Keeping music of the ‘60s and ‘70s alive: Vintage comes to Vue Rooftop

Featuring the music of the Beatles, Eagles, and more, cover band Vintage performed at the Vue Rooftop for its first time.


Hannah Kinson

Musician Micah Goebel plays the guitar during a performance by the band Vintage at the Vue Rooftop on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Vintage regularly plays American classic rock hits including “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and “Take it Easy” by The Eagles.

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

Through the glow of the ever changing colored lights, Vintage, a cover band from Cedar Rapids featuring music of the ’60s and ’70s, played at the Vue Rooftop on Nov. 16.

The large oval lights hanging down from the ceiling shone brightly in reds, blues, and purples over the array of the band’s instruments in the far corner of the room, meshing well with the cool grey and cream plush seating. Surrounding the room were large windows, exposing some of Iowa City’s best views that glowed through the night; the band stood in the foreground of the beautiful scenery, demanding the attention of the entire restaurant.

Beginning with a few classic songs from the Beatles, the crowd immediately reacted with joy, some even taking to singing along. Beatles’ songs acted as a catalyst later in the night through the red glow of the lights with the song, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” which caused a series of couples dances that persisted off and on throughout the night.

Hannah Kinson
Musician Keith Shriver plays the guitar and sings during a performance by the band Vintage at the Vue Rooftop on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Vintage regularly plays American classic rock hits including “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and “Take it Easy” by The Eagles.

One of the younger members of the group, Micah Goebel, said he was excited by some of the audience’s reactions.

“We just appreciate audience participation and dancing,” Goebel said between performances. “This isn’t just our band. Any live band wants to see people having a good time. That’s what we do it for. We’d rather play for five people who enjoy it than 500 people who aren’t listening.”

Fitting for the University of Iowa’s family weekend, Goebel’s way into the music of a different generation began through his own family.

“I grew up with it,” Goebel said. “My dad took me to a lot of concerts. It’s kind of his music. I’m 28 years old listening to music from the ‘70s, but my dad took me to see Eric Clapton when I was 10 years old and saw Tom Petty at a young age. I saw a lot of great concerts and grew up loving the music.”

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Beatles’ songs were not the only ones that got the audience out of their seats. Familiar love songs like “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and “No Matter What” by Badfinger brought couples and one father-daughter pairing to the floor in front of the stage.

As the crowd of restaurant goers began to thin out towards the start of the second set, the venue became more intimate and celebratory. The band began to play a game with some of the audience members where they would play a more obscure song and would call out for someone to guess the title and the band it was originally performed by.

Towards the middle of the second set, a group of men sitting at the bar ordered five boxes of pizza and proceeded to give out free slices of pizza to the entire band and restaurant. The band gave a shout out thanking the pizza men who had gone back to their corner.

“Crazy things happen in the Vue past 11 o’clock on a Saturday,” band member Keith Shriver said, smiling to the audience.

The night passed by quickly, featuring songs that brought together the different generations that had filed into the Vue Rooftop on Saturday night. While the ‘60s and ‘70s have come and gone, Vintage helps keep the music of those decades alive.

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