One of the most iconic festivals in the Quad Cities Area is once again upon us. It’s time for some jazz!

Bix Beiderbecke was a musical genius from our very own city of Davenport. He was a famous jazz cornetist pianist and composer. The annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival is not only a celebration of his accomplishments but a way to keep the genre alive.

The 48th Annual Bix Festival will be held once again at the Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport (7077 Elmore Ave) in the Event Center. World-class jazz bands will charm you while dancers twirl and swing! A pleasant mix of traditional and “newer” jazz will be enjoyed by attendees.

In addition to live music at Rhythm City Casino (schedule can be found at, events will be taking place at the Bix Museum, Putnam Museum and more! Check out some of these exciting events planned for the week:


Wednesday Jul 31           Free Concert at Grumpy’s Saloon

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Thursday Aug 1                Bix Fest Kickoff at Putnam Museum

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Thursday Aug 1                Bix Porch Party, Downtown Davenport Library (4th & Main)

11am – 1pm: Lawn chairs needed, hot dogs & lemonade for sale.


Friday Aug 2                     Free Tour of the Bix Museum

9:15 am – Free transportation leaving from Rhythm City Casino


Friday Aug 2                     Free Music at Bass Street Landing, downtown Moline

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Miss Jubilee


Friday Aug 2                     Free Music at LeClaire Park, downtown Davenport

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Josh Duffee Orchestra, Dandilion Stompers, D.B. Orchestra


Friday Aug 2                     Jam session at Quality Inn Motel, 66th & Brady, 11 pm – ?

$10 admission to those not staying at the motel.


Saturday Aug 3                Graveside Event at Oakdale Memorial Gardens

10:00 am – 11:00 am


Sunday Aug 4                   Jazz Service at First Presbyterian Church

Only one service — 10:00 am.


Sunday Aug 4                   Knoxville Tap

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Call (563) 650-3403 for reservations and cost


If you are interested in booking a room at the Rhythm City Casino Resort, you can also ask for the ‘Bix Fest Group Rate’. Make reservations by calling (563) 328-8000. Restaurants, shopping and fun are all nearby the venue.

For more information and ticket purchases, visit

Don’t miss this three-day party of jazz music while celebrating a Quad Cities icon!


Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.