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River Music Experience


About the RME

Victor Wooten at RMEThe River Music Experience (RME) is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives in the Quad Cities by providing opportunities to listen, learn, and play music. We do that through dozens of unique educational programs and over 100+ concerts a year.

We’re here to provide educational programming and live music performances that would not otherwise be available in the Quad Cities. There is no other organization in the area that consistently provides the volume and quality of musical opportunities that the RME delivers to our community.

Since the RME’s inception in 2004, dozens of top-tier national acts who had never previously toured through the area have played in the Quad Cities. Unique educational programs that never existed are now available to residents, guests, and visitors – often without financial barriers. Musicians young and old have performed for a wide range of audiences on RME stages and have grown as musicians and citizens of our community.

This year we will reach over 25,000 with our educational programs, host over 100 concerts with over 13,000 attendees, and provide over one million dollars of economic impact for our region.

Historical Redstone building

Current Redstone building


Founded June 12, 2004, the River Music Experience is one of seven components of Davenport, Iowa's River Renaissance, a project funded in partnership with the State's Vision Iowa program, City of Davenport, Scott County and private investors. An enormously popular regional initiative, River Renaissance was approved by 73% of Scott County voters in the fall of 2001 to capitalize on the tremendous energy and beauty of the Mississippi riverfront.

The River Music Experience project was conceptualized to build on the Quad Cities' reputation as a hub for regional musical festivals and honor its musical heritage with a permanent, national tribute to American roots music.

Although the RME began primarily as a museum celebrating roots music and the Quad-Cities’ musical heritage, the organization responded to the community’s needs and focused on achieving a revitalized mission by hosting more live music and creating a larger base of educational programming and more opportunities for local musicians to perform and hone their craft.

This initiative led to the creation of a live music venue (The Redstone Room), an educational recording studio (The Sound Lab at RME), and successful programs like Kidstock and a partnership with West Music to provide instrumental music lessons.

The RME is constantly evolving to serve our community in the best ways possible, and we look forward to the future as the organization continues to grow.

The River Music Experience is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and managed by a professional staff. Contact us at 563-326-1333.