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Festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo get people eager to take a few days off to enjoy great music, food and entertainment. Next weekend, another music festival will start its first year in Lone Tree.
Grey Area Music Festival will be Aug. 18 and 19 on 540th St. in Lone Tree. Luke Tweedy, Flat Black Studios owner, has been involved with music all his life. Tweedy has managed Record Collector in Iowa City, has been in bands, hosted festivals in Lee County and made band posters, records and T-Shirts.
“It is the logical path for my life to take,” he said.
The musicians at this festival all have recorded at Flat Black Studios. Some artists performing, are: Telekinetic Yeti, Jabberjosh, Dana T and many others. One of the musicians, Elizabeth Moen, recently performed at another Lone Tree Music Festival, Camp Euforia.
“I consider these some of the area’s hardest working and most talented artists and I get the pleasure of working with them, so it is the least I can do to create this environment for them to showcase for the public what it is they do,” Tweedy said.
Other than musicians and bands, there will be DJs playing between bands, some circus performances like juggling and silk work and there will be a yoga class Saturday morning.
Tweedy had to cut down the list of acts because he wants this to be a festival everyone can attend, he said. Some of the heavy rock was removed to appeal to grandparents and children. With over 25 acts, there should be something for everyone.
“I want the rock kids to see value in what the folk kids do. I want metal heads to dig on the punk and art rock scene. I want the singer song writers to see what the country guys are doing,” Tweedy said. “If I can help facilitate that, all while raising funds for a couple of charities, I will be overjoyed. I think with just a little work we can all help raise one another up, and grow an even stronger music scene in central Iowa, with more talent, more types of music, and more support for it.”
Keeping Up with the Jones BBQ, Lagunitas, PBR, Banditos taco truck and Mike’s Hard Lemonade will be served in vendors at this event. Iowa City’s vegan restaurant, Trumpet Blossom, may also have a vendor.
The event has been harder to plan than Tweedy expected, he said. He did not expect to have to meet with the sheriff, inspectors and pay for permits, licenses and applications.
“The way I viewed it was I was having a party, where I have my friend’s bands come and play in my back yard, and open it to the public so I can get those bands paid, and help get them some new fans, all while trying to do a little social activism and raise some money for a couple of charities I care about (RVAP and ACLU),” Tweedy said.
Johnson County and Tweedy are working together to get Grey Area appropriately set up and ready for next weekend and future years.
“I have the energy, strength of will and determination to make it a yearly event, if all concerned parties agree, it shall be,” Tweedy said.