The especial day has passed, and Iowa City has returned to its regular, quiet activities. This isn’t to say that things aren’t happening this weekend, but it is to say that you can drive all the way up Iowa Avenue now and not have to worry about hitting either a pedestrian or a food cart. I’m trying to be more efficient in writing this, so I will cut this intro short here and get into the meat of this column: the actual weekend events.
Bingo w/ Boone County Comedy Troupe // The Mill // 7:00 PM // Free, All Ages until 10; 21+ after
This is a party being hosted by Leslie Hall. It’s not a concert, fashion show, or art education class. It’s a dance party. She will be there with the Boone County Comedy Troupe as they play bingo, make jokes, and dance the night away. Given how hard she can party on the mic, I can only imagine that her regular dance moves are superb as well as her bingo game. She’s quick I bet. You can find out for yourself when you go over to the Mill.
Evergreen Grass Band w/ Tallgrass // Iowa City Yacht Club // 9:00 PM // $6, 19+
If there are few genres in which difference is somewhat frowned upon, one would probably be bluegrass. The bluegrass sound is one that is almost always immediately recognizable through its mix of banjo, guitar, and mandolin combined with fiddle solos, vocal harmonies and a simplistic bass line. Eau Claire’s Evergreen Grass Band uses these basics while mixing in some more high-speed elements from punk rock and other genres. This hybrid style combined with their exciting live show has been rapidly gaining the band fans throughout the Midwest. With Tallgrass headlining, this should be a good show for those that want to have a foot-stomping kind of night.
Mumfords w/ In Tall Buildings // Ped Mall // 6:30 PM // Free, All Ages
Mumfords is a wild storytelling folk rock band with a horn section from Ames. The band brings a unhinged and theatrical energy to live shows that is both fun and deranged. But above all, Mumford’s loves to dance and their shows embody that love. They also love Iowa and talk about Iowa all the time and seek to represent Iowa culture. Their new LP “Triple Trinities” is their second full-length album and this show will be the Iowa City release of the record.
Milk & Eggs w/ Sam Knutson & Julie Thatcher // Blue Moose Tap House // 8:00 PM // $6, 21+
Jordan Sellergren and John Waite are the primary forces behind Milk & Eggs, a Cedar Rapids based band. Playing in an acoustic country style while mixing in some bluegrass elements like the mandolin, the partnership has created very solid, beautiful folk/Americana music that fits well with that of her openers Sam Knutson & Julie Thatcher. This show at the Blue Moose will be the release for the band’s eponymous new album, which can be streamed and bought from Band Camp.
I think that this might have been the shortest Weekender that I’ve ever written. There are still many things to do, so get out into it. Have a good weekend!
You have an event you want to see here? Email the dates and details to Weekender@LittleVillageMag.com!