World Pork Expo will present four diverse musical acts during MusicFest on Thursday, June 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Grand Avenue at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council this year's entertainment will include an encore show by Jake McVey; the group Hot Rod-Chevy Kevy; Denny Laine, formerly with Paul McCartney and Wings; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Terry Sylvester.
"As the world's largest pork-specific trade show winds down Thursday afternoon, Expo-goers can enjoy free roasted pork during MusicFest — all of which is included in the price of admission," says Alicia Newman, World Pork Expo's general manager. "It is a great opportunity to mingle with other pork producers, enjoy sponsors' hospitality and have some fun while listening to a showcase of talented musicians."
Variety of acts at MusicFest
Returning to MusicFest is singer/songwriter Jake McVey, who grew up working on his parents' Iowa farm.
A skilled guitarist and songwriter, McVey averages 300 shows a year and has been named a Top 10 Act to Catch by Billboard magazine. Known for songs like "I Want to Live Like That," he recently released a third album, "Best Days of Our Lives," which is described as somewhere between Southern rock and gospel.
Attendees can expect rock 'n' roll and soul music from the '60s when Hot Rod-Chevy Kevy takes the stage. Recently inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, this nine-member band has played more than 3,000 performances throughout the country, engaging audiences to create a party atmosphere. Hot Rod-Chevy Kevy's now-famous tribute to the Blues Brothers is not to be missed.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Denny Laine also will perform. An original member of the Moody Blues, Laine played guitar and provided vocals for the band's first hit, "Go Now." Later, he joined Paul McCartney to form Wings, co-writing hits such as "Mull of Kintyre" during his 10 years with the band. The MusicFest audience can expect to hear songs from his time as a solo artist, a variety of famous covers and music from his days with Wings.
Terry Sylvester started his musical career in the early '60s with The Escorts, a group handpicked by the Beatles to share the stage at the Cavern Club. Sylvester's big break came when he joined The Hollies, a group known for No. 1 hits like "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)." Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010, Sylvester has earned four Platinum and nine Gold records.
World Pork Expo also offers education, exhibits
"World Pork Expo is the place to see new products, services and technology, and there's no shortage of information provided at educational seminars," says Ron Prestage, D.V.M., NPPC president.
World Pork Expo's 310,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring hundreds of exhibitors is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5.
Expo also features business seminars and PORK Academy, and free pork lunches at The Big Grill. The World Pork Expo Junior National begins on Tuesday, June 2, with breeding stock sales rounding out the week on Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. until they're completed, at approximately noon.
Source: National Pork Producers Council