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Iowa City Weekender – February 27-March 1

February’s almost over, but before it is, celebrate Black History Month and catch some musical battles.

Friday, February 27

Summercamp Battle of the Bands | The Yacht Club | 8pm | $5

One of two battles going on this weekend (the other being Saturday’s Dollars for Scholars battle at the IMU). Friday night, Uniphonics, Dead Larry, Five in a Hand, Insectoid and Johnny on Point compete for a spot at the Summercamp music festival. Go, enjoy and vote.

Kick-Ass Bands | PS1, IC | 9pm | $5

Public Space ONE has a crazy good rock show tonight, featuring The Western Front, Birth Rites, Replacing the Robot, and Elijah Alverado. While not a “battle of the bands” per se, the show at PS1 tonight has the promise of a heavyweight slugfest.  The melodious Western Front will float like a butterfly, and Birth Rites hard/math-rock will sting like a bee, or something.  Up-and-comers Replacing the Robot and Elijah Alverado round out the ticket. Check it out.

Saturday, February 28

The Murder of Emmitt Till | Bijou Theater, IMU | 5pm | Free

14-year old Emmitt Till’s brutal murder in 1955 in the Mississippi Delta was a flashpoint for the American Civil Rights Movement. The film, which is part of PBS’s American Experience series, discusses the killing, the open casket burial and the trial described as “a mockery of justice.” Discussion to follow with Gamma, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the University of Iowa Afro-American Cultural Center.

Miles Nielsen | The Mill, IC | 9pm | $6

Miles Nielsen brings his steel-guitar pop-country-rock to the Mill. Nielsen, who also plays with the Wandering Sons, describes his sound as born in the Midwest. Opening the show is Shame Train, Cameron McGill and Samuel Lock Ward.

Sunday, March 1

No Roads Lead to Buxton | African American Museum of Iowa, CR | 10-4

An exhibit detailing the fascinating story of Buxton, IA, founded in 1900 as a “Black Man’s Utopia.” The settlement grew and prospered to almost 6,000 residents, primarily black, until the major employer, Consolidation Coal Company, abandoned the town. The event does not have a scheduled end date, but see it before it goes.

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