||As posted in the current Mick Taylor Tour schedule, The Mick Taylor Band will be rocking at the Rollin' On The River Blues Festival in Keokuk, Iowa, closing day, top of the bill.
By Brian Richardson/Gate City Associate Editor
Keokuk's Victory Park will come alive with music Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, in conjunction with the 13th annual Rollin' on the River Festival.
Promoted as "Iowa's best fest by a dam site," this year's event features two days of music, as well as the traditional Taste of the River Cities Cafe.
Among the musicians highlighting this year's festival is former Rolling Stone band member Mick Taylor. With more than 20 years in rock and roll to his credit, Taylor has lent his talents to many artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and his first mentor, John Mayall.
In 1966, Mayall asked Taylor to join his Blues Breakers as lead guitarist, a position previously held by Eric Clapton.
Taylor joined The Rolling Stones in 1969 and for the next six years his unique sound would help the song writing team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Taylor's contributions are evident on such classic albums as "Let It Bleed," "Sticky Fingers," "It's Only Rock "n' Roll," "Goat's Head Soup" and "Exile on Main Street."
More recently, Taylor's guitar playing was featured on "Start Me Up" and "Waiting for a Friend" from the "Tattoo You" album, as well as a track on Keith Richards' solo album "Talk Is Cheap."
After leaving The Rolling Stones, Taylor went on to develop some of his own musical ideas. In 1983, he joined Bob Dylan for the recording of the "Infidels" album. The relationship with Dylan worked so well in the studio that Taylor was asked to join him on the road and perform on the Dylan European tour. This tour resulted in the live album "Real Life."
1993 saw Taylor recording "Within an Age," a collaboration with Carla Olsen which resulted in some of his best blues playing to date, and in 1994, Taylor was featured on the Anthony Thislewaite album, "Cartwheels."
Taylor played across Europe throughout 1997 and 1998 with his All Star Blues Band, performing and recording with Italy's most famous blues singer "Ligabue" along the way.
Recently, Taylor and his band have been touring the U.K. with John Mayall and the Blues Breakers.
In addition, Taylor composed the score for David Bowie's film, "The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Taylor just completed his first solo album in 19 years.
Mick Taylor and the All Star Blues Band will perform at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage in Victory Park.
Other stage entertainment Saturday includes: Rod and the Satalites at 6 p.m., Chicago Rick at 7:15 p.m. and The Kinsey Report at 8:45 p.m. Tent entertainment Saturday features McNamara's Band at 3:30 p.m., After Dinner Mints at 4:30 p.m. and D'Allan Rice at 5 p.m.
Friday's stage entertainment, starting at 6 p.m., will feature Gibbs Brothers, John Resch and the Detroit Blues Band, Elixir featuring Claudie Smith, and Big James and the Chicago Playboys. Patrick Hazell will perform in the food tent from 4 to 6 p.m.
Advance tickets for the Rollin on the River Festival are available at several Tri-State Area businesses.
Tickets may be purchased at Hy-Vee and Keasling's Pharmacy and Gifts, both in Keokuk, Hy-Vee in Fort Madison, and C.D. Outlet in Quincy, Ill. Cost is $10 per night, or $15 for a two-day pass.
Tickets may also be purchased from committee members. Persons who have mailed in donations can pick up tickets at Sutlive Real Estate, Keokuk, or by contacting Howie Sutlive, 524-8833, or Leland Robinson, 524-1833.
[Edited by VoodooChileInWOnderl]
Biking, blues headline southeast Iowa
The Hawk Eye
Biking and blues top the list of events in southeast Iowa this weekend.
The weekend kicks off in Keokuk Friday with the start of Rollin' on the River in Victory Park. Keokuk's annual
blues fest runs through Saturday night and features local artists like Patrick Hazell and the Gibbs Brothers as well
as music legends like British slide-guitarist Mick Taylor, who will headline the event Saturday night.
Music begins at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at HyVee in Keokuk and Fort
Madison, CD Outlet in Quincy, Ill., and Keasling Drugs in Keokuk. Ticket prices are $10 for Friday only, $10
for Saturday only or $15 for both days.
Bike Van Buren is set for this Friday and Saturday in the Villages of Van Buren. One of the best small-scale
casual bike rides, the routes for Bike Van Buren wind through the rolling hillsides of Iowa's Scenic Byway,
offering riders the chance to stop and meet residents of the county and experience the warmth of small-town
The ride leaves Saturday morning in Keosauqua City Park, winding through the villages of Bentonsport and
Bonaparte before hitting Stockport and returning to Keosauqua. The ride is about 62 miles. Day two will take
riders through Farmington, Mount Sterling and stop at the historic Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion.
Cost of the weekend ride is $23, which includes a T-shirt. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday morning or you
can contact the Villages of Van Buren at (800) TOURVBC.
The American Queen will dock at the Port of Burlington Saturday. Although the public is not allowed on the
steamboat, they are invited to help welcome passengers to Burlington and view the boat from shore between 8
a.m. and noon.
Finally, the 3rd Annual Kornstock is set for Saturday on the streets of downtown Yarmouth. Fireworks, farm
implements, miniature horses, miniature golf, jumping tents and hot air balloon rides are just a few of the many
activities. There also will be visiting dignitaries, lots of great food and musical entertainment from the likes of
Jamie Decker and the South Prairie Band, Relayer, Elm Street 3rd Floor and others from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Admission to Kornstock is one canned food item.