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.Read More
About: Aaron Moseley
Wheel thrown and altered functional stoneware, wares are made for home decor and kitchen use. Wares are high fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere. Work is microwave and dishwasher safe.Read More
About: Abby Restko
Handmade jewelry including up-cycled materials like vintage boot buttons, re-purposed guitar strings, and natural stones including turquoise, jasper, fossils, and more!Read More
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.Read More
About: Alexandria Medenciy
Wheel thrown porcelain ware. Decorated with underglaze and the sgraffito technique. Hand glazed and fired to cone 6.Read More
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.Read More
About: Allison Maldonado
A variety of narrative illustrations ranging from pencil, ink, and watercolor in which figurative work meets fantastical environments and fun shapes.
Student, Rocky Mountain College of Art and DesignRead More
About: Amy Mueggenberg
I get my glass in 12×12 sheets, score it & break it down. My favorite fusing technique is tack fusing – for me its predicting how the glass will fall and drape once in the kiln.Read More
About: Andrew Van Schyndle
I use oil paint on canvas and wood employing a glazing technique.Read More
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.Read More
About: Ann Kathryn Kehoe
Hand-fabricated using Silver, Gold, Brass & Semi-precious gemstones. I utilize metalsmithing & lapidary skills to create mixed-metal work with intricate details & hidden secrets to empower the wearer.Read More
About: Ann Rutar
I use unique semi-precious cabochons & faceted stones in fabricated sterling & fine silver settings, using traditional methods of sawing, hammering, texturing, fusing, soldering, and stone setting.Read More
About: Annie Mohaupt
We craft footwear, handbags and accessories from sustainable woods and US-made nylon. We create our own fabric laminations and make all components in our studio before hand forming each item.Read More
About: Ansel Cummings
I am a mandala artist, creating intricate geometry by hand with no measuring devices. My art has been on many items, such as cars, furniture, clothes, stones, yoga mats, tipis, jewelry, and more.Read More
About: Ashley Corbello
I gather reference then plan the composition, weaving type, design & color together with the subject.Read More
About: Barbara Hamberg
Color is what truly enlivens me and I use it gleefully in my art. I coil, bend, twist, flatten and form wire, which once began simply straight–stones, glass and sterling silver are often incorporatedRead More
About: Barbara Nelson
Sculptural, mixed metal jewelry. Silver, bronze & stones. Hand fabricated concave & convex forms. Hand stamped textures, formed with hammers, mandrels & punches, soldered, brushed finish.Read More
About: Barbara Toner
Barbara Toner was born in Philadelphia, PA, but has lived in Bettendorf, IA, for more than 30 years. She has also lived in Texas, Michigan and Germany.Read More
About: Bekah Ash
Oil painter of strong, fictional women. I typically work on canvases for 3-5 months, developing layers and working with color through portraiture.Read More
About: Bella Wolfe
Paintings and drawings in a variety of styles and mediums.
Student, Sarah Lawrence CollegeRead More
About: Ben Holzhammer
My work is primarily photo-realistic drawing in graphite and ink as well as some watercolor and ink painting.Read More
About: Betty Christian
Unique jewelry using silver, gold, and copper wire formed using many different hand tools; Process includes bending and cold forging. Some include gemstones, pearls, natural materials. Some all wire.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Braedyn Dochterman
I am a comic arts major at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I graduated from West High School in 2017. My work has been featured in Little Village and The Daily Iowan. I like to capture history, politics and ordinary life in comic form. I have printed my work as cards, postcards, zines, buttons and stickers.
Student, Minneapolis College of Art and DesignRead More
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.Read More
About: Brian Beam
Functional wheel thrown and altered stoneware pottery. High fire reduction with a woodash glaze.Read More
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 patinaRead More
About: Bruce Gordon
The art I create is mainly colored pencil. Techniques used are layering pigment, blending, burnishing and sgraffito. My designs are the result of observation of nature- capturing a moment in time.Read More
About: Cara Briggs Farmer
MIG welded steel, stainless steel, and hand painted polycarbonate are my primary media. While some pieces rely on clean lines and new materials, other work incorporates reclaimed salvage yard objects.Read More
About: Carmel Schramm
The Fine Art of Stone Jewelry – By hand sterling silver fabrication. Stone cutting and polishing by traditional lapidary methods.Read More
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 twistRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Caroline Freese
I make handmade, wheel thrown porcelain ceramics. My forms and glazes are unique and fired to cone 6. I decorate my pottery with black iron oxide decals, based on my original animal paintings.Read More
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.Read More
About: Chris Abigt
My oil paintings interpret nature, capturing moments in time where unique light, color, and depth converge to create fullness and delight.
About: Chris Christenson
Combine fused and stained glass with figured wood. Intricate joinery adds aesthetic appeal. Influenced by C R Mackintosh.Read More
About: Cindy Skeie
Close up nature macro photography. All natural…no artificial colors added.Read More
About: Clark McFerren
Traditional watercolor: transparent and gouache, watercolor on canvasRead More
About: Cliff Matyszczyk
Metal sculpture created by cutting, heating, bending, welding & chiseling steel and stone.Read More
About: Connie Thatcher
Miniature Booklets created with silver, bronze and copper. Techniques include etching, casting, soldering and patina work.Read More
About: Cori Pitcher
I create fun, usually friendly, monsters in a colorful world of acrylic paint on canvas, paper and also in plush.Read More
About: Corrine Smith
I begin each work with several drawings. Working intuitively I combine acrylic paint, pattern, monoprints & handmade papers. A variety of handmade paper techniques are incorporated.Read More
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.Read More
About: Dale Cantrell
Windchimes and mobiles made from cut and hand finished natural stone with rare domestic and exotic hardwoods. Examples of materials used, agate stone, African Zebrawood and Indian Rosewood.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Dave Johnson
Boxes and bowls (salvaged wood) with emphasis on unique grain patterns. All items have a hand rubbed finish.Read More
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.Read More
About: David and Ann Reif
We use fine metal fabrication, lapidary, etching and other metalworking skills to create our own style of personal adornment.Read More
About: Dawn Rasmussen
My wearable art jewelry integrates precious gems and metals using a blend of art and fabrication. The techniques include hot and cold connections, fold forming, lamp work, texture and patina.Read More
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.Read More
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 wrappingRead More
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.Read More
About: Donald Ulmer
We hand weave rugs from upholstery selvedges in sizes up to 8 x 12 area rugs. Steps include preparation (separate fibers, wrap shuttles) warp looms, weave, tie knots for fringe, trim & steam fringe.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Douglas Fulks
Drawing in pen & ink using the crosshatch and parallel line techniques on 4 ply cotton rag paper.Read More
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.Read More
About: Earlene Larson
Recycled corduroy pants are used to create handmade paper journals, luminairies, and wallpieces, along with some felting.Read More
About: Emma Dochterman
I am a digital arts major with emphasis on illustration. My work varies from comic book design to painting. I like to create what I feel, which means my work is a range of emotions. I can present my work as paintings, greeting cards, stickers, magnets, etc.
Student, Minneapolis College of Art and DesignRead More
About: Emma Reed
Most of my work is inspired by media; anime, tv-shows, and more. When I am not drawing that, I love to explore the idea of fantasy and realism. I want to become a medical illustrator so I draw a lot of human anatomy, sometimes with a twist. Overall, my work is a mix of a lot of ideas.
Student, GMG High SchoolRead More
About: Erica Gooding
I create pieces by acid etching images, stone setting, soldering, and using blow torches and hammers to fold form. I work in copper, and sterling silver to create jewelry in a broad price range.Read More
About: Erik Saulitis
Black and white photos of Dancers in studio. Shot on film & digital. No “magic”, all images are as shot.
Prints made by artist and have a resin coating adding depth and clarity.
Purity in shape, form & execution.”Read More
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.
About: Eve Minkler
Acrylic paintings, alcohol ink paintings, both abstract and impressionisticRead More
About: Everly Eldeen
Everly Eldeen Iowa City High School and University of Iowa I work in 3D and 2D forms. Nature is my subject, and I have a fondness for birds!
Student, City High SchoolRead More
About: Faith Wickey
My glass work is created using a torch and a kiln. I combine flameworked and fused items together in shadowbox frames to create the final piece.Read More
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 .Read More
About: Gabbie Herzberg
Abstract and Representational paintings made with acrylic, watercolor, and ink on canvas.
Student, Kirkwood Community CollegeRead More
About: Gebet Cecil Sannoh
My work shows mix of photography&painting. With photoshop I paint on my own photos giving it an unimaginable look.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Gregg Messer
Hand crafted furniture accentuating the natural characteristics of wood, sometimes juxtaposed with raw steel, stone, glass, and other contrasting materials.Read More
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.Read More
About: Gregory Macdonald
I create original hand carved Folk Art from Cottonwood Bark using traditional hand tools and techniques.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Henry Bergeson
I combine various hardwoods, brass and glass to create finely finished kaleidoscopes who’s exterior stand alone as sculpture with interior views that provide infinitely changing dynamic visuals.Read More
About: Irena Saparnis
After photo image is transferred on silk it has been treated with multiple layers of wax and dyes like in traditional hot wax batik. All images are original and was taken by artist.Read More
About: Jack Pine
All pieces are hand blown at 2000 degrees. I use layers of colored enamels and precious metals.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Jamie Smisek
My process involves reconditioning and hand-sculpting unheated silver flatware which I then craft together with glass beads, antique bottles, crystals & artifacts using stainless steel cable & crimps.Read More
About: Jane Mari
I create Whimsy Garden Art by combining my hand built pottery with different types of glass (frit, fused, tempered and recycled). Pieces are handpainted and kiln fired twice. Each item is unique.Read More
About: Janet Ahrens
Handmade paper created in the Western method of paper making incorporated with industrial materials to enhance tactile qualities, no two pieces are alikeRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Jeff Hart
Using a wood lathe, I turn reclaimed trees & exotic burls into 1 of a kind bowls, vessels & platters. Some are enhanced with turquoise stone, dyes or acrylic resin. All are finished with polyurethane.Read More
About: Jenna Lueck
Artist recaptures beautiful Iowa landscapes on canvas using vibrant acrylic paint to achieve inspiring works of art with amazing depth of field and moving skies.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Jeremy Hansen
Original watercolor on aluminum painting using brush, scraping, and splatter applications to visually suggest a minimalist view of nature.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Jo Myers-Walker
Transparent watercolors showing Iowa City scenes and whimsical bird prints and shower curtains of the Iowa City scenesRead More
About: Joan Namachemo
Hand-made African crafts made from wood, soapstone, and banana fiber.Read More
About: Jocelyn Morgan
Personally handmade with selected quality materials and great detailing. One of a kind design.Read More
About: Joe Chrystal
I make hand turned wood items such as pens, wine bottle stoppers, ice cream scoops and ornaments. I try to use recycled material where I can, as well as local and unusual material.Read More
About: Joel and Karma 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: John Eberhardt
I am an oil painter who paints primarily wildlife songbirds fish etc. on canvas and feathersRead More
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.Read More
About: John Larsen
Stained glass windows and lanterns using hand made bevels, fused glass and old glass tiles.
Designed in the prairie style.
About: John Schafer
I make bold and kinetic, abstract oil paintings on hand-stretchd canvas. I use archival materials, and I work spontaneously and intuitively in all-over layers of wash and finishing glazes.Read More
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.Read More
About: John Woodhouse
3-D Wall hanging of a barn scene made of wood, wire, stone and paint.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Jordan Collingwood
My artwork can be described as gothic folk art with pops of color. I’m stilling exploring my style and medias but really like to use neon colors mixed with dull darker colors.
Student, Iowa Valley Junior/Senior High SchoolRead More
About: Joseph Mongan
Functional Art using Up-cycled oak bourbon/wine barrel staves.Artistic metal parts with buffing and grind markings added for an aged industrial look.Matte clear finish.Large unique Edison style BulbsRead More
About: Joseph Murray
Individually layered Watercolor and Acrylic paint on Gallery Wrap Watercolor Canvas in a Representational Impressionistic style.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Joyce Fritz
Polymer clay, millefiori technique, hand modeled. Mixed media additions of recycled telephone wire, glass beads, glitter.Read More
About: Joyce Meyer
Award-winning nature photography in HDR. 10 national magazine covers, work seen on billboards, websites, magazines.Read More
About: Julia DeValk
I try to capture the beauty of the natural landscapes around Iowa and places I have traveled in the past in my paintings and I am particularly drawn to sunsets. I have tried several different styles and mediums of paint but I mainly work in acrylics. My other passion is in ceramics and although I mostly throw on the pottery wheel, I have been experimenting with handbuilt animals and structures lately. I also delve into drawing and create images of animals using ink pens and occasionally colored pencils.
Student, University of IowaRead More
About: Julianna Brashers-Krug
I draw animals and landscapes digitally, then convert them into posters, keychains, and stickers to sell!
Student, City High SchoolRead More
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.Read More
About: Julie Meyer
Julie Meyer, a Midwest designer, sews leather handbags and goods. Sourcing top-grain leather & hair-on cowhides, she cuts, sews and offers skillfully finished items for people to use everyday.Read More
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.Read More
About: Justine Zimmer
Sculptures are hand woven or hammered using primarily copper/aluminum wire, sheet metal and mesh. Occasionally other materials or found objects are used as embellishments. Display indoors or outdoors.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Kayla Vasquez
Recent graduate, Iowa State UniversityRead More
About: Keith Swanson
Sculptures of animals, keychains, stickers and prints.
Student, City High SchoolRead More
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.Read More
About: Ken Smith
I look for simplistic composition and seek intimate light for my images to communicate a story and provoke an emotional response for the viewer. I capture these moments using only one exposure.Read More
About: Kendra Brockmann
I fabricate my sterling pieces using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, filing, hammering and torch soldering. I use fossils, found objects and items in nature in my work.Read More
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.Read More
About: Kiara Linda
About: Kiel McBrearty
Expressive faces that focus on mark making.
Student, Kirkwood Community CollegeRead More
About: Kim Steenstra
I make hand forged and soldered sterling jewelry. A passion that has exploded in the last year and a half. My passion is shared by Children of the Promise in Haiti. A portion of sales is donated to them.Read More
About: Kirk Niehouse
I create original wheel thrown & hand-built ceramics that are finished with the Raku process, Horse Hair Raku or stoneware glaze firings. My stoneware works are functional while my Raku is decorative.Read More
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.Read More
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+.
About: Kyle Powell
I take daily photographs of hearts as a reminder that in any given moment you are loved. These photographs are then printed and matted and/or framed in a variety of sizes, and wall art.Read More
About: Lara Williams
My work is primarily influenced by nature and how it interacts with our interiors and what we consider sacred spaces in our homes.Read More
About: Laura Larabee
Paintings are oil on mahogany board. Process is free-hand drawing of subjects onto board, then building up thin layers of oil paint using soft brushes to achieve minute detail and a smooth surface.Read More
About: Laura McGarvey
I make unique vessels using gourds and other materials.Read More
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.Read More
About: Laura Ross
I create one of a kind jewelry by repurposing broken pocket watches from 1860-1930’s, wrist watches, vintage jewelry, old coins/buttons and findings. I use cold connections to attach pieces together.Read More
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.Read More
About: Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi
Combination of hand building and wheel thrown pieces. Pressed designs from lace, buttons and embroidery. Cone 6 glazes painted with small brushes to bring out texture and create faux mosaic look.Read More
About: Laurie Wilhite
We use hand cast acrylics, stone, antler, metal and more to make one of a kind writing tools. We design, create, cast, & eventually turn every piece on a lathe. We also forge matching glass holders.Read More
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.Read More
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 aestheticsRead More
About: Leon Van Weelden
Hand built clay sculptures. Fountains, planters, figures, and wall pieces.Read More
About: Leonard Tinnell
Using only glass colors we combine hand-cut glass with crushed glass frit, utilizing multiple firings and layering techniques we fuse the pieces together into plates, wall pieces, sculpture, and jewelry.Read More
About: Lianne Westcot
I create acrylic paintings both in studio and on location (plein air), using professional grade paints and mediums.Read More
About: Linda and Barry Lane
We do a varied group of techniques. Raku, with horse hair, feathers and gold. Naked Raku, and both low and high fire.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Luis Villa
Traditional Andean jewelry. Intricate wrapped wire, using only needle nosed pliers and a hammer as tools; a collection of soldered pieces. Sterling silver, copper, and high quality semiprecious stones.Read More
About: Luke Swearingen
I provide a framework to exotic stones using only hand tools and tension to set the piece. I bend silver and gold wire into a simple but elegant shape around the stone to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.Read More
About: Maggie Joynt
Sterling and mixed metal jewelry with accents of my own hand cut gemstones. Techniques include lapidary, forging, riveting, soldering, and stone setting. Bold geometric designs inspired by nature.Read More
About: Maricela De La Torre
Hand made one of a kind Skirts made of silk. Hand made genuine leather braceletsRead More
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.Read More
About: Mark Freeman
Ceramic vessels are wheel thrown, altered, slip decorated, glazed and fired to cone 10 reduction.Read More
About: Mark Pearson
I display and offer fine art, signed, limited edition prints, canvas mounts, emounts, and acrylic mounts, in various sizes and price points. I also offer the ability to order custom sizes and mounts.Read More
About: Mark Schlabaugh
My work is made from a variety of found objects such as antique industrial wood foundry patterns, vintage automotive and electrical componentsRead More
About: Martha Sperry
My felted friends are created from wool. Sometimes I use a wire armature so they can take different positions. All designs are my own.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
About: Mary Miller
After assembling soulfully worn found objects, I layer patterns under stained glass. Then I add tiles created from etched tarpaper & acrylic paint. I tie all the elements together with grout & paint.Read More
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.Read More
About: Maryam Abuissa
Both 2D and 3D stained glass work.
Recent Graduate, City High SchoolRead More
About: Masoudeh Masoud Bahnamiri
Abstract, realism or a mixture of both.
PhD Student, University of IowaRead More
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 woodsRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Melvin McGee
I use a layering technique that allows me to build up the oil paints for contrast and bright colors.Read More
About: Michael Lamers
Using an Ioptron allows me to take a 3 minute exposure of the the universe’s beauty. Photographs printed by artist on a transparent layer and face mounted to acrylic. Editions 10-250.Read More
About: Michele Ward
Acrylic applied to canvas, wood, vinyl. Gravity, heat, and blown air used to manipulate color.Read More
About: Michelle & Todd Haden
Handcrafted handbags made using upholstery fabric. All bags have feet on bottom and numerous interior pockets in my signature coordinating polka dots.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Mona Majorowicz
Wildlife and equestrian artwork done in with archival materials in a mixed media utilizing a drawing technique.Read More
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.Read More
About: Nathan Trivette
Digital editing is kept to basics: color, contrast, sharpening & cropping. All presented work is archival. Printing done by artist on luster paper. Matting, mounting & framing performed by artist.Read More
About: Nicholas Ringelstetter
Mixed media of spray, acrylic, water, oil paints, pen and markers on canvas, wood or metal.Read More
About: Olga Krasovska
Multilayered Mixed Media Acrylic Painting. Exploring the relationship between subtle and coarse textures, color and reflective metallic surfaces. Please zoom in.Read More
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.Read More
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 techniquesRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Paul Aude
I offer handmade leather Handbags, Laptop messenger bags, leather journals filled with recycled handmade paper, and Belts. variation in the colors of my product comes from hand-mixed color dyes.Read More
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.Read More
About: Paul Nikitchenko
I use other people’s unwanted materials to create unique, one of a kind collages. Collage art allows me to create the surreal, dreamlike worlds that I have always wanted to bring to life.Read More
About: Paul Prorok
Large-format images of famous places from around the world, hand-produced and framed by myself.Read More
About: Penny Atkinson-Potter
Hand-Sculpted, Cast, Fabricated, Fused, Textured, Polished, Channel Set precious metal sculptures using unique gemstones in a contemporary styleRead More
About: Rachel Newell
I use other people’s unwanted materials to create unique, one of a kind collages. Collage art allows me to create the surreal, dreamlike worlds that I have always wanted to bring to life.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Ray Hamilton
With an eye for rich color, and unique natural grain patterns, I seek out salvaged, local, common, downed hardwoods creating exquisite lathe-turned bowls and vases. No stain or glue. Food safe finish.Read More
About: Rebecca Skow
One of a kind art vessels, thrown, hand built with firing techniques that include horse hair raku.Read More
About: Retta Hentschel
Salvaged Depression glass dishes with bevels, rondels, and agate slices copper foiled with contemporary stained glass and decoratively soldered together making the finest glass panels and lamps.Read More
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.Read More
About: Rich Hughen
Digital photographic art — I attempt to replicate in the picture what I saw and felt as I took the photograph — so I feel especially good when someone asks, “Is that a picture or a painting?”Read More
About: Richard Wright
I use traditional blacksmith techniques and welding to transform everyday and industrial objects into organic and natural forms.Read More
About: Rita Troller
Detailed, hand-pulled Etchings/Aquatints on metal plates created using traditional intaglio methods. The resulting prints are often selectively hand colored with acrylic ink and/or watercolor.Read More
About: Roan Douglas Bachar
Most of my work is portrait based on small to medium sized canvas’ with acrylic paints and pens. My subject matter is highly influenced by old school hip-hop and icons within the hip-hop culture.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Robert Myrvall
I create furniture from wood taken from Michigan’s U.P.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Sam Seigel
Sculpted from flat sheets of copper. Hand hammered and manipulated then brazed together. After a high buff, automotive paints are applied by airbrush and a clear coat is baked on.Read More
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.Read More
About: Sara Letsch
Taking sheets of glass, I cut, form, and kiln-fuse them into cabochons. I then weave different gauges of wire around the glass to form the rest the jewelry. Patina is then added using liver of sulfur.Read More
About: Scot Schmidt
“Sculptures in Limestone” made from PATENTED limestone/resin material. Each piece hand carved with homemade tools, then painted/stained with acrylics. All are shadowbox mounted wall hangingsRead More
About: Scott Macklin
All pieces are original designs hand sculpted in wax then centrifugally cast using the lost wax method in either 14 ct gold sterling silver or jewelers bronze then antiqued, polished to show detail.Read More
About: Scott Reynolds
Landscape photography printed on aluminum using UV cured inks and paper using an inkjet printer.Read More
About: Sean and Trang Nguyen Cusick
All our paper art are done exclusively in house using CAD software 2 design all parts , cut out by laser cutter, put all parts together by hand. All our Paper art have Copyright certificate.Read More
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.Read More
About: Setsuko Nishida-Adams
Beaded Jewelry & Accessories, Leather CraftsRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Sharon Smith
Metal and stone, many stones I have cut and finished myself. Mostly copper and Argentium sterling silver. Soldering, riveting, fusing, etc. used to make unique OAK and surprising settings.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Stephanie Windler
Hand cut, arranged, and fused glass work. Both functional and decorative pieces.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Steve Coburn
My work is high fired wheel thrown functional stoneware and porcelain pottery.Read More
About: Susan Cunningham
I do pen and ink drawings using micro pens. Some drawings are colored using colored inks. I also create felted wool paintings and sculptures using wool slivers and batts. Barbed needles are used to felt wool on to a background fabric or to shape fibers in to solid wool sculptures.Read More
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.Read More
About: Susan Shinnick
I dye and hand silkscreen with original designs on natural fabrics like linen and silk to make home textiles, accessories and clothing.Read More
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.Read More
About: Ted Simmering
I paint a mix of random & structured effects, figure/ground shifts, echo color, movement to create connection, a dynamic harmony. A patron recently noted “So many lives lived” She saw each journey!Read More
About: Teresa LindRead More
About: Teresa Matheson
Hand fabricated sterling silver, gold accented gemstone jewelry. Focus on asymmetry, texture, handmade chain. Designs include shadowboxes, double-sided links, hand drawn designs embossed and etched.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Tim Feuerstein
Exotic selections of granite, marble, quartz and solid surface are hand-carved into functional pieces of art such as hor d’oeuvres platters, lazy susans, cheese slicers and raised pet feeders.Read More
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 variationsRead More
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.Read More
About: Timothy Kobs
I use acrylic paint on hardboard glazing with multiple layers, to achieve vibrant paintings.Read More
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.Read More
About: Tom Gross
I paint large scale cityscapes using acrylic glazes to achieve a pedestrian view of daily scenes.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Venus Cramer
I fabricate bold contemporary jewelry using sterling silver, vibrant gemstones and found objects.Read More
About: Vincent Lewis
I show my appreciation of diversity in the different tones of exotic and domestic wood in the boxes and furniture. Fine sanding and finishing bring out the natural colors and beauty without stain.Read More
About: Wayne & Karen Ruff
Original artwork made from various steel stone granite & pottery. We hand cut steel-form & weld it to a specific shape then incorporate stone/pottery to give each sculpture a unique finish.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: William Bailey
We use silver, gold, copper, enamel, stone and a variety of perfected jewelry techniques to fabricate our pieces.Read More
About: William Gillard
I design my unique Natural Jewelry using Orange peel, Coconut shell, Acai seeds, Wood, and Tagua that is known as the vegetable Ivory. I also incorporate Leather, Cotton cord and Wire.Read More
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.Read More
About: Abbie Callahan
Appearing on the music scene through both American Idol and The Voice, Iowa City’s Abbie Callahan brings a young fresh, spin on rock classics and modern radio- and also shares with us her amazing originals; each of which can serve as lessons on how to move a heart with a tune. A unique reservoir of vocal interpretive skill, accompanied by her own infectious acoustic guitar tempos, risk taking hold of your whole day!
Me and My Music is her EP recently released through iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. It’s time you found Abbie Callahan’s music!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
About: Annie Savage
Annie Savage, hailed recently as “firecracker educator and entertainer” is an international string clinician and performer of American Roots music.A prize-winning contest fiddler from the age of 8, Annie has performed with artists from Aretha Franklin to Ricky Skaggs. She founded the local band The Awful Purdies and cut her teeth with The Mayflies before moving the Colorado’s Front Range and taking the roots music world by storm. Her current band, The Savage Hearts, performs fiery stage shows and teaches her method for group improvisation at schools, conferences and festivals.Read More
About: Annie Savage & the Savage Hearts
The Savage Hearts are a fiery stage act that feature in a spicy tribute to the unsung women of classic country and bluegrass music. Featuring Iowa’s prodigal daughter-returned from Colorado’s Front Range, Annie Savage and members of local favorite Flash in a Pan, the band’s drill-it-to-the wall lady-vocals and bombastic instrumentals blended with just the right amount of saucy “been there done that” stage banter has audiences laughing and crying at the same time! Virtuosic instrumentals soar above vocals that are hotter than the punch of a ghost pepper in the middle of a hot flash. The Savage Hearts have recently appeared at Folk Alliance International, the IBMA World of Bluegrass and throughout the US and Canada. They are celebrating their second album release this summer and you too can be a part of the action at www.thesavagehearts.com!
Opening for The Savage Hearts are the students of Liberty High School’s alternative string ensemble, Liberty String Theory. Directed by Annie Savage and Craig Klocke, these students are going beyond the normal orchestral experience in search of “Total World Domination Through Vibrating Wooden Boxes”. They recently performed with Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and New Orleans’ Don Vappie at Seattle’s Wintergrass Festival and they have a busy schedule of gigs this summer. Comprised of high school students who also learn the tricks and trade of the real life music industry through touring and promoting their work, the Liberty String Theory will be joined this evening by local bluegrass outfit Dillon’s Furrow. For bookings, contact Ms. Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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.”Read More
About: August McKinney Quintet
The August McKinney Quartet consists of August McKinney on piano, Carter Pearson on drums, Eli Zukor-Zimmerman on bass, and Sophia Kickhofel on saxophone. All are high school students in the metro Twin Cities area in Minnesota. They have been playing collectively in various groups for a number of years.Read More
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.Read More
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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.Read More
About: Bernemann Brothers
Rock, Country, and Blues — driven by the passion of the live experience, the Bernemann Brothers Band fits like a favorite pair of blues jeans. The band chemistry is palpable and contagious when siblings Matt and Ryan Bernemann (Drums, and Guitar/ Vocals, respectively) are joined by Ben Schmidt (Electric guitar/ Vocals), Sam Drella (Vocals), Sean Seaton (Keys), Randall Davis (Electric Guitar), and Rich Wagor (Bass). You’ll hear classic tunes you love, rare gems that may have escaped you, and even the occasional original composition, all delivered up with an easygoing sense of fun and rock solid musicianship.Read More
About: Brad and the Big Wave
Singer-songwriter Brad Pouleson, formerly of The Beggarmen, has changed course with a new sound and a new band. Joined by Recliners band members John Kramer on bass and Paul McCray on guitar, plus veteran keyboardist Doug Langbehn, Connor Wade on drums and vocalist Allison Yoder, Pouleson leaves the Celtic world far behind to sing about life with his electric guitar in hand. The band’s exciting debut CD “This Crazy World” is due out in the spring of 2019.Read More
About: Brass Tower
Brass Tower is a traditionally composed brass quintet specializing in not-so-traditional music. The group focuses on playing a mix of funky, brassy arrangements of popular tunes and eclectic contemporary music ranging from electronic to jazz.Read More
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.Read More
About: Brian Johannesen
On January 31st, 2020, Iowa City songwriter Brian Johannesen released his second full-length record entitled “Holster Your Silver”. His Midwestern-Americana style has garnered critical praise in the roots music world. Americana Highways said of the album, “Johannesen shows the ability to make you laugh, dance, and think in the span of just nine songs. In the tradition of other middle American songwriters, he writes earnest songs with a bit of a gritty quality. More than that, he writes songs that make you feel something.” Johannesen will be touring the US in support of the new album in 2020.Read More
About: Brick Street Ramblers
Formed in 2017, the Brick Street Ramblers is an Iowa City-based eight-member group of traditional jazz musicians playing “the world’s happiest music,” Dixieland.
About: Cedar County Cobras
Cedar County Cobras play American roots and blues music from the last century. The music takes on an “old time” blues feel that would most likely be found in a juke-joint down a gravel road in rural Iowa. All members of the project are multi-instrumentalists and play a number of different instruments during each live performance. The music has been described as contagious, acoustic rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues. It is almost impossible to box the sound of the Cobras into one musical genre when you hear an eclectic mix of acoustic blues and gypsy mandolin tunes that can only be heard in the Cobra songs.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
About: City Circle Teens
Directed by Chris Okiishi and Leslie Nolte, City Circle’s annual teen musical is the recent Broadway hit Disney’s NEWSIES! Set in turn-of-the century New York City and based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies”, who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.Read More
About: City High Jazz Ensemble
The City High Jazz Collective and the City High Jazz Ensemble are the upper level big bands in the City High Jazz program. The groups maintain a busy performance calendar throughout the year, performing at home concerts and throughout the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor area in addition to jazz festivals and competitions in Iowa and Illinois.Read More
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 StreetRead More
About: Corridor Quintet
The Corridor Quintet is a jazz collective made up of some of the finest young musicians in Iowa. The group, which formed during the summer of 2018 in Iowa City, features Ethan Buck on saxophone, Kolbe Schnoebelen on trombone, Ana Koch on guitar, Vivian Shanley on bass, and Peter Stoltz on drums. The Corridor Quintet creates a compelling listening experience through unique charts and creative improvisations, while staying true to the small group hard bop tradition.Read More
About: Craig Kessler Monktet
About: Craig Taborn Daylight Ghosts Quartet
Along with the questing Taborn on piano and electronic keyboards, the quartet of Daylight Ghosts features two other luminaries from the New York scene – reed player Chris Speed and bassist Chris Lightcap – plus drummer Dave King, the leader’s fellow Minnesota native and one-third of alt-jazz trio The Bad Plus. Each player draws from a broad artistic background, as informed by rock, electronica and diverse strains of world music as they are the various permutations of jazz improvisation.Read More
About: Crystal City
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. In 2009, Crystal City formed as a duo, recording their self-titled acoustic EP just three months after meeting. In the years to follow, the duo grew into a full band. Following their first and second full-length albums Change (2014) and Bartenderly (2017), Crystal City have spent their time touring across the country, and have been met with positive reviews of their blend of rock and acoustic songs.Read More
About: Damani Phillips Trio
Dr. Damani Philips is a native of Pontiac, MI, where he began playing at the age of 10. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, directs jazz combos and teaches courses in African-American music, jazz history, jazz theory and improvisation. He has earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University (Chicago) and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone; and a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University (Detroit). Phillips completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder; becoming one of the first African-Americans in the country to do so.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
About: Danilo Perez
As a solo artist and as a collaborator with Jazz giants, Danilo Pérez is one of the most creative pianists-composers on the scene. His music is a blend of Panamanian roots with elements of Latin American folk music, jazz, European impressionism, and African and other musical heritages that promote music as a multidimensional bridge between people. Since 1993 Pérez has released 12 albums which have earned him critical acclaim, numerous accolades, Grammy Awards wins and several nominations.
Since 2001, Pérez has been part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, alongside bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. The band developed an unusual chemistry that has made their live performances and recordings among the most significant in modern jazz and their latest recording called Emanon won a Grammy in the category of best jazz instrumental album in 2019.
The Danilo Perez trio featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz was formed in 2003. Critic John Kelman from All about Jazz wrote “Groups that remain together for a period of years are a rarity these days. With Live at the Jazz Showcase Perez proves that longevity clearly cultivates a deeper sense of interplay and a more intuitive sense of oneness”.Read More
About: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones
Dave Alvin, Grammy winning songwriter, singer and self described “barroom guitarist”, is considered by many to be one of the pivotal pioneers of Americana. A fourth generation Californian, Alvin grew up in the small town of Downey and got his musical education by listening to the late night border radio stations, watching his older cousins play guitar and banjo, collecting dusty, rare 78s and sneaking in underage to bars with his older brother, Phil, to see their legendary blues heroes perform live and to learn from them firsthand.
Since forming the highly influential Roots Rock/R+B band, The Blasters, with his brother in 1979, and through his long, critically acclaimed solo career after he left the group in 1986, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining blues, folk, rockabilly, Bakersfield country, surf and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from writers like Raymond Chandler and John Steinbeck, Alvin says his songs are like California, “A big, messy, melting pot.”
Alvin has recorded with such diverse artists as Bobby Rush, Tom Waits, John Mellencamp, Little Milton and The Knitters, while his songs have been recorded by performers like Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Joe Ely and Marshall Crenshaw as well as having been featured in various movies/TV shows including The Sopranos, Justified, Girls, Crybaby, Dusk To Dawn, The Wire and True Blood.
Alvin, who recently reunited with his brother Phil for two blues albums including the Grammy nominated Common Ground, can usually be found somewhere with his band, The Guilty Ones, on some interstate highway headed to his next gig.
JIMMIE DALE GILMORE
Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been writing and playing songs for more than 50 years. His music eludes categorization, blending elements of folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass. His recordings have earned three Grammy nominations in both Contemporary Folk and Traditional Folk categories and he was named Country Artist of the Year three years running by Rolling Stone Magazine. His high and lonesome vocal style, coupled with sometimes mystical and poetic lyrics, has led to musical brandings such as Sagebrush Soul, Zen Country and Western Beat. Along with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore’s legendary band The Flatlanders has been credited as fathers of the Alt-country movement.
These days, Jimmie is still touring, singing and playing music, oftentimes with one or more of the big, beautiful, musical community he feels fortunate to be part of. In 2018, he’ll be playing with Dave Alvin, Colin Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely (the Flatlanders), Carrie Rodriguez, Ruthie Foster (the Texas Troubadours), Bill Kirchen, Marty Muse (Highway 71), Christine Albert, Chris Gage, and others. He also enjoys leading songwriting workshops, writing songs and occasionally and randomly appearing in movies such as the Big Lebowski, Parkland and The Thing Called Love.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
About: Dick Watson
Dick Watson grew up in Indianola, Iowa. He started taking classical piano lessons at age 8. At age 13 he added jazz lessons in Des Moines, Iowa with Speck Redd, a good friend of Duke Ellington. Dick went to Park College in Parkville, Missouri for one year and then transferred to the University of Iowa where he graduated with a degree in German. All through school the weekends were filled with playing gigs. Dick has played most of the last 20 years on Friday and Saturday nights with his trio at The Lighthouse Inn in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has played in a number of local festivals and venues in the area over the years including the Bix Festival in Davenport and the Cedar Basin Festival in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Dick has played with Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Boots Randolph, Roy Clark, Al Hirt, Smokey Stover, Ray Blue, Rusty Jones, Bill Allred, Pee Wee Matese, J. R. Monterose, Ira Sullivan and Dave Bennett among others.Read More
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.)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Dusty Bottle
Dusty Bottle (Iowa City, IA) plays a midwestern blend of original roots music and classics tunes as well. Steeped in vinyl records and corn liquor, Dusty Bottle brings an honest balance of piano, pedal steel, country, gospel, blues, whiskey, folk & soul. Roland Racevskis (University of Iowa Professor of French) is celebrated for his skilled and complete piano sound and serves as the band’s songwriter. He writes with a unique perspective that gives an honest take on everyday life observations of family, joy, struggle and heartbreak. Roland Racevskis, along with Billy Valencia are the heart of the outfit and often preform as a duo. Dusty Bottle is blessed with the brilliant pedal steel work of legendary Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Dale Thomas, and the Valencia/Bernemann/Valencia rhythm section proves seasoned, tight & versatile. Inspired substance with soulful improvisation. The bottle was dusty, but the liquor was clean.
- Roland Racevskis (piano/vocals)
Dale Thomas (pedal steel/vocals)
Megan Valencia (guitar/organ/accordion/vocals)
Billy Valencia (bass)
Matthew Bernemann (drums)
About: EdEast LJQ
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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.Read More
About: Elly H.
Elly Hofmaier learned guitar not just for fun but to make her performances on stage easier. Before her encounter with the six-string instrument, the singer/songwriter played only piano, but pianos — in-tune pianos — are a rarity to find at a local gig.
In more recent times, the University of Iowa senior has created a band called Elly H, which she sometimes refers to as Elly H and the Sexy Boys, because the rest of the musicians are male.
“We’re mostly an indie-rock band,” she said. “I want to transition into psychedelic rock, like contemporary psych rock, but I don’t know how to play it.”
The songwriter describes her solos as indie-rock mixed with country western.Read More
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.Read More
About: Everyday People
Everyday People -Say What ?-is a local Iowa City trio (sax, bass, drums) that creates original groove oriented conscious soul music-E.D.P.S.W’s music touches on various issues that concern the human race in today’s world.Read More
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.Read More
About: Flash in a Pan
Flash in a Pan is folk and grass string band from Iowa City, IA. Founded in 2012, the band was named on the assumption that they would play two shows and dissolve. After many line-up changes, the band is still playing with no end in sight. Not out of place at large music festivals, you might catch this band anywhere from street corners or weddings to barn parties or red carpet events. Flash in a Pan brings a fun mix of folk music of many shades. 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.Read More
About: George Jazz Trio
The George Jazz Group is committed to playing the music of the 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond; music more commonly know as – “Jazz Standards.” This is the music that is truly an American art form which conjures up composers with titles such as Duke and Count; musicians such as Dizzie, Ella, Buddy and Sinatra. Songs with poetic lyrics found in titles such as Autumn Leaves, Our Love Is Here To Stay, I Bought You Violets For Your Furs and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
This is the musical culture that helped form the American landscape from New York to LA, with points between such as Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans. This is the music of our parents and grand parents as well as members of America’s youth before the word “Teenager” was coined.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Gris’s Big Fun
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About: Grupo Innstinto
Grupo Innstinto is a Mexican regional band out of Des Moines, working day-by-day so their music reaches your ears and conquer your hearts! Made up of a bassist, accordion player, drums, saxophone, guitar, timbales, keyboard, and percussion, they are guaranteed to do just that!Read More
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.Read More
About: Heartland Trio
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.”Read More
Hollowtree is a four-piece rock band from Ottumwa, IA. Fusing elements of grunge and classic rock with a more modern sound. Distorted guitar, groovy bass lines, and blazing drums make Hollowtree an act you don’t want to miss.Read More
About: Home Brewed
Home Brewed is a fun filled, mixed generational group, playing Bluesy Rock and Roll and Rockabilly, mostly in support of non-profit organizations who are helping the less fortunate in society. They play a mix of tunes: from classics by the likes of Johnny Cash, Stray Cats, Keb Mo, LIttle Walter, and, Eric Clapton, to current bands such as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Kaleo, and JJ Grey and Mofro as well as some original songs. They love all kinds of music, and have chosen to play this variety that respects the roots a of the blues while introducing their audiences to some new music to which they might not be familiar. Home Brewed uses their music to also give back for all of the blessings they have had in life.Read More
About: Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers feels like a secret you don’t really want to share. Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts. On Appreciation, out May 4 on Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and taut lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul, creating a sound that leaps into the spotlight. Diehard fans are going to have to make room in the club house for a lot more people – with this album, the Horse Feathers secret is officially out.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
About: Ingrid Streitz
Ingrid Streitz is a singer and guitar player from Iowa City, Iowa. She has played and made guest appearances at many local venues, including The Mill, Uptown Bill’s, Iowa City Unplugged, Sutliff Cider, The Englert, and the Iowa City Farmer’s Market. In 2017, she played for a Bob Dylan tribute show at the Englert with The Recliners. For the last seven years, she has performed at the Iowa State Fair for the Bill Riley Talent Search, including an appearance in the semi-final competition 2016-2019. She has opened for Shade of Blue and performed on the Linn Street LIVE Stage at the Iowa Arts Festival for the last several years.
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.Read More
About: Iowa City Fencing
Since its foundation in 2010 by Judy O’Donnell our club continues to be a dynamic venue for competitive and recreational fencing for all ages and levels. We provide instruction in all three styles: Foil, Epee and Saber.Read More
About: Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet
The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet, a subgroup of the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra (est. 2017), is made up of some of the most sought after musicians and educators from right here in the Corridor. Musicians include Jen Tiede – alto saxophone, Lynne Hart – tenor saxophone, Toni LeFebvre – trumpet, Gail Williams – piano, Vivian Shanley – bass, and Farren Johnson – drums. This ensemble performs charts spanning a variety of styles within the jazz idiom, many of which are composed or arranged in-house by Lynne Hart.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
About: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player, and pianist.Read More
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.”Read More
About: Jarrett Purdy Project
The Jarrett Purdy Project is a collective that unites the talent of current musicians and recent graduates from the undergrad and graduate-level jazz programs at the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. Performing the original compositions of pianist and bandleader Jarrett Purdy, the group creates an energized and original sound that touches on both contemporary and traditional jazz styles.The Jarrett Purdy Project features Nolan Schroeder on saxophone, Jim Buennig on saxophone, Metro Lyle on trumpet, Jarrett Purdy on piano, Blake Shaw on bass, and Chris Jensen on drums.Read More
About: Jeff Austin Band
“When I’m writing a song, it’s not about the hot licks, it’s about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song,” says musician Jeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: “It’s the direct communication with the crowd — not just asking them how they’re feeling, but bringing something out of them.” For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.
The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses.
Austin draws from those varied roots and readily admits to still loving musicals, being fascinated by Madrigal singers, and tuning-in to a wide range of vocal powerhouses. He channels all of these influences into his solo career, while also seeking personal innovation. For his newest project, Austin sought out musicians on the cutting-edge of the acoustic and jazz music circles. Artists proficient in theory and technique, but not afraid to lend themselves to some “far-out arrangements.” The result is some of Austin’s most structured, yet exciting, compositions to date with an approach that fits within his own evolving journey and personal motto, “The work continues.”Read More
About: Jennifer Wharton and Bonegasm
Bass trombonist, Jennifer Wharton takes her enthusiasm for the horn seriously and hopes to spread her joy to the public with her infectiously fun ensemble, Bonegasm. According to leader Jennifer Wharton, a “bonegasm” is a climax of musical excitement, characterized by feelings of pleasure centered in the ears and experienced as an accompaniment to hearing a group of trombone players. She is a regular in two of the best large ensembles in jazz, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the Alan Ferber Big Band. These playing experiences led to her to create a band that would commission composers to write and arrange music for the often overlooked trombone.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: JEWELS New King of Funk
Jewel Carter, better known in the music industry as “Jewels”, was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jewels sound is Raw Funk at its best with a heavier edge which makes his sound unique like no other. As Lead vocalist while playing Bass, you’re sure to see a show you’ll never forget! You’ll experience being taken back in time with the greatest Funk/Soul / R&B hits using his own style and technique to present day including his Have U Forever album hits. This is why t hose in the music industry across the states and abroad have dubbed JC “The New King of Funk” now is known as “Jewels King of Funk”.Read More
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.Read More
About: Joey Schnoebelen Quintet
The Joey Schnoebelen Quintet is comprised of some of Iowa City’s finest jazz musicians. This group is led by trumpeter Joey Schnoebelen and saxophonist Cole Peterson. These good friends have won prestigious honors and have worked with some of the industry’s best. Some of these honors include: The Disney All-American College Band, The Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and top-ten national semifinalist in Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Jazz Challenge. While at these festivals, Joey and Cole have gotten to work with Gordon Goodwin, John Clayton, Christian McBride, Wayne Bergeron, Benny Green, Russel Malone, and many others. They are joined by Jarrett Purdy on piano, Chris Jensen on drums, and Blake Shaw on bass. These musicians combine forces to deliver music straight to the soul, exploring both contemporary and traditional styles of jazz.Read More
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.Read More
About: Johnny Kilowatt Band
Johnny Kilowatt is Jon Klinkowitz, a 30-year veteran of the Iowa City music scene. He was a founding member of The Blues Instigators featuring Kevin Burt, held down the guitar chair with Patrick Hazell and Mother Blues for 10 years, and ran Iowa City’s Monday Night Blues Jam for about 15 years at various venues. The Johnny Kilowatt Band has been playing electric blues since 1997, appearing at many regional music festivals including several appearances at the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival main stage, and the North Liberty Blues and BBQ Festival. Joining Klinkowitz will be the all-star lineup of Saul Lubaroff (sax), Bill Peterson (keyboards), Tim Crumley (drums) and Ed English (bass).Read More
About: Johnson County Ukelele Social Club
The Uke-A-Maniacs are the performance group of the
Ukulele Social Club of Johnson County.
They enjoy playing various gigs in and around Iowa City.Read More
About: Jordan Sellergren Band
Jordan Sellergren Band has been playing together since summer 2019. Their full-length album “Sweet, Bitter Tears,” recorded in 2019 and 2020 at Flat Black Studios, will be released online on May 1. The record will be released this summer.Read More
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.
About: Kevin BF Burt
For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.
Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl. Though he performs between 325 and 400 shows a year, he holds nothing back night after night and audiences leave knowing that.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
About: Liberty High Jazz
Established in 2017, Liberty High School serves the Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty communities. The Liberty Jazz Combo, like everything else, was created in the first year of Liberty High School’s existence. The band is comprised of 9th and 10th grade students and rehearsed approximately an hour per week starting in April. The group has performed at the inaugural Liberty Talent Show – benefiting Camp Courageous and are proud to establish a jazz combo at Liberty for many years to come!Read More
About: Lincoln’s Way
Lincoln’s Way is the top jazz combo at Iowa State University. The band is composed of Noah Welch on tenor sax, Ben Sanders on piano, Brady Kolosik on alto sax, Robert Walling on bass, and Daniel Ansong on drums. The group takes influence from musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Cannonball Adderley, and Herbie Hancock.Read More
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.Read More
About: Lucy Polyak
Lucy Polyak is a senior at West High where she writes for West Side Story. She is a reporter and the columns editor for both web and print publications. Lucy spends most of her time onstage in choir, show choir, and theatre but also loves to sit in her room watching classic movie musicals.Read More
About: Luther Bangert
Luther Bangert was born and grown in Donnellson, Iowa, a small town near the banks of the muddy Mississippi. Always taken with the unusual and enchanted, he happened into a fascination with juggling at the age of 19. It ran deep, carrying him into the rich world of circus. Years of personal practice and development later, beginning to perform and travel led him to find other juggling, circus and movement communities around the world.
To Luther, juggling is both dance and martial art, a wondrous means of transferring spirit and sense to objects while exploring relationships with them both physically and philosophically. He draws great delight from sharing performance on the streets, the street always being the most surprising and magical realm to share performance with the masses. On stage, he performs more abstractly, drawing on his movement experience, fusing the technical patterns of juggling with the organic movement of the body to flesh out fresh expression and depth.
Luther has performed with the Great Bombay Circus in India, has a degree in philosophy, holds a Guinness World Record for “Most Things Juggled Whilst Sword Swallowing”, and has performed in twenty countries across four continents in the last nine years.
Luther is currently based in New York City – street performing, seeking out new collaborative worlds, crystallising his own form of juggling and movement, and studying contemporary dance, qigong and butoh.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Muckrockers are an Iowa-based Americana band with a sound rooted in folk, country, funk and punk rock. Featuring singer-songwriters Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney on rhythm guitars and vocals, Jamie Kearney on drums/vocals, Stacy Webster and Byron Stevens on lead guitar and bass, the Muckrockers play original songs that are thoughtful, danceable, rambunctious and fun.Read More
About: New Dawn
New Dawn plays the songs that you grew up loving! Whether it’s The Rolling Stones, Boston, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, or Bon Jovi, New Dawn has you covered. This talented group of Iowa City classmates will have you tapping your feet and dancing along to the music. New Dawn looks forward to making you smile this summer at Art’s Fest, Iowa City Farmer’s Market (June 19th), Johnson County Fair (July 21st), Coralville 5th Street Social (August 10th), and Regina’s Family Fun Festival (August 16th). See you on June 1st at the Linn Street Live stage!Read More
About: Night Mayor
Night Mayor is an up and coming jazz fusion quintet based in Cedar Falls Iowa.
Comprised of University of Northern Iowa students, Night Mayor has enjoyed varied
performances in the Cedar Falls, Iowa City, and DSM ares for the past two years. They are currently working on their debut EP to be released summer of 2018.
About: Nikki Lunden’s Natural Habits
Nikki Lunden’s Natural Habits is an original Midwestern roots rock band based in Iowa City, Iowa, fronted and led by longtime local music icon Nikki Lunden. You are guaranteed to get a rockin’ high energy show whether you see the full 5 piece band, Trio with Marty and Smudge or even just the duo of Nikki and Smudge. Nikki and the boys dedication to their music and each other shines in every performance. You can FEEEEEEL it!! If you’re looking to hear some serious songwriting that brings a golden smile to your face and warmth in your heart, you better get a load of this band!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Parker Millsap
About: Pennies on the Rail
Pennies on the Rail consists of musicians Rus & Roxanne Schomers and Jeffrey & Cheli Morgan.Read More
About: Penny Peach
Penny Peach Jr. is a DIY Princess based in Iowa City. She credits Ty Segall and Ella Fitzgerald as being her greatest inspirations. Singer and songwriter Elizabeth Moen describes Penny Peach as “this perfect combination of jazz, maybe even hints of old country, but it’s indie, intense, loud, kind of indie-punk vibes.”Read More
About: Peter Tearse Quartet
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.Read More
About: Pigs & Clover
Pigs and Clover is a folk-rock project and a way of life, founded by Iowa singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Matt and Jamie Kearney. Their original songs feature pithy lyrics, harmony vocals, driving guitar and drum rhythms, and electric harmonica, and have been described as “smart, heartfelt and funny.” Pigs and Clover believe in the power of art to influence and inspire thought and action.Read More
About: Pinicon Drift
Pinicon Drift plays its own blend of American roots music—rock, folk, pop, country, and soul. Featuring the vocals of Julie Troendle and David Pedersen, the bands approach is as straightforward as its members’ eastern Iowa roots. A shared love of songs and songwriters is reflected in the band’s choices of cover tunes by artists such as Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, and Bob Dylan. Pinicon Drift’s original material is distinctive for its catchy melodies, tight harmonies, memorable lyrics, and fine musicianship. The band’s credo is simple: Serve the song. Words don’t make a band, of course—songs and performances do. Catch Pinicon Drift onstage, and judge for yourself.Read More
About: Plastic Relations
Plastic Relations is a locally-grown cover band focused on good times and great fun. Created in 2014 with remnants from other area bands, Plastic Relations has settled into its current seven-member line up. They tailor set-lists to fit a theme or event, playing everything from a Class of 1967 Reunion to the soundtrack from Dazed and Confused to their annual ‘80s show. With Renee Zukin on lead vocals, Ben Jaggers on lead guitar, Eben Louis on keys and Forrest Heusinkveld on drums, the sound is hard to resist, no matter the theme.Read More
About: Poetry in Public
Here’s your chance to hear this year’s winning poems!
Poetry in Public celebrates Iowa City’s rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages. Iowa City is internationally recognized by UNESCO as a City of Literature.
Poems are available for viewing all over the community – including inside city buses, at the Iowa City Public Library and Iowa City Recreation Centers, as well as many other public facilities. Poems are on display beginning in April, national poetry month, throughout the fall.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 GarzonRead More
About: Rico McFarland Band
For years, Rico McFarland played guitar for such luminous blues artists as James Cotton and Lucky Peterson, before finally launching his solo career in 2001 to much acclaim. Born on March 5, 1960, the Chicago guitarist worked with countless blues artists over the years: Albert King, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Artie White, Kinsey Report, and more. He is perhaps best known for working with Cotton and Peterson, however. McFarland recorded his solo debut album, Tired of Being Alone, for Evidence Records in 2001 with a large roster of guests, including vocalists Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Billy Branch, and Teela. The album won much acclaim and earned McFarland a 2002 W.C. Handy nomination for Best New Artist of the Year.Read More
James Dreier is a drum set-Latin percussion specialist, educator, clinician, and performer. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Arts degree in music theory from the University of Iowa. He has studied with such master drummers as, Michael Spiro, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jose Eladio Amat, Bobby Sanabria, Giovani Hildalgo, Daniel Alphonso, Pascoal Meirelles, Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson.
Dreier now leads his own Latin jazz band Ritmocano and is scheduled to play the main stage at the 2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival.His album “Familia, A Latin Jazz Journey” with this group and others was released in the spring of 2014 on Realtown Records.Read More
About: River Glen
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. His talent and professionalism are serious, yet River is playful to the point that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show.Read More
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: Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis
Led by Ryan Keberle, #1 Rising Star Trombonist in the Downbeat International Critics Poll, Catharsis has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for its “potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies.” The highly acclaimed piano-less group brings together elements of chamber music, South American folk, and indie rock within a traditional jazz framework, resulting in a sound that has thrilled audiences across the globe for close to a decade.
In Catharsis, the potent frontline rapport of Keberle and saxophonist Scott Robinson and the unshakable rhythm of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob combine in a sound full of drama and intrigue. The guitar and vocals of Camila Meza have also come to shape the band’s chemistry and unmistakable ensemble sound.
The band debuted in 2012 with Music Is Emotion, followed by Into the Zone in 2014 and Azul Infinito in 2016 (the latter two released on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf label). Billboard picked Azul Infinito as one of “five jazz albums you need to hear.” In 2017 Catharsis turned its attention to political turmoil in the U.S. with the protest album Find the Common, Shine a Light, praised by The Nation as “unpretentiously intelligent and profoundly moving.” Find the Common also saw Keberle emerging as a solid performing keyboardist (his first instrument).
Catharsis has toured internationally for years, engaging audiences at the Toronto, Ottawa, Rochester and Bergamo International Jazz Festivals, and at premier jazz clubs including Pizza Express (London), Le Duc des Lombards (Paris), Stadtgarten (Cologne), Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York) and Blue Whale (Los Angeles). The band was also featured in NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert series and on the French TV channel Mezzo.
Catharsis band members bring an impressive wealth of experience of their own, playing an integral role in many of today’s foremost jazz and Latin jazz ensembles, including bands led by Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Paquito D’Rivera, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.Read More
About: Sammy Miller and The Congregation
Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission, crisscrossing the country like a vaudevillian revival show with evangelic fervor for music. The seven-piece band is pulling people out of their solitary lives and putting them in the moment with a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. The New York City-based, familial collective has captured its frenetic energy and unflinchingly optimistic songwriting on its debut album, Leaving Egypt.
They have been described as a mash up of the sensibilities of Ben Folds and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band freely mixes vocal and instrumental tracks live and on record, asking the audience to go along for the ride with the lead melody being carried by vocalists half the time, and instruments the other half.Read More
About: Sasha Berliner
In that same year, she was deemed one of SF Jazz’s 10 Rising Female Instrumentalists for 2018 and was featured by Hot House Jazz Magazine, The SF Jazz Education Center, NPR, NBC Boston, and The New York Times for both her musicianship and her activism. She was a finalist for the International Hit Like A Girl program in the Concert Percussion category as well as the cover story for Tom Tom Magazine’s Fall 2018 publication.
Sasha has gone on to perform at venues such as the Fox Theater, The Jazz Gallery, Treasure Island Music Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the SF Jazz Miner Auditorium, and the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with musicians such as Ravi Coltrane, indie rock artist Beck, Vince Lateano, Miles Okazaki, Matt Wilson, and Victor Wooten, performing more recently with award-winning drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey’s sextet. She also substitutes for, teaches, and performs with jazz vibraphonist Warren Wolf and routinely headlines her own shows.
Sasha is currently living in New York City, attending The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. She has been a student of vibraphonists Stefon Harris and Chris Dingman, as well as pianist Vijay Iyer. She is an endorsing artist for Blue Haus Mallets and a faculty member at the MalletLab percussion intensive, where she gives masterclasses and clinics. She is also a prolific writer, fulfilling a Non-Fiction writing minor at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and self-publishing an array of personal essays, poems, and critiques. Her essay on sexism in the jazz industry, “An Open Letter to Ethan Iverson (And the Rest of the Jazz Patriarchy)”, was shared on PBS News Hour and discussed in tandem with the Winter Jazz Fest discussion panel on sexism, featuring activist Angela Davis.Read More
About: Saul Lubaroff Quartet
Excelling as a saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist, Saul Lubaroff has released two CD’s as the leader his Quartet and performs at local jazz clubs and festivals. An accomplished free-lance woodwind artist, Saul is a full time member of The Fez– Eastern Iowa’s Premier Steely Dan Tribute band, a 29 yr member of the powerful Soul band Shade of Blue, a 25 yr member of the Johnny Kilowatt Band as well as subbing and free lancing with many wonderful bands and musicians around the Midwest. Saul is a private music instructor and adjudicator teaching woodwinds and jazz improvisation. Saul is also a music producer for KCCK jazz radio in Cedar Rapids, IA. The quartet includes Saul Lubaroff, saxophone, Andy Parrott, guitar, Blake Shaw, Bass/Vocals, and Jim Dreier, drums.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
About: Smith Studio Jazz
Appearing on the Iowa City Jazz Festival Youth Stage for the 5th consecutive year, Smith Studio Jazz is a 20-piece big band playing jazz classics, lesser-known gems, and songs from other genres of popular music. Whether playing a tune written by Cole Porter or Herbie Hancock, SSJ’s goal is to have fun while creating a family-friendly party atmosphere for the audience. Suzanne Smithdirects, while vocalist and emcee Joe Bauer belts out Sinatra signature melodies, plus jazz and blues favorites for SSJ’s loyal fans.Read More
About: Sneezy Dollars
We are a folk/Americana band based out of the Iowa City area.
We specialize in traditional folk pieces, modern covers with a folk flair, and select original material. Comprised of members from the former folk band, The High Water Mark.Read More
About: Solera Quartet
Acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent” and “one of the foremost young string quartets,” the Solera Quartet has quickly gained a reputation for their fiery musical expression, poetic sensibility, entrepreneurial acumen, and exceptional dedication to social initiatives. In collaboration with the non-profit organization Project: Music Heals Us, the Soleras’ Prison Residency Project brings interactive, thoughtfully-conceived chamber music concerts into incarcerated communities across the United States.
Member Meagan Brus is an Iowa City native. Comfortable both on the operatic stage and in concert, Ms. Brus’ career has included performances in the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Japan. Ms. Brus has been the soprano soloist in a myriad of musical styles, ranging from Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera, Venere, Amore e Ragione to Bizet’s Carmen, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Erwartung, as well as a classical arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Her May 2014 performance of Carson Kievman’s Fairy Tales prompted Greg Stepanich of the Palm Beach Arts Paper to write, “Brus… was remarkable as the Dandelion Woman. Brus’s performance was a tour de force in every way, with fresh, fierce power in abundant supply, a rock-solid command of an exceedingly difficult part, and an ability to hold onto her audience through some thorny terrain.” Ms. Brus holds degrees from both the Manhattan School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
About: Soul Sherpa
Soul Sherpa is a Funk/Soul Musical collective ranging from 5-10 members. From a groove
pumping rhythm section, to a four-piece sizzling horn section, Soul Sherpa mashes multiple
styles and genres of music creating a massive musical experience.
Each member of Soul Sherpa is an accomplished musician in his or her own right. Between
wicked solos, amazing guest collaborators, and seemingly impossible amounts of energy, Soul
Sherpa makes every live show a unique and exciting experience.
Soul Sherpa recorded their debut LP ‘Same Wave Train’ with Luke Tweedy of Flat Black Studios
in June of 2016. Which when released in March of 2017, was played to a sold out show at The
Mill in Iowa City. In 2018 Soul Sherpa played and recorded a show filled with arrangements of
10 other local artists/bands at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City.
Comprised of a number of the Midwest’s elite rising musicians, Soulcat combines
elements of jazz, funk, R&B and hip-hop in a way that both respects the roots of the music, as well as adding their own unique voice using a combination of original tunes and standards. Members of the band include Cole Peterson, Ross Clowser, Jakhari Durham, Levi Pugh, and Soberanis.
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.”Read More
About: Steve Grismore Trio
Steve Grismore is a faculty member of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Iowa. A prolific performer, Grismore has been playing guitar for over 50 years. He has recorded three nationally distributed CDs for the Accurate label (Boston) with the “Grismore/Scea Group”, 8 CDs with “Orquesta Alto Maiz”, and 3 CDs with the group “Oddbar” along with numerous other recording with friends around the country. Steve released a CD in 2012 Besame Mucho with the Steve Grismore Trio (featuring Sam Salamone and John Kizilarmut) and a new release in 2018 called Me and My Machine, a solo electronic project and a family cd in 2019 called In Iowa. Currently Steve is performing with variations of his own Trio, the Beaker Brothers, 3 Dawgs and a Bone, and the newly formed band Big Fun. He is also the co-founder and former Musical Director of the nationally recognized Iowa City Jazz Festival.
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.Read More
About: Tanya English Band
Classic and contemporary blues from the woman’s point of view. The Tanya English Band started out at the George’s Buffet Monday Night All Stars gigs in Iowa City. After several years of showing up to sing a few tunes, she formed her own band with husband, Ed, on bass. The current line-up includes Sam Price on guitar, Sean Seaton on keys, and Matt Bernemann on drums. It’s family-friendly blues for fun.Read More
About: The Bad Plus
Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call ‘avant-garde populism’, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this ‘audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio’ (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.
2018 heralded a new and exciting chapter for the band consisting of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano): a group of passionate collaborators with no single ‘leader.’ Never Stop II is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it ‘an exhilarating document’ that sparks an exciting new journey for the iconic group. The BBC summed up the band best when they said, ‘from album to album, The Bad Plus continues to evolve and improve.’ They will never stop doing just that.Read More
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 they’re 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 their inspiration. It’s now more than ten years on from their first practice, and they still feel the thrill when they play the music that helped them learn to love music. Appearing at festivals, concerts, civic events, private parties, cycle rallies, reunions, nightclubs and wherever, they’re thankful for the inspiration they get from their musical heroes, but they play the tunes as if they were their own.Read More
About: The Blake Shaw Big(ish) Band
“Blake Shaw is a double bassist and vocalist residing in Iowa City, IA where he received his Bachelors in Music in classical double bass performance as well as a Master of Arts degree in jazz studies at the University of Iowa. Shaw has thrived in Iowa City having played with many of the top artists which have taken him as far as Australia and as near as your living room. His main groups at the moment are the Blake Shaw Quintet, Thrio, Goose Town, and the Clinton St Trio.
Shaw writes original material and arranges familiar tunes in new ways with the help of some of the truest musicians Iowa can offer. In the Blake Shaw Quintet (BSQ) Shaw is able to explore new colors and concepts with a band full of composers. Nolan Schroeder (saxes) and Christopher Jensen (drums) both went to the University of Northern Iowa while Shaw met Ryan Smith (saxes, flute) and Dan Padley (guitar) at the U of I. Together they all recorded Shaw’s first vocal jazz album which is to be released in May 2019 called “it happened.” which contains all of his own arrangements of jazz standards played in a way you’ve never heard them played before. In The Blake Shaw Big(ish) Band (11 piece jazz big band) you’ll hear all of these musicians plus six more that include university professors, high school band directors, and more dear friends who just happen to be stellar jazz musicians. For more info on Blake please visit blakeshawbass.comor follow his Instagram @theeblakebass to keep in touch.”Read More
About: The Bryce Janey Band
Bryce Janey began his career at the age of 13 in his hometown of Marion, IA in a family blues-rock trio called “The Janeys” and played regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles. They shared the stage with many Chicago artist and national acts, including Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit, and the late great “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor.Read More
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.
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.Read More
About: The Dawn
For over 10 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band “The Dawn” has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest. From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.
The Dawn’s live show experience has proven contagious and is tightly gripped in spacious jams, roaring guitar and soulful harmonies. Now a six-piece, The Dawn pushes the envelope at every performance and audiences are rewarded with an experience that can only be described as “The Dawn Effect.” Coupled with an equally adventurous light show, The Dawn concerts keep their dedicated and growing fanbase coming back for more.
Staples of the Quad Cities’ jam scene for years, The Dawn’s 2014 release Waiting On The Storm was received with excellent reviews and helped catapult the band to major festival experiences including the inaugural Phases of the Moon, Summer Camp and Camp Euforia.
This momentum has continued to build over the last few years with more major festival appearances including playing host to their own “Dawn and On” Music Festival, debuting in 2015 and drawing over 1500 fans last summer. Combined with high profile club gigs, the Dawn is turning many heads in the jam scene.
The Dawns latest studio release, Wooly, was released on both CD and Vinyl in October 2015. For audio, video, show dates and more, please visit www.thedawnband.comRead More
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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.Read More
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, 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 Eastern Iowa bands and is currently in its 9th year of rocking the Dan.Read More
About: The Hawkeye Cheeleaders
The Iowa cheerleaders are a co-ed squad which leads the crowd and performs at Iowa football, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling and other athletics events deemed necessary by the Iowa Athletics Department.
Iowa cheerleaders are student-athletes who devote 15-20 hours every week to practices, games, strength training, special appearances, camps and competitions.
Iowa cheerleaders come from a variety of backgrounds, including cheerleading, either in high school or at all-star gyms, gymnastics, football, track, wrestling and dance. Their academic majors and minors cover many subjects. All squad members are great crowd leaders, tumblers, stunters, base/top pyramids and represent the University of Iowa.Read More
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.”Read More
About: The Mina Jazz Quartet
The Mina Jazz Quartet was founded on one main idea: Brazil is more than just the land of the bossa! MJQ is proud to represent the rich culture of Brazil and its music through exciting performances of popular Brazilian sambas, choros, frevos, Cuban cha-cha-cha, and more.
Matt Nicholson, tenor saxophone
Rayne Dias, piano and accordion
Murilo Rezende, bass
Ryan Smith, drums and percussion
About: The Minors
The Minors are a small group jazz ensemble from Cedar Rapids made up of 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The core of the group met at the KCCK Middle School Jazz Camp in 2017 and they have been playing together since then. The performers include Grant Lapointe on piano, Vivian Shanley on bass, Joe Jonasson on drums, and Nic Ryan on alto sax.Read More
About: The Nayo Jones Experience
Nayo Jones (pronounced Nīyō) was born in Chicago, Illinois into a family of musicians and destined to be in show business. As an accomplished jazz musician and music educator, her father William “Doc” Jones groomed and nurtured her natural ability from a very young age. Nayo grew up listening to Jazz standards that proved to be a solid foundation and would later become a signature in her own show. Accomplished in her own right, Jones is also a classically trained flutist.
Currently Nayo is based in New Orleans, LA where she performs regularly with her band “The Nayo Jones Experience”. In addition to her own show, Ms. Jones also tours alongside New Orleans iconic jazz trumpeter, Kermit Ruffins as the featured vocalist. Recently, she has also joined forces with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra lead by Adonis Rose. She will be featured on their upcoming album as well as live performances.
Nayo’s vocal range has been compared to the likes of Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, even Whitney Houston. She has been the opening act for legendary George Benson, Chris Botti and more.
Nayo has been on stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest and many other Louisiana festivals annually since 2012. She has consistently drawn rave reviews for her performances. Nayo and her band, “The Nayo Jones Experience” has a longstanding residency at the Carousel Lounge located in the historic Hotel Montelone and The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. She headlined at the 2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Nayo is set to headline at the 2019 Iowa City Jazz Festival.
Nayo’s body of work includes her first original album “My Name is Nayo Jones”, a “Holiday Collection”, a compilation project featuring her dad Doc Jones, and her EP simply titled “Nayo”. Her most recent project is, “The Nayo Jones Experience Live at the Kerr Cultural Center”, which is a live performance recorded at ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Nayo will release an original and Jazz Standard album in 2019.Read More
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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!Read More
About: The Real Beals
The Real Beals are an All Live mechanical One Man Band husband and wife team. Jeff wears a custom made backpack drum kit and plays guitar. His wife Nancy joins in with vocals. Everything is mic’d up and the sound rivals that of a live band. They have drawn crowds at fairs and festivals throughout the Midwest, featuring country and rock and roll hits from the 50’s to the present.Read More
About: The Recliners
The Recliners play a wide variety of music, shaped by both their own interests and the talents of guest performers who enhance the experience for everyone. Perhaps “contemporary-pop-folk-indie-rock” most appropriately describes the repertoire of this group of Iowa City denizens who have played together for nearly 25 years. Their music ranges from classic ’60s and ’70s rock to songs by contemporary singer-songwriters and includes American folk music, Irish melodies, bluegrass, Van Morrison tunes, and the edgy rock and ballads of Richard Thompson. Check out the Recliners, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!Read More
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.Read More
About: Threads Dance Project
Threads seeks to be a national organization that betters humanity through dance, education, and outreach by creating dances that touch on themes of human connectedness, promoting dialogue, understanding, and acceptance of all individuals and celebrating the human spirit through dance performance, arts education, and community-building.Read More
They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The blend is tight: one string (or metal) sound may bleed into another. It’s something to hear—something twisty and turny and always on the move. Thumbscrew is a very exciting group that highlights intricate and emotionally-driven compositions focused on intense interactions between instruments.Read More
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.Read More
About: Tomar and the FC’s
Tomar and the FCs is a soul band from Austin, Texas formed in 2015 and released their first EP “Day by Day” in October of that year. The Austin American-Statesman picked it as a top release and wrote that “ [Tomar] Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tears.”
2016 saw the band become mainstays on the Austin scene and throughout Texas. In March, they were selected to play an official showcase at SXSW. “Heart Attack,” the band’s debut album, was released in November of 2016. It was recorded and mixed at Level One studio with Grammy-winning artist/engineer Adrian Quesada.
In early 2018, the band was voted in the top five of the Austin Chronicle’s Music Poll for Best Blues, Funk, or Soul Artist. In March, they returned to SXSW performing as official artists and were awarded a prestigious Black Fret nomination. In addition to a busy
performance schedule, with an appearance at Old Settler’s Music Festival and three summer tours, the band is hard at work on their third recording.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Vibrant. Unique. Magnetic. Vandello has been described in a lot of ways – mostly because they’re so hard to define. A little bit early jazz, a little bit modern swing, and a whole lot of fun, this cheeky trio is influenced by artists like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Caro Emerald and Postmodern Jukebox – but their fresh take on vintage sounds is completely their own. Their original tunes run the gamut from bouncy and boozy to “dark…but with a wink”. Folks often enthusiastically ask the band after their first Vandello experience, “What the heck do you CALL that?”
They call it Gypsy-Speakeasy. But if you’ve got a better idea, they’d love to hear it.Read More
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.
About: Wave Cage
Wave Cage performs original music that fuses jazz composition with electronic textures. The group features Jarrett Purdy on keys and synths, Ryan Garmoe on flugelhorn and electronics, Nolan Schroeder on saxophone and electronics, and Chris Jensen on drums.Read More
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.Read More
About: West High Jazz Ensemble
Over 65 students perform in three jazz ensembles at Iowa City West High School. The West High Jazz Ensemble has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships every year for the last 24 years. Every year, the band gets the opportunity to work and perform with nationally known jazz artists at the Jazz Café concert hosted in December.Read More
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.Read More
About: Will Schmid Quartet
Despite his youth, Minneapolis-based guitarist and composer, Will Schmid, has been gigging at venues throughout the Twin Cities for over five years. His duos, trios and quartets frequent popular spots including the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul, Jazz Central in Minneapolis, and the 318 Cafe in Excelsior. In addition to headlining shows, his bands have opened for Eric Kamau Grávátt, Dave King, Billy Peterson, and more. With fellow guitarist Adam Astrup, Schmid co-led ensembles at the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival, the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Schmid now spends much of his time in Cleveland where – while pursuing a degree in physics at Case Western Reserve University – he studies with Don Better and continues to play and compose.
The Will Schmid Quartet is a sensitive, ECM-style band featuring pianist Patrick Adkins, bassist Charlie Lincoln, and drummer Edmund Catlin. Experimenting with time, texture, and form as much as melody and rhythm, the quartet provides a dynamic listening experience through eclectic original compositions and thoughtful improvisations.Read More
About: William Elliott Whitmore
William Elliott Whitmore is a singer-songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/drum-stompin’ solo act from Lee County, Iowa. He has released six full-length albums that seamlessly meld country, blues, folk, and punk styles – spanning from 2003’s Hymns for the Hopeless (Southern Records) to 2015’s Radium Death (ANTI-). His songs are haunting, rustic, powerful, and real – byproducts of living his entire life on the family farm, being involved in the hardcore-punk scene in the local community, and touring hard across the country.
A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore. With his powerful voice and honest approach, Whitmore comes from the land, growing up on a family farm in Lee County, Iowa. Still living on the same farm today, Whitmore has truly taken the time to discover where his center lies, and from that he will not be moved.
Whitmore has consistently carved his own path, honoring the longstanding tradition of folk music throughout his nearly 20-year career, while always allowing his blues, soul, and punk rock influences to shine through. Getting his first break opening for his friend’s hardcore band with just a banjo in hand, he would discover bands like The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Lungfish, and Minutemen and soon learn to play his own brand of rural, roots music with that same DIY ethic.Read More
Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s catalog and sound 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 outer reaches of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, tonality and, in particular, emotional relationship with the audience.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More