An all-Iowa music event set to take place Labor Day weekend in St. Charles plans to reduce its lineup from the previously-billed 200-plus acts to a smaller number of scheduled performers.

IowaStock 2017 organizer Jon Narcisse told the Register he had to “clear the deck” of acts, as a major reason for the shift in programming. Last week, unspecified health issues were a reason for reshaping the festival.

According to an email addressed to the festival’s performing artists, each act cut from the lineup is said to receive 25 percent of due earnings. IowaStock is slated to take place Sept. 1-4 at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, roughly 30 miles south of Des Moines.

Six acts remain on the bill, according to the email. Narcisse, a former third party gubernatorial candidate and Des Moines school board member, said that by event start there will be more than six acts performing. The carnival and fair are expected to still take place.

“We’re going to have a carnival; we’re going to have a whole hell of a lot more than six bands,” Narcisse said. “What I had to do was clear the deck because we had six unique contractual obligations.”

Iowa act Christopher The Conquered, fronted by Christopher Ford, is among those removed from the bill. Ford said he doesn’t plan to dwell on the cancellation and hopes it doesn’t discourage others from attempting to grow the local music scene.  

“It’s totally within their rights to cancel on bands,” Ford said. “He’s going further than promised, professionally, to offer 25 percent payment to artists.”

Royce Johns, a local country act, said he was slated to perform a solo set and an additional set with his full band. Johns, who described his being dropped as “disappointing,” performs roughly 20 shows a month across Iowa, either solo and with a full band. He said he received a 50 percent deposit for the now-canceled gig and plans to fill the open dates.

“Music or no music, it’s a business,” Johns said.

he would refund festival-goers unhappy with lineup changes. Additional information on IowaStock can be found at .

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