A few days ago I posted a blog about the upcoming NewBo Music Festival coming to Cedar Rapids on Saturday, August 8th. The point of the blog was my excitement about the festival and the fact that this would be an annual event.

Some listeners thought I was deliberately ragging on the current local music scene in CR. Others thought I wasn't knowledgeable at all about local music or the venues that host it.

They're wrong, but I'm a good sport, so I'll do the following:

Here's a list of local bands that one of our listeners shared at our Facebook page (I've also made a few additions to this list):

Here's also a list of a few local venues that have local, original live music:

  • Parlor City Pub & Eatery
  • Just Jules
  • Tailgators Sports Bar
  • Mahoney's Irish Pub
  • CSPS Hall

With all of this being said, the NewBo Music Festival and the new live music venue, The National, will bring something unique to this area. They will also further help to highlight the live local music scene. I would think everyone would love that.

Thanks for listening.