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Iowa City Jazz Festival: June 30, July 1 and July 2, 2017


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As I travel around in my Ollie, I meet a lot of people in campgrounds who love music festivals. I've been involved with the Iowa City Jazz Festival for many years and have booked the main stage artists for the past 6 years. This is a free outdoor festival located in downtown Iowa City.


Downbeat Magazine once named the festival one of the top 10 jazz festival in the United States. If your travels will take you to this area in late-June, early-July, please stop for a few days. If you live within a day's drive, consider making this a special trip. There are many campgrounds available including a number of Corps of Engineers campgrounds near my home.


Here's a link to the bios of the performers for this year's festival. http://www.summerofthearts.org/festival-menu/jazz-festival/performer-bios.aspx. Send me a message if you have any questions about the festival, campgrounds, other things to do, etc. If you aren't a jazz fan, check out the other Summer of the Arts festivals at www.summerofthearts.org.


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Don, good to know - I enjoy good jazz. We were looking for trips this summer, this would be a good one. We have lots of family in the Kansas City/Leavenworth area so we'd have another reason on our way to Iowa! Mike

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A lot to do around Iowa City. The Amana Colonies, Sullivan brothers memorial, Grant Wood Studio, summer festivals. Decorah, further northeast, is fun, and close to Lanesboro MN, an artsy outdoor community. Laura ingalls Wilder at Burr Oak is about two hours.

Great shopping in Cedar Rapids. Great highways. Great people. Do watch your speed... Cameras around CR.

The little airport between Cedar rapids and Iowa City is a real gem. I fly in and out of there a few times each year.

Full disclosure... I lived in Iowa for eight great years. You won't find nicer people, and if you get out into the country, you'll find some beautiful farms and old barns, and vibrant little towns celebrating their heritage each summer, still.

And if you enjoy it, though I don't, there are casinos nearby, as well.

Something for everyone.

Thanks for the memories, Don.


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