Even as winter lingers, organizers in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are planning for summer festivals and outdoor music. Two popular local concert series, Uptown Friday Nights in Cedar Rapids and the Friday Night Concert Series in Iowa City, have announced their 2017 lineups.
Organized by the Cedar Rapids Jaycees, Uptown Friday Nights brings local and regional favorites to the McGrath Amphitheatre, where fans can enjoy the river-side stage and buy drinks and food from vendors. In Iowa City, meanwhile, the Summer of the Arts organization presents the concert series as one part of its programming, which also includes the Iowa Arts Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Iowa Soul Festival and a free movie series on the Pentacrest.
Here are the Friday concert series lineups:
Uptown Friday Nights
Where: McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids
When: Most Fridays from May 19 to Aug. 18. Gates open at 5 p.m., bands start at 6 p.m. and play until 9 or 10 p.m.
Details: $5 admission, 21 and over only. Event happens rain or shine.
More information: uptownfridaynights.com
May 19: Ty Bates, 5 to 10 p.m.
May 26: Strays, 5 to 9 p.m.
June 2: 8 Seconds, 5 to 9 p.m.
June 9: Pork Tornadoes, 5 to 10 p.m.
June 16: Downward Fall, 5 to 9 p.m.
July 7: Alisabeth Von Presley, 5 to 10 p.m.
July 14: Lonesome Road, 5 to 9 p.m.
July 21: Large Midgets, 5 to 9 p.m.
July 28: Slap & Tickle, 5 to 9 p.m.
Aug. 11: American Hitmen, 5 to 9 p.m.
Aug. 18: Corey Cox, 5 to 9 p.m.
2017 Friday Night Concert Series
When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. most Fridays, May 19 to Aug. 25
Where: Outside the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel on the Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Chauncey Swan parking ramp, 415 E. Washington St., Iowa City.
Details: Free. Participants may bring folding chairs.
More information: summerofthearts.org
May 19: David Zollo & The Body Electric with Brian Johannesen
May 26: West High and City High Jazz Ensembles
June 9: Meteor Cat and Local on the 8’s
June 16: Goose Town and Soul Sherpa
June 23: Death Valley Welcome and Ralston Creek Ramblers
July 7: The Fez
July 14: The Recliners
July 21: The Candymakers and The Maytags
July 28: Winterland
Aug. 11: Flash in a Pan and Cedar County Cobras
Aug. 18: Jack Lion with special guests
Aug. 25: Paa Kow