Ahh! Summer is finally here! Things are beginning to heat up in both the weather department and the live music department! There is music to be heard all over the area this weekend, so make sure you get out and enjoy some of it. Here are just a few of the things you could do this weekend.

-- Hilary Mahoney


Uptown Friday Nights continue this week at Greene Square Park features Crazy Delicious from 5 to 8 pm. Chrome Horse has also started a Friday evening outdoor shows. This week, the O'Connell Brothers will be playing outdoors from 6 to 10 p.m., and Eleventh Hour will continue the party inside starting at 9 p.m.  Some other happenings include Eddie Piccard's Jazz Quartet at the Longbranch, Patchy Fog at Checkers, Highway Band at the Red Baron, Lipstick Slick at the Fieldhouse SW, and Helforstout at Jersey's Downtown.


If the weather permits, Saturday will be a great day to get outside and enjoy some more live music, and some great food as well. Stop by Marion Square Park for the BBQ Rendezvous from noon to 9 pm. The Cedar Island Band will be playing from noon to 4  p.m. and the The Janeys will be on the stage from 5 to 9 p.m..  If you want to take a little drive, check out BrewBQ and the Blues at Millstream Brewing Company from 4 to 8 p.m. Also, The Shack will be hosting a Veteran's Benefit from 2 to 11 p.m.. Nine bands will be playing at this event, which will be open to all ages until 10. More outdoor fun can be bad the Fieldhouse SW, who will host their Saturday Beach Party with Smokin Guns outside from 6 to 10 p.m. and Midlife Crisis inside at 9 p.m. Other evening options include Cornfed Bruiser at Tailgators, Black the Sun at Scooters in Anamosa, Classidelic at Cedar River Landing and Downward Fall at Cocktails. Of course, all weekend long you can enjoy the Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City. There should be great food, artwork, and many other activities, including, of course, music! You can find music on the main stage on Friday starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, starting at noon, and Sunday at 10 a.m. with the last band going on at 2:30. =