Homecoming week hits Iowa City

Homecoming Week!
Parade participants march down Clinton Street in 2012. — photo by Alan Light

Homecoming is finally upon us! To celebrate, the University of Iowa is hosting events all throughout the week, culminating with a parade, coronation and concert set for Friday, Oct. 10 — the day before Iowa takes on Indiana.

The homecoming parade — a fixture in downtown Iowa City for decades — kicks off on Friday at 5:45 p.m. with the theme “Gold & Black Take Me Back.” The City of Iowa City has announced that streets will begin closing at 4 p.m.

The official parade route is available here.

Afterward, at approximately 6:30 p.m., attendees will head to the Pentacrest for the coronation of the UI’s homecoming king and queen. The 10-person court will be announced first, followed by the crowning ceremony itself.

Following the coronation, the UI will host a free concert on the Pentacrest featuring two mainstays of the 1990’s alternative/pop scene — The Wallflowers and Duncan Sheik.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1989 by Jakob Dylan (Yes, Bob Dylan’s son), The Wallflowers enjoyed critical acclaim with their 1996 sophomore album Bringing Down The Horse. The album won two Grammy Awards and touted the hit singles “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache,” the latter of which featured Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz on backing vocals.

The band went on a seven-year hiatus in 2005, before releasing Glad All Over in 2012.

Opening for The Wallflowers is Duncan Sheik, who began his career in 1996 as a singer-songwriter, finding success with his debut single “Barely Breathing.” The song earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as Broadcast Music Inc’s Most Played Song of the Year award in 1997. In 2002, Sheik turned to composing Broadway musicals, where he has since written several shows including Spring Awakening, Alice By Heart (an adaptation of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland) and American Psycho.

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