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Will Patterson
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Loessfest aims to put summer into full swing for the fifth annual year with live music, movies on the green and a variety of other free events. Just across the river in Council Bluffs, Loessfest will once again be hosting its main events in Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Kicking off celebrations, KC and the Sunshine Band is scheduled to headline for Loessfest’s free opening concert. The performance will also feature opening special guest Bluffet, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, but the park opens at 4 p.m. so visitors are encouraged to come early to claim their spot on the “Great Lawn.”

Over the course of the weekend a series of different musical groups will showcase some of the region’s greatest artistic talent. These groups will include Omaha Symphony, Trent Harmon, Maiden Dixie and Bellies & Whistles.

Sunday evening will treat Loessfest guests to a firework show following a performance by the Omaha symphony. The show will take place over the park’s Great Lawn. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sprawl out over the park’s green.

Food and drink will be in strong supply for those looking to eat out. A variety of local food vendors will be present including Hog Stop BBQ, Hy-Vee Chinese, Dipping Dots and several others.

In addition to food being available for purchase, guests are permitted to bring their own food and drink to Loessfest. Coolers and large containers are allowed but will may be subject to searches. No alcohol may be brought into the park and may be confiscated if found.

Parking may become difficult considering the massive crowds Loessfest has pulled in the past. While much of parking directly next to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park is likely to fill up fast, there is still plenty of space available on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. A quick walk over the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge can lead guests straight from Omaha into the heart of Loessfest.

The full list of events and times at Loessfest can be found at their website.

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Loessfest continues with a free 7 p.m. music concert Thursday featuring Recaptured: A Tribute to Journey at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

The tribute band will perform Journey’s greatest hits, such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).”

The all-ages rock show is open to the public. . Or, you’ll be the one “Who’s Crying Now.”

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IF YOU GO

Recaptured: A Tribute to Journey
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs
Admission: Free
Info: loessfest.com

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LOESSFEST EVENT SCHEDULE

Recaptured: A Tribute to Journey is one of many performances for Loessfest. Here are other upcoming events to be held at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

Friday: Imagination Movers concert and Movie in the Park: “Big Hero 6,” 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Taste of Omaha
Saturday: Bike the Bluffs, 10 a.m.
Saturday: Mini Maha concert with Ben Kweller, The Dodos, Oketo, 7 p.m.

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The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Chicago will kick off Loessfest this Saturday with a free music concert at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

Chicago, which formed in 1967, had a steady stream of hits through the 1970s and ’80s, including “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Hard Habit to Break.”

The rock band’s “Chicago Transit Authority” album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

Last July, the band released “Now: Chicago XXXVI,” its first new album of original material since 2006.

Opening for Chicago is John and Jacob.

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IF YOU GO

Chicago with John & Jacob
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs
Admission: Free
Info: loessfest.com

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LOESSFEST EVENT SCHEDULE

Chicago’s performance opens the “Saturday in the Park” music series for Loessfest. Here are other upcoming events to be held at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

Sunday: Omaha Symphony and Fireworks,
8 p.m.
Monday: Picnic in the Park, all day
Tuesday:
The Second City comedy event, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Movie in the Park: “Jaws,” 9 p.m.
May 28: Concert from Recaptured, a Journey tribute band, 7 p.m.
May 29: Imagination Movers concert and Movie in the Park: “Big Hero 6,” 5 p.m.
May 29 and 30: Taste of Omaha
May 30: Bike the Bluffs, 10 a.m.
May 30: Mini Maha concert with Ben Kweller, The Dodos, Oketo, 7 p.m.

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So what does Loessfest look like?

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