Music in the Park is back! Every Friday in August, Hiawatha flocks to Guthridge Park to see some of the best live music in the area. This year will be no exception as the lineup has been announced.

August 5: CJ Ryder & The Pastmasters

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It's always a good time with this band, kicking things off the first Friday in August, who describes themselves on Facebook as "100 percent dance music".

60's & 70's Pop Dance Music! "We'll Play what others won't!" Come Dance and Party.. Aimed at 30+ Age Group but Younguns will have a blast too... Not Heavy... Just good-time pop!

August 12: Boot Jack Band

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One of our favorites! They are a fun mix of country and rock and will play at Guthridge Park on August 12. Learn more from their website:

Looking for a good time? Come see Boot Jack Band perform. We're a country-rock band based in Cedar Rapids, IA. Members of our band have opened for a variety of country music stars, including Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser and Jon Pardi

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August 19: Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s

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Based out of Des Moines, these boys are ready to take you WAY back! According to a quick check of their Facebook page:

Richie Lee and the Fabulous '50s will take you back to the roots of Rock 'n' Roll history wrapped up into a high-energy show!

August 26: Interstellar Cave Dweller

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"Midwest Rock 'N' Roll, babyyyyy!" That's what Interstellar Cave Dweller brings to the table, according to their Facebook page. Check their Soundcloud profile for samples of their music and this:

With several different rock influences John Lage, Jake Bowman, Travis Bails, and Zach Steinke blend their different styles of Rock 'n' Roll to create the knuckle dragging galaxy explorers lost among the stars, only known as Interstellar Cave Dweller.

What to know when you attend a show

Unless you plan on being on your feet dancing the whole night, which you just might, you'll want to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Seating at Guthridge Park is limited, and concessions will be available. As a Hiawatha resident myself, I'll be taking a walk to take in several of these shows myself again this year, and I hope to see you there!

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Hiawatha Music in the Park gets underway on the above nights at 6 p.m., with bands setting up on the 10th Avenue side of Guthridge Park.

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Forgot to mention one little thing

IT'S FREE!

Don't miss the weekly Farmers' Market at Guthridge Park!

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After starting off the weekend with live, local music, a great way to bring it to a close is with the Hiawatha Farmers' Market, Sundays from 10-2, from May through October. More information will be coming soon!

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Dan + Shay with Gavin DeGraw at the Great Jones County Fair July 22, 2021

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