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Dancing in the street: Iowa City summer series moving off PED Mall

The Dandelion Stompers

New Orleans jazz stylings from the local Dandelion Stompers is returning to Iowa City’s Friday Night Concert Series on June 15. Because of construction on the PED Mall, the free Summer of the Arts programming is moving to North Clinton Street, by the Pentacrest.
The Dandelion Stompers New Orleans jazz stylings from the local Dandelion Stompers is returning to Iowa City’s Friday Night Concert Series on June 15. Because of construction on the PED Mall, the free Summer of the Arts programming is moving to North Clinton Street, by the Pentacrest.

IOWA CITY — While the PED Mall gets a makeover this summer, music still will fill the air for the Friday Night Concert Series. The Summer of the Arts free programming will shift to North Clinton Street, between Iowa Avenue and Jefferson Street, by the Pentacrest.

The 14 family-friendly concerts showcase local, regional and international music-makers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 18 to Aug. 31, beginning with City and West high school jazz ensembles.

Hancher is partnering with Summer of the Arts to bring Zeshan Bagewadi’s soulful Indo-Pakistani feel to the stage May 25.

Other menu highlights include the spicy vocals and savory horns from the Dandelion Stompers June 15; a mixture of humor and folk music from local band Flash in a Pan on July 20; and the ex-indie rock troubadour sound from Gloom Balloon on Aug. 10.

Several concerts feature double-headers, and the final program on Aug. 31 features a triple-header with Younger, Otros Outros and Anthony Worden.

If Mother Nature decides to add a dash of flash on a Friday night, the concert will move to the lower level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp on the corner of Washington and Gilbert streets. Relocated concerts will be announced by 4 p.m. show days and shared online at Summerofthearts.org and on social media.

Here’s the full lineup:

MAY

18: City High and West High jazz ensembles

25: Zeshan Bagewadi

JUNE

8: Winterland

15: Dandelion Stompers

22: Dave Zollo & the Body Electric with Brian Johannesen & The Zero Percent Chance of Rain

JULY

6: Annie Savage & The Savage Hearts

13: The Beaker Brothers

20: The Feralings and Flash in a Pan

28: The Fez

AUGUST

3: 6 Odd Rats and The Right Now

10: Death Valley Welcome Center and Gloom Balloon

17: The Candymakers and The Maytags

24: Shade of Blue

31: Younger, Otros Outros and Anthony Worden

For more information, call (319) 337-7944 or go to Summerofthearts.org

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