RAGBRAI, the oldest bike touring event in the world, returns for a 454.1-mile trek across Iowa. Entertainment ensues between each day as riders get recharged and ready to cycle across Iowa July 23-30, starting in Sergeant Bluff and ending in Lansing.
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is the first ride since 2019 that has a near pre-pandemic level of registration.
From bands of all varieties, touring musical experiences, foam parties, food and yoga, RAGBRAI has all the entertainment you need as you stop from point to point on the eight-day journey.
Day 0: July 23, Sergeant Bluff
RAGBRAI kicks off in Sergeant Bluff, and after you dip your front tire in the Missouri River on an optional ride, enjoy RAGBRAI Expo with more than 80 exhibitors who will showcase products from the latest gear and apparel and RAGBRAI Expo’s official bike shop to tour and travel destinations, health and nutritional information.
RAGBRAI Expo is free and open to the public from noon to 9 p.m. all over Sergeant Bluff.
Entertainment is also offered on Day 0. Bands play at the main stage, and yoga and a foam party offer an experience for everyone to kick off the oldest bicycle touring event in the world.
- Smokin’ Clams rock band plays on at the main stage from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Wrecked Becky party band plays on the main stage from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
- Above the Covers cover band plays on the main stage from 8 to 11 p.m.
- Goat yoga on First Avenue in Splashland Park from noon to 2 p.m.
- Foam party on First Avenue in Splashland Park from noon to 3 p.m.
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Day 1: July 24, Ida Grove
Day 1 of RAGBRAI ends in Ida Grove after a 53.2-mile ride from Sergeant Bluff.
Neil Anders and the Brothers Merritt: collaborative group from Des Moines
Neil Anders and the Brothers Merritt are a recently formed collective based out of Des Moines. Among them are Neil Anders (guitar/lead vocalist), Greg Merritt (bass), Jake Merritt (drums) and Jay Schneider (keyboard/guitar).
The group boasts a modern rock sound with hazy vocals.
Neil Anders and the Brothers Merritt perform at 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Damon Dotson: singer/songwriter from Des Moines
Damon Dotson is a country music singer/songwriter based out of Des Moines. Dotson originally comes from Okoboji, and during his career, opened for the likes of BB King, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys and many more.
Damon Dotson performs from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Not Quite Brothers: Cover band based in Central Iowa
Not Quite Brothers is Iowa’s fastest growing cover band. The group was formed in 2018 and is constantly heralded for its accuracy in covering songs. The band’s eclectic and loud noise brings crowds of all ages together to jam out to songs from a variety of bands like Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash and The Beatles.
The band consists of twins Sam Johnson (vocals) and Isaac Johnson (guitar) and Cooper Corcoran (guitar), Ben Schmelzer (drums) and Blake Marsh (bass).
Not Quite Brothers performs from 8 to 11 p.m.
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Day 2: July 25, Pocahontas
After a the second longest ride of 71.2 miles from Ida Grove to Pocahontas, unwind with a diverse lineup of performers to recharge you for the next day.
Angie Kriz and The PolkaToons: Czech Polka band based in Bellevue, Nebraska
“It’s not a party until polka is involved,” as Angie Kriz and The PolkaToons say on its website, and a party is exactly what the group is bringing after a long day’s ride.
The group consists of Angie Kriz on the button accordion and vocals, Craig Falls on the tuba and his son Jason Falls on the drums, baritone and vocals.
The group plays Czechoslovakian polka and waltz music with high energy and fervor to get crowds pumped and the party going.
Angie Kriz and The PolkaToons perform from 2 to 5 p.m.
DJ Jimmy Jim: DJ based in Des Moines
Jim Bollard, better known as DJ Jimmy Jim, has been DJing parties since 1977. DJ Jimmy Jim pumps up the party with electro mashups of songs you would hear at a club.
DJ Jimmy Jim takes the stage from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pop Rocks: international experience band from Mound, Minnesota
Pop Rocks is a worldwide touring band that has headlined in the Middle East, South America and all over the U.S. and Canada. The group is known for its electric experience with a flair for Broadway theatrics, impressions and DJ-esque sound.
Pop Rocks performs from 8 to 11 p.m.
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Day 3: July 26, Emmetsburg
Emmetsburg welcomes riders after their 56.4-mile ride to the themed day of “Bikin’ the Burg.”
The lineup for Emmetsburg sees RAGBRAI’s most-requested party band, Pork Tornadoes, and its opener Birdchild take the stage all while a taste of Ireland cascades the town with a performance for riders throughout the day from Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Birdchild: cover band based in Des Moines
Birdchild calls themselves “Iowa’s flyest cover band,” performing covers of songs from the last 40 years.
In the band, Drew Birdsall and Justin Goodchild provide vocals and guitar with Ian Draves on bass, Ryan Plotz on keys and Lukas Jack on drums. The group performs hits from the past 40 years.
Birdchild performs from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band: Irish pipe band based in St. Paul, Minnesota
Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band aims to keep the tradition of Celtic piping, drumming and dancing alive since 1962. Dressed in traditional Irish garb, the band will bring the rich Irish heritage that Emmetsburg celebrates.
Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band performs throughout the day in Emmetsburg.
The band goes on stage from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pork Tornadoes: cover band from Cedar Falls
Pork Tornadoes are RAGBRAI’s most requested party cover band. The group calls themselves “your girlfriend’s favorite band” as they play covers with twists on popular songs throughout the years.
Covers range anywhere from Lizzo, Phil Collins and Taylor Swift songs.
Pork Tornadoes perform 8 to 11 p.m.
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Day 4: July 27, Mason City
Mason City dubs its overnight stay “The Ride of the Century.” The day includes the 105-mile ride from Emmetsburg to Mason City.
Mason City brings a day full of food, activities and entertainment after the longest ride of RAGBRAI.
13 on Seven: ’90s rock and grunge band from Northern Iowa
The ’90s rock and grunge band 13 on Seven takes that Muse Norris Side Stage. That show runs from 3 to 6 p.m.
Danny Grause: country, blues, funk and rock from Ames
If you’re a fan of Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band or Eric Church, you’ll love the music of Danny Grause. He performs at the Principal Pavilion from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Brad Morgan: Easy-going country music from Nashville
Brad Morgan grew up in Manning before heading to Nashville to make his easy-going country music. He says that Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Johnny Cash influence his style. He performs on the Principal Pavilion from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Don Felder: former lead guitarist for the rock band The Eagles
Don Felder, the former lead guitarist for the rock band The Eagles, known for hits including “Hotel California” and “Witchy Woman” co-headlines the Mason City portion of the entertainment. Since going off on his own for his solo career, Felder has been inaugurated into the Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame in 2016 and, in 2019, released his third solo album in seven years, “American Rock ’N’ Roll.”
Felder is scheduled to perform on the Main Stage from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Sugar Ray: pop band from Newport Beach, California
Sugar Ray, the rock band fronted by Mark McGrath, is behind hits such as “Fly,” “Answer the Phone” and “Every Morning.”
Sugar Ray is scheduled to perform on the Main Stage from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Admission is free for all Mason City performances.
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Day 5: July 28, Charles City
Following RAGBRAI’s longest ride, Mason City to Charles City is less than half the distance at 47.9 miles to give riders a chance to recharge.
Viva Knievel: cover band from Minneapolis
Viva Knievel is an 8- to 100-piece cover band with a loud, in-your-face style that boasts “salute-inducing patriotism, face-melting guitar solos and earth rumbling renditions of all your favorite songs.”
The group prides itself on its chaotic shows with a full horn section and funky renditions of songs before going into modern renditions of contemporary hits.
Viva Knievel performs starting at noon.
Day 6: July 29, West Union
RAGBRAI heads 63 miles from Charles City to West Union on the sixth day, and the city brings six bands to entertain riders before they get ready to cycle to Lansing for the last day.
Other entertainment in West Union includes cornhole, human foosball, a climbing wall, a dunk tank and professional wrestling matches.
Admission is $5 per person who does not already have a RAGBRAI wristband or volunteer shirt.
Beau Timmerman: Iowa-based acoustic musician
Beau Timmerman is an acoustic musician who plays country music in a one-man show with his guitar.
Beau Timmerman performs at the Second Stage from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Swing Crew: interactive acoustic band from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The Swing Crew has been going strong since 1979 performing music from the ’40s through the ’90s. The Swing crew plays a variety of genres from classic rock, country, pop, swing, and island beat and covers music from anywhere from Garth Brooks to Jimmy Buffet or Van Morrison.
The Swing Crew plays on the Second Stage from noon to 2 p.m.
The Bar Flyz: rock band from Fairbank
The Bar Flyz play a range of music for all tastes including country, classic and modern rock or rap.
The Bar Flyz play on the Second Stage from 2 to 4 p.m.
Steve Schroeder: country musician based in Eastern Iowa
Steve Schroeder is a country cover artist based in the Midwest. He plays on the Main Stage from 4 to 5 p.m.
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Rolling Thunder: AC/DC cover band from Davenport
Rolling Thunder brings all of your favorite hits from the legendary heavy metal band AC/DC.
Rolling Thunder plays on Main Stage 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Arch Allies: rock tribute band
Arch Achilles is a rock tribute band that plays the hits from artists like Bon Jovi, Queen, Styx, Journey, Def Leppard and Boston. The band takes the main stage from 8 to 11 p.m.
Day 7: July 30, Lansing
The last ride rolls from West Union to Lansing in 65.4-miles, the final stretch to end RAGBRAI
Buffalo Galaxy: bluegrass band
Buffalo Galaxy is a bluegrass band that “pulls at our humanity” with its traditional American-style music and improvisational jams. The band had its debut album “New Escape” in 2020 after forming in 2019.
Buffalo Galaxy performs from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Squirrel Tail: bluegrass band based in Ossian
Squirrel Tail closes out RAGBRAI entertainment with its folksy bluegrass music.
The five-piece band brings a country sound with hints of traditional bluegrass, country, country gospel and some new originals.
Squirrel Tail performs 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Omar Waheed is a staff writer at the Des Moines Register. He can be reached at [email protected].