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ICYMI: Music Events, Iowa Talent & More

In Case You Missed It rounds up the best of Iowa’s uplifting stories, exciting initiatives and fun events from all 99 counties discovered through social media. In a time where every bit of good news is cherished, this series is devoted to being a fun, lighthearted way to stay informed about Iowa’s good news.

Hy-Vee and INDYCAR Announce Premiere Music Lineup

One of the best ways to have summer fun in Iowa is to attend live concerts. Hy-Vee and INDYCAR announced that some of the nation’s best musicians are coming to Iowa July 22-24 during the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend, one of the top Iowa summer attractions. Country music fans will love seeing three-time Grammy award-winning country music superstar Tim McGraw, Billboard record-holding country music duo Florida Georgia Line and nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Blake Shelton. Attendees can also enjoy a performance from multi-platinum artist Gwen Stefani along with a food truck village featuring dozens of Midwest food trucks, kids’ games, activities and more.

“We want this event to be one of the most talked about events of the year by providing racegoers with an unforgettable experience,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman and CEO. “Iowa will be the place to be this summer with these live music acts coupled with nationally televised INDYCAR races and a festival-like atmosphere that has something for everyone to enjoy.”

Iowa Singer Competes in American Song Contest

Alisabeth Von Presley is showing off Iowa’s homegrown talent with her performance on NBC’s new show, American Song Contest. The show is based on the Eurovision Song Contest and features performers from every state in the nation. Von Presley, originally from Marion, developed and displayed her talents in Iowa by starring in theatrical productions, appearing in concert and shooting photographs. When she is not touring the country, she lives in Cedar Rapids. Von Presley is known for spreading body positivity, her pop-rock style melodies and her affinity for all things pink.

“I’m looking forward to representing Iowa in a way that viewers are not expecting,” said Von Presley. “It’s fun to think of a pink-haired pop-rocker representing the Corn State. That juxtaposition is the most fitting metaphor for my life.”

Mississippi River Distillery Company to Open New Downtown Davenport Location

If you’re looking for a good drink in downtown Davenport, you’re in luck. Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire will expand operations to Davenport and open a new cocktail house and production facility. The distillery, loved by Iowans for their signature cocktails, seasonal drinks and events will open the new building at 318 East 2nd Street in Davenport.

“We have so many fans in the Quad Cities who like to come to LeClaire every now and then, but the drive keeps them from enjoying our cocktails at other times. So, we’re bringing the cocktails to town with a second cocktail house location,” said owner Garrett Burchett.

Iowan Makes Broadway Debut in "The Music Man"

One Iowan lights up the Broadway stage in New York City for the revival of “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Drew Minard of West Des Moines started his dancing training at 3 years old and landed the Broadway role in early 2020. Although he has thousands of people watching him perform eight times a week, Minard says every show feels a little bit like home because the story is based in Iowa.

“I feel like I’m making Iowa proud, and you know, that’s something that I’ve always dreamed of,” said Minard.

Plan Using the Iowa Spring/Summer Travel Guide

Make this summer the best one yet by using the Iowa Spring/Summer Travel Guide. The guide showcases Iowa's authentic and unexpected destinations, animal adventures, distilleries, historic theaters, water trails, what's new in 2022 and road trips. Campgrounds and cabin listings are also included. It’s the perfect place to start planning your next Iowa road trip.

Published March 28, 2022

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