This weekend, Saturday, will debut the Riverview Music Festival, a one-day event in Des Moines’ new Riverview Park.
The event is organized by the Des Moines Music Collation, a non-profit that also started 80/35, one of the city’s premier music festivals.
We bring you everything you need to know about the new event:
What is the Riverview Music Festival?
The Riverview Music Festival was born as an idea when organizers canceled 80/35 again this year due to COVID-19 concerns.
But festival organizers don’t envision Riverview as a replacement for 80/35.
“The way we thought about the festival in terms of 80/35 is that they are so different that they can survive independently,” said Kuuku Saah, president of DMMC. “If we needed both festivals, we could … but it depends how the reception is. So if there is a strong enough community reception for (Riverview) we will be able to bring it back.”
The idea for the festival came about after the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer from Minneapolis. It was a time when many local and national programmers pondered their typical events.
Looking at the underserved communities of Des Moines, the group decided to launch the hip-hop and R&B focused festival and take it to the north side of town rather than downtown, Saah said.
“As for the north side, it contains some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the state,” he said. “So we’re trying to put some of the cultures there in the spotlight.
“It’s a major cultural center, but a lot of people who live outside the north side don’t know that.”
When is the Riverview Music Festival?
The Riverview Music Festival takes place on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM at Riverview Park, 710 Corning Ave.
The performances are split across two stages: the Prairie Meadows Riviera Amphitheater, which serves as the main stage in the park and also for the event, and the xBk stage, named after the xBk Live venue in Des Moines, which owned the line-up on Saturday have helped shape. The xBk Stage is located on the west side of the park.
What security precautions are in place?
To ensure social distance, DMCC encourages attendees to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines on the festival site. Also, the number of participants will be limited to allow social distancing.
Masks are “highly recommended” for people who are not fully vaccinated, according to a DMCC statement. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
DMCC also urges people to consider wearing masks in enclosed areas regardless of vaccination status.
Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the property, and high-contact areas are cleaned regularly.
Who plays at the Riverview Music Festival?
On the Riviera stage –
The finesse, Midday: The Finesse is a group that combines R&B and jazz and describes itself as a band that creates “soulful sounds from America’s Heartland”.
DK Imamu Akachi, 13 o’clock: Des Moines will be represented on the main stage by hip-hop presenter DK Imamu Akachi. In addition to creating music, such as the song “My Freedom”, he also works with his Go Beyond Walls program to promote the creativity of local youth.
La Doña, 2 p.m .: Having grown up with traditional Mexican and Latin American music, La Doña has made a name for herself today by mixing Latin American rhythms with hip hop. Their EP “Algo Nuevo” was released last year.
La Doña replaces YEИDRY in this year’s line-up.
Sudan Archives, 3:15 p.m .: After growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sudan Archives began experimenting with a variety of instruments, eventually adopting a Northeast African style of violin that she mixed with R&B and electric music. Her latest album, released in 2019, is titled “Athena”.
Duckwrth, 4:30 p.m .: Duckwrth, a rapper from south Los Angeles, is best known for releases such as “Super Bounce” and “Start a Riot,” the latter of which was featured in the 2019 Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Last year he released his album “SuperGood”.
Mick Jenkins, 6 p.m .: Mick Jenkins, a Chicago poet and rapper, is known for his intricate lyrics. His latest release is “The Circus,” an EP that includes a song recorded with EarthGang.
VanJess, 7:45 pm: VanJess’ 2018 album “Silk Canvas,” a Nigerian-American R&B sister duo, scored five singles. The couple’s 2021 “Homegrown” EP was very well received.
EarthGang, 9:30 p.m .: The hip-hop duo from Atlanta are headlining Saturday. The group has produced hits like “Meditate” and “UP”. The group’s newest album is “Spillington”, which was co-created with hip-hop groups Spillage Village and JID.
On the xBk stage –
Des Moines Music Coalition Summer Camp, 12:30 p.m .: Students attending the annual two-week summer camp in Des Moines create music with experienced artists and have performed in recent years during the 80/35.
Charlotte Blu, 1:30 p.m .: Charlotte Boyer, aka Blu, 17, of Rock Island, Illinois, is a singer / songwriter who tries her hand at a variety of genres. She appeared on the NBC show “The Voice” with Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game”. Their single “Warriors” was released in April.
Spayce, 2:45 pm: Spayce, the stage name for Porche Botts, has described herself as a neo-soul artist. Her album “Spayce on Earth” is due to be released early next year.
James Tutson, 4 p.m .: Tutson, a guitarist and vocalist from the Iowa City area, fronted James Tutson and the Rollback. Like Blue, he also appeared on “The Voice” this year. His album “Still” was released this summer.
Maria Isa, 17:30: Isa grew up in the West Side Barrio of St. Paul, Minnesota and is a songwriter and rapper who was friends with George Floyd, also a rapper, before his death last year. Her album “Amor Universal”, released in June 2020, consists of AfroLatinx dance music.
FREE DWR !, 7 p.m .: This Des Moines hip-hop fusion band performed on TEDx Des Moines in June and has their debut EP in the works.
André Davis, 8:45 p.m .: The St. Louis-born hip-hop artist should be familiar to the people of Des Moines after performing with fellow Riverview Festival cast members The Finesse this year on Juneteenth: The Movement. His publications include the experimental “Poetry Jazz Sessions” and the 2019 rap album “When It Rains”.
Can I still get tickets for the Riverview Music Festival?
Tickets are $ 40 and there are still a few available. Visit riverviewmusicfestival.com to make a purchase or read more information about the festival.
Isaac Hamlet covers the arts, entertainment and culture in the Des Moines Register. Reach him at email@example.com or (319) -600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.