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Uptown Friday Nights, Jake Dodds ​with special guest Jesse Allen

Location: McGrath Amphitheatre
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
475 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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The place to gather with your friends after a long week at work, relax and enjoy some great music by local and national bands.

Indiana native Jake Dodds grew up listening to country music. Watching the Grand Ole Opry and Statler Brothers show Saturday nights on TNN with his grandparents. Growing up in the 90s it was Garth Brooks TV specials and listening to the likes of Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw and Tracy Byrd on the radio.

As high school approached it was Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney that helped a shy kid through days of girls, sports (freshman football) and mowing yards.

Forever, a dreamer of being a country music singer, it wasn’t till after a growing karaoke obsession in southern Indiana lead to joining a band at 24 in the summer of 2012. Fast-forward 5 years and a lot has changed. Jake has opened shows for 25 national touring artists. Played over 130 + shows 3 years running and playing venues in 17 states across the US.