The summer festival season continues with multiple music festivals across Iowa this weekend. From Thrive in Mason City to Promiseland in Ottumwa, and Music Under the Canopy's Singer/Songwriter Festival in Des Moines to Collide in Waukee, this is a banner week for music. Add to that list, the fledgling Grassroots Music Festival in Council Bluffs on Saturday, July 12. The First Annual Grassroots Music Festival doubles as a benefit for the MICAH House emergency family shelter in Council Bluffs, and the festival is expected to raise $2500 or more for the non-profit. The nine-hour event was put together by the Dom Group booking Agency in Omaha.
Grassroots 2014 will feature live yoga, seven musical acts, vendors, and more, and it will take place at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs. Gates for the festival will open at 2 p.m., and the event will feature performances by The Wailers, Kris Lager Band, headliner 311, and more. Tickets for the festival may be purchased online through MidwesTix and Ticketmaster for $26 plus fees. (Fans in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area can purchase tickets at these local businesses for $20.) This will be an all ages event.
Festival headliner 311 got their start in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area 26 years ago. This event is not only a homecoming for the band (they are now based in Los Angeles), but it is also a 20th anniversary celebration for the band's popular 1994 album Grassroots. The album was the first of 311's to be certified gold, and their first to crack the Billboard 200. 311 would go on to add five more gold albums, three platinum albums, and one triple-platinum album, and they would place nine albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Over the years, 311 has had fifteen Top 20 singles, including the #1 smashes "Down" and "Love Song" (a remake of The Cure's hit). 311 released their latest album entitled Stereolithic in March. Since it has already been announced that they will be performing the entire Grassroots album at the festival, don't expect them to perform too many of the new songs on Saturday.
Here is the tentative schedule for Saturday's Grassroots Music Festival:
2 p.m.: DJ Tri-Chrome
3 p.m.: Live yoga class by Mary Claire Sweet of Lotus House of Yoga
4 p.m.: The Wailers
4:30 p.m.: PCS
5:15 p.m.: We Be Lions/Slang 5
6:30 p.m.: Satchel Grande
8 p.m.: Kris Lager Band
9:30 p.m.: 311