Maria Muldaur Kicks Off 5-City Concert Tour For Francis Thicke’s Ag Secretary Campaign

Maria Muldaur Kicks Off 5-City Concert Tour For Francis Thicke’s Ag Secretary Campaign

Blues singer Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesianna Band kick off a “New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture” concert tour in Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 8, to support Iowa Secretary of Agriculture candidate Francis Thicke’s (pronounced TICK-ee) campaign. The first of five concerts will be held Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St., Bettendorf.

Thicke, who studied orchestral trumpet performance as a graduate student before going on to earn a Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science, has been practicing his trumpet between campaign stops to promote his vision for Iowa food and agriculture production that makes farms more profitable, while creating sustainable local economies. He’ll join Muldaur and her band on the trumpet for a cameo performance during the five-city tour that also includes stops in Clinton, Iowa City, Cedar Falls and Des Moines.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for the concerts are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

Concert schedule:

Bettendorf  Friday, Oct. 8 –  6:30-8:30 p.m., The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St.  Online tickets available at

Clinton  Monday, Oct. 11 –  6:30-8:30 p.m., Wide River Winery, 1776 Deer Creek Road East.
Online tickets available at All tickets $20 by special sponsorship.

Iowa City Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 7-9 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Online tickets available at

Cedar Falls  Wednesday, Oct. 13 – 7:30-9:30 p.m., 406 Main St., Cedar Falls. Online tickets available at

Des Moines  Saturday, Oct. 16 – 3:30-5:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Sideshow Lounge, 1408 Locust St., Des Moines. Special warm-up concert for the Jefferson Jackson Day. Online tickets available at

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