This hot July weekend has shaped up to be a big one at Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs.
The grassy venue will host three big concerts featuring Indigo Girls, Gladys Knight and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been playing music together since they were in high school.
Almost 30 years later, the folk duo continues to play songs such as “Closer to Fine,” “Hammer and a Nail” and “Galileo.”
Of course, the Indigo Girls didn't give up after penning hit songs and albums. They continue to work on new music, including “Beauty Queen Sister,” released in 2011.
Ray and Saliers also work on their own projects, including Ray's latest solo album, “Lung of Love,” which came out earlier this year.
Knight, sometimes known as the Empress of Soul, has a long and storied career that started with joining the Motown roster with The Pips in the mid-'60s.
She has won seven Grammy Awards for songs such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Heaven Help Us All” with Ray Charles and “That's What Friends are For” with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
With the Pips, some of Knight's biggest songs were “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Wrapping up the weekend, this rock band graduated from indie labels and DIY albums to a big-time label and lots of critical acclaim.
The band's latest, “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” has a bigger sound, which is due to new members joining the band, Potter said.
“I wanted to add energy and put more flame into the fire that was already there,” she told Gibson.com.
Potter changed the way she wrote songs for the album. Instead of writing songs in batches of three or so at a time, she did them all at once in order to make the album one complete narrative.
“I just left and drove, and spent several weeks wandering around. That turned into a lyrical journey, where I created connections between these songs,” she said.
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