No problem in 2013. The Twin Cities Jazz Festival runs June 28-29. The Iowa City Jazz Festival runs July 5-7, one of the few times in its history that the full festival follows the 4th of July. I suspect fireworks will nevertheless be part of that Saturday night's program. While we are awaiting the Twin Cities line-up, I've been cleared to release the list of headliners in Iowa City; schedule will follow soon. And you don't want to miss this! It's only a 5-hour drive south, four-lane all the way. You have a week between festivals to rest up before you enjoy:
- Pharoah Sanders
- Dr. Lonnie Smith
- Christian Scott Quintet
- J.D. Allen Trio
- Philip Dizack Quartet
- Sachal Vasandani
- Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
- Fred Hersch Trio (closing set Sunday night)
And as always, Iowa City's side stages, which only run in-between the main stage sets, will include the best of regional, college and youth ensembles, and an international array of concessions. Like the Twin Cities Festival, it's all free.
Two consecutive weekends of great (and free) jazz for us here in the Upper Midwest. Surely that warrants fireworks.