Your guide to Mission Creek: Thursday

Jump to Thursday schedule

I imagine most people who got their Mission Creek on last night are moving pretty slowly this morning. I know my brain seems to be on a dysfunctional autopilot after a late night of two great shows at Gabe’s and The Yacht Club, but I’ll happily forge ahead with day three!

Tonight kicks off with a Cave Canem reading at Clinton Street Social Club (5:00 p.m.). Cave Canem is a Brooklyn-based organization and home to hundreds of African American voices in poetry. At 7:00 p.m., Mary Jo Bang will be reading at Prairie Lights. Bang is the author of numerous collections of poetry, my favorite being The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001). Both are definitely worth checking out!

Even though the Grizzly Bear show at The Englert is sold out, never fear, there’s still tons of great music planned for the evening, and lots of bouncing around between venues. Ex-Action Model, who is an Iowa City-based electronic artist, will begin the night at Yacht Club (9:00 p.m.) before Mister Lies takes the stage at 11:40 p.m.

Otherwise, Iowa City’s Sweet Chariot and Big Box will be starting the night at Gabe’s (9:00 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. respectively). Check out our latest edition of The Weekender for more on Sweet Chariot, in particular.

Afterward, I’ll be heading to The Mill to check out Pujol (11:00 p.m.), a lo-fi, garage rock artist out of Nashville. Pujol released the album The United States of Being last summer on Omaha’s Saddle Creek label. If you’re unfamiliar, check out the tracks “Providence” and “Each and Every Day” (both stood out to me, but mostly because I’m a total sucker for handclaps).

At 11:45 p.m., I’ll be heading back to Gabe’s (apparently, it has become my home base during Mission Creek so far) to check out Pallbearer. Pallbearer is a doom metal quartet out of Arkansas whose 2012 album Sorrow and Distinction was referred to as a “triumph” by Pitchfork. Not normally my style, but I’ve been told by numerous people that this will be amazing.

If you still have the itch to party after Pallbearer, pop on over to Public Space One where there will be an after hours show featuring Acid Baby Jesus (Athens, Greece) and Hellshovel (Montreal, Canada) starting around 1:00 a.m. It’s unrelated to Mission Creek, but I think worth mentioning as it’s totally in the spirit of the festival!

Thursday Schedule

Clinton Street Social Club

Cave Canem reading – 5:00 p.m.

Prairie Lights

Mary Jo Bang reading – 7:00 p.m.

Public Space One

Angle – 7:00 p.m.
Coolzey – 8:00 p.m.
The Men From…Beyond! – 1:00 a.m.
Hellshovel – TBD
Acid Baby Jesus – TBD

The Englert Theatre

Sold out
Owen Pallett – 8:00 p.m.
Grizzly Bear – 9:15 p.m.

The Mill

Wolves in the Attic – 9:00 p.m.
The Olympics – 10:00 p.m.
Pujol – 11:00 p.m.
Jeff the Brotherhood – 12:00 a.m.


Sweet Chariot – 9:00 p.m.
Big Box – 9:50 p.m.
Blizzard at Seat – 10:45 p.m.
Pallbearer – 11:45 p.m.

The Yacht Club

Ex-Action Model – 9:00 p.m.
Mister Lies – 11:40 p.m.

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