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"Rock Out on Cinco de Mayo: Supporting Your Local Bands and Other Sunday Funday Activities"


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Cinco de Mayo is often mistakenly thought to be Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where the battle took place, with military parades and reenactments. It is not a federal holiday.


In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a widespread celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican American populations. The day is marked with parades, music, folkloric dancing, and traditional foods. This American celebration of Cinco de Mayo has become more significant than the observance of the holiday in Mexico, reflecting the way in which ethnic communities in the U.S. use historical commemorations to honor and maintain connections to their cultures of origin.





For those looking to celebrate with live music, here are a few events sent in by our live music spotters:

  • Karl Hudson at Millstream Brewing Co. in Amana at 1:00pm

  • Jef Spradley at Cedar Ridge Distillery in Swisher at 1:00pm

  • Casey Klein at Yardarm Riverfront Bar & Grill in Dubuque at 1:00pm

  • No Dice at Poopy's Pub in Savanah at 1:00pm

  • Sunday Jammin' every Sunday at 1833 Saloon in Des Moines at 1:00pm

  • Rock Steady at Spirits Bar & Grill at Days Inn Dubuque at 2:00pm

  • Crooked Cactus at Gypsy Highway in Davenport at 2:00pm

  • CJ Ryder & Pastmasters at Wild Hog's Saloon in Walford at 3:00pm





  • The Sheet at Pelican Post Bar & Grille in West Des Moines at 3:00pm

  • Bryce Janey at The Shack Tavern in Cedar Rapids at 3:00pm

  • BillyLee Janey every Sunday at Dhama's Bar & Grill in Troy Mills at 3:00pm

  • Blame Papa at House Divided Brewery in ELY at 4:00pm

  • FB & Co Open Mic Jam every Sunday in Waubeek at 4:00pm

  • Wess-Side Jam every Sunday at Rumors Bar & Grill in Cedar Rapids at 4:00pm

  • Jazz Night at Louie's Wine Dive in Des Moines at 5:00pm

  • Never Miss a Sunday Show every Sunday at Old Neighborhood Pub in Cedar Rapids at 5:00pm





These events offer a great way to engage with local culture and enjoy some quality live music as part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities. If you enjoyed this post or plan to attend any of these events, please like, comment, and share this post with your friends on social media!


Also, a big shout-out to all local bands, promoters, and venues! If you have upcoming events and want to be included in the Iowa Live Music Rock Radar, please submit your events at IowaLiveMusic.com. Let’s keep the music alive together!






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