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Summer of the Arts Receives International Recognition with International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle Awards!







Summer of the Arts received NINE awards at the IFEA Conference in Tuscon, AZ, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

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2016 Free Movie Series Schedule Announced!


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Iowa Soul Festival Gospel Brunch!


 In conjunction with the Iowa Soul Festival, Summer of the Arts and KCCK Jazz 88.3 Radio are again partnering to bring you a Gospel Brunch at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel at 12:30 PM on Sunday, August 30th.

This year’s brunch will not only include an amazing buffet including items like Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Wood Smoked Pork Loin with an Apple Jack Glaze and Warm Apple Sauce, Seafood and Andouille Gumbo and Black Eyed Peas Braised with Ham Hock, but also some of the best talent in the region.  Featured Chicago singer Maggie Brown, daughter of the legendary Oscar Brown Jr., will bring her heart-felt soulful style to the stage and be joined by local favorites like the Dick Watson Trio, Bruce Teague, Mama Teague and Gloria Hardiman.

Maggie Brown is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actress, producer and educator. She is said to be “one of the most fiercely committed artists in Chicago” (H. Reich, Chicago Tribune). Maggie Brown embodies powerful and passionate performance whether she is presenting with her own trio or with Orbert Davis’ full 60 piece Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Jonathan Butler, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and her legendary father Oscar Brown, Jr. In 1995 Maggie launched her own independent label MagPie Records releasing her first solo project FROM MY WINDOW. The CD was nominated for a Chicago Music Award for Best Jazz CD.
Dick Watson is a local legend, a fine piano man who opted to stay in the home of his alma mater, Iowa City. His career in insurance helped him raise his family. As a jazz pianist with a host of regional gigs to his credit, echoes of the great tradition abound. Dick plays regularly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the Quad Cities. His melodic eloquence and clarity of line is reminiscent of Teddy Wilson. In up-tempo tunes, one recalls the harmonic boldness and boppish virtuosity of Bud Powell.
Bruce Teague began singing at Mt. Carmel Holiness Church, where his grandfather was the founding Pastor and his mother a choir musician and exceptional lead singer.  Bruce's mother, “Mama Teague”, encouraged all of her children to lead songs at an early age, in the Angelic Choir.  Bruce developed a love for many genres of music and has performed gospel, blues, jazz and even country music at various music venues throughout the nation including his favorite singing partners, his mother, Mama Teague and his aunt, Gloria Hardiman.
Tickets for the Gospel Brunch are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance.  A limited number of seats are available and may be reserved by calling the Summer of the Arts office at (319) 337-7944 or through our website at on the Iowa Soul Festival home page.  Proceeds benefit Summer of the Arts and KCCK Jazz 88.3 Radio.

Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 Iowa City IA 52240