The toe-tapping tunes of Dixieland jazz will be lilting along the Mississippi Riverfront starting two weeks from today. Organizers of the annual Bix Biederbecke Festival say it -will- go on at its original Davenport location as all the flood damage has been repaired.Frank Cincola is the festival’s site coordinator. He says Davenport spent at least 20-thousand dollars to re-sod LeClaire Park, in addition to repairing an underground sprinkler system and electric service. Cincola says “the Bix” has a long tradition on the waterfront. He says there’s only been one out of the 30 years in which the festival had to be moved. That was in ’93 when they also had flooding. The festival is named after the late local jazz legend who was popular in the 1920s and ’30s. Cincola says the music of Bix Biederbecke is always best when it’s heard live and in the LeClaire Park setting.The festival is slated to run July 19-22. At least 11 bands are booked for the fest, including bands from New Orleans and Philadelphia, while one is coming from Sweden.
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