May 17 Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, brought to you by Hancher
For more than 2 decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.
Born in 1965 (appropriately) into the hippie folk and soul music era, Simien grew artistically being influenced by all of the great music that has defined our country’s musical legacy, including music from that era. He was as influenced by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and the Meters. Since his family is documented in the history books as one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish he was deeply affected by those great Creole Zydeco pioneers like Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and Fontenot to name a few. He counts himself one of the fortunate, as he is the last generation with a direct link to these artists, some of whom mentored him as an emerging talent. He has assumed that same role to a new generation of young Zydeco players. He understands how critical mentoring is to the survival of this indigenous music that has become synonymous with the cultural identity of Louisiana, the South and an important part of the musical landscape of this country.
May 24 David Zollo
If you're a follower of the Midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way. Since bursting on the scene as a baby-faced 21-year-old with Iowa City's white-hot, road-chewing pub-rockers in 1992, Zollo has done just about everything you can do in the rock and roll business. Whether as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist with his own bands; as a sideman for an incredible array of roots music talent; as founder/owner/operator of legendary underground label, Trailer Records; or producer to up-and comers - Zollo always maintained a ridiculously frenetic schedule at an incredibly high level.
Of the many things that David Zollo does and does well, it is on stage that he seems most comfortable and happy. Long known as an exuberant, passionate performer, it is clear that at present, Zollo is relishing the opportunity to do what he does best: make music. You'll relish the chance to experience the timeless power of a voice that seems to have been with us forever.
May 31 Johnny Kilowatt Band With Gloria Hardiman
This band is fronted by Jon Klinowitz, guitar and vocals, who has been playing modern electric blues on the Iowa City music scene for more than two decades and was a founding member of the Blues Instigators. He's since played with other groups, including 2007 Iowa Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patrick Hazell and Mother Blues.
Gloria Hardiman, a veteran of the Chicago Blues scene, will join the band as vocalist.
June 14 Tallgrass
Tallgrass brings gravel road vocals, quick-picked guitar, and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, enemy of the owl- this three-piece band out of Iowa City plays original songs of happiness and sorrow. Called "The best damn band I've never heard" by the ghost of Elvis, they released their first album, God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women in the summer of 2012. Their next album, a double-disc called Roots and Boots, is on the way. May all the wrong notes be right.
June 21 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, etc.
June 28 Orquesta Alto Maiz
What began as a humble, but extremely fun project for the College Hill Arts Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in 1986 has evolved into a truly unique ensemble in the heartland of America. The latest incarnation of the band is sure to continue to attract their large and faithful following of dancers and fans whose support has encouraged their efforts in the exploration of this wonderful music known, generically, as "salsa" and Latin jazz. Now, 8 CDs, a trip to Europe, tours through the Northwest and Midwest, performances in Chicago, Kansas City, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, with symphony orchestras and outdoor festivals too numerous to mention, this band of musical brothers is enjoying traveling this unique and festive musical road as much as ever.
July 12 Bambu
Bambu is a collective of genuine soul-driven melodies combined with world-class dance rhythms including Reggae, South American and African, with a regular dose of psychedelic jam to make this unique band a one-way ticket to nirvana. A dominant presence in Iowa City in the 1990s, they are back to make you dance like you are the entire universe at once. The show features Barbara Morillo, an old friend of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, on lead vocals. The band members: New York City native Barbara Morillo and Jamaican-born Jason Shoucair on lead vocals, Steven Benson from Argentina on lead vocals and latin percussion, Robert Almaraz from Venezuela on drums and percussion, Jon Estrin on guitar, George Foster on bass and Greg Wadsworth on keyboards.
July 19 Feralings AND Awful Purdies
The Feralings are Benj Upchurch (mandolin / vocals), Nicole Upchurch (clawhammer banjo / vocals), Patrick Bloom (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 Bloom 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 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. The result is The Feralings, a rare collaboration in which all members write, sing, laugh, engage in general naughtiness, and genuinely like each other. They travel a vast musical landscape, combining bully musicianship, sparkling harmonies, and evocative songwriting. And hey, they don't bite.
The Awful Purdies include Katie Burnes, Sarah Cram, Katie Roche, Nicole Upchurch and Marcy Rosenbaum. Formed in the summer of 2006 by former member Amy Finders and founding member Annie Savage, Awful Purdies was the answer to the question, "Is there a musical life for women after children, family and career?" The Awful Purdies is now Iowa's premier all female group. A 5 piece all female band, Awful Purdies features Katie Roche on accordion, whistles and percussion, Marcy Rosenbaum and Sarah Cram on guitar, Nicole Upchurch on banjo and Katie Burnes on cello. All singers and songwriters, the Awful Purdies original music is as diverse as the backgrounds of the women in the group. To say they play one genre of music would be wrong, but to say that they play their kind of music would only be a start. From Upchurch's story telling bluegrass tunes and Roche's word-heavy tangential songs to Rosenbaum's a capella testimonials and Burnes and Cram's soaring string compositions, the Awful Purdies are always a surprise. Former member Gabrielle Kouri also serves as a ghost songwriter for the group, lending such tunes as "Mechanical Ditch Digger" to the bands repertoire. The Awful Purdies released their first self-titled album back in September 2009. Hiatus, their most recent album was released in August 2012 and is a true dedication to the hard work and talent comprised in this stunning group.
July 26 Ben Soltau and The Funk Guarantee
Ben Soltau is a musician, singer and songwriter originally from Eastern Iowa. He has been involved in the founding of several Iowa City groups such as New Beat Society, We Funk and The Funk Guarantee. Recently moved back to Iowa after touring as the bass player in Iowa Cities' own, Euforquestra, he is now finishing his debut album. Soul Music is his self described style, from prerecorded hits of the last fifty years to originals. Soltau works with many of the best local talents, so his band the Funk Guarantee, is always full of familiar faces sharing a love of the music and a love of performing.
August 2 Jesse White Band AND Chasing Shade
Jesse White is an Iowa City native, and an up and coming performer around the corridor area. He has an extensive repertoire of original tunes that can be described as lyrically driven, Americana music. His performances focus on delivering catchy and energetic music to get crowds dancing, while connecting with individuals through intelligent lyrics and insights. To translate his sound to larger audiences, Jesse recruited several accomplished musicians in 2012 to form The Jesse White Band. The Jesse White Band has just begun recording their debut album.
After doing a solar powered tour across Iowa via bicycles, Chasing Shade was recently likened to being the hardest working band in show business. - Iowa City Press Citizen, July 26th, 2012. Thus, it should be no surprise that this indie-beach-blues duo based out of Iowa City, IA has shared the stage with some of the top acts in the country including Bon Jovi, Pepper, G.Love & Special Sauce, Rusted Root, Lissie, and Mason Jennings. Chasing Shade is also committed to giving back to their community and promoting sustainability by performing at a number of local fundraisers supporting the environment. In addition, Chasing Shade designed and implemented the first recycling and composting program at Camp Euforia, a local music festival of 2000 attendees.
August 9 The Ramblers
The Ramblers were formed in the Cedar Valley in 2008, but individually Scott Gallagher, Denny McCabe, Bob Smith and Ed Narigon have all been part of the local music scene for many years. Their song list rambles all over the musical map. They play an eclectic, electric blend of swampy, roots-influenced Americana and uncovered oldies are mixed in with some familiar tunes that have been given a folky spin by Bob’s banjo and mandolin.
August 16 Camp Mohawk
August 23 Abby Ganske
Abby Ganske grew up singing and has played the guitar for over four years now. Ganske has played at various bars and restaurants in the Iowa City area and is using the summer to work on her own personal music projects. A recent high school graduate, Ganske will be attending the University of Northern Iowa to study music education in the fall.
August 23 Jake McVey
Jake McVey has become one of the most in demand young acts in country music. Performing 300 shows last year, he was named one of the Top Ten touring acts by Billboard magazine. His experience encompasses a variety of venues from sold out clubs to opening for Martina McBride in front of a crowd of 22,000. His high-energy stage show has earned the respect of fellow performers as he’s paid his dues opening for Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town, among others. This year he was booked for 10 consecutive nights at the Iowa State Fair. McVey has become one of the most in demand young acts in country music. Performing 300 shows last year, he was named one of the Top Ten touring acts by Billboard magazine. His experience encompasses a variety of venues from sold out clubs to opening for Martina McBride in front of a crowd of 22,000. His high-energy stage show has earned the respect of fellow performers as he’s paid his dues opening for Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town, among others. This year he was booked for 10 consecutive nights at the Iowa State Fair. "I love to entertain, that’s my drug," says McVey, whose upbeat attitude and impressive work ethic are nearly as appealing as his fresh country sound. "I love people, the more the better. I don’t really get butterflies anymore. It’s just great to entertain and do what you love to do."
August 30 Uniphonics AND Chazman Band
Since forming in 2007, The Uniphonics have established themselves as one of the premier bands in Iowa and Illinois. Playing on bills with internationally touring superstars like Victor Wooten, EOTO, Primus, The Roots, Matisyahu, Members of G-Unit, Rusted Root and Parliament Funkadelic have helped build an enthusiastic fan base. Their 2010 release "CRAWL" features Grammy award winner ROBIN EUBANKS, a Twin Cities vocal phenom named HEATBOX, and George Clinton/Sly Stone collaborator DENNIS "DADDY-O" MCMURRIN. The album is a collection of funk/rap/soul/rock tracks with jazz influenced improvisation. The Uniphonics are free of the politics involved with being signed to a major label, and are playing shows to finance their upcoming album.
Artist Music and Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ney88mOuFtE
Chazman Band: Chaz’men Williams-Ali is a young tenor from St. Louis MO. He began singing as a child at Faith Miracle Temple church. From there, Chaz’men attended Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and studied with two of St. Louis’ finest instructors, Dello Thedford, and Yvonne Crockett. While studying at Central, Chaz’men joined the Opera Theatre St. Louis Artist-in-Training program where he studied for two years. Chaz’men is a senior voice major at the University of Iowa School of Music. The Chazman Band consists of bassist John Stefaniac, drummer Paul Cunliffe, pianist Michael Jarvey, guitarist Steve Grismore and Chaz’men on vocals and keys
September 6 Zeta June AND FireSale
Zeta June is collaborative effort of 4 guys who share a passion for making music that makes you dance, melt your face off and is just down right funky. Being heavily influenced by iconic jam bands such as The Grateful Dead, Umphrey's Mcgee and Phish, these guys are sure to give you guitar shredding riffs, dynamic funky bass and drum beats you can't help but dance too. They hail from Iowa City, Iowa and will be coming to a city near you! Zeta June recently won the Summer Camp on the road tour for Iowa City and will be representing Iowa at the Summer Camp Music Festival this year.
FireSale is an original act out of Iowa City, IA that mixes Reggae/Dub/Rock & Roll and many other personal influences into their own signature groove. Originally from Davenport, IA they have been together since 2007 and since then have transformed their sound from playing punk rock covers to writing and performing their own original reggae/world music. FireSale released a full length Self-titled album in late 2009. In August 2012 they released their 2nd full length album "Mind Breath" They have made many regional showings playing events and venues such as River Roots Live, Riversance Art Festival, The Redstone Room, The Mill, RIBCO, The Yacht Club, Gabe's, The Blue Moose, and have shared the stage with many talented acts such as John Brown's Body, Passafire, Ballyhoo!, Mustard Plug, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Tribal Seeds, Euforquestra, and Aaron Kamm & The One Drops.
September 20 Dead Larry
A delightful blend of high energy rock, dance and funk offers a look into the new generation of musicians and fans. Originally from Iowa City, the entire band relocated to Minneapolis, MN in Oct 2011. Dead Larry spreads a positive message to bring out a renewed feeling of passion and hope for anyone who listens. A group of 4 guys in their twenties, Dead Larry loves to party and encourages the crowd to get up and moving. With a vast range of influences it's hard to pin down the sound, but comparisons have been made to Modest Mouse, The Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Dead Larry encourages a community of friends and family (known as "The Family of Funky Friends") that continues to support and grow with Dead Larry throughout their adventures. Touring relentlessly across the country, Dead Larry is a force to be reckoned with.
September 27 OSG
From smooth soul and R & B grooves to booty-shaking funk and hip-hop, OSG is a fusion of old and new school. With a combination of some of Iowa City's most experienced heavy hitters and brightest new talent, this group is on the rise. Since premiering at the Friday Night Concert Series in the Fall of 2010, OSG has already shared the stage with some of the region's best acts, such as Lubriphonic, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Big Funk Guarantee and Public Property. A debut CD and many performances at local venues and regional festivals are on the horizon for this band. With a unique blend of originals and songs you know and love, OSG puts on a show you won't want to miss!