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July 5, 2013

Music festival hits Ottumwa July 12

Promise Land Fest is, once again, making a big noise in 2013 with a free two day music festival. This year it will take place at the Greater Ottumwa Park located on Highways 34 and 63 in Ottumwa and it is open to the public. This event starts Friday, July 12 at 6 p.m. and it will continue Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Altogether there will be two stages with 26 different rock bands and rap artists performing, with several having top 100 Radio, Billboard and iTunes hits.

Headlining Friday night is national recording hip hop artist, Steven Cooper. Steven has sold thousands of songs online and has been featured on National TV such as CBN and performs around the nation.

Headlining Saturday night is popular rock band, Thousand Foot Krutch. With their Billboard top 20 album, “The End Is Where We Begin,” selling over a half a million albums, and being nominated for, or winning 22 different awards from the GMA Dove Awards and other various organizations; including Artist of the Year, Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, Thousand Foot Krutch is sure to bring excitement to Ottumwa.

Also performing again is last year’s headliner, Nine Lashes, who quickly became the talk of last year’s entire event with many people demanding they come back. They will be opening for Thousand Foot Krutch who discovered them and helped them get their record deal.

“Last year, my goal was to bring something new to Southeastern Iowa that was family-friendly, which could positively influence our surrounding communities and bring a spirit of excitement,” says Nathan Grooms, founder of Promise Land Fest. “My deepest desire is to enrich our communities on several levels. Things went so well last year that I thought, why not move it to Ottumwa? That way our city can receive the extra proceeds from those attending the festival who camp out or swim at The Beach. It’s also been exciting to see more local businesses, like Country Kitchen and Save Ottumwa, among others, who have caught the vision and are pitching in to sponsor this community event. In fact, my hope is that in the future this draws people from surrounding states and truly enriches Ottumwa like Ragbrai would.”

While Promise Land Fest is a music festival for all ages, there will also be nonmusical activities and entertainment for the entire family, including surprise guest speakers, fishing, hiking and swimming. Firehouse Kidz will also be there with their fire truck and a kids program to entertain grade school age kids. Admission to this event is free and everyone is invited.

For more information regarding Promise Land Fest, call (641) 980-5493 or visit

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