College, CGRER, Iowa Flood Center Partner in Hancher

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As anyone in New Orleans would argue, a party just isn't a party without the perfect band. That's why Hancher is bringing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band—Hancher's opening performers in 1972—back to Iowa for a series of seven free outdoor concerts for a 40th anniversary celebration.

Named the Living with Floods project, the Hancher series is in keeping with the University of Iowa's mission of teaching, research, and service and aims to provide services to communities throughout the state. The project will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2008 flood, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of strategies to mitigate floods as well as of the interconnectedness of our environment and watershed.

Partners include the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, and the Iowa Flood Center. Hancher will present free, outdoor performances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the seven Living with Floods communities: Iowa City, Dubuque, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Des Moine, Council Bluffs, and Muscatine.

Named for the esteemed music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a true national treasure. Hailed as "America's Best Traditional Jazz Band" by All About Jazz, the group has been a driving force in American music ever since its inception in 1961, counting jazz royalty like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong among its distinguished alumni. Now in its 51st year, this national treasure continues to honor the dirty rags, mournful blues, and laid back swing that form jazz's legacy.