will also complete a large canvas live during the festival, adding a performance aspect to the art show.
To top everything off, MuscaPalooza will have food vendors selling on site, providing hot and fresh eats to hungry festival goers. Those looking for a full listing of events and dining experiences can sign up for the VIP All-Access Pass, which will offer meet and greets with performers, additional snacks and adult beverages, and exclusive access to the VIP lounge.
As Bishop prepares for MuscaPalooza, he has high hopes for the event’s future in Muscatine. “Muscatine can be a place known for great music, arts, and events,” he stressed. “Anything we can add to the calendar is a good thing.” In future years, Bishop would like to coordinate MuscaPalooza with other events such as Almost Friday Fest and River City Throwdown to make a multi-day music event that will attract all types of music lovers to Muscatine.
With planning for MuscaPalooza still underway, Bishop encourages any artists interested in having a free booth in the art show to contact him. He also welcomes interested food vendors to reach out and explore the possibility of serving at MuscaPalooza. Anyone wanting more information can send a message through the MuscaPalooza website or Facebook page.
Though still early, ticket sales for both days of the festival have started online as well. Attendees may purchase $7 regular daily admission passes, $10 daily admission passes, or $15 two-day passes that allow those 21 and older to consume adult beverages, as well as VIP All-Access Passes through the MuscaPalooza website. With the music at the festival geared towards older teens and adults, Bishop encourages parents to use their best judgement to decide if they should bring children, as some of the songs will include adult language and themes.