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Cyril NevilleGrammy 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, Elephant Revivalpromises 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 Greg BrownFighters 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.

  • Fri
    Mar 27
    4:00 pm -
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  • Sun
    Mar 29
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm

Inside the Headlines w/ Newsvandal JP Sottile & James Moore

>>Middle Yeast
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

>>Teddy Bare
Ted Cruz: I stopped liking rock music after 9/11

First up, Gene Luedtke, president of Fairfield's Carnegie Historical Museum board, talks with James about Fairfield's colorful, cultural history, impressive museum, and the 1915 "Fairfield Chatauqua" gathering, billed as 'Iowa's Most Successful Summer Assembly.' An exhibit by the Museum and other historical sights like the Maasdam Barns will be a featured dpart of FAIRfest '15.

Showcase of the line up announcement from this week's FAIRfest '15 press conference--and it's one sweet doozy that has musicians and music lovers across the country talking about, with acts like Cyril Neville & Royal Southern Brotherhood, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival and much more.

John Renbourne, best known for his work with Pentangle, has passed away at the age of 70.
John Renbourne

LOCAL YOKELS presents the lovely Sharon Bousquet with producer Tim Britton of Pied Piper Studios talking about her brand new record RICOCHET on people-powered KRUUfm.com's HAPPY HOUR with vaunted hosts Steve McLain and Kevin Riley. Sharon's CD release concert is Sat Mar 21st 8pm at Cafe Paradiso. Congrats to everyone involved!!!

Also, Saturday night at 9pm at The Arbor, it's ANNALIBERA, shoegazer pop rsensations from Des Moines with Arbor owner Mr Nasti, Nicholas Naioti on drums! Plus the singular art musculature of UTOPIA PARK, and other special guests CAPTAIN ASCENDER and DEE BIRD. How sweet it is! Let the music flow...

What fun! Fairfield never ceases to amaze me.

  • Fri
    Mar 13
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  • Sun
    Mar 15
    9:00 am -
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Inside the Headlines w/ Newsvandal JP Sottile & James Moore

Chinese billionaires surpass 300THE WEEK THAT WAS

>>It's The STUPID Economy, STUPID
Market turmoil threatens Obama’s economic success
As It Approaches Fiscal Cliff, Beijing Hits The Gas Pedal

'Dirty Brigades': US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes

Anthropocene: New dates proposed for the 'Age of Man'
Lured by marriage promises, climate victims fall into trafficking trap

For links to all headlines, click "Read more" below.

Harlem Gospel ChoirThree KRUU interviews with artists performing tonight Saturday, March 14th in Fairfield!!

The legendary Harlem Gospel Choir is performing at the Sondheim Center. James Moore speaks with Allen Bailey, the storied group's founder about his life and the choir's worldwide impact. This is an unbelievable opportunity to enjoy one of the world's premiere gospel choirs. Perfect timing, too, with the 50th anniversary of the Selma bridge Ali Sperrycrossing and the movie SELMA winning this year's Oscar for Best Picture. Tickets available here from the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Also, playing Fairfield at Cafe Paradiso Saturday evening is Ali Sperry & the Family Vacation with special opening act the Tattletale Saints. Formerly of Fairfield, now located in Nashville, se'll be doing songs from her debut release STORYBOOK. Steve McLain & Kevin Riley interviewed Ali on their show HAPPY HOUR [Fridays 5pm-8pm]. They also spoke with Cy, who performs with the Tattletale Saints.

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