2020 Schedule

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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: 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: 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: 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.
  Film Scene
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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 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: 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: 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: 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.
  Film Scene
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.

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 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: 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 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.
  Film Scene
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.

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.

Daylight DIY

  1:00 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 @ 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

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.
  TBA
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, […]

Hanif Abdurraqib + Adia Victoria

  4:00 p.m.
  TBA
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: 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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daylight DIY

  1:00 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 @ 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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.
  TBA
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.
  TBA
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.

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.

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.

Daylight DIY

  1:00 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 @ 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

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 […]

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 […]