FRYFest Bands Announced

May 5, 2009

CORALVILLE, Iowa– The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), The University of Iowa Athletics Department, and the City of Coralville are pleased to announce two of the bands for the outdoor concert at the inaugural FRYfest in the Iowa River Landing, Coralville, on Sept. 4.

The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the 2009 festival that pays tribute to “all that is Hawkeye.” They will be preceded by The Outlaws, and a two-time CMA Nominee to be announced June 1. The southern rock flavor of this years’ lineup is in tribute to former Iowa football coach, Hayden Fry’s southern roots.

Fry — the winningest football coach in UI history and a member of several halls of fame including the UI’s — will be recognized in this inaugural year and the annual festival, which will occur on the Friday before each season’s first home football game, is named in his honor.

Tickets for the concert will be $10 and are on sale now at FRYfest. All proceeds will benefit the annual Coralville 4th Fest celebrations.

Among the many FRYFest activities is an event called “The World’s Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow and Tailagte Party” and included on the schedule of activities are appearances by the Iowa Spirit Squads.


The Charlie Daniels Band (On stage at 9:30 pm)
With his signature “bull rider” hat and belt buckle, Charlie Daniels will energize Hawkeye fans with the Grammy Award-winning hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” as well as other favorites like “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It,” “In America,” “Still In Saigon,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and the rest of a catalog that spans more than 50 years of record making and represents more than 20 million in sales. Famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music, Charlie Daniels calls his music “purely American with something for everyone.” He has been honored with the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and received multiple awards from The Country Music Association and The Gospel Music Association. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 as a full -fledged member and has recorded with Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Mark O’Connor, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr.

The Outlaws (on stage at 8 pm)
The most recent line-up of The Outlaws sets its sights on its musical future, while remaining true to the unique character of The Outlaws past. Recognized for songs like “Green Grass & High Tides” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, The Outlaws are premiere players in Southern Rock.

Opening Act (on stage at 6:30 pm)
Details to be announced June 1.

For more information on all that is Hawkeye, and all things FRYFest, please visit FRYfest.