Beat the Bitter Announces Igloo Jam Benefit Concert for COVID Relief

The community is invited to make an impact while jamming out with The Pork Tornadoes from the comfort and safety of their own home during the coming Beat the Bitter Igloo Jam presented by GreenState Credit Union, which returns — virtually — for its third year on Saturday, Jan. 30. This is an addition to previously announced events for the 2021 festival.

The free-to-attend livestream concert will raise funds for the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Community Disaster Relief Fund, currently focused on ensuring that our region’s most vulnerable people and families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“GreenState is honored to support this event as it seeks to give back to the community,” said Tara Wachendorf, GreenState Credit Union’s public relations director. “It is heart-warming to see so many people step up to the plate and support each other in this trying time. We are proud to be part of a tight-knit community”.

Don’t miss the chance to bring this full-production, amazing lightshow and HD video and sound quality concert with Iowa’s hottest party band to your living room where you can dance where literally no one is watching! The Pork Tornadoes’ 90-min show kicks off at 8 p.m. on Jan. 30. Make plans to join by claiming a free ticket at When registering for the event, you’ll be invited to make a donation to the Community Disaster Relief Fund. A donation is not required to register or attend the livestream, but registration is required to receive the premiere link. All registered emails will be entered to win a pair of tickets to The Pork Tornadoes’ live, socially distanced show at The Paramount Theatre on March 6.

“United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is honored to receive the proceeds from Beat the Bitter’s Igloo Jam Benefit Concert for COVID Relief and appreciate the incredible partnership with all event sponsors,” said Katie Knight, President & CEO of United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. “Knowing so many of our neighbors have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, United Way continues to work tirelessly to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. We remain committed to providing local support through the United Way Community Disaster Relief Fund. Every free-will donation will greatly help.”

North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is an annual event offering a week of activities to brighten up the Iowa winter. The entire 2021 schedule, which includes free family fun and fireworks in Penn Meadows Park, a virtual Snuggie Crawl, a twist on the annual 5K-ish Obstacle Run, and the Igloo Jam can be viewed at The festival is organized by the North Liberty Community Betterment Group, a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Special thanks to 2021 festival sponsors GreenState Credit Union, GEICO Careers, Collins Community Credit Union and the City of North Liberty. Additional thanks to Scheels, Hills Bank, Think Iowa City, Diventures, South Slope Cooperative Communications, Junge Ford BMW of North Liberty, Hy-Vee, Anne & Ashley Real Estate, Unique Events, Z102.9, BDL Transportation for their generous support in the past that has put Beat the Bitter in the position to be able to pivot its usual programming and offer free fun in this difficult year.

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