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Music in the Park

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Location: Central Park, Grinnell, IA 50112
Time: Thursday, June 1, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Categories: Arts & Culture
Kid Friendly

Event Description:

If it’s summer, it must be Thursday Music in the Park! Grab a bite from a Grinnell restaurant or a food truck, bring your blankets and camp chairs, and join the Grinnell Area Arts Council in Grinnell’s Central Park at 7 PM on Thursday evenings for a mix of music from local and regional favorites!

Many thanks to our season sponsors for 2023, including Grinnell Mutual, Hotel Grinnell, Ramsey Weeks, Brent & Dawn Jaeger, Helen Redmond & Pete Brownell, and the City of Grinnell Hotel/Motel Tax Committee. Thanks to printing partner Total Choice Shipping & Printing and media partners KGRN and the Grinnell Herald-Register.


  • June 1: Marc Janssen & the Locals (country/Americana)
    • An alumnus of Grinnell College and a regular on the Midwest traditional music scene, Marc Janssen is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from rural Johnson County, IA. Growing up in a Midwestern small town, Janssen observed firsthand the balancing act of hard work and hard luck. He writes songs about everyday life. Band members Marc Janssen (vocal, guitar, fiddle), Matt Bernemann (drums), Patrick Bloom (bass, vocal), and Randall Davis (guitar, pedal steel) are all in-demand veterans of the Iowa music scene. Bernemann is a familiar face, a Grinnell native who is a member of the band Whiplash. This show is sponsored by Grinnell College's Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
  • June 8: Grinnell Community Band | Concert Band
    • A program of the Grinnell Area Arts Council since 2010, the Grinnell Municipal Band is a longstanding staple of the Grinnell music community. The current Community Band is under the direction of Levi Dressler. They perform a variety of marches, overtures, and showtunes. The best part? Anyone can join! Get in touch with us at if you’re interested in performing with the band this summer. Read more about the band HERE!
  • June 15: Grinnell Community Band | Concert Ban
  • June 22: Grinnell Community Band | Concert Ban
  • June 29: Grinnell Community Band | Concert Band
  • July 6: Turlach Ur Pipe Band (​Scottish Bagpipe & Drum)
    • A perennial Music in the Park favorite, Grinnell’s own bagpipe and drum ensemble has won dozens of awards, both at home and abroad. Directed by Rob and Nancy Clower, Turlach Ur is truly an all-ages group, with members ranging from 10 - 70 years-old, including 11 players aged 17 or younger. They perform mostly traditional Scottish music, but are also known for their eclectic shows that incorporate bluegrass, folk, and other popular music samples. Read more HERE.
  • July 13: Jake Simon (country)
    • ​"Small-town road warrior" Jake Simon grew up in Tama, IA, graduated from Grinnell High School, and released his first song "Chasing the Wind" at age 18. His debut single to country radio and title track to his debut album "I Still Think About You" was a Top 40 single on the Music Row Country Breakout chart. He’s opened for some of country music’s hottest acts and recently released two new singles. Visit his website.
  • July 20: The Feralings (Americana/Roots)
    • ​Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, based in Iowa City, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80. Their debut EP, titled simply “The Feralings”, was recorded over the course of several years, as the band navigated parenthood, life changes, and personal struggles, and it showcases the power and intimacy of the band’s enthralling live performances. The band is currently in the process of recording their long-awaited follow-up album. Visit their website.
  • August 3: Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
    • ​A perennial Music in the Park favorite, Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen play a mix of German, Czech & Slovenian style polkas and waltzes, with a variety of other musical styles thrown in for good measure. The band is based in Mt. Vernon, IA, and every summer, they throw the “Beckster Fest” in Amana, IA. Read more at their website.


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