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April 20, 2009

Photo: The band Motion City Soundtrack is just one of several that will perform as part of RiverFest 2009.

RiverFest moves to downtown Iowa City April 24-25

RiverFest is moving to downtown Iowa City April 24 through 25 with a full lineup of events including bands, comedians, dance performances, student-run carnival games and RiverFEAST.

RiverFest runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 24 and all day Saturday, April 25 starting at 11 a.m. Events begin Friday on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City in front of the Sheraton Hotel.

Once again, RiverFest will feature a variety of musical performances. Bands include Gilbe, Girl Repellent, The Anytime, Scott Cochran and the Flannel, Slip Silo, Sonny Humbucker Band, Joe Uker, Unknown Component, Dead Larry, Maxilla Blue, and Motion City Soundtrack (photo, left).

University of Iowa student organizations will be providing a variety of carnival games along with performances by groups such as the university's Percussion Society.

Based on the success of Taste of Iowa City last fall, RiverFest will also include a similar event entitled RiverFEAST from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Local food vendors involved in RiverFEAST include: The Airliner, Bo James, Capanna, Chipotle, Coldstone, Donnelly's, Bread Garden Bakery and Cafe, Givanni's, The Saloon, Micky's Irish Pub, Milio's Sandwiches, Oasis Falafel, Panchero's, Pizza on Dubuque, Subway, The Summit, Vito's, The Wedge, Which Wich, and Zmarik's.

All RiverFest events and attractions are free and open to the public. For more information visit

The schedule of performances is as follows:

Friday, April 24
5 p.m.: Gilbe
6:30 p.m.: Girl Repellent
7:45 p.m.: River and the Tributaries
8 p.m.: Motion City Soundtrack (IMU Main Lounge)

Saturday, April 25:
11 a.m.: University of Iowa Youth Ballet (stage two)
11:45 a.m.: Landscapes Dance Show (stage two)
12:15 p.m.: Joe Uker (stage two)
1 p.m.: Scott Cochran and Flannel (stage one)
2 p.m.: Unknown Component (stage two)
3:30 p.m.: Last Lecture (stage one), with Mitchell Kelly, associate professor in educational psychology, about taking life "Step by Step"
4:30 p.m.: Paperback Rhino (stage two)
5:30 p.m.: Slip Silo (stage one)
6:30 p.m.: Dead Larry (stage two)
7:30 p.m.: Sonny Humbucker Band (stage one)
8:30 p.m.: Maxilla Blue (Stage two)
9:15 p.m.: University of Iowa Breakers (stage one)
11:30 p.m.: Late night comedy with RiverFest (IMU Main Lounge)

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kaci Dannatt, RiverFest, 515-669-7704,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,