Felix Grundy Days nabs Pork Tornadoes as headlining act

The Pork Tornadoes (pictured) of Cedar Falls are this year’s headlining act at Felix Grundy Festival in Grundy Center. The committee recently unveiled the selection on social media. (Photo from the band’s website) 

The Felix Grundy Days committee has booked one of the most popular cover bands in Iowa for this year’s festival, and according to chairwoman Mindy Greany, the Cedar Falls-based Pork Tornadoes are indicative of a larger push to attract more patrons to the downtown area in early July.


“In order for us to keep having great festivals, we have to keep bringing in bigger, better bands for Saturday night,” she said. “If we keep improving our Saturday night entertainment, we can keep making Felix better each year.”


The band—comprised of Mason Greve, Cory Talbot, Mike Schulte, Brent Estlund, Jerry Lorenson and Trevor Polk—has been a fixture on the summer festival circuit over the last few years and played shows at venues like Sturgis Falls, Wooly’s in Des Moines, Whiskey Jack’s in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. They’ve played private parties as far away as San Francisco and have another one scheduled for Long Beach, California, in March.


“We had a lot of people request (the Pork Tornadoes) last year, and we tried to get them. But they were booked,” Greany said. 


Last year, up-and-coming country singer Cody Hicks headlined Felix Grundy, and the committee has continued to push for well-known acts that will draw visitors from both inside and outside of town. While they may never reach the stature of Waterloo’s Irish Fest or Sturgis Falls in Cedar Falls, the people behind the festival are doing everything they can to make Felix Grundy one of the best small town events around.


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