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Experimental musician C.J. Boyd is heading to the Trumpet Blossom in the midst of a never-ending tour


CJ Boyd
C.J. Boyd relaxes backstage in Liège, Belgium. — photo by Daniel Means

C.J. Boyd w/ Haunter, Nightlight

Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m.

If you like ambient music, Thursday’s show at the Trumpet Blossom is going to be your dream come true. C.J. Boyd, Haunter and Nightlight will all be playing some extremely spacey music, warm and cozy jams perfect for the first taste of autumn we’re getting.

C.J. Boyd is a musician’s musician. Having been on an “eterni-tour” (which, yes, is exactly what you think it is) now for nearly seven years, Boyd has played countless shows and has met countless like-minded musicians with whom he has written, recorded and improvised. His constant touring has led Boyd to found his own label, Obsolete Media Objects, through which he releases the music he discovers on the road (indeed, Iowa City’s own Skye Carrasco has a tape out on OMO).

Boyd’s music is simple, utilizing little more than an upright bass, some loops and his own voice, but his raw, naked sound is capable of silencing just about any room. Best of all, he’s found numerous opportunities to incorporate his niche sound into other collaborations, playing in groups such Desert Center (a new moniker for a project previously called Cairo), The C.J. Boyd Sextet, Kurva Choir, Rhonya, Move and others.

Iowa City’s Haunter will be performing his solo guitar works as well, along with new local experimental group Nightlight. The show begins at 9 p.m. with a $5 door price.


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