Yacht Club to host second annual ‘Brian Fest’ benefit show

Dave Zollo will be joined by Tallgrass and The Uniphonics this Friday. -- photo by Sandy Dyas
Dave Zollo will be joined by Tallgrass, The Uniphonics and more. — photo by Sandy Dyas

This Friday, the Iowa City Yacht Club will host its second annual Brian Cretzmeyer benefit concert, entitled “Brian Fest,” beginning at 8 p.m.

With a ticket price of $10, proceeds from the concert will go toward the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians. The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to providing access to quality music instruction for children, honors Cretzmeyer, an Iowa City native and extremely talented piano player with the band The Gglitch. Cretzmeyer passed away in 2009 at age 29 after a battle with colon cancer.

Set to headline the event are The Uniphonics. The group has been entertaining audiences with their infectious fusion of rap, soul and funk since forming in Iowa City in 2007.

Joining the Uniphonics will be fellow Iowa City natives David Zollo and Tallgrass. Zollo, arguably one of the Iowa City music scene’s most familiar faces, first burst onto the scene in 1992 at the age of 21. Known for his captivating voice, Zollo will undoubtedly bring his usual fire to the stage Friday night. Tallgrass, an undeniably fun trio formed in Iowa City and now residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, bring three-part harmonies to traditional tones of bluegrass and roots music.

The Jesse White Band and Emmett Sheehan will also take the stage.

For more information about the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians, check out the organization’s official website.