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River Music Experience


The River Music Experience is not your typical center. You'll be dazzled by one-of-a-kind interactive technology that allows you to create a new and different experience each and every time you visit.

Whether you're a music scholar or simply a roots music fan, there's something for all ages, interests and attention spans at the River Music Experience.


Showing in the Lobby:

Out Loud and In Print
30 years of QC concert photography by John Greenwood of the Leader/Argus and John Schultz of the Times.

The River Experience
6 Kiosks of Multimedia Fun
Explore the innovators, styles and movement of the American songbook in ports of call from New Orleans to St. Paul and outward to Chicago and beyond. Watch Elvis, B.B. King and other icons come to life, as you trace the migration of music through the generations.

Our Permanent Exhibits include:


S.S. Capitol
A scale model reproduction of the Streckfus Steam Line's flagship excursion boat that played a major role in the movement of music along the Mississippi.

Quad City Legends
Permanent exhibit space dedicated to exploring and celebrating the lives and music of Quad-City icons such as Bix Beiderbecke, Francis Clay, Louis Bellson and Pat Patrick.

Ear Ports
A series of computer databases with over 300 biographies, 1000 audio files and in-depth information on America's music on America's river.

Other display content includes items related to Charlie Daniels, John Hartford, and various guitars. Come on down and spend some time at the River Music Experience and do your soul some good!