The inaugural River Bank Bash will take place at Waterworks Park in Des Moines on June 27. The beer garden will open at 10 a.m., gates for the one-day country music festival will open at noon, and the music will kick off at 1 p.m. and run until around 11 p.m. The event will feature six acts headlined by country superstar Eric Church. General Admission tickets for the event are $85, and VIP Pit Passes are $200. Tickets and VIP passes are still available, but they are going fast. The event will have food and beverage vendors, a megatron, and free parking. Chairs will be provided in the VIP area, but general admission ticketholders should bring their own chairs or blankets if they want to sit down. The River Bank Bash is open to all ages.
Here is a look at the schedule of music acts:
1:00 p.m.: Manning, Iowa native Brad Morgan will open the inaugural River Bank Bash. The country rocker provided the soundtrack for the documentary "Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye." His debut full-length album, Guitar Man, came out in November of 2011.
2:00 p.m.: Actress/singer Jana Kramer's self-titled debut album reached #5 on the Country chart in 2012. The album produced the Top 5 Country single "Why Ya Wanna." Kramer recently released the singles "Love" and "I Got the Boy" from her, as of yet untitled, second album. The Michigan native has acted in a number of commercials, television shows, and movies. As an actress, she is probably best known for her role as Alex Dupre on "One Tree Hill."
3:30 p.m.: Craig Wayne Boyd won Season 7 of NBC's "The Voice." He had released independent albums in 2008 and 2013 and now looks to release his debut major label album later this year. The first single form that album, "I'm Still Here," is out now.
5:00 p.m.: Frankie Ballard got his start by winning Kenny Chesney's "Next Big Star" competition in Michigan in 2008. He released his self-titled debut album in 2011. The album reached #33 on the country chart. His second album, entitled Sunshine & Whiskey, came out in February of 2014 and reached #5 on the Country chart. His sophomore effort produced two gold-selling #1 singles, the title track and "Helluva Life."
7:30 p.m.: Country legend Travis Tritt has had seven albums certified platinum or higher. Over the years, Tritt has collected two Grammy Awards, four CMAs, a Billboard Music Award, nine Top 10 Country albums, and twenty Top 10 Country singles, including five #1 hits. The Grand Ole Opry member released his most recent album The Calm After... in 2013.
9:30 p.m.: Headliner Eric Church has been nominated for 43 major awards in the last five years, taking home three ACM Awards, an American Music Award, a CMA, a CMT Award, and an American Country Award. The North Carolina native has had two albums top both the Country chart and the Billboard 200, and he has six #1 singles. His latest album, The Outsiders, came out last year.
Des Moines country fans should find this event a more than suitable replacement for The Big Country Bash that died out a few years back. To learn more about the inaugural River Bank Bash, check out the festival's website or Facebook page. Check out Eric Church in action in the embedded video above.