See the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Free at America’s River Festival

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We are proud to be a title sponsor of this year’s America’s River Festival, sponsoring ThaAmerica's River Festivalnk You Thursday — a FREE night of admission for all! See Brandon Lay and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for free on Thursday, June 8 in the Port of Dubuque!

The doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Brandon Lay will perform 7-8 p.m., followed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 8:30-10 p.m.

Lay, a Tennessee native, has toured with country acts like Old Dominion, Eli Young Band,Brandon-Lay Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, and more. He wrote “Home Game” for Cole Swindell, and was awarded the Harold Adamson Lyric Award from the ASCAP Foundation Awards. His songs include: “All That Love,” “Never Look Back Town,” and  “Need Me to Be.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, made of Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter,  and John McEuen, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The band has many multi-platinum and gold records, as well has top ten hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and more. They have multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations.

Other performers during America’s River Festival weekend include Old Dominion, Styx, Zero 2 Sixty, Tucker Beathard, William Michael Morgan, Little River Band, and The Guess Who.

For a schedule, tickets, and more information, visit: http://americasriverfestival.com/

The Dubuque-WI High School Rodeo Returns May 20-21!

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The 14th annual Dubuque-Wisconsin High School Rodeo competition will be May 20-21 at the Dubuque County Fair Grounds/Tri-State Equine Park.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the free pony rides prior to each rodeo!

“One thing that is really wonderful about this event is that it brings something different to the community that families and people of any age can enjoy,” said Heidi Gansen, a member of the event committee. “There are so many different events within the rodeo, activities for the kids before and during, and a delicious food stand on site! Best of all, we are keeping alive an over 100-year American tradition with the sport of rodeo; which is based on sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork, family and respect.”

You can get $5 advance tickets at Longhorn Saddlery in Dubuque and at Theisen’s stores in Dubuque, Dyersville, and Maquoketa. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 years old and younger.

A weekend pass is $15. The event is held rain or shine.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association.
Events include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Pole Bending
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Goat Tying
  • Calf Roping
  • Team Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Boys Cutting
  • Saddle broncs
  • Bareback broncs
  • Bull Riding
  • Girls Cutting
  • Trap Shooting
  • Light Rifle
  • Ribbon Roping
  • Working Cow Horse

The schedule:

Friday, May 19

  • 3 p.m.: Shooting Events, Izaak Walton Club, grades 6th through 12th
  • 7 p.m.: Team Roping, Open Jackpot
  • 7 p.m.: Barrel Racing, Open Jackpot

Saturday, May 20

  • 1 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition
  • 7 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

Sunday, May 21

  • Noon: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

See you there!

 

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Offers Film, Music, and Entertainment

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It’s almost here! Each day of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival offers a variety of film, music, and entertainment.

The sixth annual festival, set for April 20-23 in downtown Dubuque, will show films from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (with a few other screenings slated until 10 p.m.), and feature nightly events.

“We have a variety of offerings this year so that people of all ages and interests can find something to do,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the festival. “The events, plus the filmmakers here from all over the world, make this a unique event you don’t want to miss.”

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All films and events on Thursday, April 20 are free, sponsored by Runde Auto Group. Later that day, the Opening Night Event, “Celebrate Canada,” will feature a showing of “The Land of Rock and Gold” in partnership with the Canadian Consulate.

The film starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater and doors open at 6:30 p.m. An after party, featuring the Ohio-based band The Lovebenders, will start at 9:30 p.m. at the Riverboat Lounge at Hotel Julien. The event is free.

Friday, April 21

the lodgetThe Silent Film Showcase, an annual staple at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Five Flags Theater. It will feature Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film “The Lodger” with live music accompaniment.

“Our Silent Film Showcase is always a popular event,” Gorrell said. “It is such a neat way to feature great music and film together.”

The 1-hour, 8-min long film follows a landlady who suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Following the Silent Film Showcase is a Drunk on Disney after party. The event, set for 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the Blue Moon Room in the Holiday Inn, will feature Dana Snyder, Adult Swim voiceover actor, and Guy Hutchinson, actor, broadcaster, and owner of a wide variety of Disney archives.

The event will feature a Disney costume contest, a celebrity match game, and a Disney signature cocktail. Admission is $15 (or $10 with a Silent Film ticket).

Saturday, April 22

The festival’s biggest night, Awards Night, will see more than $60,000 in cash and prizes
handed to winners in six categories. The event will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Five Flags Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Awards Night is hosted by Snyder and Hutchinson and will feature musical performances by Ceili Rain, The Lovebenders, and The Ruby Blonde Band. Tickets are $25, which includes the after party, which immediately follows the awards show in the arena.

Sunday, April 23

mean merle and the pigeon of frizzante parkDon’t leave the little ones at home on Sunday, April 23. The JDIFF Kids Event is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Five Flags Center. There will be music from the Dubuque Fiddlers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reading with Hutchinson, author of “Mean Merle and the Pigeon of Frizzante Park” and “Sesame Place,” along with Snyder, who will use his character voices to bring the book to life. A book signing and animated children’s films will follow the reading.

The film festival will come to a close from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 with the Closing Ceremonies at the Novelty Iron Works Event Center, 333 E. 10th St.  The Audience Choice Award will be announced at this free event.

Tickets and a continuously updated schedule of events are available at http://www.julienfilmfest.com.