Jazz Music Returns to Bix 7 Race and Features Heights of the Era Community Event
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Jazz music returns to the Bix 7 Race with more than a dozen bands performing throughout race day. The Heights of the Era is a new community event where organizers say they’re bringing the Roaring Twenties back to the 2020s, reminding us that Bix Weekend isn’t just about racing.
Michelle Solis Russell is an organizer for The Heights of the Era and says she wants to bring the tradition back to the race. “We need to educate the public, I think, about who Bix is and what he stood for. We’ve been away from Bix Race and Bix Fest for 10 years and we’ve missed it. We brought him together for the music and for Bix Beiderbecke, he still inspires us to listen to him,” says Russell.
“It’s great to have music here. It represents everything that started at the beginning, so we are thrilled,” say Don and Linda Allebach. They say they used to race the Bix Race and now enjoy spending weekends with family and friends, listening to music.
Live music lets everyone enjoy Bix Weekend, including Beverly Brandmeyer. She said, “This is going to be a good change. There’s a lot of people my age and the jazz people in town are old people, and we can’t do the Bix 7. So the music part is really important to keep it going.
On Saturday, July 24, you’ll have time to enjoy the Bix 7 Race, Bix Block Parties in Davenport, and jazz in the East Village. Jim Eppieg says he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and the live performances. “Having grown up here and being surrounded by jazz music and on the river for years, for me and my family members, it’s a very important thing to get back,” he adds.
The Heights of The Era will perform on the race course beginning at 8 a.m., then move to Lindsay Park Lawn in the East Village from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Instead of the street party this year, there will be Bix Block parties on Friday and Saturday. Business owners will be hosting events across multiple blocks in Davenport. You can read more by clicking here.
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