CEDAR RAPIDS — Locals and local ties will be in the spotlight during the newbo evolve festival Aug. 3 to 5.
The Shadowboxers, featuring Cedar Rapids native Adam Hoffman on vocals and guitar, will open for Maroon 5 on Aug. 4. The soul/pop band based in Nashville, by way of Atlanta, is currently on the road opening for Justin Timberlake.
Reigning International Blues Challenge Champion Kevin “B.F.” Burt of Coralville and today’s hits from The Pork Tornadoes out of Cedar Falls will pump up the star power on the festival stage from noon to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Admission will be free with a festival pass.
The multigenre lineup also includes Soul Sherpa (original funk/soul), Adam Keith (country), Four Day Creep (classic rock) and Slap N Tickle (’80s/hair metal) — but there’s room for two more bands.
Bands and acts who’d like to be a part of the festival can apply by May 15. Bands must live within a 30-mile radius of Cedar Rapids and are invited to submit their name, musical genre, a YouTube link and email address at Newboevolve.com/get-involved.
Those selected to perform will be notified by June 15.
Also moving into the festival lineup is the 12th annual NewBo Arts Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 along Third Street SE in the NewBo District. The art show typically draws dozens of local and Midwest artists showing and selling their work. Admission is free and open to the public.
Artists can apply for this juried event through May 1 at Client.smarterentry.com/NBAF. Submission fee is $35, but if invited to participate, the booth space is free.
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“We’re thrilled to put our local art and music scene on display alongside the national talent coming in for newbo evolve,” GO Cedar Rapids CEO Aaron McCreight said in a prepared statement. “These events allow for everyone to be included in the three-day festival.”
Newbo evolve will continue to add to its celebrity lineup and session programming throughout the spring and summer.
Headliners across music, fashion, design, technology and performing arts fields include Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Berinsky, Clint Harp, Carson Kressley, Alexis Ohanian, Adam Rippon, The Shadowboxers, Christian Siriano and John Waters.
Follow @newboevolve on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest announcements. Three-day passes are $375 plus fees and individual concert tickets are available at Gocedarrapids.com/newboevolve/tickets/