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Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5 and John Waters performing for new Cedar Rapids festival

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Kelly Clarkson is headlining the August festival. — press photo

Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 will headline a new festival in Cedar Rapid this summer. The newbo evolve festival will cover 25 blocks, stretching out from the Czech Village and New Bo District.

The newbo evolve festival will be a “multi-faceted festival” that “celebrates the creative Bohemian spirit through music, fashion, dance, food and technology,” according to GO Cedar Rapids, the organization formerly known as the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival (which deliberately uses all lower-case letters) is the latest program of GO Cedar Rapids (which deliberately capitalizes the “o” in its name).

In addition to musical acts, there will be a number of keynote speakers, including Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and author of the bestselling business guidebook Without Their Permission. Film director, actor and writer John Waters will return to Eastern Iowa for the fest, performing “This Filthy World,” a one-man show celebrating his career (which includes the films Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby and the famously shocking Pink Flamingos.)

The festival’s subjects will also be broached in panel discussions. Fashion designer Christian Siriano — the season four winner of Project Runway, who now dresses A-list celebrities and designed Michelle Obama’s 2016 Democratic National Convention dress — and Queer Eye host and designer Carson Kressley will head panels. Carpenter Clint Harp, a regular on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, will participate in one of the discussions as well.

Wellness events, including yoga on the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s garden rooftop, will begin each day of programming. Bohemian-style art and garden features will be on display in the NewBo District, and guests are encouraged to try the Cedar Screamer Zip Line, up for the summer (festival pass-holders will receive a discount).

Clarkson is scheduled to take the main stage on Friday, Aug. 3 and Maroon 5 on Saturday, Aug. 4. Other musical performers, including Clarkson’s and Maroon 5’s opening acts, have yet to be announced.

Three-day passes for newbo evolve are priced at $375 and include preferred section seating for Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5, perks at local businesses, access to special events and more. Passes will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.

General admission tickets will also available for purchase beginning Friday, Feb. 9, priced at $70 for Maroon 5 and $54.50 for Kelly Clarkson.

Schedule additions and changes will be posted to the newbo evolve Facebook page.


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