Living with Floods Concert Moved Indoors Due to Flooding
Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play at The Venue in Downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, IA – The free public performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans favorite, scheduled at Simon Estes Amphitheater on Friday, June 7 will move indoors to The Venue at 216 Court Avenue in Downtown Des Moines. Local student band Synergy Jazz Foundation will open the show, under the direction of Bill Bergen. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The free concert developed to celebrate living with the floods is now forcing the event indoors due to the flooding of the amphitheater. 

Living with Floods is a statewide project to commemorate the anniversary of recent flood events statewide in Iowa over the past five years, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of flood mitigation strategies and the interconnectedness of our environment and the watersheds in which we live. The public concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans will kick off a series of events across Iowa. As residents of New Orleans, flooding has a special significance for these musicians.

Living with Floods is a collaborative effort of the University of Iowa’s Hancher College of Engineering, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Flood Center, College of Education, iExploreSTEM, and State Hygienic Laboratory in partnership with the communities of Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Muscatine, and Iowa City. The project is supported by the University of Iowa, the UI College of Engineering, Hancher, Downtown Community Alliance, Civic Music Association and Back to the River. Additional support has been provided, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about Living with Floods, visit:

For more information about this special performance please call: Rob Sand, Living with Floods Des Moines Committee Chair, 515-281-5536 or Sarah Murphy, Downtown Community Alliance, 515-286-4996.