Travel Council Bluffs Today!


May 25-28, 2018

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Free Chicago Concert to Open Loessfest 2015

Council Bluffs, IOWA—Feb. 11, 2015—Today, American National Bank and ConAgra Foods, along with the City of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation, announced Loessfest 2015 will kick off Saturday, May 23,
2015, with a free concert at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, featuring Chicago.

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, Chicago ranked #13 in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six different decades.

The Chicago concert opens the third annual Loessfest, presented by the City of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation. American National Bank and ConAgra Foods are the presenting sponsors for the opening concert featuring Chicago with opening act John and Jacob. John and Jacob have played with numerous acts, including The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and more. They penned a #1 Billboard hit with The Band Perry, “DONE.” and went on to have their song, “Be My Girl,” placed in ABC’s hit show, “Nashville.”

Loessfest, beginning Memorial Day weekend, was created to showcase Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, located at the foot of Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The park is a regional amenity and Loessfest was created to celebrate all that it has to offer. The festival has drawn more than 66,000 to the park in its first two years.

Loessfest will continue to host FREE events every day through May 30, 2015. This is a shorter timeline than the first two years, but the number of events will remain the same. Parking is available on both sides of the river, including the parking lot just north of Harrah’s Casino and on the parking lot just east of the Great Lawn, accessible from S. 40th Street. To avoid traffic delays and to reserve your spot on the great lawn in the park, please arrive early for the concert and all Loessfest events.

The announcement of upcoming Loessfest events will follow. Press will be notified of the complete schedule when it is announced. Details will also be available at You can also follow us on Facebook at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park or on Twitter @loessfest. Join the conversation #loessfest2015.

This event is free thanks to our generous sponsors:

American National Bank LogoConagra Logo