Iowa City Weekender: February 4-7

Greetings, Weekenders!

Big thanks to Caleb Hawley and Reed Waddle for being our special guests on last night’s edition of Little Village Live – our weekly radio show, Wednesdays 5-6 pm on KRUI.  Check back soon for video clips of their live in-studio performance.  Tune in next week for a special Tuesday edition – that’s right, Tuesday, 2/9/10 at 3:00 pm, Anna Vogelzang and Annie Palmer will join guest host John Schlotfelt for an hour of performance and whimiscal conversation – Don’t miss it!

Now, on to the weekend…


The Fretarazzi | Senior Center (28 S Linn) | 7-8:30 pm | FREE

Have you ever been into the Senior Center? It’s a wonderful place – last week I saw a friend of mine, Bill Johnson, perform a series of compositions by Schubert, right there in the assembly room.  It was the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday and there were 30 or so people there, chatting casually and comfortably before the show, and listening intently during.  It was lovely, unpretentious… just great!  So, tonight, I’m thinking of returning to hear some Classical guitar.  “The Fretarazzi” – Tom Nothnagle with mandolinist Marcus Nashelsky – will headline, and Lee Phipps and Bryan Andrews will also perform solos of primarily Brazilian, Mexican and Spanish music.


Second City | Englert | 8 pm | $22-27

The world-renowned sketch comedy group that introduced Tina Fey, Michael Myers and Stephen Colbert (just to name a few) brings their act to Iowa City this Friday and Saturday night.  Featuring Iowa City music scene alum Julie Nichols (currently with Boom Chicago, Amsterdam) on piano, say hello to the future of funny this Friday and Saturday night at the Englert.

Dave Moore | The Mill | 8 pm | $7

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Dave Moore at a little bar in Des Moines, just before I moved to Iowa City 8 years ago – it filled me with awe and eagerness to dig my toes into Iowa City and its music.  Des Moines is a town that does its best to support the arts, and it is getting cooler and cooler every year, but it doesn’t have the deep musical roots that Iowa City is so well-known for.  Dave Moore‘s name will live on much longer than any of us in the rich musical soils of eastern Iowa, right there with Greg and Pieta Brown, Bo and Benson Ramsey, Joe and Vicki Price, William Elliott Whitmore and our next featured artist, Dennis McMurrin, aka Daddy-O.

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Daddy-O’s 75th Show at the IC Yacht Club |ICYC | 8 pm | $7

One of the greatest performers anywhere plays his 75th show at an Iowa City institution, the IC Yacht Club.  Get there early for 75 cent pints from 9-11, and stay all night to watch Daddy-O catch the holy ghost.  Sometimes I give venues a hard time for sticking to a formula, but Daddy-O at the Yacht Clus is something I hope and pray will never, ever change.  You rock, Daddy-O!  Here’s to 75 more shows at the Yacht Club!!

Also this Saturday night, Dustin Busch opens and Ben Schmidt plays with a full band at the release party for his new CD, Silt, at CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Have a great weekend!


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