Growing up, Leigh Macias Reitz spent every weekend at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, rubbing shoulders with go-go dancers and even watching Jimi Hendrix light his guitar on fire.
“As a young teenager, there were dances every weekend. Girls had to wear skirts and boys had to wear pants and dress shirts,” Reitz, 67, said. “It was just a great place for teens. Go-go dancers would dance in cages. The radio station at the time would give away prizes and records. It was such a fun place to go.”
Her nostalgia and love of the Col Ballroom led her to purchase the 104-year-old music venue in 2015. But the next few years were a financial struggle, she said, leading to her announcement Tuesday that the Col will close Oct. 29. The ballroom will host its final event, SoulFest 2018, on Oct. 26, she said.
Reitz said several people have shown interest in purchasing the venue, at 1012 W. 4th St., but no deal is confirmed yet. The Col, built in 1914 by Leo Kerker, is one of Iowa’s oldest operating ballrooms, and a staple of the Quad-City music scene.
“The Col has been an important part of downtown Davenport, and also west Davenport. A lot of people will cherish memories based on their time at the ballroom,” Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said. “Those types of venues are challenging to maintain, and we’ll really miss the Col Ballroom. We wish the people who kept it running for all of these years all the best.”
See below for details for the venue's final event, Friday, October 26th: "Soul Fest 2018". Tics are $12 in advance.
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