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Artists and Performers – List

Artists

About:  Aaron Butcher

My work is a response to spontaneous mark making, the search for and creation of sketched images, enhanced by the addition of collage. The result is funny, unique and sometimes weird characters.

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About:  Abigail West

A unique collection of handmade wearable art using found materials, gemstones, fiber and resin incorporating techniques such as riveting, soldering, metalworking and many others.

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About:  Allison Fretheim

Allison Fretheim Ceramics are created individually using the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques with white earthenware. Each piece is carved and inlayed with black slip, and finished with gold.

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About:  Andrew Van Schyndle

I use oil paint on canvas and wood employing a glazing technique.

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About:  Andy Rasmussen

Functional and decorative fused art glass with an emphasis on surface textures achieved through kiln carving, sandblasting and etching elements of each piece.

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About:  Bekah Ash

I prefer to begin painting without a plan; letting the materials guide me without knowing where I am going is exciting. Mistakes are welcomed as they create unexpected patterns, colors and textures.

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About:  Bill Robbins

I make stoneware and porcelain functional pottery wheel thrown and altered and fired to cone 10 in a reduced atmosphere using propane for fuel.

 

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About:  Bob Andersen

We have been Iowa Artist for over 40 years, our earthenware pottery is hand thrown and all original. Sunflower pottery is one of the oldest potteries left in Iowa, unique imagery in color and design.

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About:  Bob London

Self-taught outdoors photographer. My images include landscapes, fall color, and wildlife. I specialize in the Amer. Great Plains . I conceptualize, shoot, color manage, print and frame all my work.

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About:  Brenna Busse

My work is wall hung, hand built figurative sculpture. Made from low fire clay bodies, after firing they are stained with ink, and/or paint. Sticks, wire, fabric, misc added.

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About:  Brian Blackmore

Niobium 14k gold Sterling Silver Forging chasing anodizing fusion. NB anodized in layers via fine brushes and a bath anodization process metal are fused with inlay Then buffed to final patina

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About:  Carmel Schramm

The Fine Art of Stone Jewelry – By hand sterling silver fabrication. Stone cutting and polishing by traditional lapidary methods.

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About:  Carmen Zajicek

Base is a clay-like material. Use basic slab pottery tech to inlay mixed media that works in sink w nature. Work is in 3 series: 1)Colorful Copper Naturally 2)Nature 3)Urban Industrial w organic twist

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About:  Carol Moliterno

My paintings are created with much energy and movement, thick paint and lovely colors to draw the Owner in to the painting and truly treasure this work for years to come.

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About:  Carole Axium

Fabricated sterling silver jewelry designed with various precious gemstones and cabochons using traditional metal smith techniques. All components are fabricated by me in my studio.

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About:  Caroline Clarke

I am third generation in the art of making leather. I design my own purses and patterns that I hand cut out of leather. Then I sew the purse together.

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About:  Chad Schott

Instruments are made from gourd, bamboo, fabric, goatskin & epoxy resin. Torches are used to fire sketch on bamboo. Dye and fabric are used to accent designs. Epoxy seals and waterproofs instruments.

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About:  Chris Abigt

My oil paintings interpret nature, capturing moments in time where unique light, color, and depth converge to create fullness and delight.

 

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About:  Chris Christenson

Combine fused and stained glass with figured wood. Intricate joinery adds aesthetic appeal. Influenced by C R Mackintosh.

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About:  Cindy Skeie

Close up nature macro photography.  All natural…no artificial colors added.

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About:  Clark McFerren

Traditional watercolor: transparent and gouache, watercolor on canvas

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About:  Cliff Matyszczyk

Metal sculpture created by cutting, heating, bending, welding & chiseling steel and stone.

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About:  Cori Pitcher

I create fun, usually friendly, monsters in a colorful world of acrylic paint on canvas, paper and also in plush.

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About:  Craig Alberty

Through photography and digital processing, I make images of western South Dakota, primarily landscapes and wildlife of the Black Hills and Badlands. Printed on photo paper, canvas, and metal.

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About:  Dan Kemp

I am a silverware jewelry artist. I use antique sterling and silverplated flatware to create wearable works of arts and sculptures. I cut, bend, solder, forge, tarnish, polish, shape & anneal metal.

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About:  Daron Krueger

Fine Art Photography of the Midwest, focusing on rural, wildlife, and scenic images from the Great Plains. Images are sold as Signed, Limited Edition archival prints, framed canvas, and canvas wraps.

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About:  Dave Johnson

Boxes and bowls (salvaged wood) with emphasis on unique grain patterns. All items have a hand rubbed finish.

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About:  Dave Leeper

I use steel and found objects which I cut, weld, grind, and shape to create a sculpture that fires the imagination and invites the viewer into the work, creating a personal connection.

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About:  David and Ann Reif

We use fine metal fabrication, lapidary, etching and other metalworking skills to create our own style of personal adornment.

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About:  Deda Happel

Acrylic paintings that combine abstract impressionism and impressionistic styles that work together to create a sense of depth and focus, enhanced on hand crafted cascading canvases.

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About:  Diane Gonzalez

Sterling Silver, Copper and 14kt gf earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings made using Austrian Crystal, Glass and Semi-Precious Stones finished with unique methods of wire wrapping

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About:  Dona Bollard

Traditional film and darkroom techniques that are exclusively hand printed by the artist. All work is framed in upcycled vintage frames for a one of a kind presentation.

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About:  Doug Adams

Trees: Hand twisted aluminum & copper wire, mounted alone or on slate or on wood. Cherry burl, Spalted, 50 other species. Mostly Japanese tools.

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About:  Douglas Cummelin

I create Scenic Landscape and Nature Photography captured using film or digital cameras and printed using Archival Giclee’ techniques on 100% Cotton Rag paper, Canvas and Photographic Print Paper.

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About:  Douglas Fulks

Drawing in pen & ink using the crosshatch and parallel line techniques on 4 ply cotton rag paper.

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About:  Drew Mounce

Acrylic on canvas. Dozens of hand brushed layers of translucent paint imbue depth and luminosity. Many pieces have over 30 layers of glaze, creating captivating refractive effects unusual in acrylics.

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About:  Earlene Larson

Recycled corduroy pants are used to create handmade paper journals, luminairies, and wallpieces, along with some felting.

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About:  Erin Carpenter

Wheel-thrown porcelain. Rural scenery and art nouveau patterns influence soft, delicate silhouettes. Surfaces are decorated with piercing, under glaze inlay, glaze layering and gold luster.

 

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About:  Frank Skully

I use a mix of domestic and exotic hardwood in various colorful combinations to create abstract and whimsical designs for my boxes. I do not use any dyes or stains just a clear finish .

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About:  Gedion Nyanhongo

I create my sculptures using the techniques style of the Shona Sculpture movement of Zimbabwe, my homeland and heritage. The stone I use is imported from Zimbabwe, and is 100% hand carved.

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About:  Gena Ollendieck

Multi media functional hand bound leather books & book/wall assemblages are created using altered & manipulated found objects. Reclaimed objects are embellished, stamped & manipulated & then assembled.

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About:  George Efta

All pieces use basic woodworking techniques. Special attention is paid to finish sanding because of use by children. All puzzles are designed and hand painted by me using certified nontoxic paints.

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About:  Greg Meyerdirk

I fabricate by cutting, bending, & assembling metal.  Working with steel & use tools, like plasma torch, roller, bender, welder, grinders, use caustic acids, metal dyes & colors to create my finishes.

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About:  Gregory Frederic

In my eclectic work, I break up objects with refraction lines allowing the dispersion of light. I custom mix layers of acrylic paint to create the desired depth and vibrant synergy within each piece.

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About:  Gregory Macdonald

I create original hand carved Folk Art from Cottonwood Bark using traditional hand tools and techniques.

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About:  Gretchyn Nothhouse

Wheelthrown functional ceramics from hand harvested native clay. Glazed in vibrant hues created in small batches. Electric fired and a blast to create.

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About:  Heather Day

Most paintings are created using underpainting techniques using acrylic paint on canvas or acrylic glass. My common themes are contemporary trees/flowers/guitars/geometric/ink & minimalist abstracts.

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About:  Henry Bergeson

Highly sculpted hardwood kaleidoscopes utilizing a variety of species , designed to stand alone as sculpture with amazing interior views. Also I am developing tables made from a variety of hardwoods.

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About:  James Becia

I am one of a handful of photographers that uses 8×10 film/cameras. My images are scanned and printed with archival ink/paper. The resulting print is mounted/laminated for a clean, frame-less look.

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About:  James Johnson

Fine porcelain is hand formed and individually painted with underglaze colors using watercolor marbling techniques. Clear glaze and then high fire in the kiln. Luster glaze and gold or platinum trim.

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About:  Janet Ahrens

Handmade paper of flax and kozo created in Eastern and Western methods of papermaking incorporated with industrial materials to enhance tactile qualities

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About:  Janet Weilbrenner

Original clay sculpture. Reproduced in a resin. Stones, shells or glass applied to resin. Electroformed copper applied around entire piece. Laquered won’t tarnish. suitable for home or garden.

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About:  Jay Wennersten

Drypoint, aquatint, multiplate etchings. Hand etched into copper plates, hand printed and colored. Hand pulled serigraphs. I have over 25 years of printmaking experience. Museum quality inks and papers.

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About:  Jean Simonsen

My chalk pastels are drawn from my imagination and my observation of flowers, animals, and nature letting the fibers and wrinkles in the handmade paper inspire the painting, especially at the start.

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About:  Jeanette Payne

Employing fine silver, sterling silver, 14K gold filled,and anodized niobium; my jewelry designs are entirely made by my hands and tools in my one person studio.

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About:  Jeanne Scott-Zumwalt

I make wheel-thrown functional and decorative porcelain pottery with rich, distinctive glazing. I use slips, stains and layered glazes to activate the surfaces of my work.

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About:  Jennifer Lawler

My designs are created out of Silver, Gold and natural gemstones.I fabricate every piece from scratch without using any molds.I create modern pieces of wearable art using metalsmithing techniques.

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About:  Jennifer Nunnelee

My work uses rocks mainly from Lake Superior and sterling silver. Occasionally my work incorporates other natural elements. All rocks are drilled by myself and I hand fabricate almost all components.

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About:  Jeremy Hansen

Original watercolor on aluminum painting using brush, scraping, and splatter applications to visually suggest a minimalist view of nature.

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About:  Jill Brown

Our family’s art is full of hope, humor + whimsy. We use a mix of free hand cut paper collage, paint, lettering, + vintage frames. Every piece is colorful, one of a kind and has a meaningful message.

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About:  Jill Miller

I use melted wax to draw original designs onto natural clothing and material that I sew into pillows and scarves. I immerse the entire piece into a dye bath. The waxed areas resist the dye.

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About:  Jo Myers-Walker

Transparent watercolors showing Iowa City scenes and whimsical bird prints and shower curtains of the Iowa City scenes

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About:  Joel Brokaw

Hardwoods are hand cut and glued to create striped and chevron designs. Food safe mineral oil is applied to cutting boards, a moisture proof finish to chess boards and coasters.

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About:  John Chumack

Astrophotography 1 to 17 hour long time exposures, Multiple nights of recording light through my homemade Observatory telescopes.

All my Archival prints are Matted/Framed & Details included.

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About:  John Crahen

Unique large window hangings, made with art glass, Dalle de Vera slab glass, bevels and metal inclusions. Kiln form vases and dishes.

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About:  John Furches

I make etchings from my hand drawn zinc plates. I then hand paint them with watercolors. My work explores the natural world around us plus an exploration of architecture.

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About:  John Steger

I am primarily a functional potter. I am using mid-range stoneware clay and glazes that I have formulated to compliment my forms in an oxidation firing environment.

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About:  John Woodhouse

3-D Wall hanging of a barn scene made of wood, wire, stone and paint.

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About:  John Zidek

Blown glass starts as clear crystal w/frits for color & pattern & fumed w/titanium for iridescence. Copper w/ a museum bronze chemical patina for color then clear coated with enamel and heat treated.

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About:  Jon Walton

Ansel Adams meets Georgia O’Keeffe. 8×10 inch film capture. Limited edition archival pigment ink prints on cotton rag paper & canvas. All work is done by the artist to acid-free conservation standards.

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About:  Joseph Murray

Individually layered Watercolor and Acrylic paint on Gallery Wrap Watercolor Canvas in a Representational Impressionistic style.

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About:  Josh Meier

Digital landscape and nature photography featuring a mix of Iowa, US, and International locales. Processed with utmost emphasis on authenticity then printed and displayed using all archival products.

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About:  Joshua Sample

We cut, sculpt, and weld copper by hand using a variety of techniques such as;hammering, annealing, brazing,and each piece is finished with custom car paints, acid patinas and clear lacquer.

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About:  Josiah Eidmann

I create Mid-Century inspired Jewelry exclusively made with wood, and hand inlayed with crushed stones and metals like turquoise, malachite, Copper, silver, etc. Each bead and piece is made by me.

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About:  Joyce Fritz

Polymer clay, millefiori technique, hand modeled. Mixed media additions of recycled telephone wire, glass beads, glitter.

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About:  Joyce Meyer

Award-winning nature photography in HDR. 10 national magazine covers, work seen on billboards, websites, magazines.

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About:  Julie Arthur

Hand woven pieces created on looms or through off-loom techniques. Pieces are made from natural materials. Many of the materials may be hand dyed or hand spun.

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About:  Julie Spangler

Each unique glass design is created with 3-5 layers of glass using dichroic, art, frit & powdered glass. The piece is kiln-fired 2-4 times layering each cab to create the desired effect.

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About:  Karen Ruff

Our original artwork is made from various steel,stone & granite products.We hand cut the steel-form & weld it to a specific shape then incorporate stone/granite to give each sculpture a unique finish.

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About:  Karen Steininger

We work in stoneware, and fire in a reduction atmosphere to 2300 degrees. We utilize slip-trailing on thrown work, slab-building, press molds, and just about anything else!

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About:  Kathrin Schmidt

Each pearl mounting is hand crafted by first creating a wax patter which then is used to cast in silver or gold. The mountings are enhanced with gemstones are pegged and rhodium finished.

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About:  Kathrin Schmidt

Lost wax casting technique, none ferrous metals and gems perfectly fitted onto fresh water pearls.

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About:  Kathy Maves

Earthenware pottery with red clay, white slip, underglazes, and a clear gloss glaze. Marbled monoprints use ceramic oil-based paint and computer-generated paper cuts as a relief image.

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About:  Kay Schneider

I create images on fabric, usually clothing, using the ancient process of resist dyeing called batik. A process using hot wax and cool dye and then removing the wax.

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About:  Kelly Cook

Vintage Reclaimed Materials are Hand forged into Environmentally Green Industrial Men & Women’s Jewelry.  I “Up-cycle” to Reduce Waste and Conserve Resources. All hand cut, forged, riveted & sanded.

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About:  Kent Durk

Utilizing HDR, infrared stills, & panoramas, our collection captures abandoned farmhouses, vintage rusty cars, and back-road curiosities from a vanishing Midwestern era, circa 1800-1900s.

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About:  Kristin Cooper

Hand-fabricated, textural, one-of-a-kind sterling silver and copper jewelry with semi-precious gemstones and patinas. Designs are inspired by nature, texture, pattern and play.

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About:  Kristin Hill

Each piece is thrown on a potters wheel or slab built. The sculptural work is done on each,they are bisque fired,then hand brush glazed. Fired in oxidation to cone 6+.

 

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About:  Laura Meddaugh

I use my own colorful acrylic mono prints, and negative paint techniques to create my exuberant, playful images with acrylic paint on canvas or wood panel.

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About:  Lauren Briere

I make oil paintings of sweet n’ sad robots who experience all too human moments in settings that convey the juxtaposition of machinery in nature.

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About:  Layl McDill

I layer colored clay to create tiny images that are revealed once the clay is sliced. These slices are combined to create my sculptures.

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About:  Leon Sadlo

I capture each image with specific & unique light to fulfill my creative vision. Printed into multimedia substrates, layered for a 3d effect with incredible depth, vibrancy and aesthetics

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About:  Leon Van Weelden

Hand built clay sculptures. Fountains, planters, figures, and wall pieces.

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About:  Lianne Westcot

I create acrylic paintings both in studio and on location (plein air), using professional grade paints and mediums.

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About:  Lisa Lammey

I shoot the rural Midwest. I edit using various programs, heavy with color selection, I print using pigment ink and archival papers, I adhere to wood panel and varnish with museum quality varnish.

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About:  Lori Biwer-Stewart

My artwork includes both Linocut and Collagraph printmaking. Multiple plates, plate reduction, and sometimes chine colle is used to add complex colors and textures.

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About:  Lou Hii

Designs are created through a series of sketches.They are then hand-cut with an X-Acto knife and special tools on black paper. Finished cuts are collaged and glued with color papers to the background.

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About:  Mark Driscoll

Detailed pen &ink drawings (3-6 days) on duct paper then mounted on tin or wooden boxes. Then a 5-8 days process of layering transparent oils with brush/rag. I may add shine/gems then I put enamel.

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About:  Mark Freeman

Ceramic vessels are wheel thrown, altered, slip decorated, glazed and fired to cone 10 reduction.

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About:  Mark Schlabaugh

My work is made from a variety of found objects such as antique industrial wood foundry patterns, vintage automotive and electrical components

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About:  Martha Sperry

Using sheep’s wool sourced from mostly Iowa sheep farmers I felt creatures of all kinds.

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About:  Marty Hulsebos

Warm-toned black and white photography. Printed by infusing dyes into metal at a high temperature and pressure. Also printed on photographic paper. Wood shadow box frames.

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About:  Mary Figg

The medium is scratch board of white clay board, or copper, silver, gold foil scratch board.  The color is achieved by applying special scratch board ink with various size brushes.

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About:  Mary Jo Schmith

Wheel thrown, altered or hand built functional works of reduction fired art! Playfully handpainted to illuminate & be used in the endless silly or serious cycles of life that consume us every day!

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About:  Mary Weisgram

I throw and alter vessel forms and wall hanging clay paintings. I work in stoneware and porcelain with layered ceramic finishes including stains, engobes, glazes and ashes.

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About:  Mayolo Haro

Hand carved wooden art. Made using drift/root structures/burls of cedar/teak & acacia woods. Tools used:Power angle grinders, chisels, power dremel, sander. Preserving the natural beauty in the woods

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About:  Meg Prange

Hand appliqued fabric wall hangings, usually made of cotton fabric and thread, using a blind stitch to sew at least 4 layers together. No adhesives or starch are used. Ready to hang as a tapestry.

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About:  Megan Bassett

I add glass powder, frit, stringers, rods, and silver to make my own glass tiles. I then hand cut and refire in kilns to make the individual glass jewelry pieces.

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About:  Melvin McGee

I use a layering technique that allows me to build up the oil paints for contrast and bright colors.

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About:  Mika Sorak-Weirback

I design & create organic shapes, flowers & other one of a kind art pieces using traditional & modern blacksmithing methods. Each piece is inspired by nature & uniquely created to inspire others.

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About:  Mina Hsing

Hand wrinkle and stretch rice paper wet mount it on acid free board wait for it to dry, then apply gold color on the surface, then using Chinese Brush painting technique to start painting.

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About:  Mona Majorowicz

Wildlife and equestrian artwork done in with archival materials in a mixed media utilizing a drawing technique.

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About:  Nancy Solbrig

Lee Bots, are robot figurines that are handcrafted out of discarded electronics. Once on their way to the trash these computers, printers, antiques, etc get torn apart and reassembled into robots.

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About:  Nicholas Ringelstetter

Mixed media of spray, acrylic, water, oil paints, pen and markers on canvas, wood or metal.

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About:  Pam Amputh

Repurposed vintage fork handcrafted into artistic jewelry design with our 22 years of craftsmanship.We use torch to soften the metal and plier to bend the fork tines, nylon hammer to form the bracelet.

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About:  Pamela England

Handcrafted fully leather lined purses made of garment quality cowhides, deerskin goatskin & other exotic leathers w/ interior bound seams. Traditional & layered French seamed construction techniques

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About:  Patricia Whidby

While primarily wheel thrown, I utilize hand building techniques to create balance and transformation; the basis for each piece. Fired to cone 6 in oxidation, colored slip creates a textual quality.

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About:  Patrick Gerlach

My work is genuine, created through the lens. I print it all myself using the best, most archival materials available. My display and presentation is first-rate.

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About:  Paul Meddaugh

I create very limited edition digital artworks, combining vintage orphaned photos I restore with my own modern photography. The result is unique, and often tongue-in-cheek.

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About:  Paul Prorok

Large-format images of famous places from around the world, hand-produced and framed by myself.

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About:  Penny Atkinson-Potter

Hand-Sculpted, Cast, Fabricated, Fused, Textured, Polished, Channel Set precious metal sculptures using unique gemstones in a contemporary style

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About:  Rachel Stych

I swing a hammer. I like geometry. Less is more. By cold-forging metal I quite literally leave my mark on each piece making them all one of a kind as I cannot strike my hammer the same way twice.

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About:  Radim Schreiber

I specialize in photographing fireflies, and I do not digitally manipulate my photographs. I print them directly onto aluminum, or I mount archival prints onto aluminum-resin core substrate.

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About:  Rance Hilton

I build solid wood, custom made furniture using native woods in Iowa. I steam and bend some of the wood to create my furniture.

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About:  Randal Napier

Hand-signed & Numbered Limited Edition Archival photographs from Film. I do all my own printing in a dry darkroom and use only archival materials to insure quality of my work.

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About:  Rich Herrmann

Digital and film photography representing nature in an honest and dramatic way. I use exposure bracketing, HDR and other techniques to portray landscapes in a way that conveys emotion to the viewer.

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About:  Richard Wright

I use traditional blacksmith techniques and welding to transform everyday and industrial objects into organic and natural forms.

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About:  Robert Anderson

Landscape photography printed on canvas, stretched with a gallery wrap. Some images are broken into multiple panels and some are framed floater frames. I do all photos, printing, stretching, framing.

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About:  Robert Giles

Our designs are cut with a plasma, shaped, welded, hand painted, and clear coated. Our pieces may be displayed indoors or outdoors.

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About:  Robert Myrvall

I create furniture from wood taken from Michigan’s U.P.

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About:  Robin Mueller

Glass on glass mosaic (quilting with glass). Frames/recycled windows, barn wood. Saucers, beads for dimension. Stained and fused glass. Original designs. Vibrant.

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About:  Ron Netten

This is wheel-thrown, functional and sculptural, high-fire, reduction stoneware. Emphasis is on creating rhythms through metal oxides and porcelain slips that generate energy and personal involvement.

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About:  RoseAnn Gussy

Bold geometry and clean lines are the basis of my copper/silver jewelry. This allows the natural beauty of the metals and stones to speak for themselves. Great care is given to each piece that I make.

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About:  Ruben Ruiz

Most of my work is wheel thrown, altered and decorated with sculptural detail, I use porcelain or stoneware clay, fired in a reduction atmosphere (cone 10) at a temperature of approximately 2200 degrees.

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About:  Russell Duerksen

I paint wildlife in their natural habitat and landscapes in acrylic on gessoed hardboard. I print my own giclee reproductions and frame all artwork.

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About:  Ryan Tiburzio

Niobium, 14k Gold-filled and Sterling silver. Formed, hammered and textured using hand-tools. Niobium is also torched or colored via oxidation with various bath and multi-layered anodizing techniques.

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About:  Sally Gierke

My work with clay is rooted in utilitarian and decorative pottery. I work with earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware. Surfaces are embellished with textures, scaffito, slips, and stamped impressions.

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About:  Sandi Wysock

I use wool and silk fibers to create an image from nature. The fibers are then felted using wet felting techniques & needle felting.My wool paintings are framed. Purses are knitted before felting.

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About:  Scott Reynolds

Landscape photography printed on aluminum using UV cured inks and paper using an inkjet printer.

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About:  Sean Doyle

I use traditional jewelry making techniques including lost wax casting, fabrication, and stone-setting and work primarily in argentium silver and gold with with precious and semi precious stones.

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About:  Shannon Graham

Traditional film photography captured on large and medium format film. Printed by the artists in the darkroom on fiber paper, toned in selenium. Original and limited edition silver gelatin prints.

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About:  Sharon Larson

I used watercolor to capture the midwest as I see it. Whether it’s homes, barns, or animals, my paintings are relatable to those who have fallen in love with this part of the country.

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About:  Shelley Matthiesen

All of my books & journals are bound by hand. The covers are made from my handmade and painted papers, leather & recycled materials. I bind my books using original & traditional binding techniques.

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About:  Sri Rao

I paint Iowa landscapes with acrylics. I use several reference photographs and plan air observations to create the painting. I compose my paintings using notan diagrams and use them as reference.

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About:  Stephen Schroeder

Wheel thrown and hand-built stoneware, raku & pit fired clay pieces, decorative to functional. Surfaces are glazed sagger fired and smoked. This along with texture and paint create unique designs.

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About:  Stephen Steininger

Acrylic paints, inks, pastels, and other mediums are applied to birch plywood. Carving through the layers adds depth, and found objects add interest.

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About:  Steve Coburn

My work is high fired wheel thrown functional stoneware and porcelain pottery.

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About:  Susan Field

I enjoy working with the rich textures and colors of bead embroidery, combined with embossed leather and unusual gemstones and fossils. My pieces often have 5000 or more individually stitched beads.

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About:  Ted Gilmer

I use wood, stones and ceramics to accent the functional leather I make. My work is put together with thread, glue, nails and screws.

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About:  Teresa Lind

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About:  Teresa Matheson

Sterling silver, gold and natural stone jewelry made using hand-fabrication methods. Etching, stamping, handmade tools add texture.

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About:  Teri Thompson

Casual attire and accessories created using traditional shibori techniques; along with wrap, resist, immersion, & direct application methods. The garments & fabrics are from a variety of sources.

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About:  Terry Downs

I will be selling original oil paintings and a few prints of these images. Subject matter is barns, river, and landscapes of Southwest Wisconsin.

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About:  Tim Herbst

I use aluminum, stainless steel, and copper plus dyes and heat to produce unique wall sculptures. Texture and color are combined to create pieces that change dramatically with light variations

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About:  Tim Schuett

I work with voltage electricity to create unique and beautiful fractal patterns burnt into wood. I create wall art, furniture and novelty items such as candles, coasters and trivets.

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About:  Timothy Kobs

I use acrylic paint on hardboard glazing with multiple layers, to achieve vibrant paintings.

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About:  Todd Hughes

I use only the finest hard woods in my works I make one piece at a time paying attention to detail & form I use a hole host of finishes to make the work unique finely I hand rub and wax each work.

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About:  Tom Gross

I paint large scale cityscapes using acrylic glazes to achieve a pedestrian view of daily scenes.

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About:  Tom Lazar

100% artist executed signed limited edition digital prints onto archival materials w/focus on unique moments, careful composition, & traditional photo techniques when shot not digital manipulation.

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About:  Tom Nedobeck

Stained and leaded glass windows, made with stained glass, bevels, glass jewels and clear glass. All windows are constructed with lead came and zinc came boarder and then soldiered.

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About:  Tom Suter

I use precious, non-precious metal and glass. My main body of work is Mixed Metal Designs joining Brass, Copper, Sterling Silver and Dichroic Glass together,filigree saw cut designs and ChainMaille.

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About:  Vahan Bedeian

We create silver, gold & copper jewelry. Lost wax casting and fabrication methods are used. Precious stones are used in some of our pieces. Also acid etching is incorporated in some items.

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About:  Venus Cramer

I fabricate bold contemporary jewelry using sterling silver, vibrant gemstones and found objects.

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About:  Wendy Ford

My primary art is melting glass, aka lampwork. I put my love of fire to work making glass beads in an oxygen/propane flame. The next artistic challenge is to design jewelry incorporating the beads.

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About:  Will Beard

I draw a fun picture of someone, exaggerating facial features. I use a marker for the initial drawing, then color it with an airbrush.

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Performers

About:  6 Odd Rats

Six Odd Rats was born from a basement bar in Iowa City, organizing around open mic and jam sessions at the Yacht Club. Beginning as an improvisational jam band, the group quickly grew to become more organized in their compositions, with with roots and influences in blues, funk, and rock music. Over the last two years 6OR quickly became a popular show in the Iowa City area. Their unique sound has propelled their talents across the Midwest to cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Six Odd Rats will be hitting the traps this spring and summer, with shows in Iowa City, Des Moines, Dubuque and, after a recent Iowa City people’s choice competition, you will be able to catch them at the SummerCamp 2018 music festival this May. You can check out their growing progress on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

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About:  Abbie Callahan

Abbie Callahan, age 16, is the second-youngest contestant on The Voice, season 13. She’s been performing since she was in fourth grade in countless talent shows, school productions, fairs, festivals, “open mic” venues around Iowa, weddings, funerals, cocktail parties — and even as a street musician in places like Key West, Florida. Abbie is sophomore at West High. She is a member of Good Time Company,Varsity Show Choir and All State Choir.

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About:  Ace Jones

Ace Jones is a Sunnyvale, California native Singer/Songwriter from Marion, Iowa. He writes, records, and produces his own music out of his home studio. He performs from street corners to big fairs and festivals all over the United States. His live set consists of originals and covers that he grew listening to that ranges from pop, rock, folk, and delivers a range from high energy to somber reflection, the emotion Ace emits is stunning. He currently travels with his wife and 4 year old son Phoenix. Ace is fit to entertain people of all ages! His biggest influences are Andrew McMahon, Nick Torres, Matchbox 20, blink 182, Nick Santino, Dave Smallen, Anthony Raneri and Johnny Cash.

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About:  After School Specials

The After School Specials have been rocking such local venues as the Mill, Java House, UAY, and the Arts Fest since 2009.  Originally created as a one-shot project for a yearly talent show, the band grew over the next few years into three, separate, performing entities comprised of 3rd graders, 4th graders, and 5th-6th graders who are enrolled in Shimek’s before and after school program.  The band now performs an eclectic mix of classic rock, 90’s alternative, and modern pop songs, lead by local rockers, Matt Larson and Claire Thoele.

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About:  Amanda Monaco Quartet

Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Flushing Town Hall, and with artists such as Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and the Mingus Orchestra. She has released five albums to date and her current jazz projects include her eclectic quartet Deathblow, rambunctious organ quartet Girly Day and chamber jazz trio Mo-Fi-Co. Her New Music ensemble The Pirkei Avot Project performs her original music with lyrics from selected verses (from a collection of rabbinical teachings with the same name) compiled in the third century C.E.

 

 

 

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About:  Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry, and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland in 2012. Among her recorded works are six-full length albums, including 2010’s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012’s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as ‘an epic tale of American becoming’; and 2013’s Child’s Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track.

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About:  Annie Savage & the Savage Hearts

The Savage Hearts are a rising bluegrass-meets-honky-tonk band on Colorado’s musically innovative Front Range. Featuring string pedagogue Annie Savage along with songwriter/educator Kevin Slick, Old Town Pickin’ Parlor owner Kit Simon, fiddle phenom Nancy Steinberger and the driving bass boogie of Keith Summers, this Southwestern Bluegrass band specializes in high energy performances and has a passion for providing educational outreach. Members of The Savage Hearts band have recorded, performed and produced more than 30 albums. Headed up by fiddler and instructor, Annie Savage the band is hard at work on an album featuring students and professionals, “playing it forward together” in one studio, and all flavored with the spicy southwestern bluegrass sound for which The Savage Hearts are becoming known. The group’s influences range from the Bluegrass Album Band, Hot Rize, and the Quebe Sisters, to the twin fiddling of Bobby Hicks and Kenny Baker, and including the smoldering vocal stylings of Patsy Cline and assorted other Route 66-bound cowgirls.

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About:  Anthony Worden

“Last year, Iowa City’s Anthony Worden composed his forthcoming debut “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” in the sticks of Eastern Iowa, an album which situates itself between canonical rock n roll and contemporary indie rock. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, under the mentorship of Night People Record’s Shawn Reed, these are songs concerned with how we find ourselves pliant to our own predilections–but remain ever-susceptible to others’ predilections. The result is a lucid state of swagger and delicacy. What lies in those oscillations is for the listener to discern.

It’s easy to compare the tunes to Lou Reed: Worden syncopates his lyrics in the colloquial vein of Reed. But where Reed lacked in tone and range, Worden effortlessly croons. His songs strut in familiar rock n roll structures, a la The Rolling Stones or Ziggy-era David Bowie; they coalesce further the atmospheres found in the psychedelic ambles of Spacemen 3 with Mac Demarco’s jangly, slinky guitar work. Anthony Worden’s music in not beholden to a time or place.”

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About:  Awful Purdies

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Awful Purdies, an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer. The ensemble “purdifies” each song they meet, filling in sweet harmonies as they let the song lead the way. While one song might require channeling the Andrews Sisters or Gillian Welch, another song might reach out to a rock-a-billy or Motown sensibility. With “The Katies” (Katie Senn on cello and Katie Roche on accordion) laying down each song’s base, their songs sound full and orchestrated, while Nicole Upchurch’s banjo, Marcy Rosenbaum’s mandolin and Sarah Driscoll’s guitar skillfully root Awful Purdies in the modern folk genre. Ten great years, three albums, numerous compilations, a major grant from the Iowa Arts Council, and many film and television placements later Awful Purdies hope to continue to share the music they make together for a lifetime.

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About:  Behn Gillece Quartet

After a decade on the New York jazz scene, vibraphonist Behn Gillece has built a reputation as a virtuosic instrumentalist and prolific composer. Walk of Fire, his third album as leader was just released on the Posi-Tone Label. The album showcases Gillece’s compositions with an exciting septet, featuring trumpeter Bruce Harris, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, and trombonist Michael Dease. It also features a stellar rhythm section with Adam Birnbaum on piano, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. His other two leader dates, Dare to Be and debut album Mindset, received excellent reviews in reputable jazz periodicals such as Downbeat and Jazziz. Both albums received extensive radio airplay and rose to the top 50 on the Jazzweek radio charts for several weeks.

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About:  Braxton Cook’s Quintet

Braxton Cook is one of this generation’s brightest up and coming alto saxophonists and songwriters. He has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and has toured the world many times over with Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott. As a band-leader, he has already recorded and released two projects and is now currently working on his debut album. His newest music features not only his abilities as a saxophonist and songwriter, but also features his vocal abilities. Braxton melds all of these elements into his music creating a very unique genre-blending sound that is accessible to the avid Jazz listener as well as to the R&B and Soul music lover.

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About:  Brian Johannesen

Originally from Iowa City, IA by way of Chicago, IL, Johannesen’s music blends the rich Americana traditions of the Midwest and the South. Raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Alabama, Johannesen blends this musical foundation with the music he has grown to love as an adult, including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, John Prine and Guy Clark. Johannesen’s lyrics and melodies evoke common themes of whiskey, women, and an insatiable wanderlust with a poignancy that sets him apart from other young Americana singer-songwriters. Gritty and beautiful at the same time, his voice and songwriting possess maturity well beyond his 28 years. Johannesen released two albums in 2011 and 2012 with his Iowa City-based band, Grand Tetons. He released a self-titled 10″ in the summer of 2013 and had his song “Because i Bloody Well Stammer” named one of Daytrotter.com’s Best Songs of 2013. His forthcoming album, Northern Town, will be released in late spring 2017.
Johannesen has played with Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, The Felice Brothers, Other Lives, S. Carey, The Cave Singers, William Elliott Whitmore, Langhorne Slim, Lydia Loveless, Paul Thorn, Willy Tea Taylor, Charlie Parr, David Dondero, Fruition, The Poison Control Center, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Alexis Stevens, The Lonelyhearts, and many more.

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About:  Cedar County Cobras

Cedar County Cobras have been described as contagious, acoustic rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or brand new old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues. The band is made up of two brothers, a gal and a small army of string instruments to make original music that can only be found down a gravel road in rural Iowa. The blues and rock sound comes from the Spielbauer brothers who bring with them twenty years of playing boogie-woogie music in the band Porch Builder. The mandolin player brings years of experience playing in traditional bluegrass circles and learning celtic mandolin to make up the signature “gypsy” sound that can be heard in the cobra songs and she plays a hard-driving rockabilly bass. It is almost impossible to box the sound of The Cobras into one musical genre…just know that you should be prepared to bring your dancing shoes and party with this musical troupe playing true Iowa music.

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About:  Champagne Academy of Irish Dance

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About:  Champagne Academy of Irish Dance

Champagne Academy is also a community of dancers and dance families who, through learning Irish dance, build values that will shape them throughout their lifetime. We create a safe learning environment for all through mutual respect and responsibility toward all teachers, assistants, students, and dance families. Champagne Academy strives to enhance dancers’ self-esteem and confidence, and encourages dancers to work hard and strive for excellence.

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About:  Christopher’s Very Happy. Band.

Now more than ever, we all need a little more Happy.ness in our lives. The jubilant sound of Christopher’s Very Happy. Band. results from a combination of bright sounding compositions played with joyous abandon by its four members. All have interests and experiences across the gamut of current musical styles ranging from Classical to pop, electronica to soul. All of this experience comes to bear in their work together.

Christopher Merz, composer and saxophonist, is busy trying to figure out how to combine aspects of all of the music he loves (jazz, rock, pop, folk, and classical) into a satisfying and original whole. Michael Conrad is a composer, improviser, educator, and music lover. Pulling bits and pieces from a variety of musical sources and genres helps Dave Tiede create a versatile sound that he can call his own.  Drew Morton, bassist and multimedia artist, is a regular musician with various groups in the area.

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About:  City Circle Teens

City Circle Acting Company was formed in the summer of 1997 and incorporated as a non-profit organization on January 5th, 1998. In March of 1998, City Circle was formally adopted by the Coralville City Council as Coralville’s community theatre.  In 2011 City Circle became the resident theatre company of the new Coralville Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA). In 2014, City Circle merged with the City of Coralville and became a program committee of the CCPA. A Board of Directors conducts and manages the affairs of City Circle Acting Company and is advised by and works closely with CCPA staff and the Coralville Arts Commission. Tax deductible contributions can be made to City Circle through the Community Fund of Johnson County.

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About:  City High Jazz Ensemble

Under the direction of Ryan Arp, the City High Little Hawks Jazz program will again be playing at the Friday Night Concert Series. The Little Hawks play at multiple venues each year, and always look forward to the opportunity to play on the Ped Mall.

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About:  City High Jazz Ensemble

Under the direction of Ryan Arp, the City High Little Hawks Jazz program will again be playing at the Friday Night Concert Series.   The Little Hawks play at multiple venues each year, and always look forward to the opportunity to play on Clinton Street

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About:  Crystal City Duet

Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a Midwestern singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.

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About:  DanceWorks Chicago

Founded in 2007, DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) fills a niche in the dance ecosystem. A creative incubator focusing on the development of young people, DWC fosters a diverse next generation of movers and makers, empowering early career artists to cultivate their unique voices through skill acquisition and development, collaborations and relationship-building with a global perspective, intense and intentional mentorship, and performances shining a light on dancers and dance. A cultural ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally, DWC inspires excellence in the studio, on stage, and behind-the-scenes.

 

DWC is excited to partner with the University of Iowa Department of Dance on a 2-week residency designed to encourage young dancers to cultivate and take ownership of their individual artistic voices. The opportunity for DanceWorks Chicago dancers to share the Summer of the Arts stage with university dancers is the culminating event of the residency!

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About:  Dandelion Stompers

The Dandelion Stompers bring you New Orleans jazz with all the trimmings. Start with a grade-A rhythm section, add a savory selection of horns, round out the mixture with hot and spicy vocals and you’ve got a recipe for Dandelion gumbo!

Iowa City’s Dandelion Stompers got together in the spring of 2014 and quickly lined up shows around eastern Iowa playing everywhere from street corners and swing dances to festivals and farms. They play good-time jazz for one and all.

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About:  Dave Moore

Dave Moore is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by country blues and conjunto music. Moore was a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion and records for Red House Records. Moore currently resides in the Iowa City area.

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About:  Dave Zollo & the Body Electric

Since bursting on to the midwestern music scene with the band High and Lonesome in 1992, David Zollo has had a busy career. Along with constant touring, in the U.S and Europe, with High and Lonesome (1992-1998;) and his current band, The Body Electric (1998-present) Zollo has recorded 7 records of his own material, including the most recent, 2015’s “For Hire.”
In addition, he founded and operated the seminal, Iowa-based, roots music label, Trailer Records (Bo Ramsey; Joe and Vicki Price; Greg Brown; The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Parkeooper; Pieta Brown, as well as his own work, and that of others, from 1994-2005;) played keyboards and sang harmonies on many records by Nashville folk singer Todd Snider; fellow Iowan William Elliot Whitmore, and Greg Brown, amongst many other artists; and worked as a producer (The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Pardekooper.) This year, he also formed a new band with Whitmore, guitarists Stephen Howard and Steve Doyle, and Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, called Middle Western, which is currently finishing its debut release at Iowa City’s Flat Black Studios.
Despite the many things Zollo has done during his career, it is as a live performer that many feel he’s at his best. Check him out at a venue near you, or visit www.davezollo.com for a list of upcoming shows.

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About:  Death Valley Welcome Center

Death Valley Welcome Center began in 2015, shortly after singer Linzi Holandes moved from the lonely deserts of Arizona to Iowa City, where she began writing songs with local music scene veterans Louie Doerge (drums) and Jonathan Hansen (guitar). Inspired by Holandes’ powerful voice, the group draws from equal parts R&B and indie rock, creating a distinct sound that is soulful and moody, dark and anthemic. In 2016, DVWC released a 4-song EP of live performances, and the band is currently developing their first studio album, which promises to be an audacious debut with instrumentation as grand and dramatic as Holandes’ voice.

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About:  Dino O’Dell

Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage curiosity and inspire the imagination.

Dino is a former teacher and an award-winning musician. Whether he’s singing about science and geography, or promoting early literacy, the content is presented through music and stories. Children learn best when they are engaged, and they are engaged best when the medium is interactive.

Dino O’Dell is also an author, and the recipient of the 2014 Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence. His picture book, Zar and the Broken Spaceship is Story Monster Approved and his CDs have won numerous awards including the Parent’s Choice award, and the NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award.)

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About:  Donny McCaslin Group

Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes a bold leap forward with his tenth album as a leader, Casting for Gravity. McCaslin’s gargantuan tenor sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through in the ferocious grooves and electronic textures of keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. Couching his trademark gift for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica-inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock power, McCaslin has crafted a game-changer of an album, fusing a wealth of forward-looking influences into one wholly new modern jazz sound. McCaslin and band earned crossover accolades when they served as the backing combo on David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar. It was a coming out party for a performer the jazz community knew well, and McCaslin has taken that opportunity to broaden his sound – and his audience – while maintaining his fierce allegiance to improvisational jazz. At the Jazz Festival, he will be joined by Nate Wood on drums, Jason Lindner on keyboards, and Jonathan Maron on bass.

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About:  Dream Divas & Dream Center Tumblers

The Iowa City Dream Divas, in partnership with the Dream Center, have performed, through song and dance, at schools, churches, and parades throughout Johnson County. The team works empower female youth and offers an opportunity for them to explore and expand their imaginations using their creativity.

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About:  Elephant Revival

“WHERE WORDS FAIL… MUSIC SPEAKS.”

That simple line atop Elephant Revival’s Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band’s reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don’t understand one another’s languages – we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose – the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.

The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass).

This Nederland, Colo., quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced – especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.

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About:  EverGreen Grass Band

Deep in the Northwoods of Wisconsin a group of pissed off bluegrass pickers decided they wanted to change bluegrass for all mankind. They failed to do so. Now, they just continue their barnstorm of the Mid-West in hopes of one day playing a song so fast, that it actually disrupts the space-time-continuum. The EverGreen Grass Band was formed in 2008 over the course of many beer & whiskey fueled nights hosting the open mic at the Mousetrap Tavern in Eau Claire, WI. The 3-piece, including guitar, bass, & banjo have been playing their distinctive and aggressive blend of bluegrass, punk, rock n’ roll, jam & country with various members consistently around the Midwest for 6 years.

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About:  Family Folk Machine

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band. We seek to build community through singing songs with our neighbors, to explore American history and culture through song, to foster individual musical growth, and to pursue excellence as an ensemble.

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About:  Family Folk Machine

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About:  Family Folk Machine

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band. We seek to build community through singing songs with our neighbors, to explore American history and culture through song, to foster individual musical growth, and to pursue excellence as an ensemble.

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About:  Flash in a Pan

A collective of Iowa City musicians have teamed up to ramble everywhere from street corners to red carpet events. Founded in 2012, named on the assumption that the band would play two shows and dissolve; the band is currently in its Fourth year of playing all over Iowa. These pickers and grinners bring a fun mix of folk music of many shades. With warm humor and fiery content, this band will have you dancing and laughing, singing and stomping, and cherishing the moments we drink to remember! Noted for their shining harmonies, provocative compositions, and heart-felt performances, Flash in a Pan dishes out a sound that is all at once familiar and refreshingly different.

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About:  Gloom Ballon

Gloom Balloon is ex-indie rock troubadour/new father Patrick Tape Fleming’s musical canvas where he’s prone to express undying admiration and withering disdain for the same person, often in the same sentence. With several albums and hit songs under their belt, Gloom Ballon is a unique force in the musical world.

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About:  Goose Town

Goose Town is made up of past and present jazz students from the University of Iowa and Northern Iowa. The band is lead by a killin’ horn section and fronted by Emily Snyder on vocals. GT’s mission is to get your booty shakin’ and they do this with music from Erykah Badu, Vulfpeck, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, Michael Jackson and many more. You can find out more about them on FB or follow them on instagram @goosetown5000.

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About:  Gup & Company

Gup & Co is a relatively recent collaboration comprised of players from several groups, most notably the local classic country/rock group, The Ramblin’ Fever Band. They play a large variety of bluegrass and folk songs and specialize in covering songs that are not traditionally of the bluegrass genre. The band consists of Dale (Guppy) Gardner (lead vocals, guitar), Jesse Drtina (banjo, fiddle, mandolin), Ryan Smith (Mandolin, percussion), and Dave Stockbauer (bass). Their music is fun and uptempo and keeps the crowd on their their toes with a few surprises.

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About:  High Water Mark

High Water Mark is The Premier Iowa City Folk Band. Formed in the late 2015’s, the gang can usually be found goofing off, slacking, & making music on the Ped Mall. Strap on your dancing shoes & come listen to this band’s infectious blend of folk, bluegrass, & self deprecating humor.

“We are The High Water Mark: Bring your friends, send your enemies.”

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About:  Hot Tamale Louie

At a time when immigration is much in the news, Professor John Rapson of the UI School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program has created a powerful multi-media performance piece about an early 20th-century immigrant whose story remains highly relevant today.

The performance is based on a June 2016 New Yorker article that caught Rapson’s eye – and his ear. Zarif Khan emigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan in 1907, eventually settling in Sheridan, Wyoming, where he took over a tamale business as well as the previous owner’s nickname, “Hot Tamale Louie.” Rapson immediately recognized the story’s dramatic possibilities, the timeliness of its themes and the opportunities it presented to work with local musicians whose talents mirrored Khan’s global wanderings. Rapson describes the show as “a genre-bending tale with lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone poems and raucous ragtime melded together by jazz.”

Rapson teamed up with Danyel Gaglione, an immigrant now living in Iowa City, to collaboratively compose and arrange the material for eight musicians. The performance features local folk musician Dave Moore and dramatic monologues by Associate Professor Paul Kalina from the UI Department of Theatre Arts. Rapson compiled more than 300 historic photos from the Middle East, American West and elsewhere to illustrate Khan’s story, which is told in words, music, and visual projections. Other musicians in the ensemble include UI alumni Ryan Smith (reeds), Tara McGovern (violin), Dan Padley (guitar), Blake Shaw (bass) and Justin LeDuc (drums).

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About:  In Orbit with Jeff Coffin and Michael Occhipinti and Felix Pastorius

In Orbit brings together musicians from both sides of the Canada-USA border, centered on the original compositions of saxophonist Jeff Coffin, and guitarist Michael Occhipinti, joined by brilliant bassist Felix Pastorius, Nashville/Toronto pianist Tom Reynolds, and drummer Davide Direnzo.  Jeff Coffin is an omni-present saxophonist based in Nashville, who is best known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and more recently as a member of the Dave Matthews Band.  However, Jeff has been composing original music and releasing albums with his M’utet for many years and is one of the most active instructors/clinicians working with young musicians in the United States.  Felix Pastorius is the son of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, and in recent years has established himself as a gifted bassist with an approach all his own.

The music is energetic, imaginative, and freely flows across styles.  In Orbit shares a love of great grooves expressed with soulful spirt and deep musicianship.

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About:  Ingrid Streitz

Ingrid is a singer and guitar player living in Iowa City, Iowa. She has played and
made guest appearances at many local venues, including The Mill, Uptown Bill’s,
Sutliff Cider, and The Englert. During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Ingrid
performed on the Linn Street Live Stage at the Iowa City Arts Festival. For the last
five years, she has performed at the Iowa State Fair for the Bill Riley Talent Search,
including an appearance in the semi-final competition in 2016 and 2017. In the
summer of 2017, she enjoyed opening for Shade of Blue at Sutliff Cider. She is a
music therapy volunteer at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

For the past two years, Ingrid has played for the 40th annual Iowa BMW Motorcycle
Rally. She regularly sings the national anthem for Hawkeye sports and other events,
her favorite being Iowa Men’s Basketball games. She recently performed at the
Englert with The Recliners for a Bob Dylan tribute show.

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About:  Iowa City Community Band

The Iowa City Community Band is a volunteer organization, approved and sanctioned by the city of Iowa City. Our concerts in Iowa City and Coralville parks during June and July include a mixture of marches, music from Broadway musicals, and old favorites and sometimes feature a guest soloist. Concerts are either in the afternoon on Sunday or early evening during the week – select the “Concerts” tab above for current dates, times, and locations. The band also plays concerts at various venues in the Iowa City area, including Arts Fest in downtown Iowa City, Ice Cream Social in Upper City Park in Iowa City, Coralville Thursday Night Concert Series, and Coralville’s Fourth of July Celebration. We have also performed at events in area towns such as North Liberty Fun Days and West Branch Friday Night Concert Series. The ICCB also presents a winter holiday concert in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City .Members of the ICCB come from all walks of life in the Iowa City area, ranging from high school students through retirees. Our conductor is Rob Medd, Director of Music, Iowa City West High. The ICCB has performed continuously since 1982. Our concerts are free to the public.

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About:  Jack Lion

One of Iowa City’s premier bands, Jack Lion’s sound is a one-a-kind gem in the Iowa music landscape. Mixing some traditional jazz sounds with electronic music, Jack Lion’s music would please both Miles Davis and Nine Inch Nails fans.

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About:  Jacob Garchik’s Ye Olde

Ye Olde explores progressive rock influences, faux-medieval architecture and surrealistic notions of a Brooklyn that never was. From trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik comes a fantastical and sublime work of the imagination. Ye Olde is a superband of three of Brooklyn’s baddest guitar heroes, let loose in a funhouse, playing ping pong with our ears: guitarists Mary Halvorson, Ava Mendoza and Jonathan Goldberger are joined by drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and Garchik on trombone.

Jacob Garchik, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger, was born in San Francisco and has lived in New York since 1994. In 2013 he was named a “Rising Star” in the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Critic’s Poll.

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About:  James Tutson & The Rollback

James Tutson and the Rollback are a Soul/Rock band from Iowa City, IA.  Their debut album On Hope was released in the fall of 2017.  Their energetic “roughed up soul” sound is sure to please.  Iowa City residents James Tutson, Tyler Carrington, Heath Hospodarsky, Erik Lehman and Haven Wojciak comprise the group.  JTRB is brand new to the scene but they’re already rolling!

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About:  Jane Ira Bloom Quartet

Soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom has been steadfastly developing her unique voice on the soprano saxophone for over 30 years. She is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, as well as the possessor of “one of the most gorgeous tones and hauntingly lyrical ballad conceptions of any soprano saxophonist – Pulse.”

Bloom is the recipient of numerous grants including two artist fellowships in jazz composition from the Chamber Music America / Doris Duke New Jazz Works Program for the creation of Chasing Paint, a series of compositions inspired by painter Jackson Pollock that premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Mental Weather, a suite of neuroscience inspired pieces for her quartet.

“Sometimes I throw sound around the band like paint and other times I play and feel as if I was carving silence like a sculptor.”

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About:  Jarrett Purdy Project

Jarrett Purdy is a jazz pianist who is highly involved on the local scene performing in ensembles such as the house band at Clinton Street Social Club, the U of I’s Johnson County Landmark, and his own band The Jarrett Purdy Project. Join Jarrett and local guitar legend Steve Grismore for an evening of duets at the Iowa City Arts Festival.

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About:  Jeremy Kittel Trio

Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinists, and, composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more. Kittel performs with his own band or trio, as a duo, and as a soloist with orchestras. In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’ Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’ Connor and Mike Marshall.

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About:  Jessica Egli

Jessica Egli, with classic croons and a ukulele, plays beloved jazz vocal standards with the intention to provide a nostalgic experience for her audience. She makes her home in Iowa City where she is honored to contribute to the local music scene both as a musician and as a dedicated member of the events team at the Englert Theatre.

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About:  Joan Osborne

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” —  two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer,” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.

 

Unconstrained by any notion of trying to imitate or surpass Dylan, Osborne felt free to play with the songs’ arrangements, a process that was also enabled by the virtuosity and versatility of Osborne’s collaborators, guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, The Fab Faux) and keyboardist Keith Cotton (Idina Menzel, Chris Cornell), who performed with her at Café Carlyle, and with whom she co-produced the album. “They bring this wealth of skills to the table,” she says. “Any crazy idea we came up with, they could do. So it was wonderful to have that level of musicianship at my fingertips.” Half the songs were recorded with the trio and the other half feature a full band.

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About:  John Raymond & Real Feels

Labeled “a prepossessing young trumpet player…” (New York Times), John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ethan Iverson, and Linda Oh among others. John was awarded the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP, and was included in the “Rising Star Trumpet” category in Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 Critic’s Poll. 

His newest album – “Real Feels – Live Vol. 1” (out October 7, 2016) – is a follow up effort to “Real Feels” that was recorded live on tour. The album includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums), and the unique bass-less trio incorporates indie-rock inspired originals and covers with fresh takes on familiar songs stemming from Raymond’s roots as Midwesterner. From American folk songs like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” to classic hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” to Lennon & McCartney’s “Blackbird,” to Thom Yorke’s “Atoms for Peace,” the music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past. However, “Real Feels” is far from being antiquated; the band’s improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant.

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About:  Jordan Sellergren

Jordan Sellergren was born in Burlington, Iowa, where the sounds of the Mississippi haunted her every night. Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday, Skeeter Davis, Loretta Lynn, and Pablo Picasso, she brings a level of creativity and uniqueness that both wos and entertains.

To get a taste of the music, imagine a blended audio cocktail of Iowa, Appalachia, the delta blues, drama, groceries, babies, love, pie, rivers, trains, prairie grasses & wildflowers, men, and death.

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About:  Joshua Redman’s Still Dreaming

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. Redman first signed with Warner Bros in 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination and has been working hard ever since, collaborating with the likes of  Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Geoff Keezer, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Joe Lovano, Yo Yo Ma, and many, many more. Joshua Redman has been nominated for 2 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.

 

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About:  Kevin B.F. Burt and Big Medicine

This concoction of R&B, funk, rock & soul rooted in down home Blues, is just what the Dr. ordered Frontman Kevin “B.F.” Burt (voted the Best Entertainer in the Corridor 2011), Bassist Shawn Burt, and percussionist Dante Ware deliver a high powered soul vaccination of classic soul, blues, rock and original music. Kevin “B.F.” Burt & Big Medicine may not cure you, but they will definitely make you feel better.

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About:  Kris Davis Quintet

Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers an “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. Reviewing one of the series of striking albums that Davis has released over the past decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. She made her debut on record as a leader with Lifespan (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003), followed by several more albums with various groups over the intervening years, many earning best of the year accolades from various publications. She was named one of “25 for the future” by Down Beat in 2016. She teaches at the School for Improvised Music.  For the Jazz Festival, Davis will be joined by Mat Maneri on viola, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Tom Rainey. About her art, JazzTimes declared: “Davis draws you in so effortlessly that the brilliance of what she’s doing doesn’t hit you until the piece has slipped past.”

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About:  Laura Caviani Trio

Pianist Laura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. Most recently, her projects include arranging classical pieces in a jazz style, and revisiting the music of Thelonious Monk. In 2010, she was a finalist at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. She is on faculty at Carleton College, where she directs the jazz ensemble, coaches chamber groups, and teaches jazz piano. Chris Bates is a bassist who has worked professionally for 25 years, including as a member of the Atlantis Quartet, Framework and Red Planet. He has won Mcknight Fellowships for his composing and performing.  Drummer David Schmalenberger has performed with several notable artists, including John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, Steve Turre, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Cab Calloway, the Fifth Dimension, and The Mills Brothers. He is the co–chair of the Percussion Department at McNally Smith College in downtown St. Paul, MN.

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About:  Local on the 8’s

Local on the 8s, a group of musicians from across Iowa, utilizes a compelling combination and mixture of progressive rock, jazz, R&B, hip hop and funk music. Performing original compositions as well as the music of Trombone Shorty, Roy Hargrove, Kneebody, Christian Scott, Snarky Puppy and many others, Local on the 8s offers high energy music, steeped in tradition and sophistication, that will make anyone dance. Local on the 8s seeks to erase the lines between the mainstream and the underground – straight ahead and rock/funk.

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About:  MarKaus

Markaus approaches hip hop as rebellion and revolution from a conscious rap perspective, drawing musical influence from TechN9ne, Nas, and Gucci Mane, accented with tinges of rock, soul and jazz. From growing up in Kansas City to making a new home and starting life as an entrepreneur in Des Moines, his message resonates with the public. Markaus’ music and lyrics keep in mind the struggles of everyday people, and calls for action and change.

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About:  Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt

New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of todays most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand.

 

Wilson leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. Matt is integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Bob Stewart, Denny Zeitlin, Ron Miles, Marty Ehrlich, Ted Nash, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others. He has performed with many legends of music including Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvis Costello, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Marshall Allen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and Hank Jones. Wilson has appeared on 250 CDs as a sideman and has released 9 as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading 5 additional releases.

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About:  Meghan Elizabeth

Meghan Elizabeth is an emerging singer-songwriter who performs locally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She released her debut EP, “A New Phase”, in late November of 2017. Her act typically consists of covers and original songs played on guitar and ukulele. She is known for her unique voice and mellow sound. She derives much of her inspiration from Vance Joy, as well as other alternative singer-songwriters and bands.

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About:  Meteor Cat

Meteor Cat is a collaboration of musicians dedicated to preserving funk and soul music by excavating and performing deep cuts while mixing in crafted originals. The 10 piece band formed in 2012 while writing songs and performing in Iowa City. Along the way the band has played some notable stages like the Englert theater and Camp Euforia. You might have heard them pay tribute to their favorite artists by playing whole sets of Parliament Funkadelic and Stevie Wonder. Now with their first album recorded and available online, they play across the state bringing their high energy and engaging show to every stage.

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About:  NonProphet

Beginning just last year, NonProphet is a jazz/rock fusion ensemble composed of some of Iowa City’s finest young musicians. Sharing a love for genres from funk and gospel to indie rock, NonProphetemphasizes musical bridges over traditionalism. Setlists feature past fusion mixed with the cutting edge, lesser-known standards and original material.
Members include: Peter Stoltz on drums and cymbals, Levi Pugh on keys, Daniel Burgess on guitar and vocals, Dr. Michael Chimenti on tenor sax, and Robert Walling on bass. Ranging in age from sophomore in high school to genomics researcher, NonProphet‘s lineup covers many facets of the human experience. Stop by for a fun set of high energy fusion.
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About:  North Corridor Jazz All Stars

The North Corridor Jazz All Stars return for their fourth performance at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Like the United Jazz Ensemble, this group is composed of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the Corridor from Cedar Rapids to Cedar Falls. Under the direction of Coe College music professor Steve Shanley, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars will present a musically diverse program featuring the many facets of Big Band repertoire. Always ensured to be a romping and swinging live jam, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars will certainly have the crowd moving to the beat and grinning with local pride.

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About:  Otros Outros

Otros Outros is a 3-piece post-hardcore band from Iowa City, IA. Borrowing from noise-rock and traditional punk, they try to balance dissonance and melody, sustenance and discord. Their full length LP, recorded at Flat Black Studios, will be released in 2018.

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About:  Paa Kow

Paa Kow is an internationally renowned artist, drum set player, composer, and producer. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra.

Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.

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About:  Pandelirium

The Pandelirium Steel Drum Band performs on instruments cut and hammered from 55 gallon oil barrels and their performances include a  blend of musical styles ranging from traditional Calypsos and Soccas of Trinidad to Reggae, arrangements of popular songs, and jazz standards. The quartet is based in Iowa City and is made up of current and former members of the PanAmerican Steel Drum Band from the University of Iowa. They have performed at numerous venues in Iowa, including the Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa Corn Daze, the Marion Swamp Fox Festival, and  RAGBRAI.

 

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About:  Parker Millsap

 At only 24 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He recently wrapped up a banner year, which included his network television debut on CONAN, an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an Austin City Limits taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year, as well as winning the International Folk Music Awards’ Artist Of the Year. Parker’s last release, The Very Last Day, has received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone to name a few. New Album, Other Arrangements, out May 4th, 2018.
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About:  Pieta Brown

It was in hotel rooms across the country that Pieta Brown wrote most of the songs on her gorgeous new album, ‘Postcards.’ Like any touring musician, she was on the road to survive, balancing the rewards of performing music for a living with the challenges of trying to stay connected to loved ones and other artists while in motion. So, when she was finally stationed at home, she decided to send out some postcards. These weren’t just any postcards, though, these were musical postcards, the stripped-down, acoustic shells of new songs she’d written while traveling, and she sent them to folks like Mark Knopfler, Calexico, Mason Jennings, David Lindley, Carrie Rodriguez, Caitlin Canty, and The Pines among others. Her instructions to each were simple: write back.

 

What Pieta created is more than a conversation, though. It’s a striking collection of portraits—sometimes sweet and tender, sometimes eerie and haunting—of characters facing loneliness and longing and loss with a stoic sense of dignity. Her airy vocals, with just a hint of a drawl from a childhood split between Alabama and Iowa, float above rich, earthy texture, fluidly merging grit and grace in what is undoubtedly her finest work to date.

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About:  Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF) is a non-profit organization that teaches the Mexican culture through the art form of dance. Founded in 1984 by Arnulfo Camarillo with the help of his wife, Beatriz Camarillo it all came together after studying folklore dance at the Universidad de Guadalara in Jalisco, Mexico. There Arnulfo returned to the United States with aspirations to keep this Hispanic culture and its rich traditions alive. He achieved exactly that and accomplished so much more.

Throughout the years, the QCBF has welcomed students from a variety of backgrounds to join in their mission to express the Hispanic culture through dance and music. Soon these young kids were performing traditional dances from the states such as Nayarit, Veracruz, Nuevo Leon, and the popular Jalisco.

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About:  Rene Marie & Experiment in Truth

In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

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About:  Rhythm Future Quartet

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 19 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzon

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About:  River Glen

It all started in 2004, River formed his own band, River and the Tributaries. What started as a group of high school buddies quickly evolved into something of a phenomenon: Riv and the Tribs became a sensation from the banks of the Mississippi, winning the VEISHA Battle of the Bands, appearing on various Iowa Public Radio programs, touring nationally, and recording two albums between 2004-2009.

River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, makes lyrically driven music that blends elements of Folk, Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop. His performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive.

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About:  Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre was founded by Ron Clark, Jody Hovland and Bruce Wheaton in 1981 and is now in its 35th season.

From September through April we produce a full season of work at our theatre on Gilbert Street. In June and July, we produce a summer season centered around the classics.

We are affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, employing actors and designers from all over the country and provide housing, salary, and transportation to visiting actors and directors during their employment at Riverside.

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About:  Shade of Blue

Shade of Blue fans have been gyrating to the band’s hypnotic and infectious grooves in the Midwest for nearly a quarter of a century. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Dave Rosazza as a blues trio in 1989, Shade of Blue has evolved into one of the Iowa City area’s most beloved musical institutions as a featured act and as an opener for internationally acclaimed artists such as the Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, and George Clinton.

Featuring the impressive vocals of sultry songstresses Simone Green and Joan Ruffin, the band has expanded its repertoire over the last two decades to include funk, R&B, gospel, and jazz while maintaining its blues roots. The versatile saxophone stylings of Saul Lubaroff and a rhythm section comprised of keyboardists Sean Seaton and Denny Ketelsen, bassist Ken Fullard, percussionist Paul Cunliff and drummer Matt Bernemann complete the sonorous tour de force known as Shade of Blue.

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About:  Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. They prepare to release their fourth full-length album, An Orchid Is Born, on Ropeadope Records and produced by Grammy Award-winner Robert “Sput” Searight. This is the album that Sidewalk Chalk has truly always been trying to make — a speeding bullet ripe with heat and rhythm that speaks to mankind’s need to cheer in the darkest of moments and to choose love over inhumanity in all things. In the band’s rebirth is an emphatic statement of purpose. This vibrant collection of transformative moments is a benchmark release for Sidewalk Chalk that marks the arrival of a powerhouse and proves that the Chicago sound machine is a phoenix rising.

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About:  Silver Swing Band

Under the direction of Erin Wehr, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the
University of Iowa, Silver Swing is a 20-piece swing ensemble (a subset of the
Iowa City New Horizons Band), that enjoys playing “Big Band” music. Silver Swing
performs regularly at the Iowa City Arts Fest, Jazz Fest, Kent Park concert series;
established, and for a number of years hosted “Generations of Jazz,” an annual
event that brings together area high school jazz bands to share the stage with
musicians of their grandparents’ era. This is a joyous, non-competitive evening of
jazz and swing performed by folks from 14 to 94.

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About:  Son Volt

Just now pushing fifty, Jay Farrar, the creative force behind Son Volt, is still not as old as his voice. Not nearly. His singing voice, an ageless gift which sounds something like old timber looks, like the unpainted walls framing Walker Evans’ best portraits from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: simple, durable, weathered and grooved and unplanned. Notes of Blue will be the twentieth album — including a couple live releases and two movie soundtracks — to which Farrar has lent his voice and songwriting. He is not quite a famous man, which is probably a comfort except when bills need paying. Plenty praised, though, from the moment his first band, the influential Uncle Tupelo, recorded a punked-up version of the topical Carter Family song “No Depression,” and named their debut album after it. Photographed for magazine covers, including the inaugural edition of No Depression magazine, which argued for the arrival of something called alt-country back in 1995, when Son Volt’s first album, Trace, came out.

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About:  Songbird Bethann

Songbird Bethann is a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter based out of Davenport, IA. Originally from Dubuque, IA, Songbird started her musical pursuits at a young age. She started out performing in school choral and instrumental groups, which began to light the passion towards more professional pursuits. In high school she began performing in The One Hat Band and River and the Tributaries and her songwriting and collaborative works took off. River and the Tributaries released two albums by the time Bethann was 18.

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About:  Soul Sherpa

Soul Sherpa was pieced together from the remains of members of a jazz combo from Kirkwood Community College. After playing music with each other daily, there was such an indescribable connection that we just couldn’t leave behind. Having similar inspirations and aspirations, Soul Sherpa emerged. We strive to bring the groove from our hearts to the audience, playing a mixture of R&B, Funk, Pop, Jazz, and Soul music.

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About:  Stacey Kent

The story of Stacey Kent’s rise to international fame reads like a Hollywood script. An American language student visits Europe to study French, Italian and German for a Master’s degree in comparative literature. Her life takes an unexpected twist that sees Stacey Kent become one of the world’s foremost jazz singers.

Stacey now boasts seven best-selling albums including The Boy Next Door (2003) which achieved Gold status, a string of awards, including the 2001 British Jazz Award and 2002 BBC Jazz Award for ‘Best Vocalist,’ the 2004 Backstage Bistro Award for best live performance and the 2006 “Album of the Year” for Jim Tomlinson’s album, ‘The Lyric’ on which she was the featured vocalist, as well as a fan base that enables her to sell out concert halls around the world.

If there is one theme that runs through Stacey’s music, it is that of romance. Stacey is herself an avowed romantic, and the songs she sings are timeless stories that touch young and old alike, fulfilling a desire for sophisticated love songs that is not catered to by today’s pop music industry.

Three-time Oscar-winning songwriter, Jay Livingston, wrote of her, “Stacey Kent is a revelation. There is nobody singing today who can compare with her. She has the style of the greats, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. And she sings the words like Nat Cole – clean, clear and almost conversational with perfect phrasing. And that’s as good as it gets.”

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About:  Steve Kenny’s Group 47

Group 47 is a small-group Post Bebop Jazz Ensemble formed by Trumpeter and Composer Steve Kenny who has been a mainstay on the Minneapolis-St. Paul jazz scene for years.

Launched as the Wednesday Night band at the Artists Quarter during that club’s final year of operation, Steve Kenny’s Group 47 has maintained its collaborative artistry with its original cast of Steve Kenny on trumpet, Thomas Strommen on tenor sax, Will Kjeer on piano, Adam Tucker on bass, and Alex Burgess on drums.  In addition to gigs at all major jazz venues in the region as well as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Group 47 helped inaugurate the Rochester City Jazz Festival in 2016. The band recently released its first recording, Straight to Vinyl (on LP and digital download). In 2018 in addition to more regular club appearances, they are scheduled to perform at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. A second studio recording is also in the works.

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About:  The Beaker Brothers

The Beaker Brothers cut their teeth on the music of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, and are still gnawing on it. Now, they’re going back to where the jam bands came from, to the time when rock, blues, jazz and Latin music met and grew into our inspiration. Call it what you want — post-psychedelic, proto-alternative, protest music (we like that one), retro, southern-progressive-hippie rock, whatever — you can bet that great bands like Phish and Moe and Umphrey’s McGee would still be punching the clock at their day jobs without the contributions of Jimi, Eric, Carlos, Duane, Jerry… and Clyde.

 

The Beaker Brothers Band isn’t a nostalgia act or a tribute show. They focus on playing music that has been in their heads and their hearts since they first heard it. It’s music of the night from Back in the Day, played by guys who are as awed by it now as when they were driving home from a gig in 1969.

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About:  The Candymakers

The Candymakers are a Rock N’ Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, gospel influenced female back-up vocals and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage.
After forming in 2010, they were awarded 1st place in the 2011 Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition, they returned to release their debut album in February of 2012. Their second studio effort ‘Ridiculicious” was released in September of 2014. The band has spent the last two years touring regionally around the Midwest.

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About:  The Cookers: Billy Hart, George Cables, Cecil McBee, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, and Jaleel Shaw

Experience counts, especially in jazz. The more time musicians spend interpreting tunes and interacting with others, the more articulation an audience can expect. You can hear the fruits of such work in the expressive language The Cookers bring to the bandstand and to their three critically acclaimed recordings, Warriors, Cast the First Stone and Believe. This exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.

Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper.

David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation and the youngest members of the band, are experts in this forthright lingo, having gained experience performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.

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About:  The Feralings

The Feralings are Patrick Bloom (guitar/vocals), Benj Upchurch (mandolin/vocals), and Nicole Upchurch (banjo/vocals). Together they travel a vast musical landscape combining sparkling harmonies, evocative songwriting and thoughtful musicianship. Their sound is best described as mountain music from the plain, country music from town, blues for happy folks or-simply put-damn good original music.

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About:  The Fez

If you are a Steely Dan fan, The Fez is going to knock your socks off! The Fez is a 15-piece band composed of some of the finest musicians in Eastern Iowa dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan. Featuring a 4-piece horn section, 3 backup singers, 2 keyboardists (including a genuine Rhodes 88), 2 guitarists, and one of the best rhythm sections around, The Fez captures the magic of Steely Dan’s glory days. The band is comprised of veteran players from other notable bands, such as Public Property, OSG, Dr. Z’s Experiment, Jumbies, Insectoid, Saul Lubaroff Jazz Ensemble, Amanda Miller and the Super Secrets, We Funk, Big Funk Guarantee, various big bands, etc, etc.

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About:  The Maytags

Gaining in popularity over the years, especially since the release of their newest album, The Maytags have drawn attention from many and received countless outstanding reviews. Joe Lawler from Juice Magazine said “Fast-forward to a year later and it’s clear that that band is just wildly talented, not a wild card.” Another review from VICE, stated “The Maytags’ music swings. It differs from all of Des Moines’ other retro offerings by it’s sheer vibrancy – there’s just warmth lining every note.”

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About:  The Ralston Creek Ramblers

On Christmas 2015 in Iowa City, as their families gathered together in celebration, Roland Racevskis(piano, harmonica, vocals), Mark Shields(drums, vocals), and Steve Wilmoth(bass) began creating and performing their own brand of country, rock, and blues music, and Ralston Creek Ramblers were born. Recently joined by the talented Billy Valencia on lap steel guitar, this spontaneous jam by dads whose kids are school buddies has grown and become a magical musical journey taking the Ralston Creek Ramblers to venues across Iowa City and beyond. While largely focussed on original music, the Ramblers also cover the songs that represent their main influences from old-time and outlaw country, blues, rock, and metal. The Ramblers love interacting with crowds of all ages and dancing dispositions. Look out for them at a pub or festival near you!

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About:  The Recliners

Iowa City mainstays for more the past 24 years, the Recliners play a wide variety of music that is hard to classify. Perhaps a category labeled “contemporary Acoustic-Pop-Folk-Indie-Rock” would fit the bill.
Their repertoire has something for almost everyone, from classic ‘60s and ‘70s rock to songs by contemporary singer-songwriters, from American folk to Irish melodies, bluegrass and Van Morrison to the edgy rock and ballads of Richard Thompson. Their goal is to play the most beautiful and/or interesting music and to make sure everyone enjoys the journey.

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About:  The Right Now

The Right Now’s pop-meets soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy song writing and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling videogame Watch Dogs.

 

The Right Now’s Chicago roots permeate their music and performances: breezy horn lines sit atop soul grooves old and new, all while Berecz elevates one audience after another with her “classic yet contemporary voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer). College radio stations from Asheville to Seattle put 2012’s Gets Over You on the CMJ charts, and critics nationwide have championed TRN as “the real deal” (Pittsburgh City Paper). The seven-piece band landed an official Record Store Day release in 2012—all 750 copies sold out immediately—and collaborated with New York label Deep & Disco on a remix project. The Right Now has opened for Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Bettye La Vette, Lee Fields, and many others along the way.

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About:  TL Williams & the Storm Chaser Orchestra

A certain level of artistry evolves when you combine Funk, Hip-Hop, & Jazz into one unique voice & sound. Singer/songwriter/actor/producer T. L. Williams is a voice of a new generation redefining today’s music. The Chicago native & newly appointed VP of the legendary Chi-Sound Records has found a way to weave together various musical genres, instrumentation, and classic pop culture. That sound comes from a combination of growing up in a musical family, receiving mentorship from legends such as Wynton Marsalis, & late record producer Carl Davis. T. L.’s presence continues to grow on an international level winning multiple awards and topping charts. With airplay from several U. S. markets and international territories, and over a million video views, hits such as the timelessly funky Gettin Mo Money Than You from his debut project The T. L. Williams Experience continue to gain significant buzz worldwide. His lush & classic production can be heard behind various artists such as Grammy-Award winners Rhymefest and J-Ivy, T L, “a Second City alumni” is also a cast member on the hit T V show Empire. His new project The New Normal consists entirely of this recipe, quickly propelling T. L. to funk icon status.

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About:  Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a  group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification. Simonett hadn’t played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who’d previously played drums in a speed metal act) and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

 

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About:  UI Spirit Squad

The Iowa Spirit Squads consist of the Iowa Cheerleaders, Iowa Dance Team and Herky the Hawk.  The 50+ members represent the University of Iowa not only at Athletic events, but at many events requiring the Black and Gold to be present.  They can be seen on the sidelines and halftime inside Historic Kinnick Stadium, as well as inside Carver Hawkeye Arena for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Gymnastics.

The Iowa Spirit Squads also host events throughout the year, including kids clinics, skills clinics for high school aged students, competitions and other training sessions.  The commitment to the team is year round and many of them stay for the summer to take classes and work on their skills.

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About:  United Jazz Ensemble

Every May, this collaborative high school ensemble comes together to prepare for the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Directed by Rich Medd and Ryan Arp, the band is composed of students from Iowa City High School and West High School in Iowa City. For 20 years, this group has served as of one of the signature elements of the Jazz Festival’s commitment to education outreach. The deep immersion of students in jazz over the summer not only strengthens their musical growth, but builds a strong bond between the programs at the two schools.

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About:  Vincent Herring Quartet

Saxophonist Vincent Herring’s intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times.

 

Vincent’s discography reveals over 20 titles as a leader and over 250 as a sideman. His current and past projects speak to the wide range of his musical interest and versatility: The Vincent Herring-Joris Dudli’s Soul Jazz Alliance, Earth Jazz Agents, Friendly Fire with Vincent Herring and Eric Alexander. Vincent leads a band called Jazz The Story with Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, James Carter, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Kenny Davis, Carl Allen and Nicolas Bearde.
Vincent tours frequently with his projects around the in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and around the world. Vincent continues to share his distinct voice and musical knowledge, as a performer and jazz educator. He is currently on staff at William Paterson University and at Manhattan School of Music.

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About:  West High Jazz Ensemble

Rich & Rob Medd direct the dynamic West High Trojan Jazz program, presenting their top two jazz ensembles. The Friday Night Concert Series is a great opportunity for the students to get out and share their music with each other and the community.

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About:  West High Jazz Ensemble

Rich & Rob Medd direct the dynamic West High Trojan Jazz program, presenting their top two jazz ensembles. The Friday Night Concert Series is a great opportunity for the students to get out and share their music with each other and the community.

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About:  Wheel Hoss

Wheel Hoss performed regularly at clubs, weddings, parties and bluegrass festivals throughout the Midwest from 1980-1984. Their bootleg cassette “Live at the Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery” has long been sought after by bluegrass aficionados far and wide and is now considered a classic. They reassembled in 2016 to jam and had so much fun they began booking the occasional show. Don’t miss Dan Brown – bass, Charley Leslein – banjo, Al Murphy – fiddle, Coleen Peterson – guitar and Joe Peterson – mandolin, for this very special Arts Fest performance.

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About:  Winterland

Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s music from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk, and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental frontiers of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with an uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, sound and emotional connection with the audience – that almost indefinable something that, according to audience feedback, Dead fans are currently hard pressed to find elsewhere.

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About:  Younger

Younger is a band of instigators and super excited about the food here. Younger is not like you. Younger is a great question. Younger is a lot more fun than the kids in school. Younger is a rock n roll band.

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About:  Zeshan Bagewadi & the Transistors

Zeshan Bagewadi & the Transistors – Zeshan Bagewadi’s website describes his work as “tempestuous soul arias, urban love dramas, Memphis blues, and a civil rights anthem are all performed with an idiomatically Indo-Pakistani feel —with blaring tanpura and harmonium alongside hard grooves, delicate strings, and riveting horns. But floating above it all are Zeshan’s powerfully mellifluous vocals as he narrates–through the prism of his family’s immigrant experience–tales of instability, ambiguity, loss, injustice, unrequited love, urban despair and youthful ecstasy.”

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