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Family Folk Machine hosts first online mini-concert

Iowa City musical group Family Folk Machine will perform their first ever completely virtual mini-concert. The concert features five songs with an environmental theme and will premiere on Family Folk Machine’s YouTube page.
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...

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

Photo of Christine Moad (Shadow Fox Photography).
Christine Moad, known as Miss Christine, finds comfort in writing songs about the tumultuous year of 2020. Her newest single, “Truth in Song,” details the events of the year leading up to the presidential election.
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...

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

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.
The UI Theatre Department, School of Music, and Dance department have all used a saliva test developed by researchers at the University of Iowa in order to safely rehearse and perform.
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...

Timely jazz composition takes center stage at Hancher Auditorium

Hancher Auditorium is seen in Iowa City on Sunday, September 20th, 2020.
Hancher Auditorium and composer Wynton Marsalis’ will collaborate for the 13th time by virtually presenting "The Democracy! Suite" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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,”...

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

The local band known as Ped Mall play outside of Daydrink coffee shop in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
What started as a mysterious note in his guitar case from the owners of Daydrink has given one UI junior the chance to grow a band from the ground up.
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....

Live from Linn Street: Goosetown Cafe hosts outdoor shows

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.
In order to provide entertainment during the pandemic, Goosetown Cafe has provided live outdoor music for customers dining on Linn Street and visiting area businesses.
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...

Producing in a pandemic: local artists release new music

Photo Illustration by Megan Conroy/Photos by Wyatt Dlouhy
Iowa City musicians Elizabeth Moen and Elly Hofmaier found time to create music during a pandemic-motivated break from performing due to COVID-19.
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

While unable to physically play for crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic, local Iowa City bands depict the realities of creating music during a pandemic.
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...

Black Pumas, Tank and the Bangas dazzle crowd with first virtual Homecoming performance

Photo Illustration by Hannah Kinson
This year’s Homecoming concert was a unique one. With two Grammy award nominees performing and an all-virtual audience for the first time ever, headliner Black Pumas and opener Tank and the Bangas took the stage.
October 5, 2020

Bright colors, snazzy outfits, soft lighting, and chill vibes: this year’s Homecoming concert was one to remember for several reasons. The virtual concert, broadcasted on Scope Production’s...

David Zollo to captivate Coralville Farmers’ Market with Americano, roots music

Photo of David Zollo. Contributed.
Musician David Zollo has not been able to have many live performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will perform in front of a live audience on Oct.5 at the Coralville Farmers’ Market.
October 1, 2020

In the glow of the setting sun, Iowa City singer-songwriter David Zollo will kick off the work week with a free, live performance at the Coralville Farmers’ Market on Monday. Ready to dazzle his...

UI alumni release compilation album to raise money for Cedar Rapids after derecho

Former Cedar Rapids residents Ed Bornstein and Andrew Cahak have released a compilation album benefitting the derecho recovery effort. The duo have individual labels based in Chicago and Minneapolis and have collaborated together in an effort to help the community rebuild.
September 29, 2020

When the mid-August derecho hit the Cedar Rapids area, the inland hurricane left debris and damage citywide. Feeling the devastation of their former hometown from afar, duo Ed Bornstein and Andrew...

Songs for a New World to make virtual debut

Songs for a New World to make virtual debut
City Circle Theatre Company will virtually premiere ‘Songs for a New World,’ a song cycle about characters overcoming challenges in their lives.
September 29, 2020

Art often reflects on the current situation of the world. In this case, the situation is a pandemic. Songs for a New World, a song cycle performance presented by City Circle Theatre Company in Coralville,...

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