Jazz 88.33 KCCK will present its annual free Jazz Under the Stars concert series August 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. each day in Noelridge Park, 4900 Council St. NE. This year the concerts will go on rain or shine. In the event of rain, concerts will be held indoors at Parlor City Pub and Eatery, 1125 Third St. SE. If the weather is questionable, listen to KCCK over the air, go online to www.kcck.org or monitor KCCK's Twitter and Facebook accounts for schedule updates. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at both the indoor and outdoor concerts. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their own picnic to the outdoor venue. For more information about the concert, go to www.kcck.org

Series lineup

  • Aug. 5: Koplant No
Koplant No incorporates elements of jazz, electronic music and progressive rock. Group leader and saxophonist Joel Vanderheyden is a University of Iowa graduate and was recently named to the jazz faculty at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. His debut solo album, "Complete Life," was chosen as KCCK's CD of the Month in August 2009.
  • Aug. 12: Funk-Stop
Funk-Stop is an 11-piece horn funk band featuring soulful lyrics and a hot horn-and-rhythm section. They are inspired by Tower of Power, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind and Fire.
  • Aug. 19: The Janelle Lauer Group
Janelle Lauer picked up a tambourine when she was 3 and started playing with her mother's band. Lauer was a regular on Liars Theatre and recently has been the musical director at Theatre Cedar Rapids. She has released two CDs, "Change" and "Turn the Corner."
  • Aug. 26: The Pat Smith Group
Pat Smith has played many kinds of music but began focusing on jazz in 1987. Other members include John Shultz, keyboards, and Eric Thompson, drums. At this concert, KCCK will partner with Spanda Inc. for the Cedar Rapids Scavenger Hunt fundraiser. For more information, go to www.spandainc.com