Entertainment

Charles City will host musical acts that proudly hail from the great state of Iowa. Beginning at 1:00 pm, they are sure to give our visiting riders as well as our local community a fantastic show, and a taste for what Iowa music has to offer.

1:00 pm – Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe is a nineteen-year-old Indie/Pop/folk singer-songwriter from Clarksville, Iowa. Poppe is a solo performer and accompanies herself on guitar, ukulele and keyboard. She has been playing shows locally for over three years, including RAGBRAI in 2016. Her incredible voice, musical abilities, and unique experiences have helped her to generate a large following.

Over the past year she’s had some exciting musical opportunities. In February 2016, Maddie was selected to audition on the season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice”, which aired to 13.4 million viewers. In June, 2016 she opened for Diamond Rio at the Butler County Fair. In July, she performed for RAGBRAI riders in New Hartford and was reviewed as an artist who literally stopped riders in their tracks. Most recently, Poppe wrote, recorded, and produced her very first album complete with all original material called “Songs From The Basement” which was released this year.

Maddie Poppe will be opening Charles City’s RAGBRAI Outdoor Music Festival, performing on the Michelob Ultra Stage from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Take a listen to Maddie’s undeniable talent and her experience on the Voice, featured in this promotional video: https://youtu.be/J3SS0hrrZOo. Learn more about Maddie by visiting her website: www.maddiepoppe.com.

2:30 pm – Mars Daniel

Originally from Charles City, Iowa – Mars Daniel (Meusel), is now living and working as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles. Mars is an incredible vocalist, but has also mastered the guitar and violin, plus produces his own music. His original music has a reggae, pop, singer-songwriter vibe, perfectly fitting for an outdoor summer show like RAGBRAI. Mars hopes to share his poetic take on life and love with a skill he has been honing for over a decade now.

Performing since 2011, Meusel led one of the Cedar Valley’s favorite cover bands “Good Cop/Rad Cop” until 2014. In 2014, he co-founded “Starboard Recordings” an Iowa based recording label. In 2017 he released his debut E.P. titled “INTERSTELLAR PT. II” including 6 original tracks, which was written and produced by Daniel with musical credits of Violinist DSharp and fellow Iowan topliner and producer Charles Means. This album represents Daniel’s desire to transcend political, cultural and geographical borders, and is currently donating $1 of every album sold to the international non-political humanitarian organization “Doctors Without Borders”. The album is available for download at ‘MarsDaniel.com’ and is available on all major streaming platforms.

Mars Daniel will be performing on the Michelob Ultra Stage from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Listen to Mars Daniel’s debut EP “INTERSTELLAR PT. II” by clicking here: http://www.marsdaniel.com/music

4:00 pm – Juni West and The Big Fuzz

West (formally Joan Nixt) from Mason City, is a guitarist, phenomenal vocalist, and story-teller, she spills her guts with emotional and heart-wrenching melodies, with an abundance of fun.

West was nominated and featured as a top 25 artist for 2016’s Iowa Music Project. Her song “Creeping Eyes” was produced on the 2016 album, along with other top Iowa Musicians. She is a singer/songwriter with her roots in indie folk acoustic music.

She along with The Big Fuzz, a two piece Bass and Drum band will play the RAGBRAI main stage from 4 pm – 5 pm.

Listen to her Iowa Music Project track here: https://youtu.be/e12675fswGA. Learn more about Juni by visiting her website: http://www.juniwest.com/

5:00 pm – Dan Tedesco

Dan Tedesco is the quintessential modern-day troubadour, narrating the American experience in song honestly and intimately, and with a big sound to boot. A solo artist, Tedesco’s stage show is framed by a minimalist production that finds him belting out folk-spiced rockers from behind both acoustic and electric guitars while foot-stomping percussion rounds out many of the arrangements. Inspired by the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Halen, his original music has captured the attention of venues nationwide; he’s currently touring in the pacific northwest. (www.dantedesco.com)

7:00 pm – The Nadas

The Nadas have independently cultivated a career by relying on solid song writing, memorable lyrics, outstanding musicianship and a fiercely loyal fan base. The Nadas, Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band, fronted by founding members Mike Butterworth (vocals, guitar) and Jason Walsmith (vocals, guitar) who have deftly handled co-lead and co-writing roles since forming in 1993, are superbly backed by Neil Stoffregen (keys), Brandon Stone (percussion) and Brian Duffey (horns and bass). (www.thenadas.com)

9:30 pm – The Pork Tornadoes

“The Nation’s Greatest Party Band!” – Rolling Stone

The Pork Tornadoes are a powerful party band that have played all around the Midwest at the best bars, clubs and festivals. Having played more than 300+ shows in the last 5 years, this band has perfected their live show into an experience you won’t find anywhere else. With more than 15 years of musical experience per member, the musical talent is off the charts, led by singer Mason Greve who was one of 100 finalists on NBC’s The Voice in 2014. Playing an eclectic mix of songs from Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to Kings of Leon, AC/DC, The Killers and Gavin Degraw, they are truly one of the most versatile bands in the region.

This band is a force like no other. Creating a party wherever they go. Followed by a ravenous fan base. Every song will leave you singing along and begging for more.  Their live show does the talking for them, as well as their signature taglines “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite Band” and “BeardPop”. The shroud of mystery surrounding the band, the terribly-poor choice in band name, and the head-scratching, enormous amount of video views and fans on every social media website are enough to bring curious music lovers out to a show to “see what all the fuss is about.” That is all it takes. Like a predator luring in its prey, once a person walks into a Pork Tornadoes show, they are instantly assaulted by incredible musicianship, dizzying diversity of genres/songs, friendship/comradery/love and an unexplainable urge to sing until your throat can’t take it anymore.

Listen to one of their infamous medlies here: https://youtu.be/jG2H9rhErOI
a blues legend “Tennessee Whiskey” here: https://youtu.be/_rwTbETea1c, and learn more about the band at their website: http://porktornadoes.com/.