Grammy winner Cyril Neville, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, BoDeans' Sam Llanas, Pieta Brown, The Pines, Ian Moore, Shook Twins, Muddy Ruckus, Giving Tree, Gipsy Moon, Chad Elliott perform at free 3-day festival June 19-21
An eclectic mix of over 35 national, regional and local bands will be presented this year at FAIRfest '15, three days of free music in and around the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, June 19-21.
With a musical arc that extends from bluegrass to new grass to singer/songwriter to rock, blues, folk and more, and a strong mix of established artists and rising stars, old favorites and new, this signature Fairfield event, as the mayor has called it, promises to be another stellar year.. Full roster will be posted soon at fairfestiowa.com.
This is the third year of the grassroots-organized festival spearheaded by Fairfield's solar-powered community radio station, funded by community donors and staffed by community volunteers. The weekend also includes food, sustainability, and literature workshops, a beverage garden, food and exhibit vendors, a children's corner and more. Last year's attendance came in around 15,000 with over $250,000 generated, according to a local net economic impact survey.
Leading the playbill is Cyril Neville and his Royal Southern Brotherhood. Neville is a Grammy award-winning vocalist and driving force of one of America’s most treasured bands The Neville Brothers and the The Meters. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters describes Neville as one of the most influential artists of our time in the blues movement.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Greg Brown, an Iowa treasure of national renown, will be a featured performer. Brown's daughter, Indie-Americana songstress Pieta Brown, will grace FAIRfest for the third year in a row. The Pines' Benson Ramsey, son of Greg Brown's producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, bring their hip, haunting indie roots and ethereal swamp pop for the second year.
The desire to have Iowa's first family of music perform at the festival was something event organizers talked about at their first meeting. “We feel really blessed that more of the Brown clan will be with us this year,” said James Moore, FAIRfest co-founder and station manager at KRUU 100.1 FM. "Greg lives just a stone's throw away from Fairfield so it feels homespun and neighborly."
Nederland, Colorado quintet Elephant Revival's star is rising fast. Their music has been called “transcendental folk”, incorporating elements of Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass, and more.
THIS JUST IN! A GENEROUS DONOR HAS PUT UP $650 IN A MATCHING FUND. IF YOU DONATE NOW, THE AMOUNT YOU PUT IN WILL BE DOUBLED, UP TO $650. WE'RE OVER THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY HOME NOW. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TODAY!
Short version: The KRUU machine-robot-hive runs on Open Source Awesomeness + Hard Drives + Homies... hard drives are dying and we need more! Help us by donating now, seriously:
Update as of 3/25 @ 10pm: we've received $2110, over 75% of the way there! Thanks Gary G, Chris S, David J, Michael G, Luke S, Susan F, Cole F, Doug H, Steve B, John F, Andy B, Steve S, Bob M, Brandon N, Kevin R, Monica H.
Update 3/23: progress on backup vault, its happening.
Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah Baumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times
We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT
We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Life Never Gets Old"
For some reason, this subject has come up a lot lately. What unknown, potentially detrimental impact does modern technology have on our lives, relationships, health?
Personally, I love technology and I don't think it consumes my life, but I think for a lot of people it does. Christina Crook was feeling that way and decided to take a
31 day fast from the internet and, instread, write 31 letters on a manual typewiter to a friend.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what Christina learned from this experience, how it changed her life, and how it turned into a book ("the Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World") and a TEDx talk: ("Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future")
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Iran-backed rebels in Yemen loot secret files about US spy ops
>>The Economy Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks for You.
U.S. Home Prices Are Surging 13 Times Faster Than Wages
>>The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
New DOJ report shows Philly cops are hella confused about when it’s OK to shoot people
Ted Cruz: I stopped liking rock music after 9/11
deep into the indie sounds of some amazing groups:
lots of great vocals: sonia dada (pictured) with african vocal sensibilities, the shins mysterious "sea legs," the temper trap, new johnny cash, tantric, stateless, frou frou (aka imogen heap).
most memorable is leonard cohen's stunning "here it is"--a dickensian review of one's life from the other side:
here you are hurried, & here you are gone;
and here is the love it’s all built upon.
may everyone live, and may everyone die.
hello my love, and my love, goodbye.
Episode I; 3/23 - Artist Conversations from the street. Organizing, Acting & Evaluating.
Episode II; 3/26 - Political Hip-Hop & word to the wise.
Episode III; 3/30, 4/2 - Organizing, Brainstorming, More Music :)
Busy #Advocating #CivilRights for a #juvenile. Civil rights attorneys interested in discussing juvenile civil rights email JessicaBurksOffice@gmail.com from your business account.
Guests this month will speak of their POV on #activism #hacktivism & #SpeakUp #SpeakOut #Organize #File
Ft, Tim 'SOLE' Holland & Platinum 'DJ Pain 1' on 'Death Drive'
'SOLE' NYC Intellectual / Rapper / Songwriter / Anarchist /Activist / Humanist speaks to international & local police brutality, oppression & empowerment in uniting CopWatch, Occupy & similar HR organizations & communities overground & underground in #solidarity & direct action. He also uses #speakout to expose ongoing gentrification, the function of video and visibility and diversity of tactics while paying respects to many of those whose lives have been taken directly by racist police brutality. And constantly organizing and creating infrastructure to protect and rescue the innocent.
Back around 1970 Clyde Clifford was a DJ on radio station KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas. Instead of recycling the radio hits of the day, he went out and found deep tracks and album cuts from known bands and unknown bands. As a result, I discovered music I would never have heard otherwise. I used to listen to KAAY after 11 PM on a little tiny transistor radio. 50,000 clear channel watts beamed the signal all the way to Des Moines. First time I ever heard King Crimson was on Beaker Street. Also people like Spirit, Leon Russell, and The Climax Blues Band. Everything on the show originates from the 1969-1972 years. Check the playlist out on the left side bar, and tune in to some fine classic rock- commercial free- courtesy of KRUU and The G Man.