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


Music fans have yet another reason to flock to Iowa’s favorite barn venue.

Organizers at Codfish Hollow, the celebrated barn-turned-music-hall in rural Maquoketa, unveiled Fine2Day Fest earlier this summer, a two-night music festival curated by South Carolina indie rock outfit Susto, set to take place Aug. 10 and 11.

But, wait. How did an indie outfit from Charleston come to host a festival in rural Iowa?

It started as wanting to do something that “was branded and advertised as something different than just another tour date,” said Justin Osborne, brainchild of the five-piece group. Enter: The self-described “mini” fest planned for next month.

“We always say to ourselves that we wish all of our friends and fans could experience a Susto show at Codfish, and so this festival is our attempt to achieve that,” he said. “We are bringing a bunch of bands from our hometown to fill out the lineup of two days with tons of great music; with lots of collaboration and special vibes.”

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Those bands include The Artisanals, Crab Claw, Babe Club and Human Resources. Susto tops the bill each night and tickets cost $20-$25  before fees.

It’s a one-time event, Osborne told the Register via email, closing out the band’s tour in support of its second studio album, “& I’m Fine Today.” The album dropped in 2017, featuring the tracks “Jah Werx” and “Far Out Feeling.”

The band first played the barn in 2015, Osborne said.

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“It’s so beautiful in Iowa in the summer and everyone should experience that beauty at least once in their lives,” he said. “Hopefully this will be some people’s opportunity to do that.”

Codfish Hollow, a roughly 600-person capacity barn east of Maquoketa, began hosting shows in 2009 and has since welcomed the likes of Norah Jones, Conor Oberst, Kurt Vile and Nathaniel Rateliff to its stage.

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