Thursday, August 17, 2023

Summer Concert: American Idol Winner, Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe

About Summer Concert: American Idol Winner, Maddie Poppe

Thursday, August 17th, American Idol Winner, Maddie Poppe joins us on the Fruitlands Summer Concert stage! Come picnic and enjoy live music with stunning sunset views.

Unless you’ve experienced it firsthand, there’s no way to understand just how dramatically instant fame can mess with your head. In winning American Idol in 2018, Maddie Poppe experienced all types of emotions — from elation to self-doubt. In these last four years, Maddie has grown tremendously, as both a person and an artist. The Iowa native has evolved from folksy singer-songwriter into a multi-faceted powerhouse artist and musician. Maddie, now 25, can still very much bowl over a crowd with only her honeyed voice and acoustic guitar. But she’s upped her game by tapping into a modern sound that blends R&B, pop, and Americana, and by committing herself to writing her own songs.

In Spring 2019, following Maddie’s coronation on American Idol, her debut album Whirlwind released. By summer, the record hit #2 on the charts. Whirlwind featured four radio singles, including two top-25s – “Made You Miss” and “Not Losing You”. The year saw Maddie win a People’s Choice Award, guest-star on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Live With Kelly & Ryan and Good Morning America, and tour in support of Ingrid Michaelson. During the height of the pandemic, Maddie released a holiday EP titled Christmas From Home. In Fall 2021, Maddie hit the road for her first headline tour dates. This year, Maddie has been constantly creating, both lyrically and musically. She is joined by an all-star team, including Nashville’s Adam Sickler, and hit songwriters like Willie Morrison, Fraser Churchill, and Thomas Finchum.

This Spring, Maddie released her irresistible new single “One That Got Away”. The song focuses on the dissolution of a friend’s longtime relationship, predicting that the guy who foolishly dumped her will realize he threw away something great. But the track — a soulful jam with shades of Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 — can also be seen as a commentary on Maddie’s own experience in the music industry.

For 2023, Maddie is gearing up for a national tour featuring her new music and biggest hits. She’s excited to introduce her fans to the special sound she’s created, shaped by the diversity of her favorite artists (Lily Allen, Sheryl Crow, and Corinne Bailey Rae are all in rotation on Maddie’s Spotify). “I’m thrilled to release new music, but even more excited to play these songs live,” Maddie says. “Almost everything I’m writing is upbeat and will be so much fun to perform with the energy of a live audience. For a long time, I simply thought of myself as the singer-songwriter, hometown girl from Iowa. Along the way I learned to spread my wings and branch out. I truly feel I’ve become the artist I was meant to be.”

Concert begins at 7PM, Gates Open 6pm

This outdoor picnic concert is presented on the lawn on Fruitlands. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and picnic basket. There is plenty of room on the concert lawn to spread out and get comfortable. Before the concert starts, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and visit the exhibitions on view in the Art Gallery which will be open from 6-7pm.

Pre-order meals will be available for advance purchase through the Hyve at the Fruitlands Cafe or purchase food through our onsite vendor during the event itself. A bar will also be available for wine and beer. Please note, outside alcohol is not permitted.

At our picnic concerts, dogs are welcome to join and must be kept on leash at all times.

Please purchase your tickets online in advance

Member Adult $24, Member Child $12

Nonmember Adult $30, Nonmember Child $20

This is an outdoor event. In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated directly to ticket holders via email.

Any questions? Contact Catherine Shortliffe at

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