ZZ Ward, known for her two critically acclaimed albums and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Fantastic Negrito and Gary Clark, Jr., will bring her unique blend of high-energy blues to headline North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union on July 8, festival organizers announced today.

ZZ Ward will perform on the GreenState Credit Union stage at 9 p.m., capping a lineup of exciting live blues-inspired music programmed in partnership with The Englert Theatre as the festival celebrates its 15th year with callbacks to festival favorites. ZZ Ward will be supported by performances from Kevin Burt & Big Medicine at 7 p.m., Hector Anchondo at 5 p.m., The Diplomats of Solid Sound at 3:30 p.m., James Tutson & the Rollback at 2 p.m., Dave Moore at 12:30 and The Wilted at 11 a.m. Entry to the festival, in Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Drive, North Liberty, including live music, remains free. A complete schedule is available at northlibertyblues.org.

With two critically acclaimed albums under her belt, 2012’s Til The Casket Drops and 2017’s The Storm, ZZ has amassed more than 380,000,000 streams, multiple radio hits and has been featured in the LA Times, Complex, FADER, Chicago Tribune, NPR, W, NYLON, USA Today and the New York Times to name a few. She has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Grammy Award winners, Kendrick Lamar, Fantastic Negrito and Gary Clark,Jr., as well as Fitz and the Tantrums. ZZ has launched multiple, sold-out headline tours, performed at high-profile festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Made in America, Firefly and appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late, Late Show with James Corden and Good Morning America. Now an independent artist, ZZ Ward has released two new singles including “Tin Cups” with Aloe Blacc and “Baby Don’t” featuring DijahSB.

Blues & BBQ is made possible by Veridian Credit Union, GreenState Credit Union, Junge Ford BMW of North Liberty, South Slope Cooperative Communications, Relion Insurance Solutions, Community Foundation of Johnson County, MidWestOne Bank, Shive-Hattery, North Liberty Optimists, Strand Associates, Think North Liberty, Hills Bank, Eastern Iowa Airport – CID, Urban Acres Real Estate, The Family Dental Center, University of Iowa Health Care, Centro Incorporated, Alliant Energy, The Englert Theatre, Eco Care, Sun and Fun RV, ICAN, Z102.9, Little Village and the City of North Liberty.