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New music added for Saturday!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve signed two new bands to play on Saturday!

Jessa and the Reps

At 11am Jessa and the Reps will be performing on the Main Street Stage.  Their hour-long set will feature covers ranging from BB King to Lady Gaga, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Purdy River Band

Head back to Main Street by 2pm to get your bluegrass fix with Chuck Lahr and the Purdy River Band!  They perform mostly original songs in traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles, along with some classic standards.


Chautauqua Tent… Returning this year!

It is noble to teach oneself; it is nobler to teach others – and less trouble. –Mark Twain

The National Park Service and Hoover Presidential Foundation are bringing back the popular Chautauqua Tent for 2018!  Located across from the Birthplace Cottage, the tent features educational programming for all ages.

Abraham Lincoln

We’re happy to welcome back Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln!  Michael has played Lincoln in a variety of capacities, for educational programs and even appearing in videos.  Check out more photos and videos at the With Lincoln website or Facebook!  Abraham Lincoln will be presenting at 11:30 on Saturday.

Mark Twain

This year’s Chautauqua Tent will also feature Mark Twain, presented by Warren Brown.  Warren Brown does a variety of Mark Twain programs for all ages.  Check out more of what he has to offer at his website or Facebook.  Mark Twain will be at the tent at 1:30 on Saturday!

Smith Studio Jazz

Smith Studio Jazz is a 20-piece big band playing jazz classics, lesser-known gems, and songs from other genres of popular music. Whether playing a standard jazz arrangement or an improvisational combo piece, the goal is always to have fun while creating a party atmosphere for the audience.  Suzanne Smith directs, while vocalist and emcee Joe Bauer belts out Sinatra signature melodies, plus jazz and blues favorites. Smith Studio Jazz has performed for four years at the Iowa City Jazz Festival!

Some Music for Everyone

If jazz isn’t your thing, check out some of these other musical acts that will be performing at Hoover’s Hometown Days in 2017!

The Thunder Pigs (pictured)

The Thunder Pigs are a local band of high school students who cover classic rock songs. The core group consists of Ben Colbert on lead guitar, Atlas Kolpin on bass guitar, and Max Salemink on drums. The Thunder Pigs expect plenty of guest appearances from vocalists and other musicians, so it should be a fun time!

Sid V & the Human Resources

HHTD once again welcomes Sid V & the Human Resources.  They’re an energetic cover band featuring a wide variety of hits, mostly from the 50s through the 80s.  Hear oldies, classic rock, blues, big band swing, and even some country, folk, and polka styles!  Their experienced vocalists can bring you the sounds of Elvis and Mick Jagger, and together with the rest of the band they perform songs from Little Richard and Chuck Berry to The Beatles and Zeppelin to Eric Clapton and much, much more.


FunkDaddies perform horn-driven soul, R&B, and dance music with their own original style. Featuring the talented vocals of Alicia Strong (the “Lady of Soul”), FunkDaddies are inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, and the classic hits of Motown.  You’ll recognize music from KC & the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, and even some Bruno Mars!

Brass Transit Authority

If you’re in the mood for some horn-driven classic rock, stop by to see Brass Transit Authority!  They have a full lineup of talented musicians bringing you many hits from Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, and they can also throw in some Van Morrison, Huey Lewis, or Blues Brothers.