The announcement that many eastern Iowa and Quad Cities country music fans and Clinton residents have been waiting for, has finally come. Thursday morning, Clinton Mayor, Scott Maddasion and the Director of Clinton Parks and Recreation, Josh Eggers announced the headlining and opening acts for Clinton's first-ever Tailgate N' TallboysThe new eastern Iowa country music festival will take place on Clinton's riverfront in June of next year.

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The Proposal

Back in April, we reported that during a City Council meeting, 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' Tallboys to Clinton.

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Mayor Maddasion and Director Eggers have been working closely with Wayne Klein from USA Concerts to bring the country concert series to Clinton’s Riverfront.

Klein and his team 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.

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.

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The contract approved in May includes a $3 million budget for each year of Tailgate N' Tallboys. 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

In June, the City of Clinton announced the dates for the 2023 Tailgate N' Tallboys Country Music Festival.

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Tailgate N' Tallboys via Facebook

Iowa’s first Tailgate N' Tallboys festival will be held on Thursday, June 8th, Friday, June 9th, and Saturday, June 10th. 2023 Tailgate N' Tallboys in Clinton will feature some of today’s hottest country artists on Clinton’s Riverfront.

Pre-Sale Tickets

In October, City of Clinton officials announced that pre-sale tickets for the Clinton Tailgate N' Tallboys in 2023 will go on sale Thursday, October 26th, at 10 a.m. The pre-sale password is TNT23.

Pre-Sale tickets and general on-sale can be purchased at

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Headliners & Acts For Clinton's Tailgate N' Tallboys


Mayor of Clinton, Scott Maddasion said that the artist announcement will come in early November.

Well, it's early November, and this morning on Clinton's two local radio stations, Mac 94.7 and KROS, Mayor Maddasion along with Clinton Parks and Recreation Director, Josh Eggers, revealed the headliners and opening acts for the first-ever Tailgate N' Tallboys coming to Clinton on June 8-10th, 2023.

There are 12 mainstage acts for Tailgate N' Tallboys in Clinton.

It's Time For The Announcement You've Been Waiting For!

Get ready, Clinton, Quad Cities, Eastern Iowa, and Western Illinois...

• Headling day 1 of the 2023 Tailgate N' Tallboys country music festival on Thursday, June 8th in Clinton will be:

HEADLINER: Mitchell Tenpenny

 DIRECT SUPPORT: Lainey Wilson

Jackson Dean

• Cooper Alan

• Headling day 2 of the 2023 Tailgate N' Tallboys country music festival on Friday, June 9th in Clinton will be:



Jo Dee Messina

Alexandra Kay

• Headling day 3, and the final day of the 2023 Tailgate N' Tallboys country music festival on Saturday, June 10th in Clinton will be:

• HEADLINER: Jelly Roll


Warren Zeiders

Chase Matthew

Tickets for the first-ever Tailgate N' Tallboys are on sale starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, at

Ticket prices are as listed (GA - general admission):

More details can be found at

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