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First-ever 'Hub City Jazz Night' planned for Oelwein Coliseum April 6

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The Oelwein Band Department invites the community to attend their first-ever Hub City Jazz Night on April 6 at the Oelwein Coliseum.  The Coliseum is a newly-renovated ballroom in downtown Oelwein, but it carries quite a music history. 

In the 30s and 40s, artists like Lawrence Welk, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Duke Ellington all performed at the Coliseum. The venue closed in the late 1970s and, with the closure, Oelwein lost a major space to feature local and national musicians.  That's when the Oelwein Historical Society stepped in.  Members worked to have the Coliseum remodeled, and it's now back open for business. 

KWWL featured the Oelwein Coliseum when it celebrated its reopening in June 2017.  View the story here.  The Hub City Jazz Night will be the first Jazz concert held in the Coliseum for many years.

"Our goal is to bring the Coliseum ballroom back to light as a jazz band performance space, as well as bring in community members to our school jazz band that would not otherwise come to our concerts," said Melissa Franzen, the 7th grade jazz band director.

Admission is only $5.  The 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school jazz bands will begin performing at 5:30 p.m. on the 6th.  Then, the Bill Shepherd Big Band will take the stage from 7 until 10 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Oelwein Fine Arts Guild, as well as many Oelwein businesses, including Berryman Family Dentistry, Arlington Place Assisted Living & Memory Gardens, B&L Body Repair, East Penn Manufacturing, and Ron L. Van Veldhuizen Law Firm.

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