The 19th annual Iowa City Jazz Festival continues today and Sunday on the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City. Multiple food vendors are set up along Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street in front of the Old Capitol, along with the dozens of great restaurants and cafes in the downtown area. This event is one of my favorite weekends each summer – good music, good food, and great atmosphere. Fourth of July Fireworks will be take place after the last of today’s performances, usually around 9:30. I’ll be glad to be in Iowa City again this year for the 4th, as the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival fireworks display this year is only at Kirkwood instead of downtown.
88.3 KCCK-FM is broadcasting the festival live. Check out kcck.org to listen online.
The 18th annual Iowa City Jazz Festival was held this past Independence Day weekend in downtown Iowa City on the Pentacrest, the heart of the University of Iowa campus. This is one event I look forward to each summer – great music, great food, a great community of people. Cedar Rapids jazz radio station KCCK did a live broadcast of performances from the three day festival, simulcasted on Iowa Public Radio and Omaha Public Radio.
My father George works at KCCK so I have been attending the festival on and off for many years. Also in recent years my brother Daniel (of The Soundhole recording studio) has been doing production work for the broadcast. So between both of them I’ve gotten an interesting back stage look into the festival. But, honestly what I look forward to most is not the music or the vendors, but the gathering of people and the collective delight of community.
Check out all my photos on Flickr from the Iowa City Jazz Festival.