Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson to headline new Iowa festival
The lead singer of 'Maroon 5', Adam Levine, who is also a judge on hit talent show 'The Voice', appears at the ceremony for the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Video provided by AFP Newslook
Who's got the moves like Jagger? Cedar Rapids, that's who.
A newly-announced music festival, coined "NewBo Evolve," plans to bring pop favorites Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson to Cedar Rapids this August. The event runs Aug. 3-5, a news release said.
Launched by GO Cedar Rapids, the city's convention and visitor's bureau, NewBo Evolve plans to take place in venues and businesses throughout downtown Cedar Rapids. An outdoor main stage, set to host Maroon 5 and Clarkson, will be built on the "bank of the Cedar River at the foot of the Bridge of Lions, which connects the historic Czech Village to the hip New Bohemia District."
A total of 4,000 three-day passes to the event go for sale Friday at 10 a.m. via newboevolve.com, costing $375 before fees. Individual tickets to see Maroon 5 or Kelly Clarkson go on sale Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Maroon 5 tickets cost $70-$134.50 before fees; Clarkson tickets run $54.50-$107.50 before fees.
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Adapting music, arts and culture in a similar to fashion to South By Southwest, an annual festival in Austin, Texas, the event will feature a number of famed entertainers and entrepreneurs. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and actor and screenwriter John Waters are both scheduled to be part of the festival.
"In its inaugural year, NewBo Evolve will feature an outstanding lineup of celebrity talent and experts to lead the festival’s cornerstone programming, aimed at drawing attendees in search of growth and inspiration," the release said.
Additional confirmed speakers include carpenter Clint Harp, stylist Carson Kressley and fashion designer Christian Siriano.
A total 40-50 sessions — ranging in topics from arts to film to technology — will be held throughout the weekend, said Aaron McCreight, GO Cedar Rapids President and CEO. More session leaders are to be announced in the coming weeks.
Planning for the event began about a year-and-a-half ago, McCreight said. Each day will feature interactive sessions, he explained, culminating on Aug. 3 and 4 with main stage concerts.
"There’s going to be something all day for you to grab on to," McCreight told the Register. "Something here is going to speak to you."
Maroon 5 found mainstream success in the early 2000s for their seminal record "Songs About Jane." which featured the hits "Harder To Breathe" and "She Will Be Loved." The Grammy Award-winning act has since topped the charts with tracks "Moves Like Jagger," "Animals" and "One More Night."
Kelly Clarkson, one of the most celebrated "American Idol" winners, returns to Iowa following the release of 2017's "Meaning of Life," an album that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. The Grammy Award-winning singer is known for smash singles such as "Since U Been Gone," "Stronger" and "Because of You."
As part of the announcement, city official said downtown Cedar Rapids plans to open the "Cedar Screamer" zip line in late May. Ten stories high and 1,000 feet long, the zip line plans to run along the Cedar River.
Find more information at newboevolve.com.