We now know when a new, big Country music festival will be coming to Eastern Iowa. The City of Clinton officially revealed when Tailgate N' Tallboys will be coming to the city and to Iowa for the first time ever in 2023.

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The Proposal

Back in April, we reported that during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12th, Clinton, Mayor Scott Maddasion opened the meeting by giving the floor to Josh Eggers, Clinton's Park and Recreation Director, to discuss bringing Tailgate 'N Tall Boys to Clinton.

Mayor Maddasion and Director Eggers have been working closely with Wayne Klein from USA Concerts to bring a concert series called Tailgate 'N Tall Boys to Clinton’s Riverfront. In the city council meeting video, Eggers said that he and Maddasion were kicking around the idea of hosting a major concert on Clinton's riverfront and connections led them to get in touch with Klein to start working out the details.

Klein and his team came to Clinton and were impressed with Clinton's riverfront. That visit led Klein to determine that Clinton, and its geographic location, would be an excellent opportunity to expand the concert series in 2023. Being so impressed, Klein and his team agreed to host the Tailgate 'N Tall Boys concert series as a Co-Promotion (Co-Pro) with the City of Clinton as its 50/50 partner.

Contract Approved

Back in May, the city council voted to approve a contract between the City of Clinton and USA Concerts and Events LLC. The contract between the City of Clinton and USA Concerts outlines a 50/50 co-promotion partnership which means the City and USA Concerts will share expenses and profits between the two.

The contract approved in May includes a $3 million budget for each year of Tailgate 'N Tall Boys. Of the $3 million, the costs from the City will be no more than $1.5 million and the same goes for USA Concerts. The contract was approved by the city council with a vote of 6-1.

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Dates Announced

On Thursday, the City of Clinton announced the dates for the 2023 Tailgate 'N Tall Boys Country Music Festival.  After much deliberation, it has been determined that Iowa’s first Tailgate 'N Tall Boys festival will be held on Thursday, June 8th, Friday, June 9th, and Saturday, June 10th. 2023 Tailgate 'N Tall Boys in Clinton will feature some of today’s hottest Country artists on Clinton’s Riverfront. It has been determined that the 2nd weekend in June each year best aligns the Clinton event with the opportunity for success.

Mayor Scott Maddasion and Parks & Recreation Director Josh Eggers have been working closely with Wayne Klein and Billy Cowell of USA Concerts, as well as other local organizations, to identify dates that will work best for both Clinton and the Tailgate 'N Tall Boys Concert series in other states, while considering the timing of other festivals in close proximity.

The City of Clinton is also pleased to announce that the color scheme for the Clinton, IA Tailgate 'N Tall Boys festival will be blue and red as can be seen below. cid:f_l4oq7olg1 This logo made its debut at the Bloomington, IL Tailgate 'N Tall Boys series this past weekend as a sneak peak for the 2023 festival dates on the giant video board.

We still aren't sure who will be coming to the Clinton Tailgate 'N Tall Boys in 2023. City officials said that the artist announcement and ticket prices will be announced at a later date A lot of planning is taking place to make this inaugural year a successful one.

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