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People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you've reached 'adulthood.'

~J. K. Simmons

newbo evolve features an outstanding lineup of celebrity talent and experts in their fields to lead the festival’s cornerstone programming. 

Maroon 5 - Headlining on Saturday, August 4

Maroon 5, born and bred in Los Angeles, with their catchy hook, soaring vocals, and signature sound, have solidified their position as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The band captured their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and have gone on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide. Their releases have also gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries.

Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound and hit singles “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” “Maps,” “Animals,” “Sugar,” and more recently “Don’t Wanna Know.”

Learn more about Maroon 5 here.

Kelly Clarkson - Headlining on Friday, August 3

Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album Meaning of Life which features the Grammy nominated single “Love So Soft.”

The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season, and has grown to be one the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 No. 1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles like “Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” and “Stronger.”

Learn more about Kelly Clarkson here.

JUST ANNOUNCED - THE SHADOWBOXERS opening for Maroon 5 on Saturday, August 4

Discovered by Justin Timberlake and signed to his Villa 40 artist development company, pop band THE SHADOWBOXERS are poised to be the biggest breakout act this year with their R&B-soaked mix of soul and pop. Two singles were released in late 2017 / early 2018: RUNAWAY, produced by The Shadowboxers, Justin Timberlake & Rob Knox, made its broadcast television debut with a performance of the track on The Today Show.
Spending time writing and recording in the studio with Timberlake and Israeli songwriter/producer K-Kov, members Scott Tyler, Matt Lipkins and Adam Hoffman previously released HOT DAMN! which captures all of the energy of their live show and  sums up perfectly who they are as a band right now. In March of 2018, The Shadowboxers took their dynamic live show on the road, joining Timberlake as openers for his MAN OF THE WOODS Tour and in the same month, released a debut EP of original music titled APOLLO.

*Special Note: Band member Adam Hoffman is a graduate of Cedar Rapids' Washington High School! Learn more about The Shadowboxers here

Local Lineup featuring The Pork Tornadoes - Sunday, August 5

Headlined by The Pork Tornandoes (today’s hits), the lineup currently includes Soul Sherpa (original funk/soul), Adam Keith (country), Four Day Creep (classic rock), Kevin “B.F.” Burt (blues) and Slap N Tickle (80s/hair metal)

Want to join to local Sunday lineup? Learn more here.

Adam Berinsky (PHD, MIT Professor)

Adam J. Berinsky is the Mitsui Professor of Political Science at MIT. Berinsky received his PhD. from the University of Michigan. He is a specialist in the fields of political behavior and public opinion with over 20 years of experience in survey design and analysis.  He is the author of In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in America (Princeton University Press, 2004) and has published articles in many academic journals. He has won several scholarly awards, is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. He is also the founding director of the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab.

Clint Harp (TV Personality, Carpenter) 

Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show "Fixer Upper" as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood loving carpenter. Now, together with his wife Kelly and their 3 kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company. Harp Design Co. provides quality furniture and home goods to customers all across the U.S. and abroad. 

Up next, Clint will star on the DIY Network series "Wood Work." Along with his wife, Kelly, and the team at Harp Design Co., Clint uses reclaimed lumber to build new furniture out of old wood for clients. Crazy requests with tight deadlines are the norm, but Clint and his team are ready to tackle any “Wood Work” challenge.

Learn more about Clint and Harp Design Co. here.

Carson Kressley (TV Personality, Style Expert, Fashion Designer) 

Emmy Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are some of the credits of the multi-talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley. Kressley started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers such as Ralph Lauren. A few years later, he took a leap into television and, in 2003, became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo’s "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."  The show won a primetime Emmy and gained a worldwide following for Carson. 

Aside from his own television shows, Carson has frequently appeared on talk shows as a fashion critic/commentator including "Live with Kelly and Ryan" and "Good Morning America." He is an ongoing judge in the multi-award winning, groundbreaking show "RuPaul’s Drag Race."  Carson also participates in shows like "Celebrity Apprentice" and Jane Lynch’s "Hollywood Game Night" to raise money for his various charities including Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, on which Carson is a board member, and Project Angel Food to name a few. Carson is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit.

Learn more about Carson here.

Alexis Ohanian (Internet Entreprenuer and Investor) 

Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD where he slowly realized his desire to play professional football would potentially not pan out. After graduating from UVA, he turned his efforts towards making the world suck less. He cofounded Reddit and Initialized Capital, a seed stage venture fund with over $230M under management; he's the bestselling author of "Without Their Permission;" and an activist for the open internet.

Learn more about Alexis here.

Adam Rippon (Figure Skater)

Before he even stepped on the ice at the 2018 Winter Olympics, American figure skater Adam Rippon made history as the first openly gay United States male athlete to qualify for the Winter Games. The Scranton, Pennsylvania, native continued to make headlines as he competed in the prestigious competition, ultimately earning the bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event.

After he served as the alternate for Team USA at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and became the U.S. National Champion in his sport in 2016, Adam achieved his Olympic dream in 2018 in Pyongyang, South Korea, where, at the age of 28, he was the oldest figure skater since 1939 to make their first trip to the Games. An outspoken voice and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community, he became the first openly gay athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics.

Adam has gained international attention for his personality off the ice as well. Dubbed “one of the most entertaining athletes at the winter games,” by Billboard, Adam has built a massive following with his sharp on-air candor, insightful comments about LGBTQ+ issues, and quick-witted social media posts. Learn more about Adam here.

Christian Siriano (Fashion Designer)

Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Dubbed "the new king of old-school glamour" by Elle and "the next billion-dollar designer" by Yahoo! Style, his designs have appeared on the world's biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. He counts entertainment's leading ladies as clients.

Learn more about Christian here.

John Waters (Writer, Director)

John Waters was drawn to movies at an early age, particularly exploitation movies with lurid ad campaigns. He began making his own underground films as a teenager. Waters used his native Baltimore as the setting for all his films and his first, an 8-mm short, was "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket" in 1964, starring Mary Vivian Pearce. Waters followed with "Roman Candles," "Pink Flamingos" and more before releasing his biggest hit, "Hairspray" in 1988, starring Ricki Lake. His next feature was "Cry Baby" featuring Johnny Depp followed by more wickedly funny and captivating films. Along with writing and directing, Waters is the author of seven books, a photographer and an actor. 

John Waters’ one man spoken-word lecture entitled “This Filthy World” will be performed at newbo evolve. This “vaudeville” act celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.”  

View the ultimate guide to John Waters here.