MUSCATINE, Iowa–As summer draws to an end in Muscatine, music lovers have one more big event to look forward to. Sept. 3 and 4, the first ever MuscaPalooza will throw a party in the Pearl City, giving locals and visitors a chance to enjoy a musical event unlike anything Muscatine has ever hosted before.
While many riverfront events feature food and adult beverage opportunities, MuscaPalooza has put a new spin on them by creating an outdoor beer garden next to the Riverview Center. “This is going to be really cool because I’m going to have a row of picnic tables by the riverfront,” elaborated MuscaPalooza organizer Chad Bishop. As far as Bishop can tell, no other organization has set up a beer garden similar to this one. However, Bishop thought city staff seemed quite impressed with it, and he predicts other events may utilize the space for something like it in the future. Along with having the opportunity to purchase beer, MuscaPalooza will also have the Quick-E’s Tacos and Rick’s Ribs food trucks on site, selling food to hungry concert goers.
Along with a unique outdoor dining setup, MuscaPalooza will have 24 musical acts performing over two nights on two different stages. Outside on the Aural Xam Soundstage, many regional favorites and new discoveries will perform their unique blends of original and cover music. Friday night, The Common Faces will headline. Matt “the Hepcat” Hepker, the Man in Purple, Frank the Clown, Sound Escape, and Murnau will also give performances spanning many genres of music. Saturday will keep the musical energy going with Condor and Jaybird and Random Tanner headlining, and Ivan Garcia, Mike Walsh, The Mamiltons, and Mirabilia also performing.
The upstairs of the Riverview Center will take on a clublike atmosphere, with a variety of DJs and hip hop, R&B, and rap artists performing on the Dreampost Vibez Stage. Friday’s lineup includes DJ JDubb, Hey Zeus, BFTB, Bear and Intention, and Pearl City Records’ very own JMJ, Prinze, and Noryli. Saturday night, Uesi, Ed Floyd, ILL City, Spit and Uncontrol, Deauntre Smith, and YNTU Spook will give performances as well.
To round out the weekend’s activities, 11 art vendors will also have booths set up outside at MuscaPalooza. Guests may peruse many different types of art, from pearl button jewelry to paintings, and even watch artists creating pieces on the spot.
With MuscaPalooza just around the corner, Bishop expects the event to offer an experience that will appeal to many in Muscatine and in surrounding towns: “Who doesn’t like music, art, and food at some level? It’s a no brainer,” he remarked. “It’s not something you usually see in Muscatine–I’m pretty sure that people who know that are getting ideas that this is the real deal.”
Anyone wanting to check out MuscaPalooza can still purchase both general admission tickets and VIP passes online. Ticket sales will continue at the door.