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Brenton Skating Plaza to host Music Under the Canopy festival series

Brenton Skating Plaza closed for the ice skating season after the March 9 skating session. However, the only outdoor skating plaza in Des Moines is not just going to sit inactive until next winter. The plaza began renovations recently to add a large canopy to cover the skating rink to allow for the plaza to be used for ceremonies, social events, festivals, shows, and concerts during the warm months.

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks.
Photo by Frazer Harrison
Music Under the Canopy will kick off in June at Brenton Skating Plaza.
Music Under the Canopy/Brenton Skating Plaza

Brenton Skating Plaza is not waiting around either. Management has already scheduled three new music festivals for this summer. Music Under the Canopy will bring Des Moines a 3-day Americana Music Festival on June 20 - 22, a Singer/Songwriter Festival on July 11 - 13, and a Jazz Festival on August 1 - 3. The canopy will allow for the events to be held out of the elements, but it will still allow for panoramic views of Downtown Des Moines.

Management officially announced the lineup for the Americana Music Festival last week. The 3-day event will be headlined by The Jayhawks (featured video) on Friday, John Hiatt on Saturday, and Jason Isbell on Sunday. Here is the complete schedule:

Friday, June 20 ($25, $75 VIP)
6:00 p.m. - gates open to public
7:00 p.m. - Bo Ramsey & Highway 12
8:00 p.m. - The Honeydogs
9:00 p.m. - The Jayhawks

Saturday, June 21 ($40, $90 VIP)
1:00 p.m. - gates open to public
2:00 p.m. - Josh Davis
3:00 p.m. - Randy Burk & The Prisoners
4:30 p.m. - Brother Trucker
6:00 p.m. - The Pines
7:30 p.m. - Nicholas David
9:00 p.m. - John Hiatt and The Combo

Sunday, June 22 ($30, $80 VIP)
3:00 p.m. - gates open to public
4:00 p.m. - James Biehn Band
5:30 p.m. - Corey Chisel
6:30 p.m. - Jason Isbell

Tickets for the American Music Festival are on sale now through MidwesTix. Music fans can purchase 1-day tickets or 3-day passes, and VIP tickets are also available. 3-day passes are $75, and 3-day VIP passes are $225. All tickets and passes are standing room only, and the festival will be open to all ages. Details on the singer/songwriter and jazz events will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the Music Under the Canvas festival series, go to the MUC website.