Road construction has taken a toll on a lot of businesses this year, and some of them are struggling to stay afloat. That's the case for Checkers Tavern in Cedar Rapids.

Located at 3120 6th St SW, Checkers has been around for nearly 30 years. The neighborhood bar and restaurant is family owned and operated, and the owners are hoping to keep the doors open with the help of a new event. The Facebook page reads:

"Road construction, while in the end is a good thing, can be one dirty SOB. PJ and Pam have been trying to weather the storm so to speak, and the construction on 6th Street has been taking it's toll.

Everyone wants to shop and help local, well now's your chance to help."

A Party for Checker's Tavern will take place this Sunday, September 18th beginning at 11 a.m. Local bands Slap'n'Tickle, Crankshaft, Vinny and the Night Prowlers, and more are set to perform throughout the day in the parking lot. The schedule is as follows:

  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Kobe Williams & the Fantasy
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Tricyclic
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Vinny & the Night Prowlers
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Crankshaft
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Slap'n'Tickle

In addition to the outdoor concert, there will also be a jam session inside the bar with various musicians. A food truck will be on-site at 1 p.m., there will be brick-oven pizza and cold drinks, and a dunk tank will be set up, too! For more information on the event, you can visit the Facebook event page HERE.

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