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River Music Experience


The River Music Experience (RME) is a nonprofit performing arts center dedicated to preserving and building on the Quad Cities’ musical heritage by creating a wide range of opportunities for our residents and visitors to listen to, learn about, and play music. 

The purpose of the RME is to provide educational programming and live music performances that would not otherwise by 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 and the region. 

Since the RME’s inception, dozens of top-tier national acts who had previously never toured through the area have played in the Quad Cities. Unique educational programs that never existed are now available to our residents, guests, and visitors. 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.

The impact of the RME on the Quad Cities community and the region is immeasurable, though absolutely tangible and profound.  Throughout its growth and myriad changes, the RME has focused consistently on learning and sharing meaningful music together, enriching the lives of those within its unique community.


The River Music Experience is a nonprofit that exists to provide our residents and visitors opportunities to experience America's music, most especially the music of the Mississippi River, through live music and programs designed to nurture, educate and inspire musicians and music appreciators.


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.