I presently catching up on my blogging — there are lots of shows from November that I hope to share with all of you in the next few days (if all goes as planned) so they’re likely to be brief and loaded with photos. Those of you who have read the December Issue of the […]
I joined some friends at Gabe’s for a show I didn’t really know much about and I learned to always trust these particular friends’ taste in music. This was a great show (as so many of them are). Name Crisis is called such because they haven’t yet picked a name, but they have certainly solidified […]
I have a bunch of photos to crank out, so I have to go skimpy on my write-ups for now. I rarely photograph shows that I think won’t be very good, so you can bet that all of these bands are worth checking out, if you’re not already familiar with them. I am counting on […]
Ogre You Asshole came all the way from Japan to put on a fine show at the Englert and set the stage for Wolf Parade. Though they spoke little English, they still completely engaged the audience with some pretty meticulous rock melodies. Wolf Parade took the stage with a surge of energy that got nearly […]
Shame on me. I have shots from half of this show. The official lineup included Wax Canon and the Boxknifes, but I just couldn’t get my tail down to the Wherehouse fast enough. To those bands, my sincerest regrets for not digitally capturing your performance. As far as what I DID see….well done. How can […]
This weekend the streets were crawling with folks in their best Halloween attire, and I couldn’t click my camera fast enough. I did manage to snap some of the characters lurking on Dubuque Street, most of them being drunk, happy and eager to show off their disguises. There were countless fantastic costumes that I didn’t […]
The Mill hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Local Foods Connection on Sept 25th. The evening was packed with music from a variety of local artists, art and handmade goods, raffles, a silent auction, dancing, food and booze….it was a great night and I was glad to be asked to capture some shots from the event.
It’s not everyday that I get to see a living musical legend perform, so naturally, I couldn’t wait to post the shots that security was kind enough to let me take. Joan sounds as lovely in person as she does on vinyl. She performed songs from all points of her celebrated catalog, and even pulled out an old Eric Burden cover and some Woodie Guthrie, much to my delight.
I am not a music critic and I don’t pretend to be, but I will say that this show was damn good. I wasn’t familiar with Illinois John Fever before that night, but this Iowa City Americana singer is fun, lively and a great start to a foot-stomping evening at the Mill. If I knew […]
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any shots from venues in town, but that doesn’t mean I’m not out there soaking it all up. I caught the first show of the Iowa Women’s Music Festival at the Englert last month featuring Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps, Bitch (of Bitch & Animal fame) and the infamous Leslie Hall & the Lys.
The second Carnival Hearts & Arts Parade occupied Happy Hollow park last Sunday and it was bigger and better than the first one, which was held in May. The weather could not have been better, and the turnout was a pleasing mix of artists, musicians, writers, crafters, photographers, music fiends, families, students, art lovers, babies, and dogs.
I hopped over the Mississippi River to the Rock Island Brewery Company a couple weeks ago to see this excellent conglomeration of performers – Nathaniel Rateliff, Will Whitmore and the Old Scratch Revival Singers. I’ve seen all these folks in Iowa City, but it was great to take a little trip out of town to catch some great ‘local’ music.