The University of Iowa
Trombone Shorty performs outside Hancher as part of the "Week of Inspiration"

IOWA CITY — Blistering music and a cool breeze played perfect counterpoint for another first in the new Hancher history, as more than 1,000 people gathered on the green Friday to party New Orleans style.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which christened the former Hancher stage in 1972, returned with a hallelujah baptism on the lawn stretching between the old and new sites.

This venerable band also toured Iowa in 2013 with Hancher’s “Living With Floods” project, bringing music and healing to seven cities rebounding from devastating deluges.

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Cedar Rapids Gazette