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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.



For Immediate Release: July 20, 2015 – IOWA CITY, IA

It’s All kinds of SOUL for all kinds of people at the 2015 Iowa Soul Festival, presented by Diversity Focus, August 28th and 29th on the University of Iowa Pentacrest and Downtown Iowa City. The festival kicks off on Friday, August 28th with two powerhouse performances brought to you by Hancher, and continues outside all day Saturday, August 29th. The weekend wraps up with a ticketed Gospel Brunch on Sunday, August 30th at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.  

The 2015 Iowa Soul Festival kicks off on Friday night with the Carnival Parade featuring the steel drum band Pandelirium on the Main Stage while the parade moves through the streets of Downtown Iowa City. Following the Carnival Parade, Hancher kicks off their 2015-2016 season with two unstoppable performances. Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen will revisit the musical genius of Allen Toussaint, bringing the reimagined sound to Iowa City while testifying to the strength, versatility, and adaptability of Toussaint's compositions, accompanying Cleary's creativity and taste in re-imagination. Having notched more than two decades as a keyboardist and bandleader in New Orleans, Cleary will bring the flavor of New Orleans to the heart of Iowa City.


At 8:30 PM Friday night, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will take over the Main Stage with the rhythm, feeling, and explosive power so characteristic of this soul-sensation group. "Everything I love can be summed up by the moment I get on stage, and start giving the people what they want. That's real love. That's real music," remarks Jones regarding her passion for performing and for her incredibly supportive fan-base.


Headlining on Saturday night is R&B singer, Raheen Devaughn, with the sonorous “tour-de-force” known as Shade of Blue opening for him at 7 PM. Three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter DeVaughn believes that love makes the world go round.  He embraces this universal theme in the heart and soul of his original songs and collaborations, having worked with renowned musical artists Ne-Yo, Mario Winans, Carvin & Ivan, and more.  “People are fascinated with love and are still trying to discover what it means.  I like to think that I make music that is passionate, conscious, caring and endearing…so I definitely try to embody all of that in the music I put out.”


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.


The Dream Divas of Iowa City, Ordained 2Praise Dance Ministry, and Set the Atmosphere will set the tone for another full day of SOUL on Saturday, August 29th beginning at 11 AM.  Throughout the day, enjoy performances by the Amen Choir, as well as Bruce Teague & the Serious Blues Band. Saxophonist, Educator, Composer, Damani Phillips not only teaches at the University of Iowa but will be bringing his passion for music to the Main Stage as part of The Damani Phillips Trio. At 5 PM, Kevin Burt & Big Medicine will dispel the myth that true soul has no roots in Iowa with what is always an electrifying performance!

In between the performances, grab refreshments at the ever-popular Culinary Row featuring special soul food dishes or stop in the Beverage Garden for a cold adult beverage. Enjoy the FUN Zone, perfect for families while you explore all that the festival has to offer on Friday and Saturday. The Iowa Soul Fest MarketPlace will feature the original artwork of a number of artists with an emphasis on work inspired by African American culture.  

On Sunday, you can enjoy a Gospel Brunch at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.  The brunch will feature amazing food and entertainment by Chicago jazz and gospel singer Maggie Brown. Tickets for the 12:30 PM seating are $30 per person in advance, with proceeds benefiting Summer of the Arts and KCCK Jazz 88.3 Radio.

Bring the family downtown to enjoy a weekend celebrating African American culture through music, dance, food, and art! Make sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event! For more information about this festival, please visit our website at or call our office at (319) 337-7944.

Summer of the Arts is an umbrella organization for local arts and culture events, including the Iowa Arts Festival presented by Veridian Credit Union, MusicIC, Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Iowa Soul Festival presented by Diversity Focus, Friday Night Concert Series presented by Toyota-Scion of Iowa City, and Free Movie Series presented by Collins Community Credit Union & UI Pentacrest Museums.


The mission of Summer of the Arts is to bring people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn and enjoy free Arts and Cultural Events.


See Film Arrows Into Infinity During the Iowa City Jazz Festival!


Q&A with Lloyd, wife Dorothy Darr, follows screening at Iowa City Public Library
IOWA CITY -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 23, 2015:  Charles Lloyd, the Saturday night headliner for the 2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival, is a towering figure in the world of jazz. But he also is something of an enigma, an artist who was the first to cross over into the rock world, but who then pulled back and took a long, soul-searching break from the mainstream before returning to continue his quest.
Learn more about Lloyd's spiritual journey, and the music he has made along the way, at a special free screening of the documentary film, "Arrows Into Infinity", sponsored by Bradley and Riley PC.  The event, 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library on Friday, July 3, is free and open to the public. 
After the film, Lloyd and his wife, Dorothy Darr, will participate in a Q&A session, offering attendees the rare opportunity to connect with this legendary performer.  The film runs two hours, with the Q&A starting immediately afterward at 4 p.m. Those wishing to see festival performers rather than the film are invited to join the event at that time to hear the session with Lloyd and Darr.
This 2013 film, co-produced and co-directed by Darr, looks at Lloyd's career from his earliest days as a performer in the 1950s, through his best-selling quartet with Keith Jarrett and others, through his extended sabbatical in Big Sur, and on to his re-emergence at the side of the late pianist Michael Petrucciani and beyond. 
Lloyd made his name as part of groups led by Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderly before heading out on his own to lead a quartet that included Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. That group cut several best-selling, critically acclaimed albums, including one of the first million-sellers in jazz, Forest Flower. 
Soon after, he began to experiment, recording rock-leaning albums that included appearances by members of the Beach Boys, and then took a break from recording and performing. He was lured back in the early 1980s by Petrucciani, and later performed with a host of young pianists, including Bobo Stenson, Brad Mehldau and Jason Moran, 
The Wall Street Journal calls the film, "fluid and poetic, pausing just long enough for interviewees to express Mr. Lloyd's wide-ranging impact through the years," while JazzTimes says the film provides insight into the course of Lloyd's life and the lifelong search that has driven him from one success to the next.
"While such a film might be considered premature, given that Lloyd's life and story are far from over, 'Arrows Into Infinity' is, instead, a rarity that celebrates a life while the artist is still with us---a story, beautifully told and thoroughly captivating, that in no way suggests there is an end in sight."
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