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Clear Lake, Ia. — It wouldn’t be a proper RAGBRAI stop in Clear Lake, home of the historic Surf Ballroom, without a little music, right?
RAGBRAI entertainment organizers announced Wednesday plans for 12 hours of live music during the July 25 overnight stop in the northern Iowa city. Headlining the day of entertainment is Jamaican reggae group The Wailers, which is best known as the band that helped elevate cultural staple Bob Marley to international success. Rounding out the bill of main stage entertainment is rock ‘n’ roll outfit Cowboy Mouth and Midwestern funk group Irie Sol.
Music is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and take place across three stages throughout the day, with main stage entertainment kicking off at 6:45 p.m. and wrapping at 11 p.m. The all-day event is free and open to the public.
According to a news release, one side stage will be themed “The Beach Stage” and feature surf rock, country and steel drums. Another stage will feature more intimate, acoustic acts. All of the scheduled entertainment is set to take place in downtown Clear Lake.
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The Wailers, self-described as “putting reggae on the map,” first began performing in the 1960s and signed to Island Records in 1972, releasing the pivotal “Catch A Fire” album behind Marley. The band reunited with a number of original members in 2016 and have since embarked on tour dates in the United States, including scheduled shows across the country this summer.
“Clear Lake’s name is synonymous with great year-round events that bring together a variety of interests and talents,” said Laurie Lietz, Clear Lake RAGBRAI entertainment committee member. “RAGBRAI riders are sure to hear music they love near a lake that we love with more than 10 bands scheduled."
RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, kicks off July 22 in Orange City and is scheduled to wrap July 29 in Lansing. The annual event will take riders to Iowa cities such as Algona, Cresco and Waukon on the 411-mile ride. More information can be found at ragbrai.com.