Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performs Free Concert at Brucemore Celebrating Hancher’s 40th Anniversary and Commemorating the Five Year Anniversary of the 2008 Flood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 10 May 2013 12:33

Brucemore will host a special 2013 event celebrating Hancher’s 40th anniversary and commemorating the five-year anniversary of the flood. On June 13 at 7:00 p.m., Living with Floods, will bring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hancher's opening performers in 1972—back to Iowa for a series of seven free outdoor concerts. Named for the esteemed music venue in the heart of New Orleans's French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a true national treasure. Hailed as "America's Best Traditional Jazz Band" by All About Jazz, the group has been a driving force in American music ever since its inception in 1961, counting jazz royalty like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong among its distinguished alumni. Now in its 51st year, this national treasure continues to honor the dirty rags, mournful blues, and laid back swing that form jazz's legacy.

The concert will be set amidst the historic charm near the Formal Garden on the Brucemore estate. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. No on-site parking is available except handicap parking by entering on Dows Lane. Outside food and beverages are allowed; however, pets are not. For further information or a listing of other concert sites across the state, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Living with Floods project

The University of Iowa’s Hancher, College of Engineering, College of Education, Interdisciplinary Flood Institute, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Flood Center, iExploreSTEM, and State Hygienic Laboratory are partnering for this program. In keeping with the University of Iowa's mission of teaching, research, and service, this project aims to provide services to communities throughout the state. The project will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2008 flood, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of strategies to mitigate floods as well as of the interconnectedness of our environment and watershed. In addition to the partners listed above, this project is supported by Back to the River, Iowa Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. For further information, visit and

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

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