Head Out: Friday Night Concert Series offers free live music all summer

Friday Night Concert Series
Friday Night Concert Series takes place every week on the Weather Dance Fountain Stage on Iowa City’s downtown Ped Mall. — photo by Rachel Jessen

Friday Night Concert Series

All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.


May 29 — David Zollo and The Body Electric


June 5 — Iowa Arts Festival
June 12 — Tony Brown All Star Jam Session
June 19 — Local on the 8’s
June 26 — Cedar County Cobras and Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers


July 3 — Iowa City Jazz Festival
July 10 — Johnny Kilowatt
July 17 — Mirage
July 24 — Winterland
July 31 — Aaron Kamm and the One Drops


Aug. 7 — Dandelion Stompers
Aug. 14 — Tropicante
Aug. 21 — The Fez
Aug. 28 — Soul Fest


Sept. 4 — Candymakers
Sept. 11 — Fire Sale and The Dawn
Sept. 18 — Linn Street Block Party

Update: Tonight’s show has been moved to the lower level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp (Gilbert and Washington St.) due to rain.

Downtown Iowa City’s Friday Night Concert Series is officially underway, and for its third week, the Ped Mall will host an evening of music by David Zollo.

“I can pretty much guarantee that at every Friday Night Concert Series you have the opportunity to run into friends you maybe haven’t seen in a while,” said Lisa Barnes, executive director of Summer of the Arts that coordinates the concert series which has run since 1992. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring people together.”

The series kicked off two weeks ago with Chilean group Inti-Illimani, and this week David Zollo, an Iowa City singer-songwriter and keyboardist, will perform bluesy rock and roll with his band The Body Electric.

“We focus on local bands, but have broadened our reach for bands who perform,” Barnes explained about the series’ programming. “In the past we limited participation to bands based in Johnson County, but have but have extended the programming more regionally to provide opportunities for the community to experience more bands and music.”

In case of rain, the show will go on, Barnes says. The concerts move to the lower level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp.

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