Warm Up With a Music Festival in Cherokee

Dawson Hallow, a band of five siblings from Missouri, is one of the seven acts performing at Kee Live Music Festival in Cherokee this January.


​Most music festival imagery has us dreaming of summer, with hipster crowds, flower crowns, camping and sunlit fields of concertgoers. But what better way to bring some warmth and fun to the middle of an icy Iowa winter than with live, in-person music?

The Kee Live Music Festival in Cherokee (formerly known as the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival) will bring back the music Jan. 13-14. Since cold weather relegates this music festival indoors, the event doubles as a pub crawl as listeners bounce between venues along the town’s main streets.

Keeping with its jazz roots, this year features the David Sharp Quartet from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and introduces newer genres with Dawson Hallow, an alternative indie band from Missouri. Click here to see the full lineup of musicians and venue locations. Tickets are available for full pub crawl packages or single jam session entries.

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