It’s Day five of Mission Creek, and hopefully everyone had the chance to sleep in a bit this morning and recharge. I know I feel better after logging a full eight hours, which is extra necessary considering today is quite the literary, food and music puzzle.
I’d suggest starting your day at Gabe’s for a reading that starts at 2:00 p.m. (followed by a free show at 5:00 p.m. with The Treats), or head to The Mill for a book fair which runs until 6:00 p.m. The Gabe’s reading features Brent Johnson, Todd Jackson and Joe Blair from Slow Collision Press, Russell Jaffe from Strange Cage poetry press, and Kembrew McLeod and Vic Pasternak repping Little Village. Hopefully the rain holds off today and we can day-drink in the beer garden!
At 5:00 p.m., the Deadwood will be opening up it’s second floor again for the Mission Creek Angry Hour, which is a free showcase of awesome local bands. This year includes six different bands, including two I particularly love, Los Voltage and Solid Attitude.
I’d also recommend taking a quick break from Deadwood to head to the The Mill for an Aleksander Hemon reading at 6:00 p.m. Hemon is the author of the critically acclaimed The Lazarus Project (2008), and recently released his first nonfiction book, The Book of My Lives (2013). When that’s done though, head straight back to Deadwood!
The Deadwood show should finish just in time for Iowa City’s Alex Body (8:30 p.m.) and The Lonelyhearts (9:15 p.m.) who will be opening the night’s music at Gabes prior to Exitmusic (11:30 p.m.). Exitmusic is a Brooklyn-based duo who produce some amazing dream-pop. If you aren’t familiar, check out “The Night” from their 2012 album Passage or “The Modern Age” from their 2011 release From Silence.
As much as I’m excited for Exitmusic, I’ll be leaving early and popping over to Blue Moose Tap House for Killer Mike (12:00 a.m.). I first heard of Killer Mike because of the 2003 song “A.D.I.D.A.S.” (featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown), but didn’t get really into him until his 2011 BANGx3 release. I think his best album so far, however, is R.A.P. Music (2012), a pretty rad production by Brooklyn-based hip-hop producer El-P. Check out the songs “Big Beast,” “Untitled” featuring Scar, or “Don’t Die” beforehand.
Slow Collission Press and Little Village readings – 2:00 p.m.
The Treats – 5:00 p.m.
Alex Body – 8:30 p.m.
The Lonelyhearts – 9:15 p.m.
Caroline Smith – 10:00 p.m.
Exitmusic – 11:30 p.m.
Mission Creek Boutique (See schedule) – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Book Fair – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Aleksandar Hemon Reading – 6:00 p.m.
Pressure Drop – 9:00 p.m.
The Miles Kean Epicet – 9:45 p.m.
The Diplomats of Solid Sound – 11:15 p.m.
The Trumpet Blossom
Vegan Brunch – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Chrash – 5:00 p.m.
Shivering Timbers – (Following Chrash)
Angry Hours Show – 5:00 p.m.
Brooks Strause & The Gory Details – 8:00 p.m.
Mumford’s – 9:00 p.m.
Mucca Pazza – 10:00 p.m.
The Yacht Club
Cuticle – 9:00 p.m.
Container – 9:35 p.m.
Pete Swanson – 10:20 p.m.
Ital – 11:15 p.m.
Prognition – 12:15 a.m.
bTsunami – 1:00 a.m.
Blue Moose Tap House
Rich Rok – 10:00 p.m.
AWTHNTKTS – 11:00 p.m.
Killer Mike – 12:00 a.m.
The Yacht Club
Taser Island – 9:00 p.m.
Snowblink – 10:00 p.m.
Trouble Lights – 11:00 p.m.
Zammuto – 12:00 a.m.