Fans of American Idol winner Maddie Poppe were crushed to learn she won’t perform as scheduled for the Aug. 25 Market After Dark in downtown Cedar Rapids.
The 20-year-old Clarksville, Iowa, native had signed on to give the free performance before winning American Idol earlier this year. She explained on Facebook that she was contractually obligated by American Idol to be elsewhere that day.
See photos from Maddie Poppe’s homecoming concert in Iowa.
“I’m very sorry for the confusion,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “I hope you understand that this decision was completely out of my control and I’m equally disappointed.”
Even with the cancellation, market organizers expect 30,000 people to attend what has become an annual event.
Local singer Alisabeth Von Presley is now scheduled to perform Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the main stage, at Third Avenue and Fifth Street SE, followed by 10 of Soul at 9 p.m.
This is the fourth year for Market After Dark, set for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in downtown Cedar Rapids.
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance noted it anticipates Market After Dark will continue to be one of the highest attended community events in downtown Cedar Rapids, with more than 100 vendors, stage and street entertainment, along with beer, food and wine.
View photos of last year’s Market After Dark.
Maddie Poppe will perform in September at the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson and Clinton, Iowa, but both shows are sold out.