The Daily Iowan

Online performances increases accessibility, pose new challenges for fine arts

The Voxman Building is seen on July 8, 2018.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

September 2, 2020

This fall, stages have been swapped for computer screens. The performing arts at the University of Iowa have taken a particularly hard hit over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As students start rehearsals for their first shows, recitals, and performances of the year, their departments have had t...

Local bars consider future for providing live entertainment

The front entrance to Gabe's is seen on Thursday, July 16 in Iowa City.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

July 16, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Johnson County have been rising since June 15, motivating some downtown Iowa City businesses like Oasis and Revival to close their doors once again. However, a few local bars have decided after a short closing period to reopen their doors, though the question remains for many whether ...

Review | G-Eazy’s ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ disappoints

Illustration by Katina Zentz

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 13, 2020

Last week, I received a notification from Spotify saying that G-Eazy, an American hip-hop artist and rapper, dropped his latest album, Everything’s Strange Here. I immediately started listening to the album from the first song, like you’re supposed to. But the music that I was welcomed with was...

Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival to showcase local and national performers

Members of The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet. Contributed.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

July 2, 2020

For its 29th year, the Iowa City Jazz Festival — organized by the Summer of the Arts — will be held in a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic, from July 3-5. The switch to online includes some aspects of the classic version and some new inclusions. “It’s kind of a combination of th...

COVID-19 pandemic forces UI pianists to adjust to new dynamic


Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

April 21, 2020

When Gustavo do Carmo heard that the University of Iowa decided to continue instruction online, he began to record himself playing English, Italian, and German songs, including opera arias and musical theatre pieces, and email it to the voice studio soloists he works with. The UI music-arts doctoral...

How Iowa-based musicians are coping with the loss of their normal lives during times of social distancing

Musician Avery Moss livestreams an improvised jam session in his basement on Thursday
April 9th. Moss runs a special music project known as Quarantine Dream, where he
collaborates with local musicians to create and share music in the midst of the COVID19

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

April 21, 2020

From the nightmarish COVID-19 pandemic, musical project Quarantine Dream emerged. What was a collaboration between Iowa City-based bandmates on tour is now a virtually collaborative effort to continue to create music while social distancing. It’s a different way of producing music amid a pandemic w...

New ways to spice up your old playlists

Photo Illustration by Ryan Adams

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

April 6, 2020

Music is recyclable, meaning listeners can hear the same song time and time again before tiring of it. However, throughout this quarantine period, music streaming apps are spiking in usage, and listeners are bound to grow weary of their overplayed songs and playlists. Fortunately for all music strea...

Guster entertains Englert audience with an evening of hit songs and musical improv

The marquee outside of the Englert theatre is shown with Mandolin Orange headlining on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

March 8, 2020

The stage of the Englert Theater was bathed in blue and purple light as it welcomed popular ‘90s alternative rock band Guster and comedic master of ceremonies Connor Ratliff on Saturday for a night of crowd favorite tunes and musical improv. The band sat in a semicircle on the stage, as if casua...

Rebellious Russians bring Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities joint show to Coralville

Rebellious Russians  bring Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities joint show to Coralville

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

March 6, 2020

The main performance hall of The Coralville Center for Performing Arts will soon fill with the deep rumble of intense compositions sharing the stage with pale flashes of dancing ballerinas. Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities will present their show Rebellious Russians tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Rebellious...

Mod Sun makes Iowa City a part of the movie of his life on tour at Gabe’s

Up and coming rapper, Mod Sun headlines at Gabes in downtown Iowa City on Thursday, March 5, 2020. “Mod Sun is like positive hippy rap”- Davenport citizen/Mod Sun fan, Chandler Carpenter.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

March 6, 2020

The second floor of Gabe’s crowded with people while the bass kept the beat on Thursday night. Empty cups and audience members lined the ledges of the walls in anticipation of Mod Sun, the self-proclaimed “hippy rapper” whose songs tell stories of how his life has changed by making music. Audience...

Irish folk band The Chieftains bring Irish culture, joy to Hancher

Irish folk band The Chieftains bring Irish culture, joy to Hancher

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

March 5, 2020

A pitch from Paddy Maloney’s small tin whistle filled Hancher auditorium, light and fluttery, as his seat was lit by an overhead light on stage. One by one, instruments joined Maloney in his tune, and Grammy Award-winning Irish folk band The Chieftains made their presence known. The band, which...

Rock band Anthony Worden and the Illiterati awes Gabe’s with ’60s, ’70s nostalgia

Rock band Anthony Worden and the Illiterati awes Gabe’s with '60s, '70s nostalgia

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

February 29, 2020

The second floor of Gabe’s slowly filled with a crowd anticipating a night of excellent music. From 9 p.m. to around 11 p.m., the crowd at Gabe’s grew as friends and fans of Anthony Worden and the Illiterati arrived. Anthony and the band wandered through the friendly faces as they watched th...