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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts headline at FRYfest

Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.

As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy – A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

The Rumours

The Rumours are Female Fronted Rock Band based out of Waterloo, Iowa. Lead singer, Carli Foxx, formed the band in April 2014. The Rumours inspiration comes from hard, loud and in your face rock n roll. You can compare The Rumours to bands like, The Donnas, Betty Blowtorch, and The Runaways. There’s a bit of a Ramones’ punk sound, as well as a dash of KISS rock n roll.

The Rumours jumped on a show during the “Hardest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour ft. Flyleaf” in Des Moines, Iowa. They’ve also played with headlining bands, Dope, Saving Abel, Adelitas Way, Fit For Rivals and world-touring act HAIRBALL.

The Rumours are all about rock n roll and keeping it alive. These girls can rock just as hard as the boys and they’ll prove it to you as they rock the stage and blow your mind. The Rumours are REAL, RAW, and CLASSIC rock. So, don’t miss your chance to see these girls and boys!

Concert Information

joanjettGet ready to ROCK at FRYfest with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and special guests The Rumours during the High Porch Picnic Concert presented by Two Rivers Bank & Trust!

When: FRYday, September 4

Time: 8:30pm (The Rumours open at 7pm)

Concert Location: Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center south parking lot (right outside of FRYfest’s “Worlds Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow”)

**NOTE: No personal coolers will be permitted within the concert grounds. A Beverage Garden will be on-site with all proceeds to benefit the Coralville 4thFest Committee. Hy-Vee will also have food available for purchase.

Concert Ticket Information

Tickets for FRYfest’s High Porch Picnic are $15 each until the week of the event (Monday, August 31) and available ONLINE NOW:


Quantity (tickets are non-refundable)


Tickets are also available IN PERSON at the following locations:

  • Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • City of Coralville, City Hall
  • Coralville Hy-Vee
  • Coral Ridge Mall Guest Welcome Center
  • MidWestOne Bank – all Johnson County locations

A “high porch picnic” is a Texas expression for “an exceptionally good time,” and is a great way to describe Coach Fry’s glorious career as one of college football’s most unique coaches.