Summer of the Arts Announces Main Stage Line-up for the Iowa Art Festival!
For Immediate Release: April 27, 2015- IOWA CITY, IA
The schedule for the Main Stage at the Iowa Arts Festival, presented by Veridian Credit Union has been confirmed and audiences are in for an exciting weekend filled with a variety of local and national performers June 5-7 in the heart of Iowa City!
Friday night kicks things off at 7 PM with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn! Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for the hit “Walking in Memphis”, takes the stage at 7 PM. Shawn Colvin will immediately follow Cohn’s performance, taking the stage around 8:30 PM. In 1996, Colvin released the album A Few Small Repairs, which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad “Sunny Came Home” gave Colvin a Top 10 hit and two of Grammy’s biggest honors: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
During the day on Saturday, audiences can enjoy a number of local performers including many familiar faces. The Iowa City Community Band kicks things off at 10 AM, followed by Supro Quatro at 11:30 AM featuring Dustin Busch. At 1 PM we welcome The 100’s to the stage sharing their own version of roots-rock-country-folk music. Catfish Keith will entertain the audience at 2:30 PM. Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Rounding out the afternoon, we are pleased to welcome back The Beaker Brothers to the Iowa Arts Festival Main Stage at 4 PM. The Beaker Brothers music has been inspired by everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix to The Grateful Dead. They have gone back in time to jam bands where rock, jazz, blues and Latin music took over.
Saturday evening features two bands with their own style – the Jeremy Kittel Band and Darlingside. Taking the stage at 6:30 PM, violinist and fiddler, Jeremy Kittel has mastered styles as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more. Darlingside is characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism and takes the stage at 7:30 PM.
The Iowa Arts Festival is thrilled to welcome the BoDeans to the stage as the Saturday night headliner at 9 PM. Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, the BoDeans continue to deliver amazing, high energy performances. In the last 30 years, the band released several albums which embody multiple songs played heavily on the radio, in TV shows, and movies, and define a sound that a generation embraced -- songs like Good Things, You Don't Get Much, Idaho, If It Makes You, Closer to Free, Stay, American, and, All the World.
Sunday’s Main Stage performances again feature bluegrass at the core, including additional performances by The Jeremy Kittel Band and Darlingside as well as Joe Peterson’s latest group – The Snake Chasers. Sunday’s entertainment starts at 11 AM.
New this year – the Main Stage moves to Clinton Street close to Iowa Avenue! With the change in the Main Stage location, a Street Stage has been added to the corner of Iowa Avenue and Linn Street and will feature a wide variety of local performers during the hours the Art Fair is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Iowa Arts Festival started in 1983 and typically attracts around 35,000 people throughout the course of the weekend to downtown Iowa City. The Iowa Arts Festival not only includes a fine Art Fair, but also Art Goes Live! Artist Demonstrations, and Emerging Artist Pavilion for student artists, a Beverage Garden, Culinary Row, FUN Stops, and Children’s Activities along with the Family Stage!
Summer of the Arts is a nonprofit organization for local arts and culture events which include: Iowa Arts Festival presented by Veridian Credit Union, Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by UICCU, Iowa Soul Festival presented by Diversity Focus, Friday Night Concert Series presented by Toyota-Scion of Iowa City, MusicIC, and Free Movie Series presented by Collins Community Credit Union and University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums.
The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.