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Music Under the Canopy's Singer/Songwriter Festival is July 11 through 13

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Brenton Skating Plaza will host its second music festival next weekend, July 11 through July 13. The ice skating plaza installed a large canopy to protect the facility from the elements this spring and hosted an American Festival in late June. Next Friday, festival number two in the Music Under the Canopy series, the Singer/Songwriter Music Festival, will kick off three days of local, regional, and national songwriting talents taking the stage. The 3-day event will feature headlining sets by Greg Brown, Anna Nalick, and John Waite. Tickets for the festival are $25 to $50 for a single-day pass and $50 to $90 for a three-day pass through MidwesTix. There will be three types of seating for the shows: general admission, reserved seat, and VIP. Prices will increase at the gate. All of the performances are all ages events.

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Friday's headliner Greg Brown (featured video) is a Fairfield, Iowa native and one of folk music's most prolific artists. Brown has released 27 albums in his three decades of recording. He is a two-time Grammy nominee and has won two Indie Awards. Brown's latest album, Hymns to What Is Left, came out in 2012.

Anna Nalick (see slideshow) will headline Day 2 of the festival. Nalick scored a big hit in 2004 with the single "Breathe (2 AM)". The single hit #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #6 on the Adult Pop chart, and it pushed Nalick's debut album Wreck of the Day to #20 on the Billboard 200 and a platinum certification. The song would be the first of four Top 40 singles for the California native. Nalick released her second album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends in 2011, and she is currently working on her third album.

Sunday headliner John Waite got his start in England as a member of the British rock band The Babys. After two singles hit the Top 20 in the U.S., the band would go its separate ways, and Waite would go on to record his #1 solo smash "Missing You". Waite would total five Top 20 singles on his own before founding Bad English with fellow Babys bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips (who had joined Journey), Journey/Santana guitarist Neal Schon, and drummer Deen Castronovo (who would join Journey after Bad English). Bad English had five Top 20 singles, including the #1 smash "When I See You Smile", during their two albums together. Back on his own again, Waite hit the Top 20 one more time with "How Did I Get By Without You?" in 1995. Waite's most recent album is a compilation of reworked and re-recorded songs entitled Best, which was released on April 16.

Here is the complete schedule for Music Under the Canopy's Singer/Songwriter Music Festival:

Friday, July 11
6 p.m. - gates open
7 p.m. - BeJae Fleming
8 p.m. - Susan Werner
9 p.m. - Greg Brown

Saturday, July 12
4 p.m. - gates open
5 p.m. - Mary McAdams
6 p.m. - Coles Whalen
7:30 p.m. - Katelyn Epperly
9 p.m. - Anna Nalick

Sunday, July 13
4 p.m. - gates open
5 p.m. - Damon Dotson
6:15 p.m. - Jason Walsmith
7:30 p.m. - John Waite

To learn more about the Music Under the Canopy festival series, including their August jazz festival, check out the Music Under the Canopy website.

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