One of the Series' headliners will be Kelsey Klingensmith, a 13-year-old country phenom from Moville, who is currently recording a CD with Nashville producers and making her way onto big stages across the region. A talented songwriter and musician, Kelsey will be backed by The Buffalo Ridge Band for her Friday, Aug. 3 performance from 6-9 p.m. Kelsey and the band will also be performing at the Star Spangled Spectacular.
WAGG of Waterloo, a group covering classic rock, funk and R&B genres with a tight focus on musicianship and strong vocals/harmonies, will headline the series on Friday, July 6th. Covering bands like Journey, Boston, the Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5 and many more, fans are sure to know and enjoy their music. Talented local country artist Brad Morgan, originally from Manning, will play prior to WAGG beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Series will open with King of the Tramps (KOTT), the talented roots-rock group based in Auburn, IA. KOTT released their first CD last fall entitled "Good People" and return to the Stone Pier stage after playing the very first show of the series in 2011. The Young Funk, a group of musicians from the Carroll, Iowa, area, will open the entire Series when they play prior to KOTT on Friday, June 8.
The two remaining shows in the Series will complement other area events, the first of which is the June 16 concert following "Ride the Rail," the annual Sauk Rail Trail bike ride.
Cyclists and other concertgoers will be treated to two popular groups from the Des Moines area - Thankful Dirt along with Jacob County & the Damaged Goods. The Sept. 1st show will be part of Lake View's Rock & Run, the Labor Day weekend run/walk event along Black Hawk Lake.
Crimson Dawn, a young group of talented blues artists, and Sweet & Lowdown, a popular local classic rock and country cover band, will close this summer's series on that Saturday evening.
Local sponsors help keep this event free to the public, which drew hundreds of spectators to Black Hawk Lake by boat and on land in the inaugural 2011 season.
Food will be for sale at each show.