The City of Clinton is preparing for its new country music festival in 2023, Tailgate N' TallboysOn Wednesday, City of Clinton officials and Tailgate N' Tallboys announced that this week people can begin buying their tickets.

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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.

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Mayor Maddasion and Director Eggers have been working closely with Wayne Klein from USA Concerts to bring a concert series called Tailgate N' Tallboys 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' Tallboys 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.

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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.

Tailgate N' Tallboys via Facebook
Tailgate N' Tallboys via Facebook

After much deliberation, it has been determined that 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. It has been determined that the 2nd weekend in June each year best aligns the Clinton event with the opportunity for success.

Pre-Sale Tickets

We still aren't sure who will be coming to the Clinton Tailgate N' Tallboys in 2023 but on Wednesday, City of Clinton officials announced that pre-sale tickets for the Clinton Tailgate N' Tallboys in 2023 will go on Thursday, October 26th, at 10 a.m. The pre-sale password is TNT23.

The artist announcement will come in early November. Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased at

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