A few hundred people, 40 comedians, five musical acts and a professional wrestling team flooded Codfish Hollow Barn on Friday and Saturday for the inaugural Turnbuckle Festival. Two stages hosted comedians, 30 of whom are from Iowa, marking a first for the Maquoketa barn, which was built in the 1950s and opened as a music venue in the summer of 2009. Turnbuckle also served as the official kick-off for Codfish Hollow’s season, which runs through October. Two shows set for next month, featuring Son Volt and Lolo respectively, a show in August featuring Dawes and an October show featuring Dinosaur Jr. are already sold out. In the past, musicians such as the Local Natives, Norah Jones, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Counting Crows, Nathaniel Rateliff, Phox and John C. Reilly have performed at the barn, located on a farm in rural eastern Iowa. For more info, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.
6 p.m. Saturday, June 17: John Moreland with Will Johnson, Early James and The Latest. Tickets, $20-25
5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4: Twin Peaks with The Kickback, Yoko and the Oh No’s, Land of Blood and Sunshine and The Blisters. Tickets, $25-30
6 p.m. Sunday, July 16: Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen. Tickets, $35-40
Sept. 8-9: 2nd annual Garp festival. (Lineup to be announced).