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Joy in dance, music coming with Contra-Tiempo, Las Cafeteras

Joy in dance, music coming with Contra-Tiempo, Las Cafeteras

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

November 20, 2019

Los Angeles-based dance company Contra-Tiempo and band Las Cafeteras will bring their show “joyUS, justUS” to Hancher Auditorium for one night only today. According to Contra-Tiempo founder and current artistic director Ana Maria Alvarex, the performance will be a snapshot of life seen through...

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

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

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

November 17, 2019

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...

Fighting for equitable representation in classical composition: Sarah Cahill set to perform in Voxman Music Building

Fighting for equitable representation in classical composition: Sarah Cahill set to perform in Voxman Music Building

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

November 17, 2019

Mozart, Bach, Beethoven — these three names are ubiquitous to most any corner of the classical music world and seen synonymous as great. Pianist Sarah Cahill, seeking to change the perception of music composition, will bring her solo project entitled The Future is Female to the halls of Voxman Music...

Irish dance and song cherished with “I Lift My Lamp”

Irish dance and song cherished with “I Lift My Lamp”

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

November 16, 2019

On Nov. 15, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will present “I Lift My Lamp,” the first of a series of performances that celebrate immigration.  “I Lift My Lamp” will consist of a series of Irish performances, combining music from Coppers and Brass with the dancing of the Champagne A...

James Tutson and The Rollback to play newest songs at upcoming Big Grove performance

James Tutson and The Rollback to play newest songs at upcoming Big Grove performance

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

November 14, 2019

In a warmly lit living room, the members of Iowa City-based band, James Tutson and The Rollback, told stories, teased each other, and laughed. The band will perform at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom premiering their new album Make You Free. on Nov. 15. Singer and guitarist Tutson, who proudly identifies...

YouTube hip hop artist Dax stops at Gabe’s as part of his first ever tour

YouTube hip hop artist Dax stops at Gabe’s as part of his first ever tour

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

November 13, 2019

For over an hour and a half, opener after opener rapped and energized Gabe’s into its signature vibration of seemingly everything. Each artist layered a new excitement onto the stage while remaining complementary for the upcoming main act, Dax.  The crowd, ready to comply with anything the show asked for, wav...

Canadian countryman Corb Lund sings Western spirit to Iowa City

Canadian countryman Corb Lund sings Western spirit to Iowa City

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

November 11, 2019

Within five minutes of the opening act strumming its first notes, the open, wooden floor of Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon had its first couple dance in the openness. The floor’s first pair was soon joined by another, and another, and another until Canadian country-Western act Corb Lund had the whole Iow...

Icon For Hire proves authentic lyricism outpowers any and all labels

Icon For Hire proves authentic lyricism outpowers any and all labels

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

November 9, 2019

Heading into concert halls and entertainment bars, two to three hours of music is expected. The punk scene does it a little differently. Marking a four hour event, consisting of three different opening acts and headliner Icon for Hire, a slew of new music hit the entertainment scene of Iowa City. Starting...

Country singer Adam Hambrick’s unconventional journey to music leads him to Iowa City

Country singer Adam Hambrick’s unconventional journey to music leads him to Iowa City

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

November 6, 2019

For country singer Adam Hambrick, singing in front of a crowd is a dream come true. “I love being on stage and being a singer, and being in that moment, [performing] in church, in a bar, there’s something spiritual to it, it doesn’t matter where you are,” Hambrick said. The Arkansas-born singer...

Getting weird in Iowa City: Yacht Club showcases bizarre bands in its second Free Weird Music Show

Getting weird in Iowa City: Yacht Club showcases bizarre bands in its second Free Weird Music Show

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

October 30, 2019

Lately, I’ve been into more experimental sounds while searching for new music, so when I heard that the Yacht Club was hosting a Free Weird Music concert, I was beyond intrigued. After walking into the near-empty venue, the brief 40-minute concert started, and the music got delightfully weirder as the...

Rex Orange County’s Pony blends older style with new experimental sound

Rex Orange County’s Pony blends older style with new experimental sound

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

October 28, 2019

Following a surge of popularity with his 2017 release of Apricot Princess, Alexander O’Connor, under the stage name Rex Orange County, sparks a snap of energy with his new October release, Pony. The simple, 30-minute album bounces with playful energy, marking an experimental step for the British s...

Evil Dead: The Musical offers rip-roaring, blood-soaked humor

Evil Dead: The Musical offers rip-roaring, blood-soaked humor

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

October 27, 2019

With an ending that left the stage bloody and the crowd roaring with thunderous applause, Iowa City Community Theater’s Evil Dead: The Musical premiered Oct. 25. As both a longtime fan of musical theater and Sam Raimi’s horror comedy series, Evil Dead, I knew I was set to have a wild experience...