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The University Orchestra, conducted by Megan Maddaleno, rehearses in the Voxman music building on Feb. 15, 2021.

UI School of Music addresses lack of diversity in classical music, steps to improve

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter February 22, 2021

Classical music in America has been historically and predominantly white. Orchestras large and small have followed the traditional canon of white European male composers since its inception hundreds...

A shot of Elray's Live and Dive neon sign taken from the roof of said establishment in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Matthew Hsieh/The Daily Iowan)

Kevin Burt gives soulful blues performance at Elray’s Live and Dive

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter February 13, 2021

On Friday night at Elray’s Live and Dive, Kevin Burt took to the stage to play a collection of covers and original blues songs. Though the temperature outside had dipped into the negatives, Elray’s...

Capel Howorth poses for a portrait in his home studio on Jan 29. 2021.

The art of ‘good sound’: local producer Capel Howorth gives the ins and outs to music production

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter February 8, 2021

While riding in a red Merkur Scorpio, Capel Howorth’s dad would quiz him on artists like The Beatles and Steely Dan. He considers those moments to be the spark that lit his way to a deep love for...

Skarlett Roxx performs at Wildwood Saloon on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. Skarlett Roxx is a band modeled on and influenced by eighties hair metal.

Skarlett Roxx gives high-energy, hard rock performance at Wildwood Saloon

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter January 31, 2021

Dressed head to toe in appropriately punk attire, sporting long locks and jet-black mullets, local band Skarlett Roxx put on a show over the weekend that is hard to forget. The rock and roll band...


Family Folk Machine hosts first online mini-concert

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter November 12, 2020

This weekend, music lovers and folk enthusiasts alike can tune into the online premiere of Family Folk Machine’s special pandemic-era mini-concert. Family Folk Machine is a non-profit folk choir...

Photo of Christine Moad (Shadow Fox Photography).

Iowa City musician Miss Christine’s releases new song highlighting social justice

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter November 10, 2020

The year 2020 has been a tumultuous year for the U.S., between the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice, and the general election. For musician Miss Christine, her ability to create music has helped...

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.

UI-developed COVID-19 saliva tests make in-person rehearsals possible for performing arts departments

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor November 8, 2020

For the performing arts, the worldwide transition to digital interaction over Zoom has been particularly devastating. With limited options available to continue to provide their students a meaningful...

Hancher Auditorium is seen in Iowa City on Sunday, September 20th, 2020.

Timely jazz composition takes center stage at Hancher Auditorium

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter October 26, 2020

“Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It's a conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires,”...

The local band known as Ped Mall play outside of Daydrink coffee shop in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Brewing a new beat: new coffee shop helps local band find its start

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor October 19, 2020

On a bustling evening outside the downtown Iowa City bars in late August, 20-year-old University of Iowa junior Ethan Traugh was doing one of the things he loved most: jamming on his guitar for passersby....

Blake Shaw and Dan Padley perform outside Goosetown Cafe on Tuesday Oct. 7, 2020. Guests watched from their tables outside as others gathered within the street to listen.

Live from Linn Street: Goosetown Cafe hosts outdoor shows

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter October 12, 2020

Golden sunlight streamed through auburn-clad trees near Goosetown Cafe as local bass player and vocalist Blake Shaw and guitarist Dan Padley prepared for their set on a peaceful weekday afternoon...

Photo Illustration by Megan Conroy/Photos by Wyatt Dlouhy

Producing in a pandemic: local artists release new music

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter October 7, 2020

For Elizabeth Moen and Elly Hofmaier, finding down time to create while at home doesn’t happen often. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, both musicians have found themselves with ample time to...


Changing the tune: Iowa City bands transition to virtual music production

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter October 6, 2020

On a bitter chill night in February, the warm air of Gabe’s invited attendees to take refuge inside its walls. Concertgoers meandered upstairs as a local band, the Megababes, played its set. Soon...

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