2017 Iowa Arts Festival Main Stage Bios

Friday, June 2, 2017

7 PM Dave Moore

Dave Moore is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by country blues and conjunto music. Moore was a frequent guest, a prairie home companion, and records for red house records. Moore currently resides in the Iowa City area. 

Website: https://www.redhouserecords.com/artists/dave-moore
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davemooremusician


9 PM 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.

Website: http://sonvolt.net/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonVolt/ 


Saturday, June 3, 2017

10 AM 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.

Website: http://www.iccband.org/iccbConcerts.html 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICCBand/ 


11:30 AM       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. 

Website: http://www.acejonesmusic.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/acejonesmusic 

1 PM Family Folk Machine/Awful Purdies 

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. 

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.  

Family Folk Machine Website: http://familyfolkmachine.org/
Family Folk Machine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familyfolkmachine 


Awful Purdies Website: http://www.awfulpurdies.com/
Awful Purdies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AwfulPurdies/ 
Awful Purdies Twitter: https://twitter.com/AwfulPurdies 


2:30 PM           The Feralings

Sponsored by Garage Mahaul

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.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheFeralings 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFeralings 


5 PM Jeremy Kittle 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. 

Website: jeremykittel.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeremykittel


7 PM Anais Mitchell 

Sponsored by the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel

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. 

Website: http://www.anaismitchell.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnaisMitchellMusic 


9 PM Elephant Revival


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.  

Website: http://www.elephantrevival.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elephantrevival 


Sunday, June 4, 2017


10 AM 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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WheelHossBluegrass/


11:30 AM       The Savage Hearts

Sponsored by 7G Distributing

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.

Website: https://www.thesavagehearts.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesavagehearts/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO8KGbHkGZsS4-7RzalzLcw 


1 PM 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. 

Website: https://www.evergreengrassband.com/the-band 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evergreengrassband


2:45 PM          Jeremey Kittel Trio

(see bio above)



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