Last fall, it was announced Burlington Steamboat days would not be held in 2019. Last month, it was revealed instead a two-day music festival will be held on the riverfront, featuring one night of country music and one night of rock and roll.

Steamboat Days was cancelled in part because of declining fortunes, but also because BSD’s organization was changing. A big part of that change involved renaming and reorganizing a BSD off-shoot, American Music Festival.

AMF was created to manage city-owned venues including Memorial Auditorium, the Port of Burlington and the Burlington Depot. The auditorium already was being managed by Ames-based VenuWorks. However, when VenuWorks decided not to renew its agreement with the city, the city had to seek other options.

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