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Free music festival in Grinnell, Iowa

Music festival in Downtown Grinnell


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Join us in Central Park in downtown Grinnell on Sunday, September 29th for an afternoon of music. Kicking off at noon, we’ll host a number of bands through out the day along with a beverage garden, food trucks, and kids activities! Our headliner, Love & Theft, takes the stage at 6pm. Bring your friends and family out for a great afternoon. This event is free and open to the public!


12pm: Emma Kieran

Emma Kieran is a colorado-based pop/folk influenced singer-songwriter, striging to create music that will inspire, connect, and resonate with people of all ages. Her biggest influences are Colbie Caillat, Rachel Platten, Kacey Musgrace, Joni Mitchell, Vance Joy, and Hunter Hayes. Emma is currently attending Grinnell College.

1pm: Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer has been performing professionally since she was just 16 years old, staying true to “writing songs for empty rooms & broken hearts in hopes to fill them up”. A storyteller with a passion for her listeners, Angela pulls in the crowd with a sweet voice and brutal honesty. She isn’t afraid to tackle heavy topics within her songwriting, but also pokes at the humor in everyday life. Her first love was the horse, and she knew nothing about this “western music” until committing a crime she swore to never do- falling in love with a cowboy. Now she has fallen in love again, this time with the tradition & respect within a community of folks passionate for preserving this beautiful way of life.

3PM: Jake Simon

Jake Simon has always been moved by music in a way that most people aren’t and has worked hard to share his love of music and songs with the Central Iowa region. His biggest influences are Kip Moore and Dierks Bentley. He’s joined by fellow Grinnellians Mitch Kingery and Caleb Weaver and Jonah Seymour from Tama. 

4:30PM: Jake Dodds

Jake Dodds grew up listening to country music, tuning into the Grand Ole Opry and watching The Statler Brothers show on TNN with his grandparents every Saturday night.Jake had always dreamed of being a country music singer, but it was karaoke at local bars that led Jake to start a band in 2013. Fast forward nearly 6 years and a lot has changed. Jake has been on the road playing over 130 shows a year (4 years running). Including 170 show dates in 2018. Opening 25 national shows since 2013 for many of country music's top stars. All the while releasing new original music and building a career of his own.

6PM: Love & Theft

The Nashville based country-music duo has a commitement to high-energy perforamcnces and emotionaly forthright songcraft that has been the foundation of their music from the start. They’ve recently been on tour with country music legend Travis Tritt and have a number of radio hits including Whiskey on My Breath, Angel Eyes and Runaway.

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What to Eat

We’ll have a host of food trucks at the concert and we have a number of independent restaurants in Grinnell. Check out our full selection!


Where to Stay

Making a weekend out of it? Check out our wide variety of accommodations in Grinnell.


Community Partners

This event is brought to you by the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce with support from the Grinnell Tourism Group.

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