Cedar Rapids Jaycees Cancel Rest of Uptown Friday Night Schedule
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees have announced the cancellation of all remaining 2021 dates of Uptown Friday Night at the McGrath Amphitheatre.
A Monday morning release on the non-profit's Facebook page cites low attendance, lack of profitability, and "other factors" for the final three Uptown Friday Night concerts of the year being called off. The dates of the events canceled Monday morning were August 20, August 27, and September 3. Last week, the Jaycees canceled the event that was scheduled for last Friday night, August 6.
The release also states,
There have been various rumors circulating in the community and on social media regarding the reasons for cancellation of the Uptowns. The Jaycees are currently investigating various issues involving Uptowns. The Jaycees do not have a further statement at this time.
Anyone who purchased tickets for any of the final three Uptown Friday Night events will receive a refund. People who purchased season passes will receive prorated refunds.
Tourism Cedar Rapids says Uptown Friday Night has been presented by the Cedar Rapids Jaycees since 1988.
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees were founded in 1933 as part of Junior Chamber International. The non-profit, civic organization, is made up of young professionals between age 21 and 40. The Cedar Rapids Jaycees website says their mission "is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change."
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees are also heavily involved with the annual Cedar Rapids Festival of Trees. Last year's event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.