Bob Door headlines Riverside fest
RIVERSIDE — For people who appreciate the sound of Blues music, the spectacle of traditional dance, and the smell and flavor of homecooked food, downtown Riverside will be the place to be Saturday.
The premiere running of the Riverboat Blues Festival will kick off in front of city hall. Riverside city administrator Rusty Rogerson is the creator and organizer of the event. He has been working on it since March.
“I just thought we needed to have something in town besides Trek Fest, which I am a supporter of,” Rogerson said.
The idea came from Rogerson’s liking of blues music.
“I’m a big blues fan and I thought if I’m going to put in the work for a music festival I need to like the music, too.”
Three bands will play on Saturday.
“From 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Close Call” will play,” Rogerson said. “From 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Porch Builder” will play. Then from 6:30 to 10 p.m. “Bob Dorr and the Blues Band” will play.”
“Bob Dorr and the Blues Band” is a well-known blues band in the state, Rogerson said. Bob Dorr was inducted in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005.
There will be other activities besides the bands.
Beginning at 8 a.m. a flea market will be taking place at Veterans Park with 30 vendors, Rogerson said.
At 10 a.m. the Washington YMCA will be holding a 5K trail run, which will have prizes for the top performers, Rogerson said. At 10:45 a.m. there will be a family fun walk/run.
At noon performers from “Attitudes in Dance” will take the stage, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a square dance demonstration.
“This will be a good kickoff for summer,” Rogerson said. “I’m hoping it’s a decent day with the weather.”
Rogerson isn’t sure if this will become an annual event.
“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “It’s a lot of work to put this event together.”
Riverside Mayor Bill Poch hopes there is a good turnout for the event.
“It’s just good for the community,” he said. “Anything we can do for the community to bring community members together, it’s just a plus.”
Poch knows the event wouldn’t have happened without Rogerson’s organization.
“In my own opinion he’s earning his salary,” he said. “I’m really thankful for all the work that he and Lory (Young) have both done.”
Like Rogerson, Poch hopes there is a good turnout on Saturday. If there is, he hopes there will be other events like this that will happen throughout the summer in Riverside.