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For immediate release: April 21, 2015—Iowa City, IA 
Summer of the Arts invites you to attend the 2015 Friday Night Concert Series, presented by Toyota-Scion of Iowa City! Enjoy 16 free, family-friendly concerts in the heart of downtown Iowa City. The Friday Night Concert Series will run Fridays May 15th through September 18th, excluding our festival weekends. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., the evening will be loaded with live musical performances by many of the area’s best musicians on the Pedestrian Plaza’s Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. 
This year’s lineup is sure to pack a punch all summer long, kicking-off on May 15 with Inti-Illimani, brought to you by Hancher. The talented youth from Iowa City West High and City High take the stage on May 22nd. Household Iowa name, David Zollo & the Body Electric will hit the stage on May 29 followed by Tony Brown’s All Star Jam Session, Local on the 8’s, and more in June! The show goes on in July, heating up with Johnny Kilowatt on July 10, and later—Winterland brings the sound of the Grateful Dead to the stage to keep things cool. For fans of Steely Dan, check out The Fez on August 21, one of many performances you will not want to miss in August and September. Finally, help us send-off the summer with a bang at the Linn Street Block Party celebration on September 18th (more information will follow on this special event). 
May 15           Inti-Illimani, brought to you by Hancher 
May 22           City High AND West High Jazz Ensembles 
May 29         David Zollo & The Body Electric
June 12                 Tony Brown All Star Jam Session 
June 19                 Local on the 8’s
June 26                 Cedar County Cobras AND Frank F. Sydney’s Western Bandit Volunteers
July 10         Johnny Kilowatt
July 17         Mirage
July 24         Winterland
July 31         TBA
August 7         Dandelion Stompers
August 14         Tropicante 
August 21         The Fez 
September 4 Candymakers
September 11 Fire Sale AND The Dawn
September 18 Linn Street Block Party! 
The rain location for the Friday Night Concert Series will be the lower level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp at Washington and Gilbert Streets. Concerts moved to the rain location will be announced by 4 p.m. the day of the performance and posted on the Summer of the Arts website and social media. For more information, including inquiries regarding the schedule and performer bios, visit or call (319) 337-7944.



Click VOLUNTEER  to look over the many different volunteer jobs, dates and times we have to offer!

We now have volunteer opportunities posted for both the Iowa Arts Festival (June 5-7) and the Free Movie Series (Saturdays from June 13 - Aug. 22) !

We will need over 600 volunteers this summer and YOU can Help to Make it All Happen! 


Summer of the Arts E-Newsletter: April 2, 2015

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