RAGBRAI Council Bluffs: Entertainment Line-Up and Expo Location

The Council Bluffs RAGBRAI planning committee has finalized the RAGBRAI Expo 2019 location and the evening’s entertainment lineup. The expo will take place in the parking lot northeast of the Mid-America Center, just south of 23rd Ave., on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 9 p.m.

The expo will include two stages, a main stage and a second stage set up in the event’s beer garden. Twisted Whiskey will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. in the beer garden followed by Touch of Grey from 4 to 6 p.m. As previously announced, Polka Police and Taxi Driver will perform on the main stage from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. respectively.

Twisted Whiskey is a local band, member Christy Owens is a Thomas Jefferson High School alumna. She and fellow band member Jimmy Little make up a duo, playing country and rock. Touch of Grey will change the beat with their setlist of mostly Grateful Dead covers.

On the main stage, Polka Police—consisting of brothers Jason and Jamie Burmeister—will kick things off with their “eclectic mix of high energy rock and roll.” Taxi Driver will close out the party with their six-piece band, covering current and classic hits.

“RAGBRAI is such a mainstay and tradition in Iowa; Taxi Driver is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” the band said in a statement. “We want to thank the committee and great folks of Iowa for inviting us to participate in the big kick off!”

The Expo will also have a shuttle running between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to and from the 100 Block for those wishing to dine at some of Council Bluffs' local restaurants. The shuttle will pick up at the Mid-America Center on the hour and leave from the 100 Block on the half-hour. 

The RAGBRAI Expo will feature more than 80 exhibitors of cycling related products and services. The event is free and open to the public.  


Photo Credit: Taxi Driver

This post was originally published on May 30, 2019 on the RAGBRAI Council Bluffs blog.

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