The signature clean water event in the Iowa Great Lakes this summer will culminate with another prestigious musical concert. Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with support from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, will appear at the 2019 Okoboji Blue Water Festival on Saturday, August 10th in Preservation Plaza at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
“We have delivered quality musical acts each year to the festival and bringing these outstanding artists to our stage this year will continue that commitment to excellence,” said festival chairman Greg Drees. “Hornsby has endured through the years as a first flight songwriter and musician. He and his full-band will fill the green space with memorable music. Mason hit scene in the ‘60s with Traffic and has enjoyed a phenomenal career over the decades. These dudes can certainly bring it.”
This free festival is a daylong celebration to raise public awareness of water quality issues in the Iowa Great Lakes and across the state. “It’s all about protecting and enhancing the water quality of our lakes, rivers and wetlands,” Drees said. “Clean water is the theme of the gala.”
Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” — the title track of his 1986 debut album — became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Justin Vernon, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Hornsby’s performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.