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Show Preview: Matt Alber @ The Englert 8/18

On the 18th, singer-songwriter Matt Alber will bring his skillful arrangements and soulful voice to Iowa City. Although he’s got a life story well suited for an ABC Movie of the Week (growing up in Black St. Louis, finding his voice in the gospel choir, moving to San Francisco, finding himself as a gay man, becoming successful, etc.), the music does not let any of this on.

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On the Beat: To New Beginnings

August is harvest season, and I don’t mean corn: It’s the annual time of year when we welcome the bountiful student population back to our small city. Whether or not you’ve been away, it’s worth noting that summer vacation has brought a few changes in the music landscape.

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The First Family of Folk

Pieta Brown said she gets so nervous when she opens for her dad that she can “barely talk.” “It never goes away, that dad factor,” she told the Englert crowd, “specially when it’s that dad.” And who can blame her? That Dad’s voice, guitar-playing and presence get more imposing with each passing year. Who other […]

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Les Dames du Burlesque with Cirque Stupendo

Even the word coming off of someone’s lips in a casual conversation–burlesque–drips like satin off the shoulder.  Its an old fashioned word, one that my Nana would have used only in one of her raciest jokes to her closest girlfriends.  Somehow through its mythology I only had a vague notion of this kind of performance. […]

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My Mission Creek schedule for tonight

My Mission Creek Festival agenda for tonight (gonna need my bike for this…) 6-8 Dawns at Dusk (I’m late! gotta go!!) 8:00 – Shame Stevens The Englert Theatre 8:20 – Samuel Locke Ward and the Boo Hoos at the Mill 8:50: Porno Galactica at PS1 9:05: Joe Jack Talcum at Mill 9:25: The Western Front […]

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Mission Creek 2010 Preview: Dustin Busch

Local guitarist and luthier Dustin Busch will open for Booker T. this Wednesday night at the Englert as part of the 2010 Mission Creek festival. Busch plays regularly – solo and with Illinois John Fever – and you’ll catch him breaking it down informally all around town, semi-regularly on the patio at the Red Avocado, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 11-14

THURSDAY Green Drinks | Red Avocado | 5:30 pm | Free admission – great wine list! This weekend, start your love fest with an alcohol infused meditation on the big things we sometimes take for granted – fresh air, potable water, that’s right… the environment! If you heart the environment despite it’s occasionally godawful temperatures, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 28-February 1

This week’s Weekender is brought to you by the ICPL eAudio collection Greetings, Weekenders! Thank you to all who tuned in last night for Little Village Live, our weekly radio show over at KRUI, and a huge thank you to special guest Ben Schmidt for the wonderful live in-studio performance.  Accompanied by the terrific Larry […]

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Iowa City Weekender: December 3-5

This Weekender is sponsored by UI Fine Arts Council… Aaaaahh. Nothing like the smell of newsprint in the morning. The fresh ink on crisp pages, not yet dogeared and smudged with love. That’s right folks, a brand new Little Village – December’s Holi-D.I.Y. special, the insider’s guide to the hippest holidays around – is hittin’ […]

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