The Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper to headline Iowa City’s RAGBRAI celebration


The Jayhawks, an American alternative country and country rock band, and Blitzen Trapper, an experimental country/folk/rock band, will headline Iowa City’s RAGBRAI celebration on Friday, July 27, in free, outdoor concerts in Downtown Iowa City.

Press images of the Jayhawks (top) and Blitzen Trapper (bottom).
Press images of The Jayhawks (top) and Blitzen Trapper (bottom).

The Jayhawks, from the Twin Cities, and Blitzen Trapper, from Portland, Oregon, will play on the main stage, located at Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue. They will be joined by distinguished Iowa City artists singer-songwriter, Elizabeth Moen, and internationally-renowned blues musician, Kevin “B.F.” Burt. The main stage will run from 4 to 10 p.m. All entertainment is free and open to the public.

“National artists like The Jayhawks and Blitzen Trapper, and locals like Kevin “B.F.” Burt and Elizabeth Moen represent what makes Iowa City cool: a bit of tradition, a bit of edginess, and a lot of hard work, and real big hearts,” says Andre Perry, Englert Theatre executive director and member of Iowa City’s RAGBRAI entertainment committee. “The Englert is proud to partner with RAGBRAI and the City of Iowa City to present an exciting slate of entertainment in the heart of Downtown. We look forward to welcoming cyclists from around the world to Iowa City.”

Iowa City will be an overnight stop for RAGBRAI on Friday, July 27. RAGBRAI is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which this year will begin in Onawa on July 21 and end in Davenport on July 28. The annual event draws about 12,000 cyclists from around the world. The chosen theme is “Book it to Iowa City.”

In addition to musical entertainment on the main stage, RAGBRAI riders, their support crews, and visitors to Iowa City can expect a block-party style event throughout a designated footprint within the Downtown business district. Guests will be allowed to visit local bars and restaurants and openly enjoy food and beverages within the event’s designated area.

In addition, a beverage test will be operating from 6 to 10 p.m., serving domestic and craft beer, soda, and water, will be located near the main stage where wristband access will be required for those age 21 and older. Entrance to the beverage garden will be free; tickets will be required to purchase beverages.

The Downtown entertainment area will be serviced by local restaurants and bars, with no outside food or drink vendors permitted.

“RAGBRAI riders should expect a truly authentic Iowa City cultural and culinary experience,” said Nancy Bird, executive director of the Downtown Association and member of the RAGBRAI executive committee. “Not only is Iowa City home to the Hawkeyes, but also to more than 100 restaurants and bars that will provide exceptional local flavor and what we hope will be the best experience in RAGBRAI history.”

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