The 11th annual America’s River Festival, presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, took place in the Port of Dubuque Friday, June 12th, 2015 through Saturday, June 13th, 2015. With a strong lineup of country and classic rock entertainment, and the addition of the inaugural Brewfest, attendance totaled nearly 12,200 people.
Friday night’s crowd exceeded expectations and brought in 7,283 people to see Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, & Old Dominion. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, these up and coming acts drew crowds from all over the country setting the record for the highest single day attendance in the festival’s 11 year history.
“Friday night was phenomenal. We knew the line-up would do good things for the festival but the fact that we had nearly 7,300 people in attendance was just amazing,” said Keith Rahe, President & CEO of the Dubuque Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “You could feel the excitement of the crowd from the first act. We even had people waiting in line hours in advance to see the acts – some as far away as Michigan. Overall, Friday night was our night to shine to a wide audience and to introduce the festival to people who might not have attended in the past.”
Saturday featured classic rock favorites like Grand Funk Railroad, America, and Tommy James & The Shondells bringing in 4,382 attendees and the first annual Brewfest which drew 505 people.
“Classic rock entertainment on Saturday night continues to be a strong draw for us year after year,” stated Rahe. “We had another solid night at almost 4,400 people. The addition of Brewfest earlier in the day rounded out the weekend and brought in attendees and vendors from across the region for an event that we hope will continue to grow. Overall, the attendance for the festival made for a record weekend at 12,170 people in the Port of Dubuque.”
Tickets were sold in advance to 579 communities and 27 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Camping was also available on site and nearly sold out with 50 of the 52 camping spots being sold in advance.