WOWZA WHAT A HUGE WEEKEND! It’s like it’s the 4th of July or somethin’! But it’s not! Yet! This Weekender will focus on two major events happening in Iowa City proper and a little bit outside: Seldom Seen Festival and #Daddyhoffsblockparty. There are some other things to check out obviously, but I want to start with two of the best music events happening in Iowa this year next to Mission Creek.
Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29
Seldom Seen Festival | Farm Outside of Monmouth, IA | $20 on-site
Unique and ambitious, Seldom Seen festival is in it’s third year and this year is the biggest ever. There have already been quite a few articles about Seldom Seen so far this month in LV, so I will summarize by saying that these folks put a lot of hard work into making this happen and it shows. A beautiful farm for camping, an eclectic music line-up and inspiring art and literature will make this event amazing. Here are the details:
Phox, Trouble Lights, Alex Body
Brian Johannesen & Alexis Stevens, Chasing Shade
AWTHNTKTS, AlienTech, Henrietta, EZ EC and D Gus, DJ Nice Kicks
Kyle Beachy, Lucas Mann, Russell Jaffe, Danny Khalastchi
Anna Meister, Mollie Martin, IC Spoken Word
Ted Wittman, Erik Dutcher, Kirsten Sogaard, Kyle Regan
Local Burrito vending (Bring $ – full menu includes burritos, quesadillas, wraps and more)
Included with festival ticket, plenty of space for tents & cars
Camper check-in is at 3-5pm on Friday or 11am-2pm on Saturday
Saturday, June 29
#DADDYHOFFSBLOCKPARTY | Noon to 10pm | College Green Park | Free | All Ages
Disclaimer: This is a going-away party for the author. He is producing and performing in the event.
If camping doesn’t tickle your fancy or you simply don’t have enough gas money to drive north this weekend, there is another option: My going away party, #daddyhoffsblockparty. That’s right, after 8 years in Iowa City, I am moving to Washington, DC at the end of July to pursue a career with a major insurance company (I’ll let you guess which one if you don’t know me). So in celebration of Iowa City and my amazing time here, I’ve obtained permits through the city and rented College Green Park for one last huge blowout featuring some of the best local musical talent as well as crafts and food; and so we can all act like little kids for a day: a bounce castle and a dunk tank! The event is family-friendly, free, and runs from Noon to 10pm. There is also a community-wide garage sale happening from 9am to noon and an afterparty dance party featuring DJ Sit-Ups at Gabe’s. Come hang out with me and all of my favorite bands, and buy a poster or t-shirt with my face on it! It’s a me-party with a community vibe. Here are the details:
OLD SCRATCH REVIVAL SINGERS / CIRQUE STUPENDO / SOLID ATTITUDE / SUPERSONIC PISS / NERV / FOUL TIP / LOS VOLTAGE / ALEX BODY / COOL BOOBS / ACOUSTIC GUILLOTINE / SAMUEL LOCKE-WARD & THE GARBAGE BOYS / RUSTY BUCKETS / BROOKS STRAUSE / DOUGLAS KRAMER NYE / DEAD IN BED / STIFF RIDE / 2FLY / DWELLING FRUIT
#DADDYHOFFSCRAFTPARTY – NOON to 5:30PM
Too Bad Mice
Monstrosity (Kansas City)
Porch Pots (Kansas City)
Jellyfish Artist Collective
#DADDYHOFFSMIXTAPETRADE hosted by DJ K-MART DUMP
Bring a mix to get a mix. Make 12 mixtapes and then you trade it for 12 other people’s mixtapes!
BOUNCE CASTLE! DUNK TANK!
LA MICHOACANA will be bringing their TACO TRUCK down from 3pm to 7pm for dinner! You never have to leave! Full details and music schedule are on the Facebook event page.