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Mission Creek Summer Sessions

ADE & Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey


  Wetherby Park

Event Description

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for attendance!

Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

After a year of canceled events, we weren’t quite ready for the Mission Creek fun to end! We’re excited to announce Mission Creek Summer Sessions, a series of free outdoor events featuring music and spoken word made possible through support from the City of Iowa City and presented by Mission Creek and the Iowa City Downtown District.


ADE is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and multi instrumentalist from Iowa! ADE’s love for music started at a young age. With a dad who played piano by ear and a mother with a beautiful voice, music constantly filled the house. Over the years, he has honed his skills as a singer through a number of acapella groups, and bands, learned 7 instruments, including saxophone, drums, and guitar, and dove into the world of songwriting. ADE recently released a collaborative EP with fellow local artist Jim Swim called Michelin Astronomy. The EP has received quite the positive reception. Today he brought some of his immensely talented friends, Zach, Ross and Ian, to help bring his music alive! So come vibe with us; dance, bob your head, krump if you must!

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey is an Iowa-based spoken word poet that has performed in multiple cities in over half a dozen states, including Chicago and New York City. He was named 2020’s Best Poet/Spoken Word Performer in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; and he’s the winner of the Des Moines Poetry Slam, the Iowa City Poetry Slam, and finalist for the UNESCO City of Literature Global Slam – Iowa City. Caleb is the author of two books, LOOK, BLACK BOY, and HEART NOTES along with publications in BEST EMERGING WRITERS IN IOWA 2019, the LITTLE VILLAGE, and BLACK ART; REAL STORIES.

ADE photo credit: Valentine Komen
Caleb Rainey photo credit: Jason Smith

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