||By P.L. Fooken
Hawk Eye correspondent
• Rollin' on the River kicks off in Keokuk's Victory Park.
KEOKUK -- The sun broke through the clouds onto a T-shirt back in Victory Park on Keokuk's Mississippi riverfront.
"Nothing Beats the Blues," it read. Its wearer was in the right place for the blues, the 13th Annual Rollin' on the River.
"Officially a teenager now," the emcee told Friday's crowd in lawn chairs, on blankets and standing.
"We will be driving soon," festival committee member Jim Wells responded to the emcee. Then Wells resumed with "Saturday's lineup will include an entire afternoon of free tent entertainment."
Blues jams head the lineup from 1 to 3 p.m., following which Mrs. Iowa, Shannon Zetterlund of Keokuk, will speak and sing. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Keokuk's McNamara's Band will play 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by The After Dinner Mints, 4:30 to 5 p.m., and D'Allan Rice, 5 to 6 p.m.
The tent also features tri-state area restaurant specialties in the "Taste of the River City's Cafe," 1 to 6 p.m. Admission to the stage area from the tent is $10 per person.
"At 6 p.m., the stage entertainment begins with one of the area's favorite horn blues bands, Rod and the Satellites," Wells said. "They will be followed by Chicago Rick and Jammin' Jimmy Schieffer."
Allegator Recording artists and former festival headliners, the Kinsey Report, will take the stage at 8:45 p.m. The brothers will be followed by the festival's final act, Mick Taylor and the All Star Blues Band at 10:45 p.m.
"Mick Taylor is a British slide guitarist who's best known probably for his prior affiliation with John Mayall's Blues Breakers and also for six years he was the lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones," Wells said.
Rolling on the River has "grown over the years and we get people from all over. It's a great festival and a great way to end the summer," said Keokuk's community development director Jeff Hanan.
"The big dog will weigh a ton," the avid blues enthusiast added, "and we got another beautiful night."