2020 Schedule

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Samantha Irby

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Bestselling author and consummate funny person Samantha Irby, who rose to fame with her blog bitches gotta eat, will release a new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You, just days before headlining the first night of 2020 festivities. Known for her smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy writing, Irby is also the author of the laugh-out-loud essay collections We’re Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Join us for a reading and conversation with Megan Stielstra, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books.

Hadiza.

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Piano, voice, composition and melody, these are the primary tools she wields to get through to…herself. Tools summoning words to assist in the recursively unfolding Undertaking; to confront and embrace hers and her family’s shadows. She angles lenses available to her; neo-colonialism, romantic rejection, overbearing anxiety, and the maddening oscillations (often overlaps) of invisibility and […]

Pink Neighbor

  8:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they draw from the […]

Irreversible Entanglements

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles […]

Caroline Rose

  9:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, […]

Black Belt Eagle Scout

  10:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Hadiza.

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Piano, voice, composition and melody, these are the primary tools she wields to get through to…herself. Tools summoning words to assist in the recursively unfolding Undertaking; to confront and embrace hers and her family’s shadows. She angles lenses available to her; neo-colonialism, romantic rejection, overbearing anxiety, and the maddening oscillations (often overlaps) of invisibility and […]

Pink Neighbor

  8:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they draw from the […]

Irreversible Entanglements

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles […]

Caroline Rose

  9:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, […]

Black Belt Eagle Scout

  10:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Samantha Irby

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Bestselling author and consummate funny person Samantha Irby, who rose to fame with her blog bitches gotta eat, will release a new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You, just days before headlining the first night of 2020 festivities. Known for her smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy writing, Irby is also the author of the laugh-out-loud essay collections We’re Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Join us for a reading and conversation with Megan Stielstra, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Dan Padley

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dan Padley is a guitarist/composer based out of Iowa City, IA. Since studying music at the University of Iowa, Dan has performed with many artists including Wayne Newton, Elizabeth Moen, River Glen, Dana T, Blake Shaw, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and many more. Dan has released several albums and EPs, including his most recent full length […]

Lonnie Holley

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was […]

Nadah El Shazly (MCF2020 Artist in Residence)

  9:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le […]

Parquet Courts

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. […]

Pulsing

  10:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pulsing is the Quad Cities’ video game rock band! Pulsing uses guitar, drums, and gameboy to create energetic 8-bit tunes that will keep people dancing, laughing, and feeling like kids again. Hyper melodies, frantic beats and happy bleeps bring back memories of playing videogames at a friend’s house on a Saturday night. Pulsing is about […]

The Necks

  10:15 p.m.
  The Mill
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks […]

Tropical Fuck Storm

  11:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Tropical Fuck Storm is an Australian band from Melbourne, Victoria formed by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin after taking a hiatus from the art-punk psych band The Drones. Lauren Hammel, from the band High Tension, plays drums and Erica Dunn, from the bands Harmony and Palm Springs, plays guitars, keys and other instruments.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Dan Padley

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dan Padley is a guitarist/composer based out of Iowa City, IA. Since studying music at the University of Iowa, Dan has performed with many artists including Wayne Newton, Elizabeth Moen, River Glen, Dana T, Blake Shaw, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and many more. Dan has released several albums and EPs, including his most recent full length […]

Lonnie Holley

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was […]

Nadah El Shazly (MCF2020 Artist in Residence)

  9:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le […]

Parquet Courts

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. […]

Pulsing

  10:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pulsing is the Quad Cities’ video game rock band! Pulsing uses guitar, drums, and gameboy to create energetic 8-bit tunes that will keep people dancing, laughing, and feeling like kids again. Hyper melodies, frantic beats and happy bleeps bring back memories of playing videogames at a friend’s house on a Saturday night. Pulsing is about […]

The Necks

  10:15 p.m.
  The Mill
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks […]

Tropical Fuck Storm

  11:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Tropical Fuck Storm is an Australian band from Melbourne, Victoria formed by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin after taking a hiatus from the art-punk psych band The Drones. Lauren Hammel, from the band High Tension, plays drums and Erica Dunn, from the bands Harmony and Palm Springs, plays guitars, keys and other instruments.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Billy Dean Thomas

Billy Dean Thomas (they/them), AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Hip-hop recording artist and producer born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston. Billy Dean challenges the music industry with quick-witted punchlines, that highlight intersectional feminism, social justice, and growing up in a gentrified city. Recently. named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists […]

Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (five hundred places) and the full-length collections THE RENUNCIATIONS (Graywolf 2021) and BESTIARY (Graywolf). BESTIARY is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection was also long-listed for the National Book Award […]

Gina Nutt

Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio) and the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and other publications.

Nat Baldwin

Nat Baldwin is a bassist, improviser, and songwriter living in Portland, ME. His most recent solo works have been released as a series: AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs, AUTONOMIA II: Recombinations, and AUTONOMIA III: Endnotes. After releasing numerous solo albums of songs, the new works explore the intersections of free improvisation, new music, and noise. […]

Ami Dang

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist, and sitarist from Baltimore. Combining ideas from South Asian music with synthesizers, MIDI controllers, lighting design, and gestural movement, her work invites the audience to reframe their assumptions about the colonial history of music, the arts, technology, and performance and its place […]

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the Booker Prize. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds […]

Chuy Renteria
B-boy Original Beats

Chuy Renteria was raised in the town of West Liberty, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Dance. A B-boy since the age of 14, he is a central figure in the Iowa dance scene. A latent interest in writing led to his stories being published in the anthology We […]

Andrea Gibson

“Andrea Gibson (they/them/their) is one of the most stirring and influential spoken word artists of our time. Best known for their live performances, in which they regularly sell out large capacity rock clubs and concert halls, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. Gibson’s poems center around […]

SASAMI

“SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music of every kind in Los Angeles for the last decade, from playing French horn in orchestras and studios to playing keys and guitar in local rock bands (Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazerr), and playing on albums by and doing arrangements for artists like Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, and Vagabon. […]

MC Animosity

Steubenville, Ohio native MC Animosity is a Rapper/Producer/ and musician. He brings an East coast style and flavor to anything with a good beat. He’s been the lead vocalist for The Uniphonics since the band was formed in 2005. He has been involved in various music projects in Iowa City since 1998, including Hip hop […]

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs […]

Japanese Breakfast

From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she wanted to call it Jubilee. After all, a jubilee is a celebration of the passage of time—a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. Zauner’s first two albums garnered acclaim for the way […]

Creek Eats

Each year for Mission Creek Festival welcomes community members and visitors to experience live performance, literary arts, and radical community happenings within intimate venues and spaces of downtown Iowa City. An important piece of each Mission Creek Festival is the memories and experiences made at a number of restaurants and pubs. While the festival remains […]

Billy Dean Thomas

Billy Dean Thomas (they/them), AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Hip-hop recording artist and producer born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston. Billy Dean challenges the music industry with quick-witted punchlines, that highlight intersectional feminism, social justice, and growing up in a gentrified city. Recently. named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists […]

Nat Baldwin

Nat Baldwin is a bassist, improviser, and songwriter living in Portland, ME. His most recent solo works have been released as a series: AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs, AUTONOMIA II: Recombinations, and AUTONOMIA III: Endnotes. After releasing numerous solo albums of songs, the new works explore the intersections of free improvisation, new music, and noise. […]

Ami Dang

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist, and sitarist from Baltimore. Combining ideas from South Asian music with synthesizers, MIDI controllers, lighting design, and gestural movement, her work invites the audience to reframe their assumptions about the colonial history of music, the arts, technology, and performance and its place […]

SASAMI

“SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music of every kind in Los Angeles for the last decade, from playing French horn in orchestras and studios to playing keys and guitar in local rock bands (Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazerr), and playing on albums by and doing arrangements for artists like Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, and Vagabon. […]

MC Animosity

Steubenville, Ohio native MC Animosity is a Rapper/Producer/ and musician. He brings an East coast style and flavor to anything with a good beat. He’s been the lead vocalist for The Uniphonics since the band was formed in 2005. He has been involved in various music projects in Iowa City since 1998, including Hip hop […]

Japanese Breakfast

From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she wanted to call it Jubilee. After all, a jubilee is a celebration of the passage of time—a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. Zauner’s first two albums garnered acclaim for the way […]

Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (five hundred places) and the full-length collections THE RENUNCIATIONS (Graywolf 2021) and BESTIARY (Graywolf). BESTIARY is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection was also long-listed for the National Book Award […]

Gina Nutt

Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio) and the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and other publications.

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the Booker Prize. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds […]

Chuy Renteria
B-boy Original Beats

Chuy Renteria was raised in the town of West Liberty, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Dance. A B-boy since the age of 14, he is a central figure in the Iowa dance scene. A latent interest in writing led to his stories being published in the anthology We […]

Andrea Gibson

“Andrea Gibson (they/them/their) is one of the most stirring and influential spoken word artists of our time. Best known for their live performances, in which they regularly sell out large capacity rock clubs and concert halls, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. Gibson’s poems center around […]

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs […]

Creek Eats

Each year for Mission Creek Festival welcomes community members and visitors to experience live performance, literary arts, and radical community happenings within intimate venues and spaces of downtown Iowa City. An important piece of each Mission Creek Festival is the memories and experiences made at a number of restaurants and pubs. While the festival remains […]

Billy Dean Thomas

Billy Dean Thomas (they/them), AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Hip-hop recording artist and producer born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston. Billy Dean challenges the music industry with quick-witted punchlines, that highlight intersectional feminism, social justice, and growing up in a gentrified city. Recently. named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists […]

Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (five hundred places) and the full-length collections THE RENUNCIATIONS (Graywolf 2021) and BESTIARY (Graywolf). BESTIARY is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection was also long-listed for the National Book Award […]

Gina Nutt

Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio) and the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and other publications.

Nat Baldwin

Nat Baldwin is a bassist, improviser, and songwriter living in Portland, ME. His most recent solo works have been released as a series: AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs, AUTONOMIA II: Recombinations, and AUTONOMIA III: Endnotes. After releasing numerous solo albums of songs, the new works explore the intersections of free improvisation, new music, and noise. […]

Ami Dang

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist, and sitarist from Baltimore. Combining ideas from South Asian music with synthesizers, MIDI controllers, lighting design, and gestural movement, her work invites the audience to reframe their assumptions about the colonial history of music, the arts, technology, and performance and its place […]

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the Booker Prize. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds […]

Chuy Renteria
B-boy Original Beats

Chuy Renteria was raised in the town of West Liberty, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Dance. A B-boy since the age of 14, he is a central figure in the Iowa dance scene. A latent interest in writing led to his stories being published in the anthology We […]

Andrea Gibson

“Andrea Gibson (they/them/their) is one of the most stirring and influential spoken word artists of our time. Best known for their live performances, in which they regularly sell out large capacity rock clubs and concert halls, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. Gibson’s poems center around […]

SASAMI

“SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music of every kind in Los Angeles for the last decade, from playing French horn in orchestras and studios to playing keys and guitar in local rock bands (Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazerr), and playing on albums by and doing arrangements for artists like Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, and Vagabon. […]

MC Animosity

Steubenville, Ohio native MC Animosity is a Rapper/Producer/ and musician. He brings an East coast style and flavor to anything with a good beat. He’s been the lead vocalist for The Uniphonics since the band was formed in 2005. He has been involved in various music projects in Iowa City since 1998, including Hip hop […]

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs […]

Japanese Breakfast

From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she wanted to call it Jubilee. After all, a jubilee is a celebration of the passage of time—a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. Zauner’s first two albums garnered acclaim for the way […]

Creek Eats

Each year for Mission Creek Festival welcomes community members and visitors to experience live performance, literary arts, and radical community happenings within intimate venues and spaces of downtown Iowa City. An important piece of each Mission Creek Festival is the memories and experiences made at a number of restaurants and pubs. While the festival remains […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

9th Annual Literary Magazine + Small Press Book Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features The Sun, Two Dollar Radio, Sarabande, Canarium Books, Rose Metal Press, Nomadic Press, Prompt Press, The Iowa Review, and many more literary up-and-comers as well as indie lit mainstays.

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Zine Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Iowa City Masonic Lodge
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA.

Behind this Roar, A Door

  12:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
What makes a poem in translation? Are human translators still needed in the age of auto-translate technology? Experiment with sound and translation—and craft a sonic poem of your own—in this nontraditional workshop for non-translators and monolinguists.

Readers Write

  12:00 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Join assistant editor Derek Askey in an interactive round table inspired by the Readers Write feature of The Sun.

Indie Showcase: Sarah Rose Etter + Matt Bell

  1:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Debut Two Dollar Radio author Sarah Rose Etter (The Book of X) and established author Matt Bell (Appleseed, Scrapper)—who first published work with small presses such as Willows Wept, Keyhole, and Mudluscious—will read together in the Indie Showcase at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Big Free Show @ Big Grove Brewery

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Featuring: Subatlantic, Lily DeTaeye, Why Bonnie, Ohmme, The Minks, The Hooten Hallers

Daylight DIY

  2:00 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Daylight DIY at Trumpet Blossom Cafe Mission Creek’s FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Featuring local acts Father Christmas, Midwest Waves, and Function as well as St. Louis-based, RedBait! Artist Details RedBait RedBait did not come from a music scene, but instead from the ranks of St Louis activists […]

Big Free Show: Subatlantic

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Subatlantic, an indie rock band based in the Quad Cities, features Becca Rice–lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Adam Kaul–guitar; Phil Pracht–drums; and Sean Chapman–bass and cello. Subatlantic formed in 2008, released their first EP in May of 2015 on Bandcamp, and their new 12 song album, “Villains” is out now. With four musicians capable on […]

Garth Greenwell + Paul Lisicky

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Garth Greenwell reads from Cleanness, the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut What Belongs to You, alongside Paul Lisicky, author of the acclaimed memoir The Narrow Door as well as his newest book, Later.

Big Free Show: Lily DeTaeye

  3:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Lily DeTaeye‘s music combines the Black Keys’ grit with Brandi Carlile’s eloquent lyric-writing into one high energy show. She’s like if your neighborhood librarian rocked a blues harp in yellow overalls. You definitely don’t wanna miss her. DeTaeye is a Des Moines native, harmonica-wielding singer songwriter signed to Station 1 Records. After the release of […]

Hanif Abdurraqib + Adia Victoria

  4:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Essayist and poet Hanif Abdurraqib and musician Adia Victoria team up for a reading followed by a discussion of their work, including poetry, prose, lyrics, and musical composition.

Big Free Show: Why Bonnie

  4:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Why Bonnie started life as the bedroom recording project of Blair Howerton. The group has grown into a quartet comprised of Kendall Powell, Sam Houdek, and Chance Williams. They’ve released their first two EPs, In Water and Nightgown, via Sports Day Records. Why Bonnie is currently gearing up for a much anticipated release in 2020, […]

Big Free Show: Ohmme

  5:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Keynote Reading: Helen Phillips + Tommy Pico + Kristen Radtke

  6:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Co-presented by the National Book Foundation, the Saturday Keynote Reading caps off the day's rich literary offerings and features National Book Award finalist Helen Phillips, award-winning poet Tommy Pico, and graphic essayist Kristen Radtke.

Big Free Show: The Minks

  6:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s […]

Tasha

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her debut album ALONE AT LAST, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world — she’s worked with the local racial justice organization BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the […]

Big Free Show: The Hooten Hallers

  7:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Elizabeth Moen

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
With a sultry and intoxicating voice, Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. “Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous […]

Spectral Snake

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Spectral Snake is the musical project of Angela Barr and Brooks Strause, devised as a way to tell fantastical horror stories about “real”-life darkness, packaged in subtle, elegant songs. Multi-instrumentalists Barr and Strause (along with an ever-growing gang of collaborators) create eerily beautiful sounds that have been described as the folk music of an alien […]

Dog Dave

  8:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dog Dave is a two-piece alternative folk punk band from Iowa City featuring John Quijas on drums and Adelina Reels on guitar and vocals. They perform songs with themes ranging from cats to cars.

Aseethe

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Aseethe remains one of the most distinctive and relentless forces in heavy music operating today. Through their ability to constantly evolve and incorporate new sounds and disparate influences into their music, they stand at the vanguard of forward thinking bands like labelmates The Body and SUMAC. Throes is Aseethe at their most daring and focused, […]

Lucy Dacus

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration. “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure […]

Dos Santos

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Dos Santos is a quintet just 5 years working in Chicago but already established as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. A band known to be at home in a broad spectrum of venues and contexts – as proficient at nailing epic progressive arrangements for summer street festivals in the Latinx culture hub […]

Squirrel Flower

  9:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, gushing with emotional depth that the listener can step into like a warm bath. The band on her new album, I Was Born Swimming, plays with delicate intention, keeping the arrangements natural and light. The album was tracked live, with few overdubs, at The Rare Book Room Studio […]

Nat Baldwin

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. Nat’s AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs represents a departure from the rich body of solo work he’s amassed as a songwriter and core member of the band Dirty Projectors. It instead marks the return […]

Adia Victoria

  10:45 p.m.
  The Mill
At a recent performance, the host made the mistake of introducing Adia Victoria as an Americana artist. Victoria leaned into the microphone with a correction, “Adia Victoria does not sing Americana, Adia Victoria sings the blues.” From there, the artist let her guitar and powerful lyrics speak for her. After a self-released single that drew […]

Mal Blum

  10:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pity Boy (out July 12th on Don Giovanni Records) is the new full-length by New York musician, Mal Blum. Simply put: Pity Boy is an album that examines the patterns that recur over the course of our lives and what happens when we try (and often fail) to break them. This is not a linear […]

Fennesz

  11:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. “Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliché and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language.” – (City Newspaper, USA). Christian Fennesz is known from his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

LIT WALK: The Iowa Review + UIowa Press

  5:00 p.m.
  Discerning Eye
Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature. Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press is an academic publisher of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

LIT WALK: Iowa Writers’ House + Nomadic Press

  5:00 p.m.
  White Rabbit
The Iowa Writers' House is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the writing community in Iowa City by providing programming, workshops, and a welcoming community to use and enjoy by writers from all walks of life. Nomadic Press is a non-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists, through publications (including translations) and performances, by which it aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

LIT WALK: Subtituladxs

  5:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Subtituladxs is a reading series featuring Spanish language writers from the University of Iowa's Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing Program, with English translation provided on-screen.

LIT WALK: Iowa Youth Writing Project

  5:00 p.m.
  Beadology
The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

LIT WALK: Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  6:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Founded in 1976, the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program was the first creative writing program in the United States dedicated to the study of the literary essay. Each year the NWP Showcase features NWP alumni and students alongside contemporary essayists. In 2020, the showcase features Ander Monson and Lulu Dewey.

LIT WALK: Prompt + Rose Metal + Canarium

  6:00 p.m.
  RSVP
Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing.Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional categories of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression. Canarium Books is a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

LIT WALK: Two Dollar Radio + Sarabande

  6:00 p.m.
  FilmScene at the Chauncey
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run publisher of books too loud to ignore, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Sarabande is an independent publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to poetry, short fiction, and essay.

LIT WALK: Writers of Color Reading Series

  6:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
The Writers of Color Reading Series is a biannual event co-curated by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa Writers' Workshop that features graduate student writers from all University of Iowa creative writing programs as well as featured guests.

LIT WALK: The Sun Magazine

  7:00 p.m.
  The Tuesday Agency
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Ohmme

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Shabaka & The Ancestors

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the […]

Penny Peach Jr.

  8:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Penny Peach (Jr.) is a DIY Princess based in Iowa City. She credits Ty Segall and Ella Fitzgerald as being her greatest inspirations. The Sexi Bois, Wallstreet Dwyer and Wommy McIlhon, were voted ‘Sexiest Backup Band Ever’ by a circle of close friends. “Her band is this perfect combination of jazz, maybe even hints of […]

Purcha$e

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Purchase is a Art Pop/EDM project of Rachel Lynn Kellogg from Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 2017, Purchase bends diverse genres like French House and World Music to create boundary pushing music. The newest track from Purchase “Green Butterfly”, calls on the dreamier textures of World music and mixes them with buzzy basslines and urban […]

White Batzzz

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dark and brooding, White Batzzz are a 2 piece from Rock Island, Illinois offering the best elements of witchhouse, industrial,noise & pop. Cacophony that is offered within their sound makes you feel something beautiful was dragged through hell then put to a dance beat and stacked against a wall of organized chaos. Offering vocal styles […]

Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
In the 1980s, Kim Gordon founded the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth out of an early interest in art, aesthetics, and performance. Gordon cites Warhol as one of her artistic influences, particularly the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s studio, as well as his involvement with the Velvet Underground, and his multi-disciplinary practice in fashion, painting, music, […]

The Hooten Hallers

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Jim Swim

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Iowa City-based producer/vocalist Jim Swim crafts wavy and warm hip-hop that snaps with substance. Swim’s songs unwind like good conversation, moving from the everyday to the abstract, the personal to the universal, with honesty and ease. A lyricist first and foremost, Swim doesn’t shy away from depth, but he also makes bops. There’s a sense […]

Disq

  10:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Hailing from Madison, WI and Viroqua, WI, Isaac deBroux-Slone and Raina Bock were introduced as infants and went on to transform their life-long friendship into the band Disq in their early teens. Raised by artistically-inclined parents, Raina grew up attending Waldorf schools and learned to play multiple instruments at a very young age, while Isaac […]

Mdou Moctar

  11:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the […]

King Monday

  11:15 p.m.
  Yacht Club
For the past two years, Sherwyn has been releasing music under the alias King Monday, acting as a character in which to explore the sleepy, ‘back to work’ down-tempo thoughts of a Monday morning. Last year saw the release of CSTLV on Bonfire Records, which gained notice from Spotify’s Editorial playlists with Conclusions being featured […]

(Sandy) Alex G

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
There’s hardly a second when Alex Giannascoli’s voice can’t be heard in “Walk Away,” the opener of his latest album, House of Sugar. The distended, pitched-up wail that introduces the track gives way to cascading layers of his more familiar intonations. “Someday I’m gonna walk away from you,” he sings; “not today.” These are the […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Dan Padley

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dan Padley is a guitarist/composer based out of Iowa City, IA. Since studying music at the University of Iowa, Dan has performed with many artists including Wayne Newton, Elizabeth Moen, River Glen, Dana T, Blake Shaw, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and many more. Dan has released several albums and EPs, including his most recent full length […]

Lonnie Holley

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was […]

Nadah El Shazly (MCF2020 Artist in Residence)

  9:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le […]

Parquet Courts

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. […]

Pulsing

  10:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pulsing is the Quad Cities’ video game rock band! Pulsing uses guitar, drums, and gameboy to create energetic 8-bit tunes that will keep people dancing, laughing, and feeling like kids again. Hyper melodies, frantic beats and happy bleeps bring back memories of playing videogames at a friend’s house on a Saturday night. Pulsing is about […]

The Necks

  10:15 p.m.
  The Mill
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks […]

Tropical Fuck Storm

  11:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Tropical Fuck Storm is an Australian band from Melbourne, Victoria formed by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin after taking a hiatus from the art-punk psych band The Drones. Lauren Hammel, from the band High Tension, plays drums and Erica Dunn, from the bands Harmony and Palm Springs, plays guitars, keys and other instruments.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Samantha Irby

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Bestselling author and consummate funny person Samantha Irby, who rose to fame with her blog bitches gotta eat, will release a new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You, just days before headlining the first night of 2020 festivities. Known for her smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy writing, Irby is also the author of the laugh-out-loud essay collections We’re Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Join us for a reading and conversation with Megan Stielstra, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books.

Hadiza.

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Piano, voice, composition and melody, these are the primary tools she wields to get through to…herself. Tools summoning words to assist in the recursively unfolding Undertaking; to confront and embrace hers and her family’s shadows. She angles lenses available to her; neo-colonialism, romantic rejection, overbearing anxiety, and the maddening oscillations (often overlaps) of invisibility and […]

Pink Neighbor

  8:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they draw from the […]

Irreversible Entanglements

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles […]

Caroline Rose

  9:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, […]

Black Belt Eagle Scout

  10:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Big Free Show @ Big Grove Brewery

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Featuring: Subatlantic, Lily DeTaeye, Why Bonnie, Ohmme, The Minks, The Hooten Hallers

Daylight DIY

  2:00 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Daylight DIY at Trumpet Blossom Cafe Mission Creek’s FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Featuring local acts Father Christmas, Midwest Waves, and Function as well as St. Louis-based, RedBait! Artist Details RedBait RedBait did not come from a music scene, but instead from the ranks of St Louis activists […]

Big Free Show: Subatlantic

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Subatlantic, an indie rock band based in the Quad Cities, features Becca Rice–lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Adam Kaul–guitar; Phil Pracht–drums; and Sean Chapman–bass and cello. Subatlantic formed in 2008, released their first EP in May of 2015 on Bandcamp, and their new 12 song album, “Villains” is out now. With four musicians capable on […]

Big Free Show: Lily DeTaeye

  3:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Lily DeTaeye‘s music combines the Black Keys’ grit with Brandi Carlile’s eloquent lyric-writing into one high energy show. She’s like if your neighborhood librarian rocked a blues harp in yellow overalls. You definitely don’t wanna miss her. DeTaeye is a Des Moines native, harmonica-wielding singer songwriter signed to Station 1 Records. After the release of […]

Big Free Show: Why Bonnie

  4:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Why Bonnie started life as the bedroom recording project of Blair Howerton. The group has grown into a quartet comprised of Kendall Powell, Sam Houdek, and Chance Williams. They’ve released their first two EPs, In Water and Nightgown, via Sports Day Records. Why Bonnie is currently gearing up for a much anticipated release in 2020, […]

Big Free Show: Ohmme

  5:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Big Free Show: The Minks

  6:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s […]

Tasha

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her debut album ALONE AT LAST, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world — she’s worked with the local racial justice organization BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the […]

Big Free Show: The Hooten Hallers

  7:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Elizabeth Moen

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
With a sultry and intoxicating voice, Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. “Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous […]

Spectral Snake

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Spectral Snake is the musical project of Angela Barr and Brooks Strause, devised as a way to tell fantastical horror stories about “real”-life darkness, packaged in subtle, elegant songs. Multi-instrumentalists Barr and Strause (along with an ever-growing gang of collaborators) create eerily beautiful sounds that have been described as the folk music of an alien […]

Dog Dave

  8:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dog Dave is a two-piece alternative folk punk band from Iowa City featuring John Quijas on drums and Adelina Reels on guitar and vocals. They perform songs with themes ranging from cats to cars.

Aseethe

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Aseethe remains one of the most distinctive and relentless forces in heavy music operating today. Through their ability to constantly evolve and incorporate new sounds and disparate influences into their music, they stand at the vanguard of forward thinking bands like labelmates The Body and SUMAC. Throes is Aseethe at their most daring and focused, […]

Lucy Dacus

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration. “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure […]

Dos Santos

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Dos Santos is a quintet just 5 years working in Chicago but already established as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. A band known to be at home in a broad spectrum of venues and contexts – as proficient at nailing epic progressive arrangements for summer street festivals in the Latinx culture hub […]

Squirrel Flower

  9:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, gushing with emotional depth that the listener can step into like a warm bath. The band on her new album, I Was Born Swimming, plays with delicate intention, keeping the arrangements natural and light. The album was tracked live, with few overdubs, at The Rare Book Room Studio […]

Nat Baldwin

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. Nat’s AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs represents a departure from the rich body of solo work he’s amassed as a songwriter and core member of the band Dirty Projectors. It instead marks the return […]

Adia Victoria

  10:45 p.m.
  The Mill
At a recent performance, the host made the mistake of introducing Adia Victoria as an Americana artist. Victoria leaned into the microphone with a correction, “Adia Victoria does not sing Americana, Adia Victoria sings the blues.” From there, the artist let her guitar and powerful lyrics speak for her. After a self-released single that drew […]

Mal Blum

  10:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pity Boy (out July 12th on Don Giovanni Records) is the new full-length by New York musician, Mal Blum. Simply put: Pity Boy is an album that examines the patterns that recur over the course of our lives and what happens when we try (and often fail) to break them. This is not a linear […]

Fennesz

  11:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. “Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliché and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language.” – (City Newspaper, USA). Christian Fennesz is known from his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Ohmme

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Shabaka & The Ancestors

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the […]

Penny Peach Jr.

  8:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Penny Peach (Jr.) is a DIY Princess based in Iowa City. She credits Ty Segall and Ella Fitzgerald as being her greatest inspirations. The Sexi Bois, Wallstreet Dwyer and Wommy McIlhon, were voted ‘Sexiest Backup Band Ever’ by a circle of close friends. “Her band is this perfect combination of jazz, maybe even hints of […]

Purcha$e

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Purchase is a Art Pop/EDM project of Rachel Lynn Kellogg from Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 2017, Purchase bends diverse genres like French House and World Music to create boundary pushing music. The newest track from Purchase “Green Butterfly”, calls on the dreamier textures of World music and mixes them with buzzy basslines and urban […]

White Batzzz

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dark and brooding, White Batzzz are a 2 piece from Rock Island, Illinois offering the best elements of witchhouse, industrial,noise & pop. Cacophony that is offered within their sound makes you feel something beautiful was dragged through hell then put to a dance beat and stacked against a wall of organized chaos. Offering vocal styles […]

Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
In the 1980s, Kim Gordon founded the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth out of an early interest in art, aesthetics, and performance. Gordon cites Warhol as one of her artistic influences, particularly the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s studio, as well as his involvement with the Velvet Underground, and his multi-disciplinary practice in fashion, painting, music, […]

The Hooten Hallers

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Jim Swim

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Iowa City-based producer/vocalist Jim Swim crafts wavy and warm hip-hop that snaps with substance. Swim’s songs unwind like good conversation, moving from the everyday to the abstract, the personal to the universal, with honesty and ease. A lyricist first and foremost, Swim doesn’t shy away from depth, but he also makes bops. There’s a sense […]

Disq

  10:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Hailing from Madison, WI and Viroqua, WI, Isaac deBroux-Slone and Raina Bock were introduced as infants and went on to transform their life-long friendship into the band Disq in their early teens. Raised by artistically-inclined parents, Raina grew up attending Waldorf schools and learned to play multiple instruments at a very young age, while Isaac […]

Mdou Moctar

  11:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the […]

King Monday

  11:15 p.m.
  Yacht Club
For the past two years, Sherwyn has been releasing music under the alias King Monday, acting as a character in which to explore the sleepy, ‘back to work’ down-tempo thoughts of a Monday morning. Last year saw the release of CSTLV on Bonfire Records, which gained notice from Spotify’s Editorial playlists with Conclusions being featured […]

(Sandy) Alex G

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
There’s hardly a second when Alex Giannascoli’s voice can’t be heard in “Walk Away,” the opener of his latest album, House of Sugar. The distended, pitched-up wail that introduces the track gives way to cascading layers of his more familiar intonations. “Someday I’m gonna walk away from you,” he sings; “not today.” These are the […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Dan Padley

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dan Padley is a guitarist/composer based out of Iowa City, IA. Since studying music at the University of Iowa, Dan has performed with many artists including Wayne Newton, Elizabeth Moen, River Glen, Dana T, Blake Shaw, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and many more. Dan has released several albums and EPs, including his most recent full length […]

Lonnie Holley

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was […]

Nadah El Shazly (MCF2020 Artist in Residence)

  9:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le […]

Parquet Courts

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. […]

Pulsing

  10:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pulsing is the Quad Cities’ video game rock band! Pulsing uses guitar, drums, and gameboy to create energetic 8-bit tunes that will keep people dancing, laughing, and feeling like kids again. Hyper melodies, frantic beats and happy bleeps bring back memories of playing videogames at a friend’s house on a Saturday night. Pulsing is about […]

The Necks

  10:15 p.m.
  The Mill
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks […]

Tropical Fuck Storm

  11:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Tropical Fuck Storm is an Australian band from Melbourne, Victoria formed by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin after taking a hiatus from the art-punk psych band The Drones. Lauren Hammel, from the band High Tension, plays drums and Erica Dunn, from the bands Harmony and Palm Springs, plays guitars, keys and other instruments.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Hadiza.

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Piano, voice, composition and melody, these are the primary tools she wields to get through to…herself. Tools summoning words to assist in the recursively unfolding Undertaking; to confront and embrace hers and her family’s shadows. She angles lenses available to her; neo-colonialism, romantic rejection, overbearing anxiety, and the maddening oscillations (often overlaps) of invisibility and […]

Pink Neighbor

  8:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they draw from the […]

Irreversible Entanglements

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles […]

Caroline Rose

  9:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, […]

Black Belt Eagle Scout

  10:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

9th Annual Literary Magazine + Small Press Book Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features The Sun, Two Dollar Radio, Sarabande, Canarium Books, Rose Metal Press, Nomadic Press, Prompt Press, The Iowa Review, and many more literary up-and-comers as well as indie lit mainstays.

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Zine Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Iowa City Masonic Lodge
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA.

Behind this Roar, A Door

  12:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
What makes a poem in translation? Are human translators still needed in the age of auto-translate technology? Experiment with sound and translation—and craft a sonic poem of your own—in this nontraditional workshop for non-translators and monolinguists.

Readers Write

  12:00 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Join assistant editor Derek Askey in an interactive round table inspired by the Readers Write feature of The Sun.

Indie Showcase: Sarah Rose Etter + Matt Bell

  1:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Debut Two Dollar Radio author Sarah Rose Etter (The Book of X) and established author Matt Bell (Appleseed, Scrapper)—who first published work with small presses such as Willows Wept, Keyhole, and Mudluscious—will read together in the Indie Showcase at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Garth Greenwell + Paul Lisicky

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Garth Greenwell reads from Cleanness, the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut What Belongs to You, alongside Paul Lisicky, author of the acclaimed memoir The Narrow Door as well as his newest book, Later.

Hanif Abdurraqib + Adia Victoria

  4:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Essayist and poet Hanif Abdurraqib and musician Adia Victoria team up for a reading followed by a discussion of their work, including poetry, prose, lyrics, and musical composition.

Keynote Reading: Helen Phillips + Tommy Pico + Kristen Radtke

  6:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Co-presented by the National Book Foundation, the Saturday Keynote Reading caps off the day's rich literary offerings and features National Book Award finalist Helen Phillips, award-winning poet Tommy Pico, and graphic essayist Kristen Radtke.

Aseethe

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Aseethe remains one of the most distinctive and relentless forces in heavy music operating today. Through their ability to constantly evolve and incorporate new sounds and disparate influences into their music, they stand at the vanguard of forward thinking bands like labelmates The Body and SUMAC. Throes is Aseethe at their most daring and focused, […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

LIT WALK: The Iowa Review + UIowa Press

  5:00 p.m.
  Discerning Eye
Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature. Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press is an academic publisher of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

LIT WALK: Iowa Writers’ House + Nomadic Press

  5:00 p.m.
  White Rabbit
The Iowa Writers' House is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the writing community in Iowa City by providing programming, workshops, and a welcoming community to use and enjoy by writers from all walks of life. Nomadic Press is a non-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists, through publications (including translations) and performances, by which it aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

LIT WALK: Subtituladxs

  5:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Subtituladxs is a reading series featuring Spanish language writers from the University of Iowa's Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing Program, with English translation provided on-screen.

LIT WALK: Iowa Youth Writing Project

  5:00 p.m.
  Beadology
The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

LIT WALK: Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  6:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Founded in 1976, the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program was the first creative writing program in the United States dedicated to the study of the literary essay. Each year the NWP Showcase features NWP alumni and students alongside contemporary essayists. In 2020, the showcase features Ander Monson and Lulu Dewey.

LIT WALK: Prompt + Rose Metal + Canarium

  6:00 p.m.
  RSVP
Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing.Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional categories of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression. Canarium Books is a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

LIT WALK: Two Dollar Radio + Sarabande

  6:00 p.m.
  FilmScene at the Chauncey
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run publisher of books too loud to ignore, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Sarabande is an independent publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to poetry, short fiction, and essay.

LIT WALK: Writers of Color Reading Series

  6:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
The Writers of Color Reading Series is a biannual event co-curated by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa Writers' Workshop that features graduate student writers from all University of Iowa creative writing programs as well as featured guests.

LIT WALK: The Sun Magazine

  7:00 p.m.
  The Tuesday Agency
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Samantha Irby

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Bestselling author and consummate funny person Samantha Irby, who rose to fame with her blog bitches gotta eat, will release a new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You, just days before headlining the first night of 2020 festivities. Known for her smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy writing, Irby is also the author of the laugh-out-loud essay collections We’re Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Join us for a reading and conversation with Megan Stielstra, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

9th Annual Literary Magazine + Small Press Book Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features The Sun, Two Dollar Radio, Sarabande, Canarium Books, Rose Metal Press, Nomadic Press, Prompt Press, The Iowa Review, and many more literary up-and-comers as well as indie lit mainstays.

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Zine Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Iowa City Masonic Lodge
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA.

Big Free Show @ Big Grove Brewery

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Featuring: Subatlantic, Lily DeTaeye, Why Bonnie, Ohmme, The Minks, The Hooten Hallers

Daylight DIY

  2:00 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Daylight DIY at Trumpet Blossom Cafe Mission Creek’s FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Featuring local acts Father Christmas, Midwest Waves, and Function as well as St. Louis-based, RedBait! Artist Details RedBait RedBait did not come from a music scene, but instead from the ranks of St Louis activists […]

Big Free Show: Subatlantic

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Subatlantic, an indie rock band based in the Quad Cities, features Becca Rice–lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Adam Kaul–guitar; Phil Pracht–drums; and Sean Chapman–bass and cello. Subatlantic formed in 2008, released their first EP in May of 2015 on Bandcamp, and their new 12 song album, “Villains” is out now. With four musicians capable on […]

Garth Greenwell + Paul Lisicky

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Garth Greenwell reads from Cleanness, the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut What Belongs to You, alongside Paul Lisicky, author of the acclaimed memoir The Narrow Door as well as his newest book, Later.

Big Free Show: Lily DeTaeye

  3:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Lily DeTaeye‘s music combines the Black Keys’ grit with Brandi Carlile’s eloquent lyric-writing into one high energy show. She’s like if your neighborhood librarian rocked a blues harp in yellow overalls. You definitely don’t wanna miss her. DeTaeye is a Des Moines native, harmonica-wielding singer songwriter signed to Station 1 Records. After the release of […]

Big Free Show: Why Bonnie

  4:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Why Bonnie started life as the bedroom recording project of Blair Howerton. The group has grown into a quartet comprised of Kendall Powell, Sam Houdek, and Chance Williams. They’ve released their first two EPs, In Water and Nightgown, via Sports Day Records. Why Bonnie is currently gearing up for a much anticipated release in 2020, […]

Big Free Show: Ohmme

  5:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Big Free Show: The Minks

  6:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s […]

Big Free Show: The Hooten Hallers

  7:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Aseethe

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Aseethe remains one of the most distinctive and relentless forces in heavy music operating today. Through their ability to constantly evolve and incorporate new sounds and disparate influences into their music, they stand at the vanguard of forward thinking bands like labelmates The Body and SUMAC. Throes is Aseethe at their most daring and focused, […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

LIT WALK: The Iowa Review + UIowa Press

  5:00 p.m.
  Discerning Eye
Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature. Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press is an academic publisher of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

LIT WALK: Iowa Writers’ House + Nomadic Press

  5:00 p.m.
  White Rabbit
The Iowa Writers' House is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the writing community in Iowa City by providing programming, workshops, and a welcoming community to use and enjoy by writers from all walks of life. Nomadic Press is a non-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists, through publications (including translations) and performances, by which it aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

LIT WALK: Subtituladxs

  5:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Subtituladxs is a reading series featuring Spanish language writers from the University of Iowa's Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing Program, with English translation provided on-screen.

LIT WALK: Iowa Youth Writing Project

  5:00 p.m.
  Beadology
The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

LIT WALK: Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  6:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Founded in 1976, the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program was the first creative writing program in the United States dedicated to the study of the literary essay. Each year the NWP Showcase features NWP alumni and students alongside contemporary essayists. In 2020, the showcase features Ander Monson and Lulu Dewey.

LIT WALK: Prompt + Rose Metal + Canarium

  6:00 p.m.
  RSVP
Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing.Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional categories of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression. Canarium Books is a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

LIT WALK: Two Dollar Radio + Sarabande

  6:00 p.m.
  FilmScene at the Chauncey
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run publisher of books too loud to ignore, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Sarabande is an independent publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to poetry, short fiction, and essay.

LIT WALK: Writers of Color Reading Series

  6:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
The Writers of Color Reading Series is a biannual event co-curated by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa Writers' Workshop that features graduate student writers from all University of Iowa creative writing programs as well as featured guests.

LIT WALK: The Sun Magazine

  7:00 p.m.
  The Tuesday Agency
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

9th Annual Literary Magazine + Small Press Book Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features The Sun, Two Dollar Radio, Sarabande, Canarium Books, Rose Metal Press, Nomadic Press, Prompt Press, The Iowa Review, and many more literary up-and-comers as well as indie lit mainstays.

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Zine Fair

  11:00 a.m.
  The Iowa City Masonic Lodge
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA.

Behind this Roar, A Door

  12:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
What makes a poem in translation? Are human translators still needed in the age of auto-translate technology? Experiment with sound and translation—and craft a sonic poem of your own—in this nontraditional workshop for non-translators and monolinguists.

Readers Write

  12:00 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Join assistant editor Derek Askey in an interactive round table inspired by the Readers Write feature of The Sun.

Indie Showcase: Sarah Rose Etter + Matt Bell

  1:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Debut Two Dollar Radio author Sarah Rose Etter (The Book of X) and established author Matt Bell (Appleseed, Scrapper)—who first published work with small presses such as Willows Wept, Keyhole, and Mudluscious—will read together in the Indie Showcase at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Big Free Show @ Big Grove Brewery

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Featuring: Subatlantic, Lily DeTaeye, Why Bonnie, Ohmme, The Minks, The Hooten Hallers

Daylight DIY

  2:00 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Daylight DIY at Trumpet Blossom Cafe Mission Creek’s FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Featuring local acts Father Christmas, Midwest Waves, and Function as well as St. Louis-based, RedBait! Artist Details RedBait RedBait did not come from a music scene, but instead from the ranks of St Louis activists […]

Big Free Show: Subatlantic

  2:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Subatlantic, an indie rock band based in the Quad Cities, features Becca Rice–lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Adam Kaul–guitar; Phil Pracht–drums; and Sean Chapman–bass and cello. Subatlantic formed in 2008, released their first EP in May of 2015 on Bandcamp, and their new 12 song album, “Villains” is out now. With four musicians capable on […]

Garth Greenwell + Paul Lisicky

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Garth Greenwell reads from Cleanness, the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut What Belongs to You, alongside Paul Lisicky, author of the acclaimed memoir The Narrow Door as well as his newest book, Later.

Big Free Show: Lily DeTaeye

  3:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Lily DeTaeye‘s music combines the Black Keys’ grit with Brandi Carlile’s eloquent lyric-writing into one high energy show. She’s like if your neighborhood librarian rocked a blues harp in yellow overalls. You definitely don’t wanna miss her. DeTaeye is a Des Moines native, harmonica-wielding singer songwriter signed to Station 1 Records. After the release of […]

Hanif Abdurraqib + Adia Victoria

  4:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Essayist and poet Hanif Abdurraqib and musician Adia Victoria team up for a reading followed by a discussion of their work, including poetry, prose, lyrics, and musical composition.

Big Free Show: Why Bonnie

  4:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Why Bonnie started life as the bedroom recording project of Blair Howerton. The group has grown into a quartet comprised of Kendall Powell, Sam Houdek, and Chance Williams. They’ve released their first two EPs, In Water and Nightgown, via Sports Day Records. Why Bonnie is currently gearing up for a much anticipated release in 2020, […]

Big Free Show: Ohmme

  5:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Keynote Reading: Helen Phillips + Tommy Pico + Kristen Radtke

  6:00 p.m.
  Old Capitol Museum
Co-presented by the National Book Foundation, the Saturday Keynote Reading caps off the day's rich literary offerings and features National Book Award finalist Helen Phillips, award-winning poet Tommy Pico, and graphic essayist Kristen Radtke.

Big Free Show: The Minks

  6:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s […]

Tasha

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her debut album ALONE AT LAST, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world — she’s worked with the local racial justice organization BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the […]

Big Free Show: The Hooten Hallers

  7:00 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Elizabeth Moen

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
With a sultry and intoxicating voice, Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. “Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous […]

Spectral Snake

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Spectral Snake is the musical project of Angela Barr and Brooks Strause, devised as a way to tell fantastical horror stories about “real”-life darkness, packaged in subtle, elegant songs. Multi-instrumentalists Barr and Strause (along with an ever-growing gang of collaborators) create eerily beautiful sounds that have been described as the folk music of an alien […]

Dog Dave

  8:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dog Dave is a two-piece alternative folk punk band from Iowa City featuring John Quijas on drums and Adelina Reels on guitar and vocals. They perform songs with themes ranging from cats to cars.

Aseethe

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Aseethe remains one of the most distinctive and relentless forces in heavy music operating today. Through their ability to constantly evolve and incorporate new sounds and disparate influences into their music, they stand at the vanguard of forward thinking bands like labelmates The Body and SUMAC. Throes is Aseethe at their most daring and focused, […]

Lucy Dacus

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration. “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure […]

Dos Santos

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Dos Santos is a quintet just 5 years working in Chicago but already established as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. A band known to be at home in a broad spectrum of venues and contexts – as proficient at nailing epic progressive arrangements for summer street festivals in the Latinx culture hub […]

Squirrel Flower

  9:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower’s music is ethereal and warm, gushing with emotional depth that the listener can step into like a warm bath. The band on her new album, I Was Born Swimming, plays with delicate intention, keeping the arrangements natural and light. The album was tracked live, with few overdubs, at The Rare Book Room Studio […]

Nat Baldwin

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. Nat’s AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs represents a departure from the rich body of solo work he’s amassed as a songwriter and core member of the band Dirty Projectors. It instead marks the return […]

Adia Victoria

  10:45 p.m.
  The Mill
At a recent performance, the host made the mistake of introducing Adia Victoria as an Americana artist. Victoria leaned into the microphone with a correction, “Adia Victoria does not sing Americana, Adia Victoria sings the blues.” From there, the artist let her guitar and powerful lyrics speak for her. After a self-released single that drew […]

Mal Blum

  10:45 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pity Boy (out July 12th on Don Giovanni Records) is the new full-length by New York musician, Mal Blum. Simply put: Pity Boy is an album that examines the patterns that recur over the course of our lives and what happens when we try (and often fail) to break them. This is not a linear […]

Fennesz

  11:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. “Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliché and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language.” – (City Newspaper, USA). Christian Fennesz is known from his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

LIT WALK: The Iowa Review + UIowa Press

  5:00 p.m.
  Discerning Eye
Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature. Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press is an academic publisher of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

LIT WALK: Iowa Writers’ House + Nomadic Press

  5:00 p.m.
  White Rabbit
The Iowa Writers' House is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the writing community in Iowa City by providing programming, workshops, and a welcoming community to use and enjoy by writers from all walks of life. Nomadic Press is a non-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists, through publications (including translations) and performances, by which it aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

LIT WALK: Subtituladxs

  5:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Subtituladxs is a reading series featuring Spanish language writers from the University of Iowa's Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing Program, with English translation provided on-screen.

LIT WALK: Iowa Youth Writing Project

  5:00 p.m.
  Beadology
The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

LIT WALK: Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  6:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Founded in 1976, the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program was the first creative writing program in the United States dedicated to the study of the literary essay. Each year the NWP Showcase features NWP alumni and students alongside contemporary essayists. In 2020, the showcase features Ander Monson and Lulu Dewey.

LIT WALK: Prompt + Rose Metal + Canarium

  6:00 p.m.
  RSVP
Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing.Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional categories of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression. Canarium Books is a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad.

LIT WALK: Two Dollar Radio + Sarabande

  6:00 p.m.
  FilmScene at the Chauncey
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run publisher of books too loud to ignore, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Sarabande is an independent publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to poetry, short fiction, and essay.

LIT WALK: Writers of Color Reading Series

  6:00 p.m.
  Riverside Theatre
The Writers of Color Reading Series is a biannual event co-curated by The Englert Theatre and the Iowa Writers' Workshop that features graduate student writers from all University of Iowa creative writing programs as well as featured guests.

LIT WALK: The Sun Magazine

  7:00 p.m.
  The Tuesday Agency
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Ohmme

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts. Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players […]

Shabaka & The Ancestors

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the […]

Penny Peach Jr.

  8:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Penny Peach (Jr.) is a DIY Princess based in Iowa City. She credits Ty Segall and Ella Fitzgerald as being her greatest inspirations. The Sexi Bois, Wallstreet Dwyer and Wommy McIlhon, were voted ‘Sexiest Backup Band Ever’ by a circle of close friends. “Her band is this perfect combination of jazz, maybe even hints of […]

Purcha$e

  9:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Purchase is a Art Pop/EDM project of Rachel Lynn Kellogg from Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 2017, Purchase bends diverse genres like French House and World Music to create boundary pushing music. The newest track from Purchase “Green Butterfly”, calls on the dreamier textures of World music and mixes them with buzzy basslines and urban […]

White Batzzz

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Dark and brooding, White Batzzz are a 2 piece from Rock Island, Illinois offering the best elements of witchhouse, industrial,noise & pop. Cacophony that is offered within their sound makes you feel something beautiful was dragged through hell then put to a dance beat and stacked against a wall of organized chaos. Offering vocal styles […]

Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
In the 1980s, Kim Gordon founded the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth out of an early interest in art, aesthetics, and performance. Gordon cites Warhol as one of her artistic influences, particularly the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s studio, as well as his involvement with the Velvet Underground, and his multi-disciplinary practice in fashion, painting, music, […]

The Hooten Hallers

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their […]

Jim Swim

  10:00 p.m.
  Yacht Club
Iowa City-based producer/vocalist Jim Swim crafts wavy and warm hip-hop that snaps with substance. Swim’s songs unwind like good conversation, moving from the everyday to the abstract, the personal to the universal, with honesty and ease. A lyricist first and foremost, Swim doesn’t shy away from depth, but he also makes bops. There’s a sense […]

Disq

  10:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
Hailing from Madison, WI and Viroqua, WI, Isaac deBroux-Slone and Raina Bock were introduced as infants and went on to transform their life-long friendship into the band Disq in their early teens. Raised by artistically-inclined parents, Raina grew up attending Waldorf schools and learned to play multiple instruments at a very young age, while Isaac […]

Mdou Moctar

  11:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the […]

King Monday

  11:15 p.m.
  Yacht Club
For the past two years, Sherwyn has been releasing music under the alias King Monday, acting as a character in which to explore the sleepy, ‘back to work’ down-tempo thoughts of a Monday morning. Last year saw the release of CSTLV on Bonfire Records, which gained notice from Spotify’s Editorial playlists with Conclusions being featured […]

(Sandy) Alex G

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
There’s hardly a second when Alex Giannascoli’s voice can’t be heard in “Walk Away,” the opener of his latest album, House of Sugar. The distended, pitched-up wail that introduces the track gives way to cascading layers of his more familiar intonations. “Someday I’m gonna walk away from you,” he sings; “not today.” These are the […]

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Jenny Offill

  7:00 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, reads from her new book Weather, a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.

Dan Padley

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Dan Padley is a guitarist/composer based out of Iowa City, IA. Since studying music at the University of Iowa, Dan has performed with many artists including Wayne Newton, Elizabeth Moen, River Glen, Dana T, Blake Shaw, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and many more. Dan has released several albums and EPs, including his most recent full length […]

Lonnie Holley

  8:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was […]

Nadah El Shazly (MCF2020 Artist in Residence)

  9:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le […]

Parquet Courts

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago. It’s also their most groundbreaking. It’s an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. […]

Pulsing

  10:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Pulsing is the Quad Cities’ video game rock band! Pulsing uses guitar, drums, and gameboy to create energetic 8-bit tunes that will keep people dancing, laughing, and feeling like kids again. Hyper melodies, frantic beats and happy bleeps bring back memories of playing videogames at a friend’s house on a Saturday night. Pulsing is about […]

The Necks

  10:15 p.m.
  The Mill
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks […]

Tropical Fuck Storm

  11:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Tropical Fuck Storm is an Australian band from Melbourne, Victoria formed by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin after taking a hiatus from the art-punk psych band The Drones. Lauren Hammel, from the band High Tension, plays drums and Erica Dunn, from the bands Harmony and Palm Springs, plays guitars, keys and other instruments.

Creek Week Deals

  April 1 - 5
  Downtown Iowa City
Our community partners are offering 15% off to all pass holders. Check out participating businesses and save during Creek Week!

Samantha Irby

  7:00 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Bestselling author and consummate funny person Samantha Irby, who rose to fame with her blog bitches gotta eat, will release a new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You, just days before headlining the first night of 2020 festivities. Known for her smart, edgy, hilarious, and unabashedly raunchy writing, Irby is also the author of the laugh-out-loud essay collections We’re Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Join us for a reading and conversation with Megan Stielstra, winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Chicago Review of Books.

Hadiza.

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Piano, voice, composition and melody, these are the primary tools she wields to get through to…herself. Tools summoning words to assist in the recursively unfolding Undertaking; to confront and embrace hers and her family’s shadows. She angles lenses available to her; neo-colonialism, romantic rejection, overbearing anxiety, and the maddening oscillations (often overlaps) of invisibility and […]

Pink Neighbor

  8:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they draw from the […]

Irreversible Entanglements

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles […]

Caroline Rose

  9:00 p.m.
  Gabe's
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, […]

Black Belt Eagle Scout

  10:00 p.m.
  The Mill
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a […]

Ryan Joseph Anderson – SOLD OUT

  7 p.m.
  The Mill
Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter...

John Moreland – SOLD OUT

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
The replay of John Moreland’s network television debut is…glorious and affirming and a sucker punch. He is announced by Stephen Colbert, lights dissolve, and the camera slowly focuses on the person midway across the unadorned stage, revealing him beneath muted blue lights. He is a big man. Seated, alone, cradling his acoustic guitar...

Ryan Joseph Anderson – SOLD OUT

  7 p.m.
  The Mill
Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter...

John Moreland – SOLD OUT

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
The replay of John Moreland’s network television debut is…glorious and affirming and a sucker punch. He is announced by Stephen Colbert, lights dissolve, and the camera slowly focuses on the person midway across the unadorned stage, revealing him beneath muted blue lights. He is a big man. Seated, alone, cradling his acoustic guitar...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from across the country, and right here in Iowa City, will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today. Lineup includes: The Believer, The Iowa Review, Container Press, Two Dollar Radio, and more...

ICE CREAM Comics + Zine Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA...

Underground Showcase

  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mission Creek's FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Lineup TBA...

Ari Braverman

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Ari Braverman is a fiction writer from Iowa City by way of New Orleans and New York. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Guernica, Smokelong Quarterly, and at Tammy Journal. She was shortlisted for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize. Her debut novel, The Ballad of Big Feeling, will be out later this year from Melville House...
with Sabrina Orah Mark

Michael Martone

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Michael Martone's recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays...

Big Grove Vinyl Market

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
While the Big Free Show takes over the Big Grove stage, record vendors from across Iowa will gather at the Vinyl Market! Vendors include: Bog's Vinyl, The Record Collector...

Flash in a Pan

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Flash in a Pan is an Iowa City string band thats blends contemporary music with traditional folk and grass motifs. Their original compositions combine elements of reggae, country, folk and grass forms to produce tunes with a modern sensibility and respect for tradition...

HAI-DANG PHAN

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Poet Hai-Dang Phan joins novelist Mesha Maren in our Debut Showcase Reading where both authors read from their first books. Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the...

Mesha Maren

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Novelist Mesha Maren joins poet Hai-Dang Phan in our Debut Showcase Reading where both authors read from their first books. Mesha Maren is the author of Sugar Run (Algonquin Books, January 2019). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, Crazyhorse, Southern Cultures, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of...

Jonathan Timm Band

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Hailing from Northern Michigan, Jonathan Timm built a solid foundation in the Michigan folk scene, leading the songwriting efforts of Blackwater Valley Songs, Birches and The Jeremies and releasing 4 albums before making his move to Nashville in 2011. Once there, his longtime interest in classic country flourished, and he began crafting heart-rending songs under his own name...

Mercy Bell

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Mercy Bell is a “distinct voice with a potent, progressive take on emotive, modern folk” according to Rolling Stone. She comes from Nashville by way of Brooklyn, Massachusetts, California, and Arkansas...
ft. Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Stephanie Burt, Sabrina Orah Mark, & Brandon Alexander Williams

Visual Poetry Synthesizer

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
As a 2018 Resident Artist at CultureHub, Maxwell Neely-Cohen created a prototype for a space that would visually respond to the live reading of poetry and prose. He brings the latest iteration of this software to Mission Creek, where poets of all stripes will explore the possibilities of technology and poetry in a must-see reading...

Brandon Alexander Williams

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Born in Maywood and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Brandon Alexander Williams is a poet, MC and DJ. He is the most recent recipient of the Grant Wood Fellowship and is a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa’s School of Music where he teaches courses in Hip-Hop. Williams is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale...

Stephanie Burt

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Stephanie (also Stephen and Steph) Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works include...

Sabrina Orah Mark

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk is her first book of fiction. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her...
with Stephanie Burt, Brandon Alexander Williams, & more

Maxwell Neely-Cohen

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Maxwell Neely-Cohen is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom and Editor-at-Large for The Believer. His essays and non-fiction have been featured...

Becca Mancari

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

Middle Western

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Middle Western was formed out of a long friendship and discussions the various members had while playing on each others' recordings and the occasional band show organized as a way to play and sing songs written and recorded by other members. The band is made up of singer/songwriter and Anti Records artist William Elliot Whitmore...

Jericho Brown

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the...

Tameka Cage Conley

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently holds the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in fiction and teaches advanced fiction writing at the University of Iowa. As a literary artist, she writes fiction, poetry, plays, librettos and essays...

Glory Edim

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received...

Daniel Gumbiner

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Daniel Gumbiner was born and raised in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 and now lives in Southern Nevada. His first book...

Lilly Hiatt

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Lilly Hiatt returned with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC...

Nadalands

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Nadalands, the solo songwriting project of Fort Collins, Colorado's John Lindenbaum (The Lonelyhearts, Rust Belt Music), has recorded 12 EPs and a full-length LP since the year 2000. Eager to transition from solo shows to more dynamic live performances, Lindenbaum recruited drummer Benjamin Buttice (Sour Boy, Bitter Girl) and bassist Matt Schild...

Elizabeth Moen

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
With a sultry and intoxicating voice, local artist Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. “Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being...

The Only Ion

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Born of Greek heritage, Ioannis Alexakis started playing music after hearing the first 15-seconds of a Prince song at a young age. He does his best to keep the sounds open-ended, but also maintains the Guthrie ideals in songwriting. He has performed with numerous national acts with Iowa City Hip-Hop collective The AWTHNTKTS and is eager to keep releasing music for a long time...

Pete Dominick

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Alex Kumin

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Jessica Hong

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Arish Singh

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Hurray for the Riff Raff

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who's been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. But as far as the Bronx native had come with her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, there was still a missing link to her story...

Mock Identity

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
For Mock Identity, the sum is both greater than, and equal to, its parts. Comprised of some of the DC experimental music scene's most innovative and forward-thinking musicians - vocalist Adriana-Lucia Cotes (Antonia), guitarist Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory), bassist Joshua David Hoffman (Supersonic Piss), and percussionist Nate Scheible - this post-hardcore quartet is a force of musical resistance that sounds miles away from the musical worlds of avant-pop, free jazz, and ambient drone its members come from...

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Makaya McCraven

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary”...

Moor Mother

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. "Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886" — WIR...

Black Moth Super Rainbow

  
  Gabe's
If you haven’t panicked lately, you’re either blissfully ignorant or have gone completely clear. For the rest of us attempting to navigate the political, economical, and cultural carnage, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” succinctly captures the statue of psychic dislocation...

Underground Showcase

  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mission Creek's FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Lineup TBA...

Big Grove Vinyl Market

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
While the Big Free Show takes over the Big Grove stage, record vendors from across Iowa will gather at the Vinyl Market! Vendors include: Bog's Vinyl, The Record Collector...

Flash in a Pan

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Flash in a Pan is an Iowa City string band thats blends contemporary music with traditional folk and grass motifs. Their original compositions combine elements of reggae, country, folk and grass forms to produce tunes with a modern sensibility and respect for tradition...

Jonathan Timm Band

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Hailing from Northern Michigan, Jonathan Timm built a solid foundation in the Michigan folk scene, leading the songwriting efforts of Blackwater Valley Songs, Birches and The Jeremies and releasing 4 albums before making his move to Nashville in 2011. Once there, his longtime interest in classic country flourished, and he began crafting heart-rending songs under his own name...

Mercy Bell

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Mercy Bell is a “distinct voice with a potent, progressive take on emotive, modern folk” according to Rolling Stone. She comes from Nashville by way of Brooklyn, Massachusetts, California, and Arkansas...

Becca Mancari

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

Middle Western

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Middle Western was formed out of a long friendship and discussions the various members had while playing on each others' recordings and the occasional band show organized as a way to play and sing songs written and recorded by other members. The band is made up of singer/songwriter and Anti Records artist William Elliot Whitmore...

Lilly Hiatt

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Lilly Hiatt returned with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC...

Nadalands

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Nadalands, the solo songwriting project of Fort Collins, Colorado's John Lindenbaum (The Lonelyhearts, Rust Belt Music), has recorded 12 EPs and a full-length LP since the year 2000. Eager to transition from solo shows to more dynamic live performances, Lindenbaum recruited drummer Benjamin Buttice (Sour Boy, Bitter Girl) and bassist Matt Schild...

Elizabeth Moen

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
With a sultry and intoxicating voice, local artist Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. “Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being...

The Only Ion

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Born of Greek heritage, Ioannis Alexakis started playing music after hearing the first 15-seconds of a Prince song at a young age. He does his best to keep the sounds open-ended, but also maintains the Guthrie ideals in songwriting. He has performed with numerous national acts with Iowa City Hip-Hop collective The AWTHNTKTS and is eager to keep releasing music for a long time...

Hurray for the Riff Raff

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who's been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. But as far as the Bronx native had come with her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, there was still a missing link to her story...

Mock Identity

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
For Mock Identity, the sum is both greater than, and equal to, its parts. Comprised of some of the DC experimental music scene's most innovative and forward-thinking musicians - vocalist Adriana-Lucia Cotes (Antonia), guitarist Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory), bassist Joshua David Hoffman (Supersonic Piss), and percussionist Nate Scheible - this post-hardcore quartet is a force of musical resistance that sounds miles away from the musical worlds of avant-pop, free jazz, and ambient drone its members come from...

Makaya McCraven

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary”...

Moor Mother

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. "Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886" — WIR...

Black Moth Super Rainbow

  
  Gabe's
If you haven’t panicked lately, you’re either blissfully ignorant or have gone completely clear. For the rest of us attempting to navigate the political, economical, and cultural carnage, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” succinctly captures the statue of psychic dislocation...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from across the country, and right here in Iowa City, will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today. Lineup includes: The Believer, The Iowa Review, Container Press, Two Dollar Radio, and more...

ICE CREAM Comics + Zine Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA...

Ari Braverman

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Ari Braverman is a fiction writer from Iowa City by way of New Orleans and New York. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Guernica, Smokelong Quarterly, and at Tammy Journal. She was shortlisted for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize. Her debut novel, The Ballad of Big Feeling, will be out later this year from Melville House...
with Sabrina Orah Mark

Michael Martone

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Michael Martone's recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays...

HAI-DANG PHAN

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Poet Hai-Dang Phan joins novelist Mesha Maren in our Debut Showcase Reading where both authors read from their first books. Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the...

Mesha Maren

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Novelist Mesha Maren joins poet Hai-Dang Phan in our Debut Showcase Reading where both authors read from their first books. Mesha Maren is the author of Sugar Run (Algonquin Books, January 2019). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, Crazyhorse, Southern Cultures, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of...
ft. Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Stephanie Burt, Sabrina Orah Mark, & Brandon Alexander Williams

Visual Poetry Synthesizer

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
As a 2018 Resident Artist at CultureHub, Maxwell Neely-Cohen created a prototype for a space that would visually respond to the live reading of poetry and prose. He brings the latest iteration of this software to Mission Creek, where poets of all stripes will explore the possibilities of technology and poetry in a must-see reading...

Brandon Alexander Williams

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Born in Maywood and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Brandon Alexander Williams is a poet, MC and DJ. He is the most recent recipient of the Grant Wood Fellowship and is a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa’s School of Music where he teaches courses in Hip-Hop. Williams is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale...

Stephanie Burt

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Stephanie (also Stephen and Steph) Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works include...

Sabrina Orah Mark

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk is her first book of fiction. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her...
with Stephanie Burt, Brandon Alexander Williams, & more

Maxwell Neely-Cohen

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Maxwell Neely-Cohen is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom and Editor-at-Large for The Believer. His essays and non-fiction have been featured...

Jericho Brown

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the...

Tameka Cage Conley

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently holds the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in fiction and teaches advanced fiction writing at the University of Iowa. As a literary artist, she writes fiction, poetry, plays, librettos and essays...

Glory Edim

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received...

Daniel Gumbiner

  6 p.m.
  The Mill
Daniel Gumbiner was born and raised in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 and now lives in Southern Nevada. His first book...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  The Mill
Literary magazines and independent publishers from across the country, and right here in Iowa City, will set up shop at The Mill in Iowa City for the 9th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today. Lineup includes: The Believer, The Iowa Review, Container Press, Two Dollar Radio, and more...

ICE CREAM Comics + Zine Fair

  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  Public Space One
Join us for the Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Media (ICE CREAM) fair presenting the work of cartoonists, zinesters, and art books / handmade book artists. Vendors TBA...

Underground Showcase

  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mission Creek's FREE all-ages, rip-your-face-off showcase of underground acts from across the Midwest and beyond! Lineup TBA...

Big Grove Vinyl Market

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
While the Big Free Show takes over the Big Grove stage, record vendors from across Iowa will gather at the Vinyl Market! Vendors include: Bog's Vinyl, The Record Collector...

Flash in a Pan

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Flash in a Pan is an Iowa City string band thats blends contemporary music with traditional folk and grass motifs. Their original compositions combine elements of reggae, country, folk and grass forms to produce tunes with a modern sensibility and respect for tradition...

HAI-DANG PHAN

  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Poet Hai-Dang Phan joins novelist Mesha Maren in our Debut Showcase Reading where both authors read from their first books. Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the...

Jonathan Timm Band

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Hailing from Northern Michigan, Jonathan Timm built a solid foundation in the Michigan folk scene, leading the songwriting efforts of Blackwater Valley Songs, Birches and The Jeremies and releasing 4 albums before making his move to Nashville in 2011. Once there, his longtime interest in classic country flourished, and he began crafting heart-rending songs under his own name...

Mercy Bell

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Mercy Bell is a “distinct voice with a potent, progressive take on emotive, modern folk” according to Rolling Stone. She comes from Nashville by way of Brooklyn, Massachusetts, California, and Arkansas...

Stephanie Burt

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Stephanie (also Stephen and Steph) Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works include...

Sabrina Orah Mark

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk is her first book of fiction. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her...
with Stephanie Burt, Brandon Alexander Williams, & more

Maxwell Neely-Cohen

  4 p.m.
  7 S. Linn St.
Maxwell Neely-Cohen is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom and Editor-at-Large for The Believer. His essays and non-fiction have been featured...

Becca Mancari

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

Middle Western

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Middle Western was formed out of a long friendship and discussions the various members had while playing on each others' recordings and the occasional band show organized as a way to play and sing songs written and recorded by other members. The band is made up of singer/songwriter and Anti Records artist William Elliot Whitmore...

Lilly Hiatt

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us at the Big Free Show at Big Grove curated by Mission Creek Festival. Lilly Hiatt returned with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC...

Pete Dominick

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Alex Kumin

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Jessica Hong

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Arish Singh

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Pete Dominick, comedian and host of Sirius XM's Stand Up!, will lead a showcase of Chicago and Iowa City-based standup comics, featuring: Arish Singh, Jessica Hong, Alex Kumin, and more...

Publishing Reimagined

  3:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
The Publishing Reimagined panel highlights independent presses and individuals who are bringing groundbreaking innovations to the presentation of literary work, including novelist Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s visual poetry synthesizer, the text-based objects of Container Press, the vinyl record-only poetry label Fonograf Editions, and Prompt Press, which uses original work from visual artists and writers as a launchpad for creative responses...

Lit Walk: Round #1

  5 p.m.
  Discerning Eye, Nodo, Beadology, & Cortado
Round #1 of our annual Friday evening Lit Walk features readings curated by The Iowa Review & Iowa Writers' House, FC2 & Prompt Press, Action Books & Subtitulados Reading Series, and the Iowa Youth Writing Project at a host of downtown locales...

Lit Walk: Round #2

  6 p.m.
  White Rabbit, Revival, & RSVP
Round #2 of our annual Friday evening Lit Walk features readings curated by Rescue Press & Monsters of Poetry, Make Magazine & Ninth Letter, and Lit Hub & The Rumpus at a host of downtown locales...

The Believer Lit Walk Reading: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  Goosetown Cafe
The final round of our 2019 Lit Walk features readings hosted by The Believer and the Writers of Color Reading Series at northside favorites Goosetown Cafe and Haba Salon...