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Artists and Performers – List

Artists

About:  Aaron Butcher

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

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About:  Abigail West

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

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About:  Allison Fretheim

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

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About:  Andrew Van Schyndle

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

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About:  Andy Rasmussen

Functional and decorative fused glass with an emphasis on texture.  Each piece is fired and cold worked multiple times to achieve visual depth while retaining varying levels of texture.

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About:  Bekah Ash

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

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About:  Bill Robbins

I make wheel-thrown and altered porcelain and stoneware pottery fired in reduction to cone 10 using propane for fuel.

 

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About:  Bob Andersen

The pottery’s hand thrown, designed and glazed ceramics are inspired by animals and nature. Birdhouses, vases, cups, wine chillers, bowls,  and more can be found in 3 different collections.

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About:  Bob London

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

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About:  Brenna Busse

Wall hung figurative sculpture made with earth clay,fired and then painted with acrylic paint. Linden sticks, wire, fabric, misc. added

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About:  Brian Blackmore

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

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About:  Carmel Schramm

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

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About:  Carol Moliterno

I work with oil exclusively, and use much color, energy, and texture to bring a painting to life and evoke an emotion in each painting’s Owner.  I want my work to bring joy or thought to the Buyer.

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About:  Carole Axium

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

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About:  Caroline Clarke

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

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About:  Chad Schott

Instruments are created out of FL bamboo, IL gourds, goatskin, lexan, fabric, epoxy resin & dye. Torches are used to fire sketch patterns on bamboo and dye is used to accent patterns.

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About:  Chris Abigt

I love exploring the explosive combinations of light and color!The basis for most of my oil paintings is nature but often I expand it to include a more imaginative, festive, and colorful realm.

 

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About:  Cindy Skeie

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

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About:  Clark McFerren

Traditional watercolor and watercolor on canvas.

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About:  Cliff Matyszczyk

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

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About:  Cori Pitcher

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

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About:  Daron Krueger

Fine art photography of the Midwest, sold as signed, limited edition prints, canvas wraps, and framed canvas.  Images are captured with Nikon cameras and printed as museum grade, archival prints.

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About:  Dave Johnson

Turned wood is obtained from salvaged trees.  Each piece in the tree is selected using the grain to determine the uniqueness of each creation.  Box material is hand selected using native hardwoods.

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About:  Dave Leeper

To crate my sculptures, I start with steel and found objects which I cut, shape, and weld. I then apply color and texture to each piece by grinding, brushing, painting, and using patinas.

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About:  David and Ann Reif

We use fine metal fabrication, lapidary arts, various metal weaving and bead weaving techniques and other metalworking skills to create our own style of personal adornment.

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About:  Deda Happel

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

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About:  Diane Gonzalez

Sterling Silver, Copper and 14kt bracelts, rings, earrings & necklaces made with Austrian Crystal, Freshwater Pearls and Semi-precious stones finished with unique methods of wire wrapping.

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About:  Doug Adams

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

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About:  Douglas Cummelin

I create scenic landscape and nature photography captured using film or digital cameras and printed using Archival Giclee’ techniques on 100% cotton rag paper, canvas and photographic print paper.

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About:  Earlene Larson

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

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About:  Erin Carpenter

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

 

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About:  Frank Skully

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

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About:  Greg Meyerdirk

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

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About:  Gregory Macdonald

I create hand carved, original Folk Art designs from found wood using traditional hand tools and techniques which I demonstrate at all my shows.

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About:  Gretchyn Nothhouse

Wheelthrown and sculpted ceramics from hand harvested native clay. Glazed with 6 family recipes and electric fired to shiny perfection.

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About:  Heather Day

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

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About:  James Becia

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

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About:  James Johnson

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

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About:  Janet Ahrens

Handmade paper created in the Western method of papermaking incorporated with industrial materials to enhance tactile qualities, Oxidation process used augment earthen qualities, no pieces are alike.

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About:  Janet Weilbrenner

We sculpt original out of an oil base clay, reproduce in a resin. Apply stones, shells or glass to resin. Electroformed copper applied around entire piece. Lacquered, won’t tarnish. For home or garden

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About:  Jay Wennersten

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

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About:  Jean Simonsen

I use chalk pastels on textured handmade papers and regular pastel paper.  The images I prefer are inspired by nature.

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About:  Jeanette Payne

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

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About:  Jeanne Scott-Zumwalt

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About:  Jennifer Lawler

My jewelry is contemporary, hand fabricated, one of a kind works of wearable art. I use sterling silver and yellow or white gold metals along with natural gemstones and pearls in my jewelry creations

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About:  Jennifer Nunnelee

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

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About:  Jeremy Hansen

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

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About:  Jill Brown

Our family’s mixed-media is full of hope, humor + whimsy. We use a mixture of paper collage, paint, found objects, scrap wood + old frames. Every piece is one of a kind and has a meaningful message.

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About:  Jill Miller

I use melted wax to draw my designs on fabric. When placed in a dye bath the waxed areas resist the dye. The waxing and dyeing can be repeated many times for multiple colors and varied designs.

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About:  Jo Meyers-Walker

Flowing transparent watercolor using wet in wet, layering, lifting, salt techniques.

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About:  Joel Brokaw

Hardwoods are hand cut and glued to create striped and chevron designs with a moisture proof finish.We believe in unique and quality craftsmanship. Mediocrity is not an option. We strive for excellence.

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About:  John Furches

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

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About:  John Steger

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

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About:  John Woodhouse

Fabricated wood, metal, stone, paint & wood burning.

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About:  John Zidek

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

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About:  Jon Walton

Exploring the glory of the very small. 8×10 inch camera and film. Limited edition archival pigment ink prints by the artist.Acid-free mounting and framing to conservation museum standards.

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About:  Joseph Murray

Individually layered watercolor and acrylic paint on Gallery Wrap Watercolor Canvas . Scenes that depict the serenity of rural culture .

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About:  Josh Meier

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

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About:  Joshua Sample

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

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About:  Julie Arthur

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

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About:  Julie Spangler

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

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About:  Karen Ruff

Our original artwork is made from steel,stones & granite.We hand cut the steel-form & weld it to a unique shape then incorporate stones & granite to give each sculpture a one of a kind statement.

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About:  Karen Steininger

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

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About:  Kathrin Schmidt

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

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About:  Kathy Maves

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

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About:  Kelly Cook

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

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About:  Kristin Hill

Each piece is thrown on a wheel or hand built in porcelain.l do the sculptural work on each before they are leather hard.They are bisqued,then hand brush glazed and fired again to cone 6 in oxidation.

 

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About:  Laura Meddaugh

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

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About:  Lauren Briere

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

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About:  Layl McDill

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

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About:  Lianne Westcot

I create high quality original acrylic landscape paintings from my own inspiration with professional materials and techniques. I offer a high percentage of originals, spanning all price points.

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About:  Lisa Lammey

Subject: 20 miles from Amana to Iowa City. Uniquely, one of a kind, developed “archival art boxes” made by myself with museum quality papers, inks, adhesives, and varnish.

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About:  Lori Biwer-Stewart

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

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About:  Lou Hii

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

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About:  Mark Freeman

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

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About:  Marty Hulsebos

Warm-toned black and white photography. Printed with dye sublimation on metal using high temperature and pressure. Wood shadow box frames.

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About:  Mary Figg

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

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About:  Mary Weisgram

Mainly vessels or abstracted vessels, I work in stoneware and porcelain with multiple layered glazes, slips and engobes. My pieces are organic inspired with emphasis on process and color.

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About:  Mayolo Haro

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

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About:  Meg Prange

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

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About:  Megan Bassett

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

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About:  Melvin McGee

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

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About:  Mika Sorak-Weirback

Individually designed,forged metal designs in organic shapes representing nature. Some left in bare materials, others are enamel painted for a splash of color. All designs are one of a kind by artist.

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About:  Mona Majorowicz

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

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About:  Nancy Solbrig

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

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About:  Nicholas Ringelstetter

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

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About:  Patricia Whidby

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

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About:  Patrick Gerlach

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

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About:  Paul Meddaugh

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

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About:  Paul Prorok

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

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About:  Penny Atkinson-Potter

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About:  Rachel Stych

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

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About:  Rance Hilton

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

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About:  Randal Napier

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

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About:  Richard Wright

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

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About:  Robert Anderson

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

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About:  Robert Giles

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

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About:  Robin Mueller

Glass on glass mosaic or quilting with glass. Frames/recycled windows, barn wood. Saucers, beads for dimension. Stained and fused glass. Hand drawn designs. Vibrant. Most pieces grouted.

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About:  Ruben Ruiz

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

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About:  Russell Duerksen

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

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About:  Sally Gierke

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

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About:  Sandi Wysock

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

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About:  Scott Reynolds

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

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About:  Sean Doyle

I use traditional jewelry making techniques like lost wax casting, fabrication, and stone-setting.

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About:  Shannon Graham

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

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About:  Shelley Matthiesen

Artists books,journals & notebooks made from repurposed materials,handmade paper (by artist),leather,fabric & painted papers. I hand bind all my journals with original & traditional binding techniques.

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About:  Sri Rao

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

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About:  Stephen Steininger

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

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About:  Steve Coburn

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

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About:  Ted Gilmer

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

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About:  Teresa Lind

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About:  Teresa Matheson

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

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About:  Teri Thompson

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

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About:  Terry Downs

I create original oil paintings of Southwest Wisconsin where I’ve lived the majority of my life (landscapes,barns and river scenes).

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About:  Timothy Kobs

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

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About:  Todd Hughes

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

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About:  Tom Gross

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

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About:  Tom Suter

I use precious, non-precious metal and glass. Sawing, forging, weaving and fusing drives my passion to make jewelry. Two of my main focus has been creating Saw Pierced Pieces and ChainMaille works.

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About:  Vahan Bedeian

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

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About:  Wendy Ford

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

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About:  Will Beard

Customers sit in front of me and I use a marker to draw a cartoon of them, and then I use an airbrush to color it.

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Performers

About:  Ace Jones

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

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About:  Anais Mitchell

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

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About:  Awful Purdies

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

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About:  Brian Johannesen

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

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About:  Cedar County Cobras

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

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About:  Christopher’s Very Happy. Band.

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

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

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About:  City High Jazz Ensemble

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

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About:  Dave Moore

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

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About:  Dave Zollo & the Body Electric

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

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About:  Death Valley Welcome Center

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

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About:  Donny McCaslin Group

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

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About:  Dream Divas & Dream Center Tumblers

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

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About:  Elephant Revival

“WHERE WORDS FAIL… MUSIC SPEAKS.”

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

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

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

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About:  EverGreen Grass Band

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

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About:  Family Folk Machine

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

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About:  Flash in a Pan

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

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About:  Goose Town

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

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

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

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

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About:  Iowa City Community Band

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

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About:  Jack Lion

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

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About:  Jacob Garchik’s Ye Olde

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

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

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About:  Jeremy Kittel Trio

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

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About:  John Raymond & Real Feels

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

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

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About:  Kevin B.F. Burt and Big Medicine

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

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About:  Kris Davis Quintet

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

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About:  Laura Caviani Trio

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

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About:  Local on the 8’s

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

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About:  MarKaus

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

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About:  Meteor Cat

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

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About:  North Corridor Jazz All Stars

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

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About:  Paa Kow

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

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

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About:  Rhythm Future Quartet

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

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

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

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

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About:  Shade of Blue

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

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

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About:  Sidewalk Chalk

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

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About:  Son Volt

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

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About:  Soul Sherpa

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

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About:  Stacey Kent

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

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

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

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

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About:  The Candymakers

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

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

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

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

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

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About:  The Feralings

The Feralings are Benj Upchurch (mandolin / vocals), Nicole Upchurch (clawhammer banjo / vocals), Patrick Brickel (upright bass / vocals), and Stacy Webster (acoustic guitar / vocals), but the name is a bit of a misnomer, as the members of the band are far more likely to invite you to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea than they are to jump you and steal your beer money. Patrick Brickel and Stacy Webster share a long musical partnership that includes performing in the critically acclaimed Iowa roots bands The Mayflies and The Letterpress Opry. While Patrick and Stacy went their own ways in 2003, with Patrick producing records and releasing several noteworthy solo albums (also as Patrick Bloom) and Stacy growing The Mayflies into a major Americana outfit, their musical collaborations continued, as did their close friendship. In the meanwhile, Nicole and Benj Upchurch moved to Iowa by way of Montana, hauling their charisma, humor, and a busload of instruments behind them. Nicole, being the blacksheep banjo player in a family of accomplished jazz musicians, joined Iowa’s all-female quintet, Awful Purdies, and Benj, having worked as a luthier back West, decided to put aside building mandolins and started playing one with The Mayflies. Soon after a very unique kinship was born as gravity pulled the four of them into a quartet.

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About:  The Fez

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

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About:  The Maytags

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

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About:  The Ralston Creek Ramblers

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

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About:  The Recliners

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

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About:  The Savage Hearts

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

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About:  TL Williams & the Storm Chaser Orchestra

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

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About:  United Jazz Ensemble

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

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About:  West High Jazz Ensemble

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

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About:  Wheel Hoss

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

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About:  Winterland

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

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