IOWA DERECHO 2020

Jazz Under the Stars Concert for Aug. 27 canceled, but KCCK still offering live music

(File) Cedar Rapids funk/soul musical collective Soul Sherpa headlined Jazz Under the Stars concert at Noelridge Park in
(File) Cedar Rapids funk/soul musical collective Soul Sherpa headlined Jazz Under the Stars concert at Noelridge Park in northeast Cedar Rapids in 2019. (SOUL SHERPA PHOTO)

They gave it a try.

With regret, KCCK-FM has canceled the pandemic-reduced Jazz Under The Stars concert scheduled for Aug. 27 at McGrath Amphitheatre.

“We had hoped to give the community a little glimmer of normality as we continue to deal with the ongoing pandemic, but when you pile the additional devastation caused by the derecho on top, it simply isn’t the right time for a party,” said KCCK General Manager Dennis Green. “Plus, our two main operational partners, VenuWorks and Wired Productions, have their hands full getting back to full operational capacity, and this is one thing we can take off their plates.”

The concert will not be rescheduled, but there will still be an opportunity to hear live music on the radio this month. KCCK has been soliciting votes from listeners for their favorite Jazz Under The Stars concerts from the past, and broadcasting the most popular choices on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. through the end of the month.

The Best of Jazz Under The Stars Broadcast schedule:

• Today: The Commons Collective (2014)

• Thursday: The Eddie Piccard Quartet (2007)

• Aug. 26: The Fez (2012)

• Aug. 27: Al Naylor & The I-380 Express Reunion (2013)

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