Welcome to July and another Iowa City Weekender. We’re expanding this week’s edition to include Monday in order to highlight a Dan Bern flood benefit in Iowa City (details below).
If you’re downtown this weekend, there’s no escaping the Iowa City Jazz Festival. But who would want to? It’s Christmas in July for music lovers. As always, this year’s lineup is stellar, and it’s all free. Fireworks will follow Friday night’s headliners, Medeski Martin & Wood. The festival runs through Sunday evening, so grab a blanket or lawn chair and setup camp.
If you’re looking for some alternative options or need a festival break, here are some Weekender best bets:
Thursday, July 3
Paul Geremia | George’s Buffet, 312 E. Market St. | 9pm | Free
Check out a free show by Rhode Islander Paul Geremia, called “one of the best country blues finger-pickers ever” by Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Friday, July 4
Jerry Joseph | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. | 10pm | $8
Portland rocker Jerry Joseph brings his guitar licks and rock gospel to town Saturday night at The Mill. Matthew Grimm opens.
Saturday, July 5
Wonder of the World (Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre) | West High Auditorium, 2901 Melrose Avenue | 8pm | $12-24
Go indoors and enjoy some laughs with an Iowa Summer Rep performance of Wonder of the World by contemporary American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Wonder follows Cass Harris, armed with a list of 267 things she’s determined to do in her life.
Sunday, July 6
Soundscapes at the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St. | 9pm | $5
Wind down on Sunday night with a multi-artist bill of ambient soundscape artists at the Yacht Club. Local musicians Mark Rushton and Jon Harnish will join St. Louis-based sound artist Eric Hall (whose work includes installations for the Saint Louis Art Museum) and electroacoustic composer Andrew Weathers (pacific before tiger) from North Carolina.
Monday, July 7
Dan Bern | Old Brick, 26 E. Market St | 8pm | $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Old Brick is the place to be on Monday night, as Iowa native Dan Bern will perform a flood benefit for Legion Arts and the Iowa Artist Relief Fund. The popular singer-songwriter will perform a solo show; tickets available at iowatix.com. Bern is also appearing in productions of Moving Home, an original theatre/music/story performance created by area artists that will be staged July 10-12 and 17-19 at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids. All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation’s flood relief fund.