One local man knows the pain and uncertainty of living through a domestic violence situation all too well.  Sam Koester says he lived it as a child, and wants to make certain that people in that situation have a place to go.

When Koester heard about the impending financial insecurity of the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter, he felt called to do something about it.  Rather that write a check and forget, Koester has created an event.

The River City Throwdown is coming to Muscatine on November 14.   The rock festival on the riverfront will have a $10 admission, which will allow concert goers to listen to 20 bands.  While the majority of the bands will be a bit on the heavier side, there promises to be variety as well, including two acoustic performers.

Koester states that unlike many festivals, all of the performers on the billing are performing for no charge.  The only costs for the event include venue rental, and a discounted price for a professional to run the sound system all day.  According to Koester, these expenses will not be covered by the admissions prices, but rather he plans to pay for them personally, so that 100% of the proceeds can be donated.

Residents interested in supporting the event, or learning more about the bands scheduled to play can find the River City Throwdown event on Facebook, or email Koester at [email protected].

Information on the event can also be found at the