Preservation Hall on the Pentacrest
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In 1972, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) was the first act to play the newly opened Hancher Auditorium.
Last week, the band came back to town to mark progress toward a new Hancher and to tell communities across Iowa that, when it comes to confronting floods, we’re all in this together.
PHJB treated an Iowa City audience to a free show on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, Saturday, June 15. The day before, the band opened a celebration of the arts at Iowa that showcased new buildings for Hancher, the School of Art and Art History, and the School of Music.
Previous homes for those programs were destroyed by flooding in 2008. Being from New Orleans, Preservation Hall has weathered its own storms since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
History made the band a natural choice for the Hancher-sponsored Living with Floods project, which united UI colleges and programs with Iowa communities that have faced flooding. PHJB wrapped a statewide tour of these towns with a show in Dubuque on Sunday.
Click the photos below to see PHJB in action.