Have you bought tickets for a concert yet?  It's an absolute thrill!  Just the thought of being able to see live music brings me such joy.  If this last year has given us anything it's perspective and I promise to never leave a show early to beat the traffic.

Sunday's show includes sets from David Gilmour, Grand Funk Railroad, Allman Brothers Band and your headliner, ZZ Top Live In Concert!

97X proudly presents "Live In Concert". Tune in every Sunday night for 2 hours of classic concerts from the biggest names in rock It's Live In Concert, Sunday nights at 8pm, on Your Classic Rock Authority, 97X.

Your headliner for Live in Concert on 97X is ZZ Top on their “Hollywood Blues" tour at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX, November 1, 2007

On the next Live in Concert, we're going back to the final night of ZZ Top's "Hollywood Blues” tour. It was a legendary performance, captured live at the Nokia
Theatre in the Dallas area on November 1st, 2007. After playing 87 concerts and spending 7 months on the road, ZZ Top was thrilled to be back home in their beloved "Lone Star” state! Don't miss that "Little Ol Band From Texas”…ZZ Top! They're headlining the next Live in Concert.

 

  • Plus don't miss live performances from David Gilmour at Gdansk Shipyard, Gdansk, Poland, August 26, 2006
  • Also a great set from Grand Funk Railroad @ Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, February 9, 1975
  • And don't miss Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, October 28, 2014

Live in Concert is on every Sunday at 8 o'clock. The perfect way to wrap up your weekend and prepare for the week ahead. By cracking another couple Sunday beers...which are some of my favorite beers of the weekend. To tune into 97X either on the radio at 96.9 fm or on our mobile app on your phone.

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Iowa's Island City

There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.

Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.

The idea behind plotting the land was because there was no town between Lyons (north Clinton) and Bellevue. The plot of the new town was recorded in Dubuque as this area was part of Dubuque county at the time, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.

In 1846 the settler’s decided to find a name. Island City Harbor's website says that because of it’s sandy soil, William Hubble suggested the town be called "Sabulum" which is Latin for sand. A party was being held around the time the town name was being discussed, when a woman, supposed to be Miss Harriet Hudson, suggested the town be called Sabula as it was easier to pronounce and sounded more elegant, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.

I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.

It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.