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.

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...

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...

Writers of Color Lit Walk Reading: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  Haba Salon
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...
with Mitski and Jay Som

Good Morning Midnight – SOLD OUT

  7 p.m.
  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...

Mission Beat

  8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  Wildwood
Over the past decade, M:B has been Mission Creek's official underground dance music party. Continually providing the festival and its attendees with some of the best local and regional talent that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer. Now, in the 10th installment, we're kicking things up a few decibels...
with Mitski and Good Morning Midnight

Jay Som – SOLD OUT

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year's aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux -- chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording -- then the rising Oakland star's latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished...

Crystal City

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a Midwestern singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life...
with Jay Som and Good Morning Midnight

Mitski – SOLD OUT

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Mitski Miyawaki has always been wary of being turned a symbol, knowing we’re quick to put women on pedestals and even quicker to knock them down. Nonetheless, after the breakout success of 2016’s Puberty 2, she was hailed as the new vanguard of indie rock..

Peanut Ricky & The Fiends

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Peanut Ricky is the solo project of long time local musician Jo Adams. They are joined by an ever alternating cast of backing musicians and long time member Phil Maul a local synth and noise artist. Peanut Ricky & The Fiends can be described as Nick Cave and PJ Harvey’s secret love child. Raised in a cement basement room with only a small TV playing VHS copies of David Lynch films...

Jack Lion

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics, Jack Lion is one of Iowa City's most adventurous bands...

Becca Mancari

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
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...

Dryad

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
DRYAD came into being within the wild forests and hidden ice caves of Iowa’s wilderness, a snarling primal force summoned from the darkened depths of the earth to combat our frenzied modern world. Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination of d-beat punk...

Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC

  10:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument...

The Cactus Blossoms

  11:15 p.m.
  The Mill
Our new album, You’re Dreaming, didn’t happen overnight. It is the culmination of several years of songwriting and the kindness of thousands of miles and friends. A cast of characters, experiences, and personal perspectives set in simple rhymes and sung in harmony to paint a picture in your mind. When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan...

HIDE

  11:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Starting in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago based industrial duo known simply as HIDE was formed. The following three years have seen HIDE crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album, Castration Anxiety...

Kweku Collins

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Kweku Collins is a 21-year old rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, IL that has been making music for most of his life. Born into a musical family, Kweku joined his dad on-stage playing African drums at the early age of 4. As a teenager, Kweku transitioned to making his own music...
with Mitski and Jay Som

Good Morning Midnight – SOLD OUT

  7 p.m.
  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...

Mission Beat

  8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  Wildwood
Over the past decade, M:B has been Mission Creek's official underground dance music party. Continually providing the festival and its attendees with some of the best local and regional talent that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer. Now, in the 10th installment, we're kicking things up a few decibels...
with Mitski and Good Morning Midnight

Jay Som – SOLD OUT

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year's aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux -- chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording -- then the rising Oakland star's latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished...

Crystal City

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a Midwestern singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life...
with Jay Som and Good Morning Midnight

Mitski – SOLD OUT

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Mitski Miyawaki has always been wary of being turned a symbol, knowing we’re quick to put women on pedestals and even quicker to knock them down. Nonetheless, after the breakout success of 2016’s Puberty 2, she was hailed as the new vanguard of indie rock..

Peanut Ricky & The Fiends

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Peanut Ricky is the solo project of long time local musician Jo Adams. They are joined by an ever alternating cast of backing musicians and long time member Phil Maul a local synth and noise artist. Peanut Ricky & The Fiends can be described as Nick Cave and PJ Harvey’s secret love child. Raised in a cement basement room with only a small TV playing VHS copies of David Lynch films...

Jack Lion

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics, Jack Lion is one of Iowa City's most adventurous bands...

Becca Mancari

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
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...

Dryad

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
DRYAD came into being within the wild forests and hidden ice caves of Iowa’s wilderness, a snarling primal force summoned from the darkened depths of the earth to combat our frenzied modern world. Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination of d-beat punk...

Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC

  10:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument...

The Cactus Blossoms

  11:15 p.m.
  The Mill
Our new album, You’re Dreaming, didn’t happen overnight. It is the culmination of several years of songwriting and the kindness of thousands of miles and friends. A cast of characters, experiences, and personal perspectives set in simple rhymes and sung in harmony to paint a picture in your mind. When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan...

HIDE

  11:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Starting in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago based industrial duo known simply as HIDE was formed. The following three years have seen HIDE crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album, Castration Anxiety...

Kweku Collins

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Kweku Collins is a 21-year old rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, IL that has been making music for most of his life. Born into a musical family, Kweku joined his dad on-stage playing African drums at the early age of 4. As a teenager, Kweku transitioned to making his own music...

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 2019

Jeff Alessandrelli

  
  TBA
The author of a poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie, an essay collection focusing on The Notorious B.I.G. and skateboarding and a poetry collection—This Last Time Will Be the First—that Rain Taxi deemed "immensely fresh and playful...rooted in a childlike antiquity, Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Portland, Oregon...

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...

Writers of Color Lit Walk Reading: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  Haba Salon
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...

Writers of Color Lit Walk Reading: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  Haba Salon
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...

Mission Beat

  8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  Wildwood
Over the past decade, M:B has been Mission Creek's official underground dance music party. Continually providing the festival and its attendees with some of the best local and regional talent that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer. Now, in the 10th installment, we're kicking things up a few decibels...

Kevin Young

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown...

Jaimie Branch

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Jaimie Branch is our MCF 2019 Artist-in-Residence, a weeklong residency during Mission Creek Festival where artists are invited to spend five days recording new creative work at Iowa City's Flat Black Studios. Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet...

Dana T

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
It’s only hearsay, but Dana Telsrow is the bandleader for a late-night talk show that films in an alternate universe Studio 54. Carl Sagan is a guest every night. Catering is mostly dragonfruit. It’s all very casual, yet very intense...

Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. Now, Guiliana is unveiling his latest group, Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES, featuring the “two horn” front line of saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis, and bassist Chris Morrissey...

Younger

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
After kicking around in other bands for years, Amanda Crosby, Sarah Mannix, and Rachel Sauter formed Younger in 2014 as an experiment. What could happen if songs were written as a complete collaboration? Their original aim was to geek out about weird song structures and challenging harmonic intervals without being a real band at all. Inspired by their excellent public school music education and deep love of art rock...

Guerilla Toss

  11 p.m.
  Gabe's
Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock puzzle pieces...

Jaimie Branch

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Jaimie Branch is our MCF 2019 Artist-in-Residence, a weeklong residency during Mission Creek Festival where artists are invited to spend five days recording new creative work at Iowa City's Flat Black Studios. Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet...

Dana T

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
It’s only hearsay, but Dana Telsrow is the bandleader for a late-night talk show that films in an alternate universe Studio 54. Carl Sagan is a guest every night. Catering is mostly dragonfruit. It’s all very casual, yet very intense...

Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. Now, Guiliana is unveiling his latest group, Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES, featuring the “two horn” front line of saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis, and bassist Chris Morrissey...

Younger

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
After kicking around in other bands for years, Amanda Crosby, Sarah Mannix, and Rachel Sauter formed Younger in 2014 as an experiment. What could happen if songs were written as a complete collaboration? Their original aim was to geek out about weird song structures and challenging harmonic intervals without being a real band at all. Inspired by their excellent public school music education and deep love of art rock...

Guerilla Toss

  11 p.m.
  Gabe's
Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock puzzle pieces...

Kevin Young

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown...

Kevin Young

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown...
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil

Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Gabriel Houck, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Lawrence Ypil —all alumni of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program—read stories, poems, and essays from their recent books...

Pink Neighbor

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
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 American Songbook, vintage global-psychedelia...

Halfloves

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Hailed as "the best currently active rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound...

Ratboys

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner...

Chef PZ x The Cubist

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Chef PZ (Sepehr Sadrzadeh) and The Cubist (Tyrell Thornton) first collaborated in 2015, when Sadrzadeh was the executive chef of Pullman Bar & Diner and Thornton was producing music in the Hall Mall in downtown Iowa City. The two artists quickly formed an alliance after their first studio session together, which created the format for their "off the cuff" freestyle studio sessions...

Pink Neighbor

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
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 American Songbook, vintage global-psychedelia...

Halfloves

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Hailed as "the best currently active rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound...

Ratboys

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner...

Chef PZ x The Cubist

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Chef PZ (Sepehr Sadrzadeh) and The Cubist (Tyrell Thornton) first collaborated in 2015, when Sadrzadeh was the executive chef of Pullman Bar & Diner and Thornton was producing music in the Hall Mall in downtown Iowa City. The two artists quickly formed an alliance after their first studio session together, which created the format for their "off the cuff" freestyle studio sessions...
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil

Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Gabriel Houck, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Lawrence Ypil —all alumni of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program—read stories, poems, and essays from their recent books...

Goosetown Kick-off Party

  5 p.m.
  Goosetown Cafe
Join us at Northside Iowa City's quaint Goosetown Café for a Mission Creek Festival 2019 Kick-off Party! Enjoy a delicious buffet, beverages, and quality time with Mission Creek staff and fellow festivalgoers. Who knows, you might meet your new festival buddy...

R.O. Kwon

  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages...
with Jenny Lewis

The Watson Twins

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk...
with TBA

Jenny Lewis

  8:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
One of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, Jenny Lewis got her start as the dynamic frontwoman of influential LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. She has since released three albums under her name, most recently 2014’s The Voyager...

Black Stork

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Black Stork, solo project of the Spanish composer and performer Carlos Cotallo Solares, combines elements of metal, math rock, and hardcore punk and reinterprets them through the acoustic guitar...

Noura Mint Seymali

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot (West African praise singers, poets and musicians) Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba...
with Jenny Lewis

The Watson Twins

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk...
with TBA

Jenny Lewis

  8:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
One of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, Jenny Lewis got her start as the dynamic frontwoman of influential LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. She has since released three albums under her name, most recently 2014’s The Voyager...

Black Stork

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Black Stork, solo project of the Spanish composer and performer Carlos Cotallo Solares, combines elements of metal, math rock, and hardcore punk and reinterprets them through the acoustic guitar...

Noura Mint Seymali

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot (West African praise singers, poets and musicians) Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba...

R.O. Kwon

  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages...

Goosetown Kick-off Party

  5 p.m.
  Goosetown Cafe
Join us at Northside Iowa City's quaint Goosetown Café for a Mission Creek Festival 2019 Kick-off Party! Enjoy a delicious buffet, beverages, and quality time with Mission Creek staff and fellow festivalgoers. Who knows, you might meet your new festival buddy...

R.O. Kwon

  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages...

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...

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...

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 2019

Jeff Alessandrelli

  
  TBA
The author of a poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie, an essay collection focusing on The Notorious B.I.G. and skateboarding and a poetry collection—This Last Time Will Be the First—that Rain Taxi deemed "immensely fresh and playful...rooted in a childlike antiquity, Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Portland, Oregon...

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...

Writers of Color Lit Walk Reading: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  Haba Salon
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...
with Mitski and Jay Som

Good Morning Midnight – SOLD OUT

  7 p.m.
  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...

Mission Beat

  8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  Wildwood
Over the past decade, M:B has been Mission Creek's official underground dance music party. Continually providing the festival and its attendees with some of the best local and regional talent that the Midwest and Colorado have to offer. Now, in the 10th installment, we're kicking things up a few decibels...
with Mitski and Good Morning Midnight

Jay Som – SOLD OUT

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year's aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux -- chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording -- then the rising Oakland star's latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished...

Crystal City

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a Midwestern singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life...
with Jay Som and Good Morning Midnight

Mitski – SOLD OUT

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Mitski Miyawaki has always been wary of being turned a symbol, knowing we’re quick to put women on pedestals and even quicker to knock them down. Nonetheless, after the breakout success of 2016’s Puberty 2, she was hailed as the new vanguard of indie rock..

Peanut Ricky & The Fiends

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Peanut Ricky is the solo project of long time local musician Jo Adams. They are joined by an ever alternating cast of backing musicians and long time member Phil Maul a local synth and noise artist. Peanut Ricky & The Fiends can be described as Nick Cave and PJ Harvey’s secret love child. Raised in a cement basement room with only a small TV playing VHS copies of David Lynch films...

Jack Lion

  9:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics, Jack Lion is one of Iowa City's most adventurous bands...

Becca Mancari

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
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...

Dryad

  10:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
DRYAD came into being within the wild forests and hidden ice caves of Iowa’s wilderness, a snarling primal force summoned from the darkened depths of the earth to combat our frenzied modern world. Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination of d-beat punk...

Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC

  10:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument...

The Cactus Blossoms

  11:15 p.m.
  The Mill
Our new album, You’re Dreaming, didn’t happen overnight. It is the culmination of several years of songwriting and the kindness of thousands of miles and friends. A cast of characters, experiences, and personal perspectives set in simple rhymes and sung in harmony to paint a picture in your mind. When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan...

HIDE

  11:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Starting in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago based industrial duo known simply as HIDE was formed. The following three years have seen HIDE crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album, Castration Anxiety...

Kweku Collins

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Kweku Collins is a 21-year old rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, IL that has been making music for most of his life. Born into a musical family, Kweku joined his dad on-stage playing African drums at the early age of 4. As a teenager, Kweku transitioned to making his own music...

Kevin Young

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, newly named a National Historic Landmark, and Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown...

Jaimie Branch

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Jaimie Branch is our MCF 2019 Artist-in-Residence, a weeklong residency during Mission Creek Festival where artists are invited to spend five days recording new creative work at Iowa City's Flat Black Studios. Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet...

Dana T

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
It’s only hearsay, but Dana Telsrow is the bandleader for a late-night talk show that films in an alternate universe Studio 54. Carl Sagan is a guest every night. Catering is mostly dragonfruit. It’s all very casual, yet very intense...

Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. Now, Guiliana is unveiling his latest group, Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES, featuring the “two horn” front line of saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis, and bassist Chris Morrissey...

Younger

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
After kicking around in other bands for years, Amanda Crosby, Sarah Mannix, and Rachel Sauter formed Younger in 2014 as an experiment. What could happen if songs were written as a complete collaboration? Their original aim was to geek out about weird song structures and challenging harmonic intervals without being a real band at all. Inspired by their excellent public school music education and deep love of art rock...

Guerilla Toss

  11 p.m.
  Gabe's
Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock puzzle pieces...
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil
ft. Gabriel Houck, Jennifer Cheng, & Lawrence Ypil

Nonfiction Writing Program Showcase

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Gabriel Houck, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Lawrence Ypil —all alumni of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program—read stories, poems, and essays from their recent books...

Pink Neighbor

  7:30 p.m.
  The Mill
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 American Songbook, vintage global-psychedelia...

Halfloves

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Hailed as "the best currently active rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound...

Ratboys

  9:45 p.m.
  The Mill
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner...

Chef PZ x The Cubist

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Chef PZ (Sepehr Sadrzadeh) and The Cubist (Tyrell Thornton) first collaborated in 2015, when Sadrzadeh was the executive chef of Pullman Bar & Diner and Thornton was producing music in the Hall Mall in downtown Iowa City. The two artists quickly formed an alliance after their first studio session together, which created the format for their "off the cuff" freestyle studio sessions...

Goosetown Kick-off Party

  5 p.m.
  Goosetown Cafe
Join us at Northside Iowa City's quaint Goosetown Café for a Mission Creek Festival 2019 Kick-off Party! Enjoy a delicious buffet, beverages, and quality time with Mission Creek staff and fellow festivalgoers. Who knows, you might meet your new festival buddy...

R.O. Kwon

  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages...
with Jenny Lewis

The Watson Twins

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk...
with TBA

Jenny Lewis

  8:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
One of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, Jenny Lewis got her start as the dynamic frontwoman of influential LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. She has since released three albums under her name, most recently 2014’s The Voyager...

Black Stork

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Black Stork, solo project of the Spanish composer and performer Carlos Cotallo Solares, combines elements of metal, math rock, and hardcore punk and reinterprets them through the acoustic guitar...

Noura Mint Seymali

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot (West African praise singers, poets and musicians) Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba...

Ancient Posse

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Ancient Posse patch their singular vision together from two very different backgrounds. In one corner, there's Bergeron’s formative years occupied by listening to all the Thom Yorke, romantic composers, and IDM glitchiness he could fit between home school lessons and the countless hours of classical...

Psalm One

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation's Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV's Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, "Bio:Chemistry", while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002...

Jamila Woods

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage–from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure–structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album. “It’s like a collage process,” she says...

A+L+T

  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  MERGE
ALT (Art + Life + Tech) returns to Iowa City this spring, with events happening throughout the day on Saturday, April 7. ALT explores intersections between technology, art, and our lives through keynote talks, workshops, and panel discussions. We seek to inspire and build community creativity empowered...

Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair

  11 a.m. - 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 8th year in a row, representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today; including: Lambda Literary, VIDA, Kundiman, Iowa Youth...

ICE CREAM Comic and Zine Fair

  11 a.m. - 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.

Tickling Giants

  12 p.m.
  FilmScene
Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart", who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech...

Nabila Lovelace + Kayleb Rae Candrilli + KMA Sullivan (Reading)

  12 p.m.
  Iowa Writers' House
Nabila Lovelace is a born and raised Queens native, as well as a first generation American. Her parents hail from Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her first collection, Sons of Achilles, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. Nabila is a 2016 Poetry Witch Magazine...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens

  2 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Nadalands is the solo songwriting project of John Lindenbaum (The Lonelyhearts, Rust Belt Music). Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, this project has released 11 EPs and one LP since 2000. This Mission Creek Festival performance will feature Alexis Stevens on guest vocals...

Big Free Show at Big Grove Brewery

  2-9 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Tap Room - Iowa City
Our friends at Big Grove Brewery are once again opening their doors and taps to us with a free show curated by Mission Creek Festival! Featuring: Nadalands with Alexis Stevens, Josefina, Eric Pettit Lion, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Public Access, Annalibera, and Tristen...

Writers of Color Reading Series: Curated by Kundiman

  2 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Join us for another installment of the Writers of Color Reading Series, presenting undergraduate and graduate writing students from the University of Iowa. Curated by Kundiman.

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Josefina

  3 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Josefina is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, originally from Buenos Aires. Her lush vocal stylings pair with alt-country production chock full of piano, B-Bender, Pedal Steel, and 12-string that would have found an easy home on Asylum Records circa 1970s. But this isn’t a throwback to Joni or Emmylou. This is a modern girl making modern music with a scant twang and an infectious lightness of being...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Eric Pettit Lion

  4 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Like the gritty Mississippi River they reside by, Eric Pettit Lion can't stop. And won't stop. Which is what happens when a band fine tunes a sound and hits their stride. EP Lion has morphed into a mainstay in the Iowa music scene. It's pretty amazing these guys are able to hold down day jobs. The original family duo of Pettit and Tim Buhmeyer are still at the helm. Alongside them now are Ed Mansheim and Micah Oleson...

Reading with LaTanya McQueen and Rachel Arndt

  4 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
LaTanya McQueen is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction and is the current Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. McQueen’s work has been featured in Carve Magazine, The Florida Review, Nimrod, Black Warrior Review and more. While earning...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Ryan Joseph Anderson

  5 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
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, Hooray 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 and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Public Access

  6 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Public Access is an instrumental band based throughout the midwest. Headquartered in Grand Rapids with outposts in Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, and Marquette, Public Access boasts a variety of musicians. Public Access draws its inspiration from the searing guitars of Brian May and David Gilmour to the sultry sax tones of Paul Desmond, and all the way to the rhythm of Four Tet and the synth of Daft Punk...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Annalibera

  7 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Annalibera is a music project based in the Midwest. In 2014 they released Nevermind I Love You on Sump Pump Records and loveil, a video/music work released on Night People...

Bstar

  7 p.m.
  Gabe's
BStar has spent the past five years crafting an immersive sound composed of complex, mathy, stop-on-a-dime parts arranged within catchy, atmospheric grooves that fit in right alongside their best post-rock influences. Yet, they exist on their own plane, somewhere between the aggressive...

Bassem Youssef

  7:30 p.m.
  Hancher Auditorium
Co-presented by Hancher. Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg –the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show shot from Youssef’s laundry room...

Rituals of Mine

  8 p.m.
  Gabe's
Throughout history, human beings have relied on rituals—personal, religious, professional, social, creative, and otherwise. It’s these rites that establish a modicum of control and cohesion over a world that often seems far removed from both. When swimming through tragedy, turmoil, and tumult...

Karen Meat

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Karen Meat is a pop rock project of Arin Eaton based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies and lyrics of a bored generation. She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, Karen Meat’s recent November 2016...

Big Free Show at Big Grove: Tristen

  8 p.m.
  Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Pop savant, Tristen, a mononymous singer-songwriter, musician, and beloved member of Nashville's underground scene, is known for her "knack for penning an infectious hook" (Entertainment Weekly). She has released three albums to critical acclaim: Charlatans at the Garden Gate (2011)...

Alex Zhang Hungtai

  8 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Zhang has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, Free Jazz, and his new role as a composer. His newer compositions predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion and piano, furthering his...

Squirrel Flower

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Squirrel Flower is Boston, MA and Grinnell, IA based, Ella Williams' solo project. Her sparse arrangements and heavy coats of reverb offer a depth to her soundscape reaching far back as the rolling hill horizons of the Iowa prairie. The harmonies flowering her arrangements are close and yank...

Built to Spill

  9:15 p.m.
  Gabe's
(MOVED TO GABE'S) Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label

Sarah Tiana

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Sarah Tiana is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Los Angeles and headlining at comedy clubs across the country. An avid sports fan, she often writes for the ESPY Awards, helps put together Rob Riggle’s NFL segments on FOX...

ONO

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Founded in 1980, ONO is an industrial/avant gospel/noise band based in Chicago...

Julien Baker

  10:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
(MOVED TO THE ENGLERT) Julien Baker's solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely...

Feel Free

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Feel Free encompasses a variety of creative musical expressions created by Shawn Reed and Derek Maxwell from their base in the Twin Cities. With deep histories in Underground music Reed and Maxwell both relocated to the Twin Cities...

Sandra Allen Reading

  12 p.m.
  2136 in MERF (Medical Education Research Facility)
Sandra Allen is the author of A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia. A graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program ('12), she was formerly a features editor for BuzzFeed, and ran the online literary quarterly Wag's Revue.

Publishing Panel

  1 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Editors from small publishing houses including Sarabande Books, YesYes Books, Canarium Books, Nomadic Press, and the University of Iowa Press discuss the ins and outs of indie publishing. Q&A to follow.

Lit Walk: Round #1

  5 p.m.
  White Rabbit, RSVP, NoDo, and Yacht Club
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Lit Walk: Round #2

  6 p.m.
  Fair Grounds, Revival, Dublin Underground
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Lit Walk: Round #3

  7 p.m.
  HABA Salon, Saint Burch
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2018 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Participating authors TBA. Enter the Litscape, our curated literary programming presented on Friday and Saturday. Featuring readings in retailers and...

Sister Wife

  7 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. An indie duo from Rock Island, IL, Sister Wife has played their music from coast to coast and is gaining traction in the indie music community. With hints of rock, soul, funk, jazz, folk, and pop theres a lil something for almost any musical taste.

Margaret Glaspy

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions. Emotions and Math is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal. On its surface, the title track talks about being...

Extravision

  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Extravision is an intentionally malleable music project. You may see Ryan Stier performing meditational 12-string dronefolk songs in DIY spaces such as living rooms, sanctuaries, candlelit magic stone shops, and art galleries. The project will appear at Mission Creek in its originally conceived form–psychrock...

Sinner Frenz

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music...

Mission Beat: Pat Blin

  9 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Wye Oak

  9:30 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Co-presented with SCOPE Productions and sponsored by OPN Architects. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs-the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak-begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat...

Gordi

  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
On the farm in rural Australia where Sophie Payten - AKA Gordi - grew up, there's a paddock that leads down to a river. A few hundred metres away up the driveway of the property named "Alfalfa" sits another house, which belongs to her 93-year-old grandmother. The rest, she says, "is just beautiful space...

Mission Beat: bTsunami

  10 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Horse Lords

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll, Horse Lords create an ecstatic forward thrust driven by dueling polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. The Baltimore quartet, consisting of saxophonist/percussionist...

S. Carey

  10:30 p.m.
  The Mill
At its heart, Hundred Acres -- the third full-length album from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey -- finds him grounded comfortably in his skin, but still with one foot in the stream. More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this new batch of songs...

Mission Beat: Laurel Halo (DJ Set)

  11 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany – Laurel Halo’s music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout...

Algiers

  11:30 p.m.
  Gabe's
Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they...

Mission Beat: Shea Delany

  12:30 a.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Our annual DJ series Mission: Beat returns featuring sets from Laurel Halo, Btsunami, Pat Blin, and Shea Delany.

Deb Olin Unferth + Andrea Lawlor

  7 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Books
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. She lives in Austin, Texas...

Elizabeth Moen

  8 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
Moen based her music in Dublin this fall and performed around the country at the Roisín Dubh in Galway, Tullamore, Harbour Bar in Bray, and many venues in Dublin including The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Whelan’s, Liquor Rooms, HearOne Studios, and many more. In the states, Moen has had the opportunity to play all around the Midwest...

Dana T

  8 p.m.
  The Mill
Dana T started playing music when he was 12, and earned a degree in music from the University of Iowa in 2013. He’s been traveling the USA since 2012 performing his own music, telling stories, and making jokes with saxophonist Curt Oren by his side. His debut record, tiny mind MASSIVE soul...

Collidescope

  8:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
It was...frankly a terrible moment when Madi and Dzl first emerged on Planet Earth. Their spaceship (more specifically, intergalactic waste management truck), veered severely off course and had run out of fuel by the time WM Spacecraft 999 punctured Earth's atmosphere and hurled point first down...

CJ Run

  9 p.m.
  Gabe's
CJ Run is a singer, rapper and songwriter hailing from the United Kingdom. They are currently a junior at the University of Illinois. At the age of 13 they began making music – drawing inspiration from grime, British hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Since coming to Champaign-Urbana...

Counterfeit Madison

  9 p.m.
  The Mill
Counterfeit Madison is the musical manifestation of Columbus, Ohio residents Sharon Udoh, Adam Hardy, and Seth Daily. Udoh is a versatile artist; her funky yet classical piano-playing and soul and gospel-tinged voice comfortably compliment Hardy’s grungy yet melodic style and Daily’s dynamic and...

The Weepies

  9:15 p.m.
  The Englert Theatre
To mark the 10th year anniversary of their first entrance onto the Billboard Charts -- 2008’s Hideaway -- The Weepies are headlining 22 shows across the US with their band. Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed folk-pop duo...

Purcha$e

  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Purcha$e is an Iowa City-based self taught electronic musician whose music draws from influences such as Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, and the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2017 Purcha$e has released two mixtapes. The debut Medium Desire, and it’s follow up Purcha$e II. Travis Coltrain of The Daily Iowan writes...

Plack Blague

  10 p.m.
  Gabe's
PLACK BLAGUE have been insulting the masses for over a decade now. Consistently over-sexualizing the noise and dance genres, Plack Blague continue to confuse the underground world claiming to be "too punk for punk". Studded jocks...

Horse Feathers

  10 p.m.
  The Mill
Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band: “I