Iowa City Weekender: December 27-29

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This time of year tends to be a little quieter than usual, what with much of the student population being gone and the difficult temperatures. Even during the lulls, the cultural fire of Iowa City never truly dies! Here’s what’s happening this week:


Holiday Ramble – Crisis Center Benefit // The Mill // 7:00 PM // $20

The Crisis Center of Iowa City will hold a benefit this evening at The Mill. The Crisis Center is an institution that aims to help individuals in their time of need. They are the only crisis intervention agency accredited by CONTACT USA in Iowa. Most of the work the Crisis Center does is fueled by volunteer work and charitable donations. The $20 price of entry will go to supporting the Crisis Center and is tax-deductible.

The benefit will feature live music from Iowa City-tied artists. Slovenia transplant, Steve Klink will perform his acclaimed jazz piano act. Scott Leff, a Chicago based guitarist, will play as well. Finally, Brendan Plapp of Washington D.C. will perform. All three will be accompanied onstage by special guest musicians.


Jon Eric w. Smokin’ Joe Scarpellino // Gabe’s // 10:00 PM // Donations?

It looks like local banjo wizard, Jon Eric has broken one of his banjos. Titled a “Smashed Banjo Fundraiser,” I would imagine that the proceeds of this show will go towards Mr. Eric’s effort to replace it. It appears to be billed as a free show, but I’m sure Jon Eric would appreciate a donation of any size. Jon Eric is a brilliant banjo player, maybe the best in town, and is also one of the nicest guys in around. Joining Eric will be Smokin’ Joe Scarpellino. You may recognize Joe as the bass player for Dead Larry.


Blackout Summer w. Chris Loveland, American Youth, Voodoo Groove Rhythm Co., Home-Grown, Unnamed Acoustic // Gabe’s // 9:00 PM // $6

Columbia Missouri partiers, Blackout Summer are about to hit Iowa City. The “redneck punk” band will headline a long list of six bands, perhaps in order to leave plenty of time to live up to their name. The band was formed with the help of Craigslist, and they are currently working on releasing an EP. They will be joined by label mate, Chris Loveland and a few local acts.


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