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.


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.

  • 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

James Moore talks with David Lee Sheng TIn about his work as a health coach and his new book AWAKEN TO YOUR DIVINTY: Creating Your Emotional Fitness, The Missing Link to Spiritual Growth.

He is giving a book launch at the Fairfield Public Library Thursday, May 20th at 7:3opm.

Carla & Chuck OffenburgerNOT TO BE MISSED!!

A delightful, wide-ranging discussion about life as a storyteller in Iowa, the uniqueness of Fairfield, the state of jourmalism, and much more with Iowa treasure Chuck Offenburger, longtime former columnist for the Des Moines Register. Currently semi-retired, living on a farm he rehabbed in Cooper, Iowa, Chuck's been writing and sharing stories the last 15 years on his own website with wife Carla.

His tribute in honor of the passing of colorful centenarian & Fairfield icon Lee Gobble ["It's g-g-g goodbye: Fairfield memorializes its grandest character"] was a touching, funny, warm-hearted, insightful portrait and a wonderful snapshot of the town whose universities, Parsons and MUM, evolved from "Flunkout U" to "Unusual U".

  • Thu
    May 21
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Wed
    May 27
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am

A Big Pile Of Rock

G ManAn uptempo show with some jams sprinkled through the mix. Steamhammer is bringing a long old school vamp, and The Men are doing an updated version of the same. Plus some kickin' rock from the likes of Sloan, Mozes and The Firstborn, Fuzz, and Drivin' N' Cryin'. Check the playlist out, most of these songs have been produced in the last two years. The G Man

Mr. Shai Reshef is the President and founder of the University of the People - the world's first tuition-free, non-profit, accredited, online University dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. University of th People has a dmitted students from 150 countries.


Mr. William Peters is the founder and executive director of The Shared Crossing Project. William specializes in end of life and afterlife phenomena. He holds a Master of Arts in Intergral Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Rhiannon Giddens(Link to playlist below)DJ Andy Bargerstock returns with more original programs LIVE beginning this week. The program begins with emerging mysterious artist named Listenbee with track "Save Me." Lead singer from old-time music influenced Carolina Chocolate Drops, classically trained Rhiannon Giddens (photo left), offers banjo, violin and vocals, from her new CD Tomorrow is My Turn. Twin-spins from new Fringe Toast performers include Adam Cohen (Leonard's son), Emily Shirley, Sean Watkins, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Heather Maloney.

In the second-hour Chill Session, you ears will tingle with delight from Zoe Johnston, Plumb, Rara Avis, FC Kahuna, and Space Art.  The program concludes with an 8-minute beautifully obscure acoustic guitar and synthesizer piece by Frenchman, Michel Moulinie.

Click here for playlist.  Share this posting with friends on your social network. Invite them to join the live stream on every Wednesday at 8pm CT to discover interested new music. 

  • Thu
    May 21
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 24
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the fermi paradox

time to stretch our view of ourselves to the outermost limits...

about 60 years ago, physicist enrico fermi was discussing the famous drake equations (astro-physicists' best mathematical guess as to the number of intelligent planetary earth zoocivilizations in the universe and/or our local galaxy), and after arriving at a rather large number (with more than enough time and energy to develop a hyper drive, colonize, or otherwise overcome the limitations of space/time we currently perceive) he wondered aloud why we're not regularly seeing visitors on our planet or at least signs of them from other stars. 

despite the considerable evidence that we're being visited and/or watched, the question still remains: where is everyone?

astro biologists and other theorists have proposed many fascinating, mind-stretching answers to this paradoxical question. this week i explore many of them, accompanied by the cosmic sounds of ambient group aes danae.

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