Concerts at the Creek

Concerts at the Creek
Saturday evenings: Summer 2019

Join us this summer for Concerts at the Creek at Indian Creek Nature Center! This series of live outdoor concerts features a variety of genres of live music under the beauty of the stars in our woodland amphitheater and patio. Food trucks, beer, wine and the surrounding woodlands and prairies complete the perfect summer Saturday night.
Note: Concerts are held rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, ICNC’s Executive Director will make a call on holding the concert or not. 

2019 Concert Artists

Saturday, June 15: City Park, Dr. Z’s Experiment (Amphitheater)
Saturday, June 22: Kris Lager Band, Wooden Nickel Lottery (Amphitheater)
Saturday, June 29: Emily Scott Robinson, Dustin Smith (Amphitheater)
Saturday, July 27: The Feralings, Sonia Rao (Patio)
Saturday, June 15: City Park, Dr. Z’s Experiment (Amphitheater)

City Park

Based out of the Iowa City area, CITY PARK are a group of life-long, like-minded musicians who had mostly sacrificed their craft over the years to the usual responsibilities of life.  In 2017, fate brought them together to form a group called KINGBOLT for fun and to play some of their favorite tunes. Ultimately, in mid-2018, the band name changed to CITY PARK.

Influenced by bands like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, Dawes, Avett Brothers, Black Keys, and more, CITY PARK has evolved their unique sound into rich, foot-stomping, mining-the-depths, hootenanny music with heart. Though hard to pin down, their sound can be best described as a fusion of roots/Americana/alt-country/rock/blues.

City Park plays a helluva live show steeped in high energy, audience sing-a-longs and storytelling and has played all over Eastern Iowa –– clubs, bars, theaters, festivals –– and always draw a vibrant and energetic crowd.

Over the last year or more, CITY PARK started working on original material and their debut album Analog Space Camp will be released in coming weeks.

Vocals / Mark Nolte
Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals / Eric Kome
Guitars / Tom Stoeffler
Bass / Brian Crowe
Drums & Percussion / Greg Kanz
Fiddle / Posey Stoeffler
Keyboard / Jim Conard

Dr. Z's Experiment

Formed in 1998, Dr. Z’s Experiment began as a jazz trio at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. They have since grown to become a 5 piece Fusion/Rock/Jazz/Reggae/Funk/Experimental group. Dr. Z’s Experiment is known for their blistering live performances – and more specifically for their improvisational jams that seamlessly transition between songs and genres.

Saturday, June 22: Kris Lager Band, Wooden Nickel Lottery (Amphitheater)

Kris Lager Band

A KLB show is a legitimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival and an Electric Church.  The energy this band throws out from the drop of the first beat is truly contagious, and it becomes impossible to sit still. Led by the dynamic Kris Lager, he makes it his intention to move you physically and emotionally. With an unrivaled intensity he delivers raw, and powerful music through his emotional guitar playing and singing.

Kris Lager Band have been a touring force for the past 10 years. Their new album ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ is a continuation to their ever exploring musical tastes and approach. An all analog and mostly live recording produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald of Monophonics fame features their trademark lo-fi sound. The record was recorded in the bay area at Transistor Studios and mixed by Sergio Rios of the stellar funk ensemble, Orgone. It is a powerful statement of road life, love & romance, a splash of social commentary, and a few old fashioned fun jams. All tied together with heavy guitar grooves, funky drums, thick keys, and powerful bass.

Wooden Nickel Lottery

Wooden Nickel Lottery is a blues/rock band full of power, chops and soul to satisfy fans of blues/rock. Fronted by Rick Gallo’s energetic and soulful vocals and Rich Toomsen’s high octane guitar work, WNL plays a mix of powerful original blues/rock as well as classic and contemporary blues/rock covers. The group’s sonic influences include Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton and Johnny Lang, but draw on the grooves of funk rock with the heart of a true blues jam band.

Saturday, June 29: Emily Scott Robinson, Dustin Smith (Amphitheater)

Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know” for 2019, Robinson also received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album.

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War II veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith is the lead singer of The Maytags, a Des Moines soul act who find musical kin in the late night jam sessions of early Stax and Motown acts. Dustin’s solo project takes a softer approach inspired by some of his favorite Country and Americana acts. The instrumentation in this project helps to reflect that with upright bass, pedal steel, drums, piano and acoustic guitar.

Saturday, July 27: The Feralings, Sonia Rao (Patio)

The Feralings

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80. Their songwriting reflects parenthood, friendship, imperfection, magic, and a big love for storytelling, as well as the folk, bluegrass, jazz, alt-country, Americana, gospel, and roots that form each member’s musical DNA.

In October of 2018 The Feralings released their long-awaited debut EP, titled simply “The Feralings”. It was recorded over the course of several years, as the band navigated parenthood, life changes, and personal struggles, and it showcases the power and intimacy of the band’s enthralling live performances.

Sonia Rao

A UC Berkeley graduate, Sonia Rao was on her way to becoming a psychologist, with offers from both Stanford University’s doctorate program and Columbia University’s master’s program. Sonia decided to go a different way, though. She turned down both of these offers, left her job at a consulting firm, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her love of music. Sonia grew up studying violin, piano, guitar, flute, and ukulele, but classically trained, had always stayed within the strict confines of what her traditional teachers and orchestra conductors taught her. After experiencing an unexpected personal loss when her boyfriend passed away, Sonia started writing songs for the first time as a way to process what had happened and fell in love with music in a new and more personal way. This new relationship to music is what Sonia says made the decision very clear for her. Being first generation Indian-American – the child of immigrants – it was a difficult choice to make and one that challenged her relationship with her family, but it has proven to be the right one in hindsight.

Since then, Sonia’s songs have been featured on more than 35 shows including MTV’s Jersey Shore, E! Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful, and her song ‘I Wanted the World’ captured hearts in the movie trailer for the film adaptation of the NYTimes bestselling novel ‘So B. It’. Of the more than 70,000 people who auditioned for NBC The Voice on her season, Sonia made it to the top 40 finalists and was praised by Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine for her raw and soulful performances in the first two episodes of the season. Beyond her success in the television and songwriting world, Sonia does speaking around gender and identity and her 2018 TED talk, ‘The shame and power of being a woman’ proved to be both timely and powerful. Sonia released her third album in 2016 followed by a 32-city tour across the United States, Japan, and Indonesia.

Prices vary by date

June 15 $18 (advance), $22 (door)
June 22 $23 (advance), $25 (door)
June 29 $20 (advance), $24 (door)
July 27 $18 (advance), $22 (door)


Persons with disabilities – please note that accessibility is limited in the amphitheater for shows on June 15, 22, and 29. The path to the amphitheater is grass, dirt and wood chips, and can be rough in places. If you will require assistance, please call us at 319-362-0664 to make arrangements.


What is and is not allowed into the concerts:

The following items ARE allowed on Nature Center grounds during the concerts:

  • YES Blankets – over half of the seating in the amphitheater is grass seating. Please bring a blanket or purchase an ICNC stadium blanket from the Creekside Shop! 
  • YES Point and click film and digital cameras (No detachable lenses, please)
  • YES Water bottles (empty)
  • YES Sunblock
  • YES Bug spray
  • Limited lawn chairs in designated area only

The following items are NOT allowed on Nature Center grounds during the concerts:

  • NO Coolers
  • NO Outside food or beverage (except water bottles)
  • NO Knives or weapons of any kind
  • NO Fireworks
  • NO Glass
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO Drones
  • NO Drugs
  • NO Laser pointers
  • NO Pets (service animals welcome)
  • NO Professional cameras
  • NO Umbrellas
  • NO Smoking
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