DAVENPORT -- Rising country star Kacey Musgraves and blues and gospel legend Mavis Staples will headline this year's River Roots Live music festival Aug. 28-29 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.
In addition to 15 bands, the festival will feature Ribfest vendors serving award-winning barbecue.
Ms. Musgraves, 26, of Alba, Texas, topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart with her 2013 debut, "Same Trailer Different Park." She's won Country Music Association awards for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year ("Follow Your Arrow"), as well as Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Song ("Merry Go 'Round").
RRL's headliner on Aug. 29 has toured with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Katy Perry, and others. Her new album, "Pageant Material," was just released and named "Album of the Week" by USA Today on Monday.
Also performing Aug. 29 will be Yonder Mountain String Band, which does bluegrass, rock-'n'-roll and improvisation.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, 75, a Chicago native, will perform Aug. 28. She is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Her album, "You Are Not Alone," won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2011.
The national band lineup includes Hellogoodbye, The Suffers, Micky & the Motorcars, Luke Bell, Jonathan Tyler, Malina Moye, Orgone, and another band to be announced. Local talent will include Land of Blood and Sunshine , Ellis Kell Band and the WQAD Studio 8 Showcase winner.
Tickets are $15 for a weekend pass or $10 per day. Admission is free before 3 p.m. The West Music Jr. Jam Tent will offer kids workshops for kids and performances from the River Music Experience’s Rock Camp bands.
Sean Moeller of Daytrotter recording studio, has partnered with RRL this year to recommend bands. Known as “RaggedTrotter,” the second floor of the Freight House will feature bands he and Ragged Records are drawing.
Four RaggedTrotter showcases are planned at the festival, and a separate ticket is required. That ticket availability and lineup will be announced soon.
For more details, visit RiverRootsLive.com.