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Posted on: August 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Free live music event set for downtown Storm Lake


  The show starts at 6 p.m. The 500 block of Erie Street, parking lot and alley will be closed from 5-10 p.m. to allow for the event.The concert features Iowa favorite “black dirt” band, Cory Waller & the Wicked Things, a nominee for Midwest Country Music Association Band of the Year.

  The outdoor show will be held in Erie Street parking lot D in downtown Storm Lake, between Railroad and 5th streets. 

  Local food trucks are also being invited to bring their fare to the event.

  Storm Lake’s recently completed Downtown Master Plan aims to make the area a destination and gathering place, and the Downtown Jam is one of the first steps to add value to the shopping district.

 Cory Waller & the Wicked Things have gained an enthusiastic following on the Midwest scene, playing a wide variety of familiar hits and original songs on life, love, family and the blue-collar American experience.

  Lead songwriter Cory Waller specializes in candid portrayals built from years of ups and downs, relationships and fatherhood. Taking inspiration from the likes of John Mellencamp and Blackberry Smoke, Cory now forges his own musical path.

  Raised in rural Iowa, Waller grew up playing in punk, metal and country bands, all stepping stones to his current musical adventure. He is joined on vocals by the soulful voice of Eagle Grove native, singer/guitarist Emilee Johnson.

  “Backed by a band of my favorite heroes and friends, we aim to deliver a new and fresh sound to accompany this moment in time,” Waller says. “This past year has brought reflection, heartache, and frustration, but it also brought opportunity   -  an opportunity to take stock in our time. Time for a new beginning.”

  Cory Waller & the Wicked Things are touring around central and western Iowa this summer, as well as road-tripping to gigs in Colorado, Wisconsin and California. They’ve shared the stage with national acts such as Eddie Montgomery and Neal McCoy, dropping new singles this year such as “It’s a Shame,” “Heartbeat” and “Body Aches.”

  Celebrate summer in Storm Lake with a “wicked good time.”


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