Friday, July 8, 2016

Other Sources: Free live music shows

"I want to see Iowa bands, but I don't know any.  And I'm afraid if I go to a show, they'll all suck! Then I'll have wasted my money!"

I have two things to say to you!

One - Don't be such a wimp! Most shows featuring local bands are only five dollars!

And two - There are a lot of places to check out local bands live for FREE!!

As I am writing this in my hometown of Des Moines, our arts festival - which featured 3 stages of music filled mostly by Iowa artists - was two weekends ago. Our town's annual Jazz in July - featuring local and national acts - is just beginning. And this weekend is 80/35 - featuring four stages with local and regional artists.

And you know what else is in common about these three besides the fact that they feature Iowa artists and bands? They're FREE! (Yes, 80/35 is not free, but those two stages are!)

I did a cursory look around Iowa on the internet to see what free festivals featuring local artists I could find. I put the ones I found below, but I'm sure I could find plenty more if I wanted to make the time.

It seems many towns and wineries have a free music series, where they have a local band play once a week for FREE. Also, many towns have local bands play at their town's festivals, again for FREE!

And to help you, below is a list of all the free music festivals and music series in Iowa that I found in my not very deep search! I'm sure you could find more and one near you if you don't see anything nearby on this list! So get out there and discover a band you're dying to see again!

The festival and series with free music that feature Iowa artists and bands (that I could find):

Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concerts

Maximum Ames Music Festival - certain events

Thursday Night Music in Wapsiana Park
Cedar Falls
Cedar Basin Jazz Festival

Cedar Falls
Live to 9

Cedar Falls
Sturgis Falls Celebration

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup

Cedar Rapids
Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival

Cedar Rapids
Make Music Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids
St Ludmila's Kolach Festival

Cedar Rapids
Three One Nine Music & Arts Festival

Clear Lake
Lakeside DixieFest

Celtic Festival and Highland Games

Friday Live at 5

River Roots Live's Junior Jam Stage

Street Fest

Des Moines
80/35 Music Festival's Kum & Go Stage, Nationwide Stage, Generation Z Stage, and IPR Stage

Des Moines
Des Moines Arts Festival

Des Moines
Ingersoll Live
Downtown Friday Nights

Fort Dodge
Soldier Creek Winery's Sunday Vineyard Vibrations

Music in the Park
Iowa Arts Festival
Iowa City Jazz Festival
Iowa Soul Festival

Iowa City
Iowa Women's Music Festival

Iowa City
Mission Creek Festival - certain shows are free

Iowa City

North Liberty
North Liberty Blues & BBQ

Beef Days

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery's Bourbon & Blues Festival

West Branch
Hoover's Hometown Days

West Branch
Music on the Village Green

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