Iowa City Weekender: September 8-10

Welcome back to another edition of the Weekender. We’ve got some rad events around town this weekend. You, fair reader, and I are always at a lack of time this week, so I’m going to make these previews as short and sweet as possible. Let the information thrill ride begin!


Soul Dance Party // Blue Moose Tap House // 9:00 PM // Free, 21+

This weekend notes the return of the soul party at the Blue Moose. Spinning the finest in both American and Northern soul, this is a good time to catch up with folks, drink cheaply, and groove out to some classic soul tracks. I only hear and have positives about these nights, so definitely get down to this and shake it.

Kevin Hines // IMU Ballroom (2nd Floor) // 7:00 PM // Free, All Ages

Let’s just state the obvious upfront: life sucks sometimes. Everyone has different coping strategies. Unfortunately, killing oneself is the only way that many people can find peace in their lives. Kevin Hines was one of these many people. He tried to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He didn’t succeed. While that might have upset him then, he has used the experience to go around the country to influence others not to commit suicide. He’ll be speaking at the IMU as a part of Suicide Prevention Week. Let anyone who you think is a little down on their lives know about this and go with them because the one thing every depressed person needs is someone who cares.


Kitchen’s Floor w/ Slut River, Fat History Month & Joe Pavilion // The Mill // 9:00 PM // $6, 21+

Kitchen’s Floor is a lo-fi art band from Brisbane, Australia. Hammering on pans, drums, guitars, and bass, the three piece band makes a rhythmic punk racket with a clear presence of pop in their sound. Fans of cult labels like New Zealand’s Flying Nun and the USA’s Siltbreeze should find some similarities between the bands on those labels and Kitchen’s Floor. With local bands Slut River, Fat History Month and Joe Pavilion making appearances in support, this promises to be a solid night of lo-fi music.

Aotearoa w/ The Enz & Toe Tappingly Tragic // Iowa City Yacht Club // 9:00 PM // $5, 19+

If watching that video for Kitchen’s Floor either a) gave you agita or b) made you want to break your computer, Aotearoa might be more of your speed. A two-man band from Lawrence, KS, Aotearoa make excellent funk music. They will make you dance, groove, and just get fully into it. They sound like a cross between !!! and Talking Heads with some classic funk like James Brown thrown in for good measure. With local bands The Enz and Toe Tappingly Tragic in support, this will be another sureshot at the Yacht Club.


Iowa Women’s Music Festival // City Park & The Englert Theatre // Noon // City Park is Free & All Ages; The Englert is $25 & All Ages

This weekend is the 18th Annual Iowa Women’s Festival. Featuring a variety of women’s talent from around the state and country, the event is split into two parts. The first part is the daytime event, which will feature local folk mistress Pieta Brown as one of six acts during the afternoon. The second part is at The Englert at night. It will feature Janis Ian, who has come back following her cancellation last year due to a hand injury. She will be supported by Natalia Zukerman. The whole day will serve as a tribute to the beautiful music that women make all across this state and country. You can find more information at the Iowa Women’s Music Festival website.

The Princess Bride // The Englert Theatre // Midnight // Free for UI Students, $3 Public; 18+

I think that within my generation, there is a certain level of sacrilege that comes from saying that you haven’t seen The Princess Bride as it has become a legendary film over the past two-plus decades. Featuring the acting styles of Andre The Giant and Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride tells a story about a man who goes to the end of the world to get the woman that he loves while also having some generally hilarious times along the way. If you think longingly of watching this movie or have never seen it before, use this midnight screening at the Englert to get familiar with it (again).

Last thing, the Old Cap City Roller Girls are having a derby out at the Coralville Marriott (Sept. 10 // 7:00 PM // $10 Adv, $13 Day of Match) against what has to be one of the best team names I’ve come across in awhile: The Cedar Rapids Helldorados. That’s a good name. Unfortunately, the Roller Girls will destroy them.

Whatever you do this weekend, have an awesome time.


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