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April 6, 2011

RiverFest 2011 features music, food and fun, plus a Zombie Prom

A full slate of music, food and fun is planned for RiverFest 2011 at the University of Iowa Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17. This year's festival features a full lineup of music performances, RiverFeast and new events such as a Zombie Prom 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

The Zombie Prom is a spin-off of a traditional high prom where students can dress up as zombies while rocking out to three bands, Johnny On Point, Five In A Hand, and Dead Larry. Winners of the RiverFest "Humans vs. Zombies" game will also be announced.

RiverFest kicks off April 11 with Java Jog through five downtown Iowa City coffee houses. At this new event, attendees will "jog" to the coffee shops, enjoying a number of acoustic music acts. The Java Jog begins at 6:30 p.m. at Uptown Bill's, moves to Fair Grounds at 7 p.m. with John Eric, then to Starbucks and Java House at 8 p.m. for Mark Huntley's performance, and then finally go to T. Spoons at 9 p.m. for a show by Nick Carney.

This year's musical lineup also includes the 10,000 Hours Concert with DJ Earworm 10 p.m. April 11 in the IMU Main Lounge. On Thursday, April 14 acoustic musician Nick Motil will be playing at The Java House in downtown Iowa City at 10 p.m. Public Space One will host a rock-themed show at 9 p.m. April 14 and a hip-hop themed show 9 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

Throughout the week, student artwork will be displayed at RayGun in downtown Iowa City. Opening night is Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

Returning to RiverFest is RiverFEAST on Wednesday, April 13 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Iowa City. RiverFEAST features food from Iowa City restaurants and food tickets can be purchased for $1 per ticket.

As part of its Senior Send-off, S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) will present the Last Lecture with a favorite UI professor 8-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Sheraton Hotel. S.T.A.T will also have food, a DJ, and games at a block party Thursday, April 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hubbard Park.

RiverFest is partnering with the Englert Theater to bring the Upright Citizen's Brigade to Iowa City 8 p.m. April 16. The Upright Citizen's Brigade is a comedy improv group whose alumni include several performers and writers for Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and many other films, commercials and television shows.

"Riverfest is a yearly celebration of everything that makes Iowa City such an amazing place to live and go to school. This year we are collaborating with different organizations around campus and Iowa City to bring you the best Riverfest yet," said RiverFest public relations director Melanie Nelson.

Several other events are planned, including movies and more music. For a complete list of events, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: RiverFest, 319-335-3273,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,