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Dubuque residents are invited to connect with our waters at a free concert

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Multicultural Family Center are jointly hosting a free concert at Miller Riverview Park, located at 1851 Admiral Sheehy Dr., on June 22nd from 4-7 p.m. The concert will feature local teens and artists from R&B and hip-hop genres with the intent to connect teens and residents of Dubuque with the river and public lands in a safe and culturally relevant way. The concert is made possible with support from an Association of Zoos & Aquariums Spring Into Action grant and coincides with National Pollinator Week.

“We’re attempting to build an experience where teens who may not have experienced the river, begin to see it as a place for fun, safe recreation,” said Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs. “Our public land, and specifically the Mississippi River, is a resource for all people to enjoy.”

Deshawn Brown of The Glasshouse, a local recording studio, will be working with teens during week one of the 2022 Summer Teen Empowerment Program (STEP) at the Multicultural Family Center. STEP teens will explore identity and belonging through music-making during the initial week of programming. Deshawn will guide teens as they write, record, and mix their own songs, which will be featured as part of the show. Deshawn has also gathered local artists to perform for this collaborative event.

Parking will be available at the skate park off Admiral Sheehy Dr. with overflow parking opposite the Schmitt Island boat ramp. A shuttle service will also be an option to and from the parking areas to the concert, and adjustments to the Jule routes will be made to accommodate access from downtown neighborhoods.

Food vendors will be available at the site of the concert; and guests may also bring their own food and beverage. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. For questions regarding the concert, contact Jared McGovern at or 563-557-9545.