Iowa City Weekender: July 11-14

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Iowa City Weekender! Mid-July is here, the gnats are still being jerks and the air feels like bath water. The good news is that these weekend entertainment options are going to make you forget about all of that nonsense.

Thursday, July 11

Meat Puppets w/ Enemy Planes

The Mill – 9:00 p.m. ($15)

Meat Puppets -- Photo by Neff Conner
The Meat Puppets at the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room in Dallas, Texas. — Photo by Neff Conner

When the Meat Puppets played The Mill a few years back (video below), part of what struck me about that show was how hard the group knocked me on my ass. They’re one of those rock bands that, barring all rational thought, seem as though they might actually explode at any given moment. You want to see the Meat Puppets.

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Quick Hits

Dana T w/ Reldnips, Subterranean

Yacht Club – 10:00 p.m. ($5)

Gemini Karaoke

Blue Moose Tap House – 9:00 p.m. (FREE)

Friday, July 12

Pool Tournament

Blue Moose Tap House – 6:00 p.m. ($5 entry fee)

Pool is a pretty neat game, right? Well how about making things a little more interesting. I’m talking about throwing cold hard cash on the table for a double elimination tournament at the establishment formerly known as Industry, formerly known as Q Bar: mostly known for its pool (no relation)!

Why enter? It’s Simple. Imagine the things they’ll whisper when you walk through that door. “Who’s that?” they’ll ask, craning and squinting at your relaxed silhouette. “A wildcard? An underdog? A Dark horse?”

The answer is yes.

Dick Dale w/ Surf Zombies

Gabe’s – 9:00 p.m. ($20-150)

Even if you don’t know Dick Dale, you still probably know Dick Dale. Known as The King of the Surf Guitar, his adaptation of “Misirlou” — what some might think of as the Pulp Fiction theme song — has trickled into countless films, parodies and television shows over the last several decades. This man has been shredding for over half a century! On top of it all, Dale still rocks and he rocks hard (brow so incredibly furrowed). Opening for Dale are the Surf Zombies, an instrumental surf rock group from Cedar Rapids.

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Quick Hits

Rio Turbo w/ Alex Body, J. Pavilion, Way of Dusty Death, DJ Daddyhoff

The Mill – 9:00 p.m. ($6)

Sunset Summer Party

Yacht Club – 8:00 p.m. ($5)

Saturday, July 13

Party Gras

Gabe’s – 10:00 p.m. ($5)

Party Gras is a new event from Gabe’s that, in some sort of bead-addled fugue, will offer free beer “until they run out” plus a whole bunch of hip hop and EDM for a paltry $5. Here’s what Gabe’s has to say:

First of it’s kind, this Party Gras aims to blend the line between hip hop and edm, and get blurry we shall, with FREE BEER and BEADS until they run out! Music from amazing local artists, and a bangin’ sound system that’ll be turned allll the way up
via Gabe’s

Party Gras will feature music by Damn Juhl, Chandla, I.D.K., C.G.R.G., Gumbz and DJ Pat.

Quick Hits

Luther Bangert and Cirque Stupendo

Ped Mall – 2:00 p.m. (FREE)

Hannah Drollinger and friends

Uptown Bill’s Coffee House – 7:00 p.m. ($5)

Music by Glenn Jones

Englert Theatre – 8:00 p.m. ($10-13)

Johnny Kilowatt Blues Band w/ The White Tornado

Yacht Club – 9:00 p.m. ($6)

Sunday, July 14

Music by Chuck Suchy

Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids) – 7:00 p.m. ($12-15)

When Kevin Costner gets in from a long day on the ranch, I’d like to think he kicks off his shoes and puts on a Chuck Suchy record. I don’t know if Costner actually owns a ranch, but it doesn’t change the fact that Suchy has a voice and style that screams American heartland. It screams Costner.

Chuck Suchy (pronounced soo-key) has been called “one of the great undiscovered treasures of contemporary American folk music.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine said “his mature voice hovers over the Great Plains like heat ripples above summer blacktop. This is country music with its fingers in the soil and its heart heading down the highway on an Indian motorcycle.” — via Legion Arts

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