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Des Moines Register music writer Joe Lawler gives you nine facts about the artists featured at this summer's 80/35 music festival that you may not know.

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It's hard to remember a summer with as many musical options as Iowa is getting in 2015.

There are returning favorites like 80/35 and 515 Alive, new festivals popping up like Hinterland and the River Bank Bash and the 800-pound gorilla that is Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly.

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Here's a look at the many festivals and concerts you have a chance to attend this year. It's a music lover's dream come true and it's all happening in little old Iowa.

Iowa Music Festivals

Tree Town Music Festival (May 21-24): Forest City in Northern Iowa kicked off its first Tree Town Music Festival last year with country acts Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert and others. This year the festival has expanded by two days, adding a rock night.

  • The acts: Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, .38 Special, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Thomas Rhett, Hairball and others.
  • Cost: $180 for four days, $200 at the gate. $40 for Thursday only, $85 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday only.
  • Is there camping? Yes, $100-$795
  • Info: treetownfestival.com.

Hell Over Iowa (June 5-6): Metal festival at the Val Air Ballroom fixing a mix of international, national and local black metal bands.

  • The acts: 1349, Necrophagia, Vattnet Viskar, Diabolic Possession, Glutton for Punishment, Everything Must Die, Carpathian Funeral and others.
  • Cost: $15 for June 5, $17 for June 6.
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: valairballroom.com

Kosmos (June 6): DJ Festival at the AVenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles

  • The acts: 8 Bit Cypher, Brad Goldman, Bui, Corpyx, Dj Chris Coffey and others.
  • Cost: $15
  • Is there camping?Yes
  • Info:facebook.com/kosmos24

Burlington Steamboat Days (June 16-21): For more than 50 years this festival has brought rock, country and jazz acts to downtown Burlington

  • The acts:38 Special, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Sammy Hagar, Three Days Grace, The Band Perry.
  • Cost: $60 in advance for all six days, $65 at the gate or $45 per day.
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info:steamboatdays.com.

Gentlemen of the Road Stopover (June 19-20): British folk rock band Mumford & Sons have set a goal to hold Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers in every state; this year they're crossing Iowa off the list with a two-day festival in Waverly on the Wartburg College campus.

  • The acts: Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, Blake Mills, Jeff the Brotherhood.
  • Cost: $199
  • Is there camping? Yes, free with ticket.
  • Info: gentlemenoftheroad.com.

FAIRFest (June 19-21): The southeast Iowa town of Fairfield will grow greatly with the third annual FAIRFest in June. It's held at multiple locations around Fairfield, including outdoor stages, the Sondheim Center and The Arbor Bar.

  • The acts: Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, Ian Moore, The Pines, Pieta Brown, Giving Tree Band, Muddy Ruckus and others.
  • Cost: Free
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: fairfestiowa.com.

Des Moines Arts Festival (June 26-27): Featuring an outdoor stage in Western Gateway Park with live music throughout the festival.

  • The acts: Matt Kearney, Eddie Money, more TBA
  • Cost: Free
  • Is there camping: No
  • Info: desmoinesartsfestival.org.

River Bank Bash (June 27): After several quiet years, music is returning to Water Works Park with two big festivals. The festival is being put on by Grant Sheeder, who also organizes Guthrie's River Ruckus in Guthrie Center.

  • The acts: Eric Church, Travis Tritt, Frankie Ballard, Craig Wayne Boyd, Jana Kramer.
  • Cost: $80 until May 31, $90 after June 1.
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: riverbankbash.com.

Iowa City Jazz Festival (July 2-4): Jazz concerts taking place in Iowa City's Englert Theatre, as well as in front of the Old Capitol and on Clinton Street. The festival is marking its 25th year.

  • The acts: Brian Charette Trio, Whirlpool with Ron Miles, Atlantis Quartet, Julian Lage Trio, Krom with Gabe Medd and others.
  • Cost: Free
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: summerofthearts.org.

Saturday in the Park (July 4): A free outdoor concert with two stages of music held in Sioux City's Grandview Park. 2015 marks the festival's 25th year. It regularly draws crowds of about 50,000.

  • The acts: Aretha Franklin, Foster The People, Gogol Bordello, North Mississippi Allstars,
  • Cost: Free
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: saturdayinthepark.com.

Freedom Festival Concert (July 4): Country festival at McGrath Amphitheater in Cedar Rapids.

  • The acts:Eric Paslay, Chuck Wicks, A Thousand Horses, Logan Mize, Natalie Stovalll and The Drive
  • Is there camping?
  • Info:khak.com/freedomfestivalconcert


80/35 Music Festival (July 10-11): Now in its eighth year, the 80/35 Music Festival has moved off the July 4 weekend for the first time. The event is organized by the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition. 80/35 is held in Western Gateway Park, with a gated main stage and two free stages.

  • The acts: Weezer, Wilco, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, St. Lucia, Lettuce, Talib Kweli, Cloud Nothings, Hot Buttered Rum, Canby and more.
  • Cost: $59 for both days or $39 per day.
  • Is there camping? No
  • Info: 80-35.com.

Camp Euforia (July 16-18): The Iowa City band Euforquestra has relocated to Colorado, but every July it returns to headline the ever-increasing Camp Euforia in Lone Tree (Just outside Iowa City). This year the festival has expanded to three days

  • The acts: Euforquestra, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Wood Brothers, Jeff Austin Band, Split Lip Rayfield, The Big Wu, The Maytags, James Biehn Band and more.
  • Cost: $80 for two days, $95 for three days
  • Is there camping? Yes. Free for tents, $20 per camper or RV.
  • Info: campeuforiaia.com.

Guthrie's River Ruckus (July 23-25): Now in its seventh year, Guthrie's River Ruckus is held on the Guthrie County Fairgrounds in Guthrie Center. Past acts include Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church and Rodney Atkins.

  • The acts: Lee Brice, Chris Young, Chris Cagle, Jerrod Niemann, Casey Muessigmann, Zach Stone, Josh Abbott Band and others.
  • Cost: $70 for three days or $25 for July 23, $45 for July 24-25.
  • Is there camping? Yes, $60-$210
  • Info: guthriesriverruckus.com.

Hinterland Music Festival (July 31-Aug. 1): A new music festival created by Sam Summers, co-owner of Wooly's and organizer of the Nitefall on the River concert series.

  • The acts: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, Future Islands, Brandi Carlile, TV on the Radio, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Envy Corps and more.
  • Cost: $75 for both days or $45 per day
  • Is there camping? Yes, $150-$250.
  • Info: hinterlandiowa.com.

515 Alive Music Festival (Aug. 7-8): Electronic, hip-hop and live music in Western Gateway Park, now its 13th year. Featuring more than 70 performers on multiple stages.

  • The acts: Waka Flocka Flame, EOTO, The Floozies and more
  • Cost: $40-$60.
  • Info: 515alivefestival.com.

Ankeny Unplugged (Aug. 8): Daylong music festival at Wagner Park in Ankeny.

  • The acts: TBA
  • Cost: TBA
  • Is there camping?No
  • Info:ankenyunplugged.com

NewBo Music Festival (Aug. 7-8): Festival at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids

  • The acts:Young the Giant, Allen Stone, Mint, Dickie, The Full Body Tones and Shapes and Colors
  • Cost:$20, $125 for VIP
  • Info:krna.com/newbomusicfestival/

River Roots Live (Aug. 29-30): Live music and rib festival at Le Claire Park in Davenport

  • The acts: TBA
  • Cost: Free before 5 p.m., $10 after 5 p.m.
  • Info: riverrootslive.com.
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Free Music

Music in the Junction, Railroad Park, Fifth St., West Des Moines (Thursdays through Oct. 1): Riddle Me This (May 21), Danny Grause (May 28), Decoy (June 4), Comfort Zone (June 11), Fahrenheit (June 18), Abby Normal (June 25), Final Mix (July 2), Brother Trucker (July 9), Gimikk (July 16), The Blue Band (July 23), Tony Valdez Large Band (July 30), Get Off My Lawn (Aug. 6), Flipside (Aug. 13), Papa Proffitt Band (Aug. 20), Burning Down the House (Aug. 27).

Summer Concert Series, Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway (Thursdays through Aug. 6): Brother Trucker (May 21), Decoy (May 28), Mr. Baber's Neighbors (June 4), Euforquestra (June 11), The Nadas (June 18), The Maytags (June 25), The Workshy (July 2), Dueling Guitars featuring Brian Congdon (July 9), Flipside (July 16), Pianopalooza (July 23), Dazy Head Mazy (July 30), Final Mix (Aug. 6).

Rendezvous on Riverview, Sixth and Boston avenues (June 5-July 31): Standing Hampton (June 5), Brother Trucker (June 12), FreeStyle (June 19), Decoy (June 26), Backstage Boogie Band (July 3), Faculty Lounge (July 10), Final Mix featuring Del "Saxman" Jones (July 18), Riddle Me This (July 24), The Sons of Gladys Kravitz (July 31).

Iowa State Fair, Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and University Ave. (Aug. 13-23): Notable free acts include .38 Special (Aug. 13), Jamie Lynn Spears (Aug. 14), Bonne Finken (Aug. 15), Hairball (Aug. 16-17), Village People (Aug. 18), Sir Mix-A-Lot (Aug. 20), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (Aug. 23), Here Come the Mummies (Aug. 23), Lita Ford (Aug. 23). iowastatefair.org.

Nitefall on the River

Unless noted, shows happen at Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Tickets for all shows are available at nitefalldsm.com.

  • May 23: Hairball. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
  • June 5: The Nadas. 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show
  • June 11: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Nattali Rize & Notis. 7 p.m. $35.
  • June 17: Los Lonely Boys with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
  • June 26: Umphrey's McGee, show is at Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. 8:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
  • July 15: Lake Street Drive. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
  • July 17: Grace Potter, show is at Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
  • July 23: The Ting Tings with Kaneholler, at Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show.
  • July 25: Blackberry Smoke, at Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. 8 p.m. $27 in advance, $32 day of show.
  • Aug. 5: Eric Hutchinson. 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
  • Aug. 27: Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads and The Expendables. 6:30 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
  • Aug. 28: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Other Shows

Green Death (May 29): CD release show at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. $7 in advance, $10 day of show. woolysdm.com.

Girls Rock! Pedal Jam (May 31): Bike tour starting and ending at Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., with music by Caroline Smith, Ramona and the Slim Dudes and more. $25-$150. girlsrockdsm.com.

Emily Kinney (June 1): "The Walking Dead" star performing her own music at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. $15 in advance, $17 day of show. woolysdm.com.

Juicy J (June 2): Oscar-winning Three Six Mafia rapper at Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive. $25. sevenflagseventcenter.com.

Joe & Vickie Price (June 5): CD release show at Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave. $10. leftyslivemusic.com.

Otep (June 9): With Reaktion, Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. valairballroom.com.

Ed Sheeran (June 9): British pop singer at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. $53.50-$63.50. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (June 12): Rescheduled from March 7 at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. $10 in advance, $15 day of show. gaslampdsm.com.

Elecric Six (June 18): Detroit dance punk at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. $15. vaudevillemews.com.

The Smashing Pumpkins (June 20): Acoustic/electric performance at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. $48.50. hoytsherman.org.

Hugh Cornwell (June 21): Original frontman of the punk group The Stranglers at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. $20. vaudevillemews.com.

Sebastian Bach (June 22): Former Skid Row frontman with Green Death, Slyde and Murder Earth, Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. valairballroom.com.

Esperanza Spalding (June 24): "Live musical begnettes" by the Grammy winner at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. $25. woolysdm.com.

Fozzy (June 25): Metal band fronted by pro wrestler Chris Jericho at Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. valairballroom.com.

Rodrigo y Gabriela (June 25): Acoustic guitar duo at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. $49-$59. hoytsherman.org.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (June 26): Former Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin frontman at Wooly's, 504 E. Locust St. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. woolysdm.com.

Voodoo Glow Skulls (June 28): Ska band at Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave. $15. leftyslivemusic.com.

Dave Matthews Band (June 30): Jam band at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. $39.50-$75. iowaeventscenter.com.

Nickelback (July 14): "No Fixed Address" tour at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. $25-$80. iowaeventscenter.com.

Legendary Shack Shakers (July 17): Rockabilly band at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. $10 in advance, $15 day of show. gaslampdsm.com.

Blues Traveler (July 17): Jam band at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Concert follows ARCA Racing Series. Free with race tickets. iowaspeedway.com.

Modern Life is War (July 18): Marshalltown hardcore band at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. $12. vaudevillemews.com.

Eddy Kenzo (July 18): Ugandan dance hall musician at Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $32. valairballroom.com.

Kottonmouth Kings (July 28): With Imperial Soundclash, Chucky Chuck and others at Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $22 in advance, $25 day of show. valairballroom.com.

Three Days Grace (July 30): With Finger Eleven and Devour the Day at Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive. $25. sevenflagseventcenter.com.

Shania Twain (Aug. 6): "Rock This Country" tour at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. $46-$136. iowaeventscenter.com.

Casting Crowns (Aug. 13): With For King and Country at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $32. iowastatefair.org

Justin Moore (Aug. 14): With Easton Corbin at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $35. iowastatefair.org

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Aug. 14): "Crossroads" rappers at Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. $30 in advance, $35 day of show. valairballroom.com.

Def Leppard (Aug. 15): With Styx and Tesla at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $53. iowastatefair.org.

Reba McIntire (Aug. 16): With Caroline Kole at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $45. iowastatefair.org.

Carrie Underwood (Aug. 17): With Michael Ray at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $60. iowastatefair.org

Yes and Toto (Aug. 18): at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $35. iowastatefair.org.

Alabama (Aug. 20): With Chris Janson at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $40. iowastatefair.org

The Fray (Aug. 21): With Andy Grammer at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $38. iowastatefair.org

Meghan Trainor (Aug. 22): With Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $40. iowastatefair.org

Rock-A-Thon (Aug. 23): With Dee Snider, Dokken, Warrant, FireHouse and Eddie Trunk at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. $30. iowastatefair.org

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