Partial Lineups Announced For Nitefall on the River and Ankeny Unplugged

Two summer concert series have announced partial lineups, and they are pretty okay, so I thought I would share.

The first is the annual Nitefall on the River which is one of the more famous concert series in the state. Every year, Simon Estes Amphitheater hosts many well known and legendary National, International and Iowa acts. This year is no exception and here are the early details:

Sat., May 26 – Hairball – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $20/25

Fri., June 1 – The Nadas w/ Steve Poltz – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $15/20

Tues., June 12 – Jimmy Cliff – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $30/35

Wed., June 20 – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ Cornmeal – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $25/30

Thurs., July 5 – Yonder Mountain String Band – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $20/25

Thurs., July 26 – BoDeans – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $15

Advance tickets are on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10am at Tickets will also be on sale at Wooly’s (504 E. Locust St.) with no service fees.

I’m personally most excited for Jimmy Cliff. I caught about ten minutes of his set at Lollapalooza in 2010 and it blew me away. I am excited to get the chance to rectify my mistake.

Also, don’t sleep on Bruce Hornsby. While the name may elicit groans from some people because of his Adult Contemporary status, he is actually a very gifted singer and songwriter.

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The other series that released at least a partial list of bands is the now annual Ankeny Unplugged. Sponsored by the Ankeny Jaycees and held in Wagner Park in ,um, Ankney obviously, this features many of the best Iowa has to offer in an outdoor, acoustic setting. This years announced bands are:

Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Patrick Tape Fleming (of Poison Control Center)
Elizabeth Arynn
James Biehn
The New Bodies
The Host Country

Readers of this site will know where my tastes lie, but it will also give me a good chance to see some acts I am less than familiar with, like Fierce Bad Rabbits and The Host Country. Should be a heck of a time.

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