Carly Meyers with her band Yojimbo

FAIRfest is just 4 WEEKS AWAY!!

Over 50 bands! 3 days! 3 stages!

Fri June 19-Sun June 21


with headliners

Cyril Neville, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) & 50 acts!!

ENJOY a super three-hour set of the great music you'll be hearing right here in the lovely confines of downtown Fairfield cultural district in and around the Arts & Convention Center this summer June 19-21. 50 worldclass national, regional and local acts, from new grass to bluegrass to singer/songwriter, blues, rock, jazz, jam, swing, country and beyond.


  • Sun
    May 24
    2:00 pm -
    3:00 pm
  • Tue
    May 26
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Roxy's Rice Bowl Episode 76: Anime Soundtracks and Openings

For episode 76 I put together some of my favorite Soundtracks and Openings from Japanese ANIME. It is going to be a great variety of genres and styles of music. I'll play some great pieces of Japanese classical music, so I invite all fans of the Studio Ghibli movies such as "Spirited Away" (image) and especially fans of the genius compositions by Joe Hisaishi to tune in! To keep the mood up I plan to mix the classical works with some fun opening songs from Anime series...


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William Kristol | We were right to fight in Iraq

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Chuck Offenburger & Andy Hallman

First up, at 2:10pm, James speaks with Fairfield Ledger News Editor Andy Hallman about his work at one of the oldest establishments in the area and personal trajectory arriving at the News Desk in Fairfield back in January 2013.

His love of language and people informs all that he does. If you've ever thought about writing a 'Letter to the Editor', here's a chance to learn how to do it and who receives it.

At 3pm, Chuck Offenburger talks about his many years as a storied columnist for the Des Moines Register and current work as a semi-retired storyteller living on a farm in Cooper, Iowa he rehabbed with his wife Carla. She and Chuck work on their own website launched back in 2001 sharing stories and pictures that highlight Iowa. He discusses his life, one of Fairfield's grandest characters Lee Gobble who recently passed away, the state of the state of Iowa, the state of journalism, and much more.

  • Mon
    May 25
    4:00 pm -
    5:00 pm
  • Thu
    May 28
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Mane Rok Hip-Hop

Mane Rok originally stepped out onto the national stage with his Colorado indie Hip-Hop/Rap Trio ManeLine (MC ManeRok, MC InkLine, Deejay Tense).


Sit back and enjoy two hours of one of New Orleans' and America's finest performers. Cyril Neville has made musical history many times over with his brothers, the Neville Brothers and funky Nawlins band The Meters.

And we get to see him with his band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, lay it all down right in our own hometown at FAIRfest '15. He headlines Saturday, June 20th. Also, Saturday: Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans), Shook Twins, Ian Moore, Carly Myers & Yojimbo, Christopher the Conquered, Mr Nasti, Control, Keelan Dimick, Ken Mottet, Firesale, Society of Broken Souls, Jefferson County Green Band, Brigham Young Dance Troupe, and many others.

Brian Smith of Jack Lion

Drawing on their formal jazz training and years of experience in the Iowa City music scene, Jack Lion is crafting a sound that is primarily ambient/electronic but influenced by improvised music. "I like to sample things onstage, and the band often improvises around the samples to create new sections of the song on the fly," explains Smith. "This gives the audience something unique every night and creates an interesting challenge for us."

Jack Lion is Brian Lewis Smith on trumpet, keyboard, and production, Drew Morton on bass, keyboard, and vocals, and Justin LeDuc on drumset and SPDS.

Elaine DimopoulosCombine modern society's tendency to be obsessed with youth, fashion and fame with the rule of the oligarchy and take it all to the extreme.  You might end up with a world like the one that Elaine Dimopoulus describes with trendy detail in her first novel, "Material Girls." 

In this world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture, or at least theyMaterial Girls think they are.  But who really pulls the strings?  Can a few eco-conscious designers change the world and prove that revolution never goes out of style?  

Elaine studied writing at Simmons College's Center for the Study of Children's Literature, where she was admitted to the MFA program on the basis of a short sotry that became chapter one of this novel.  She also teaches children's literature and writing at Boston University and Grub Street.

Join us for another fun conversation about writing on Writers' Voices.

  • Fri
    May 22
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 24
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Once in a while a film is released to mixed reviews that we may resonate with Tomorrowland posterbecause of its filmosophical story. Disney's Tomorrowland could be just such a film. It's receiving about half and half reviews on RT. But it's directed and co-written by Brad Bird (The Incredibles; Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol,) whose poster for his 1999 animated classic Iron Giant still hangs in my garage: "It came from OUTER SPACE!". Tomorrowland features a screenplay by "Lost" writer & co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, and stars Academy Award (R) winner George Clooney. "Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland."  Naturally one never really knows about their film experience until seeing it. We haven't yet (matinee today! :) but we're quite interested in this. Example reviews from two critics: "Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, a noble failure about trying to succeed, is written and directed with such open-hearted optimism that you cheer it on even as it stumbles." - Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone". We like David Edelstein's (CBS Sunday Morning) review: "Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever made. It's so smart, so winsome, so utterly rejuvenating that you'll have to wait until your eyes have dried and your buzz has worn off before you can begin to argue with it." Whoosh, love that.

We'll talk about that, more of our review of Mad Max: Fury Road, a comic-book-in-motion-picture experience reflecting the regeneration of the Feminine Warrior in film. Also, hear about other new releases, including Studio Ghibli's "last planned release" When Marnie Was There, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have fimosophical discussions, Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "What if there was a place where nothing is impossible?" - George Clooney, Tomorrowland

  • Sat
    May 23
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am
  • Mon
    May 25
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

Swingin' From One To The Other Extreme

RRI have two new long songs released this year, one by Eternal Tapestry from Wild Strawberries, and one by The Black Ryder from The Door Behind The Door. The rest of the evening is dominated by- nothing! I have every kind of music jammed into this two hours, and the stuff that isn't exciting is wildly exciting. Guitarist Lee Baker and Moloch start us off with the blues, and Ansley Dunbar finishes the same way. I have some great psych noodling from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Dantalion's Chariot. Most excellent garage rock via The Beat Merchants, Raik's Progress, and Spencer Mac. A Little R & B from Orange Peel and Al Kooper. And then there is The Amboy Dukes, Spacemen 3, and Black Sun Ensemble with songs that defy description. Sounds like your kind of show..... Cool Breeze

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