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Iowa City Weekender: February 25-28



If you checked out Little Village Live last night then you know you were treated to a seriously sick and soulful set by Dave Bess of Public Property, currently perfecting his act as a 1-man band.  Straight into the soundboard he bumped his thick bass grooves, signature hooks and live dub stylings of his own shenanigans – no samples, all live – all with the humility typical of D. Bess, one of Iowa City’s most talented musicians.  Thanks for the memorable set, Dave!

If you want your band featured on Little Village Live, write to Features Editor/Show host Paul Sorenson: Paul (at) LittleVillageMag.com

Tune in next week for a local hiphop history lesson from Clarence Johnson, the producer responsible for 319: We Get it How We Live it – a local hiphop mixtape sponsored by LittleVillageMag.com and WFKU.  It’s set to drop 3/1, when free downloads will be made available at littlevillagemag.com/mixtape.  Get ready to get live with some world class rhyme sayers, all from right here in the 319.  Is now when you say “word”?  Word.

THURSDAY

Last Dance Party | Picador | all night | FREE

For all the Picador’s woes, their Thursday night dance parties are now an Iowa City institution.  Every Thursday night the Picador has been home to the hardest beats and the immeasurable bounty of Iowa City chic that line the beer garden like glorious, statuesque patron saints of cigarette smoking – a 20 page spread from some wonderful magazine… I bought the eternal immortal beauty time and time again, with no regrets.  Thank you very much.

With help from the most original DJ’s in town, our hipster gods and goddesses have even danced with us occasionally, and tonight they shall do so for the last time.

Thank you to those responsible for all that was good about the Picador, and good luck to the new owners.  The word on the street is they plan to change the name back to Gabe’s, but details details… Whatever happens, I’m sure the rawest joint downtown will continue to be 330 E Washington – so we will definitely see you there.  (And don’t worry, I believe all booked shows are still on…)

FRIDAY

Trampled by Turtles + The Boomchucks | Yacht Club | 9 pm | $10

I stopped by the Mill last night after our radio show to catch up with good buddy Sam Knutson, and lo and behold it was time for one of my favorite Wednesday night Mill traditions: The Burlington Street Bluegrass Band.  It’d been a long time since I last caught them and it reminded me how much I love me some good pickin’ – the banjos, the gee-tars, the mandolins, the fiddles and don’t forget the foot stomping… add it all up and you’ve found your way to an oft-neglected soft spot in my heart.  So, without further ado, here are a couple of great string bands to catch this weekend: Trampled by Turtles (See Video below) at the Yacht Club with The Boomchucks

And, up next in string music…

SATURDAY

Slewgrass | Uptown Bill’s | 7 – 9 pm | FREE (donations accepted)

Wonderful orginal material written by guitarist Scott Cochran, accompaniment provided by some of the best pickers in town:

Ryan Bernemann – bass

Laura Goddard – viola

Jon Eric – banjo

Join Slewgrass for a good time this Saturday, 7-9 at Uptown Bill’s, 401 S Gilbert St

SUNDAY

Flow | Iowa City Public Library | 2-4 pm | FREE

Nothing against all the others, but on a planet that is only about 30% land, my religion is water.  Water is life, life is water… I think I’m going to have a glass right now.  This Sunday, how about a free matinee?  Head to the ICPL and check out Flow, a film that builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with a focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

(Trailer)

That’s it for us.  Stay warm and have a great weekend!

~LV

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