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Stage Set To Select Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally 'Battle Of The Bands'

May 07, 2013



The lineup for the 2013 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally’s featured ‘Battle of the Bands’ will be set in motion on three consecutive Wednesday nights, May 8, 15 and 22, at the Seven Flags Event Center in Urbandale. 


Billed as the ‘Iowa Grand Jam’, and hosted by popular KGGO afternoon radio personality ‘Clutch’, the 7:30 pm preliminary rounds will pit four local rock bands each Wednesday night in a showdown of talent, with one finalist selected each night to compete on Thursday evening, May 30, opening day for the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally at Iowa Speedway in Newton.


Two of the three finalists competing in the’ Iowa Grand Jam’ will make it to final eliminations on Friday evening, May 31, during the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally, with the ultimate ‘Battle of the Bands’ champion opening for the Rally’s headline acts on Saturday night, June 1. 


“We’re looking for the best of the best in local rock bands to compete in the ‘Iowa Grand Jam’,” the iconic ‘Clutch’ said from behind KGGO’s control panel at the Cumulus Media studios.  “If you think your band has what it takes to play the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally, then bring a demo to the studios, or just email it to me.  We’ll pick four bands to play each Wednesday, and then we’re gonna rock the house!”


Interested local rock musicians may submit their bands’ demos in person at Cumulus Media, 4143 109th Street in Urbandale, or log on to for more information.  Bands will be contacted by KGGO, and will be responsible to transport and set up their own equipment at Seven Flags Event Center on the designated ‘Iowa Grand Jam’ Wednesday night.


Additional information about the 2nd Annual ‘Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally’, scheduled for Thursday, May 30 thru Sunday, June 2, may be accessed on the Rally’s official website,, or on Facebook at  Vendors and potential advertisers may reach Iowa Grand Rally Coordinator, Sabrina White, at for details.


Season Tickets and weekend passes are also available for Iowa Speedway’s 2013 racing season, which begins on June 7 – 8 with the first of two NASCAR Nationwide Series events, the ‘DuPont Pioneer 250’.  Other major events include the ‘Iowa Corn Indy 250’weekend on June 22-23, the second NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend, the ‘U.S. Cellular 250’, on August 2-3, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekends, the ‘American Ethanol 200’ on July 12-13, and the ‘Prairie Meadows 150’ ARCA race and ‘Iowa 200’ NASCAR Truck clash on September 7-8.


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