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Known for hosting live performances featuring some of the nation’s most prolific artists, Codfish Hollow can be found in rural Maquoketa, Ia. Bryon Houlgrave/The Register

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Rock ‘n’ roll will rumble through the hills of northeastern Iowa this Friday and Saturday with the return of GARP Festival to Codfish Hollow in rural Maquoketa.

The barn venue, which VICE described as the “best” in the Midwest and that Paste once called a “true oasis,” is set to bring two days of music, art, food and camping to Jackson County this Friday and Saturday. Headlining this year’s event is a double dose of Missouri-born, Denver-based soulful songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff; the singer is slated to perform a solo set at the barn Friday and return Saturday evening to close the event with a full-band show backed by his group The Night Sweats.

GARP, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, plans to host two stages of music for this weekend’s festivities: the festival main stage, inside the barn, and the “valley” stage, located on the farm grounds neighboring the barn. Acts rounding out the second year of GARP include Israel Nash, Pearly Gate Music, Vera, JE Sunde, Amasa Hines, Bully, Brett Netson of Built To Spill, Hunterchild and more.

GARP plans to work with Rateliff annually, said festival founder Sean Moeller, of Davenport. Moeller said the folk and gospel singer known for numbers such as “S.O.B.” and “I Need Never Get Old” plans to perform at and help curate the event for every year moving forward. Rateliff played the third-ever show at Codfish Hollow, which launched in 2009 and has since hosted the likes of Norah Jones, Conor Oberst  and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, among others.

"This festival happens every year around my birthday weekend so I'm typically booking it with some of my favorite bands and favorite people,” Moeller said via email. “That's the vibe of this one. It's a bit of a present to myself, but one that's awfully giving to everyone else who wants to join me.”

Ground passes, which grant access to the valley stage, camping site and hill surrounding the barn, are available for $30 a day. A full lineup can be found below; head to codfishhollowbarnstormers.com for more information.

More: Your essential guide to more than 70 upcoming concerts and festivals in Iowa

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Friday at GARP

Main stage

6:15 p.m.: Pearly Gate Music
7:15 p.m.: Vera
8: 15 p.m.: Natalie Prass
9:15 p.m.: Israel Nash  
10:15 p.m.: Nathaniel Rateliff

Valley stage

6 p.m.: JE Sunde
8 p.m.: The Dawn

Saturday at GARP

Main stage

2:15 p.m.: Jess Price of Campdogzz
3:15 p.m.: Ryley Walker
5:15 p.m.: Bluebook
6:15 p.m.: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
7:15 p.m.: The Weeks
8:15 p.m.: Amasa Hines
9:30 p.m.: Bully
10:40 p.m.: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Valley stage

1 p.m.: Emma Snowden
2 p.m.: Brett Netson
3 p.m.: Clarke & The Himselfs
4 p.m.: Vera
5 p.m..: Parker Gispert
6 p.m.: Pearly Gate Music
8 p.m.: Hunterchild

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