The excitement is building here in Cedar Rapids for the NewBo Music Festival August 8. Our Townsquare Team is working hard to bring it to you. For the first time since it's opening a few years ago the NewBo City Market will host major touring acts in a festival setting.

@YoungTheGiant, @Allen_Stone, @MINTsound, @DickieMusic, @RippleGreenBand, @FullBodyTones and @ShapesColorsMI will bring the wall of sound. You just need to bring your friends and have a good time.

I caught up with Young The Giant Singer Sameer Gadhia talk about the show. He was just returning from a trip to the grocery store. Click to hear what's in store for his band as they prep our show and CD #3.

Sameer's favorite video:

Here's the song that we talked about. The TV show Glee put Young The Giant on the map in their early days.

The guys are busy in the stuidio this summer prepping their third record. In between those writing and recording sessions, YTG are doing just a few shows. We're lucky to have them in town this summer.

"The National" is powering our show and their reps will be on hand to tell you a little more about how their new live music venue will take shape this year in the New Bohemia district. You can stop in at our NewBo Superfan ticket stops at area Hawkeye Convenience Stores. Our lucky winners will win free tickets and backstage passes to meet Young The Giant and Allen Stone. Keep listening to KRNA for live broadcast locations. Meantime, you can hit up any Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Hawkeye Convenience store for a $5 coupon to take a discount on your ticket purchase.

New to the national stage, but a gem for many years in the indie/underground scene, Allen Stone signed to Capitol Records earlier this year and released the Radius disc in May. the 28-year-old Washingtonian is on a roll.

Channeling Marcy Playground...

Upside [new release/audio only]

Get into the 94 Zone to score free tickets to the show. Our Superfan winners get free tickets and will meet Young The Giant and Allen Stone backstage.

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