Looking to celebrate local musicians, a new event will take place next weekend.
The River City Music Revival is set for Feb. 22 at Capital Bluffs Event Center, 1616 Oil Well Road. The event will feature nine local bands playing over a 10-hour period. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. and continuing until midnight.
Doyle Kempker, owner of Quality Sound Solutions, said he came up with the idea for the River City Music Revival as a way to give back to the local bands who have supported his business.
"It's kind of my way of giving back to the community by bringing all the local bands together, as many of them don't get to see each other all year long cause they're all working," Kempker said. "This is an idea to bring the whole community together to celebrate this wonderful music community we have here."
The event is supported by Capital Bluffs and The Mission, Kempker said, noting The Mission staff have helped with marketing and will actually close their doors Feb. 22 to support the River City Music Revival. JQ's on High is expected to bring its food truck to the event, while Capital Bluffs will have drinks for sale. No coolers will be allowed on site.
Kempker said when he first approached the owner of Capital Bluffs about the idea, he found out they had been wanting to do a similar event but couldn't get the bands. He said he soon made nine phone calls and had 12 bands who wanted to participate. The event's Facebook page notes there were more bands interested than could fit on the schedule.
"It's an extremely humbling experience to see that kind of support among the music community," he said.
And holding the event in February allowed more bands to participate as Kempker said it is typically a slower period for many local musicians.
Kempker said the venue at Capital Bluffs has good acoustics to allow fans to really listen to the different bands on stage. Sometimes bar shows can be difficult, as not everyone is there for the music, he said.
Tickets are available for $15 through Eventbrite or the event's Facebook page. They can also be purchased at the Capital Bluffs Event Center or The Mission. Upon arrival, ticketholders will be given an arm band that will allow them to leave the venue and return later, as the event will last all afternoon and evening.
Kempker said all proceeds from the event will be split among the nine local bands playing.
"It's definitely one of the bigger events I've taken on as a production company, but it's something that I'm not making any money off of. This event isn't about making money," he said. "This is something I'm putting on for the musicians. I've been blessed with an opportunity and my little sound company has grown to the size enough that I can do all this. If it weren't for all these people, I wouldn't get to do what I love to do."
Kempker said tickets may also be sold at the door, though that depends on whether any are available at that point. He said, as of last week, about 180 tickets were sold and he anticipates about 400-450 being sold by the day of the event. But regardless of how many turn out, Kempker said he hopes some of the musicians can get to know each other better, while fans can be exposed to bands they may not have heard before.
"My biggest goal for the day is that everybody, the fans and the musicians, their wives, their kids, everybody can come and enjoy the day," Kempker said. "It's about the music, it's about the camaraderie, it's about seeing all the musical family and friends getting to come together and have a day that's for them."