"We love letting the songs speak for themselves, create themselves."
Society of Broken Souls is the songwriting duo of Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. Both multi-instrumentalists, they write, record, and perform songs for fearless hearts, using words and melody to create musical snapshots that confront our shared, raw humanity while they celebrate the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. Their live performances feature seamless harmony vocals and a wide array of instruments from fiddle and guitar to piano and drums.
"Bring two pairs of dancing shoes to FAIRfest cuz you're gonna wear one pair out!"
Grammy Award winning vocalist Nawlins' favorite son Cyril Neville has been called a philosopher, poet, and one of the last great southern soul singers. His prolific career spans work with the Meters the Neville Brothers, and now the Royal Southern Brotherhood who have a NEW RECORD JUST OUT with Ruf Records recording group. Their third studio album is called “Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions”. The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and produced by Grammy award winning producer, Tom Hambridge, along with some new talent has created RSB’s best studio effort to date.
"I love Fairfield. People are open and accepting."
"It’s not easy to pigeon-hole the Iowa based Dylan Sires and Neighbors. They definitely have a solid command of melody in the tradition of power pop, and are influenced by The Beatles, Vampire Weekend and 50′s styled balladry." --Powerpopaholic | "Sires’ sound is a delightful mash-up: Beatles-esque harmonies, rhythm syncopation ala Modest Mouse, and guitars that hail from all over. Yes, if your normal bill of goods is something harder and faster, Sires’ pop sensibilities will come off as milquetoast. But variety is the spice of life, folks." --Chad Taylor Des Moines Cityview magazine
James Moore speaks with Dagmar's beautiful Gemma Cohen and beautiful Miranda Mallard about their brand new amazing release and CD release party this Saturday, June 6th at Phoenix Rising Hall. Beautiful music and a lot of special friends will descend upon the stage for their CD debut party.
Meet Iowa Peace Corps state director Ryan Cairns (pictured with his wife) and St Louis Peace Corps recruiter Joe Zucchini who will inform us about all things Peace Corps.
They will have a booth at this year's FAIRfest and can answer any questions you might have about joining the Peace Corps or even finding out more info for future consideration.
PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore discusses a wide range of interesting aspects regarding life in the Peace Corps.
NOT 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 offenburger.com 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".
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 has already recorded a Daytrotter session and performed at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. The band is set to release the JAC EP in the summer of 2014, followed by a supporting tour in the fall. "I've never been so energized by a musical project" Morton says. “This is a now-or-never moment. I don’t anticipate playing in another band with the chemistry, artistry, and vision like that of Jack Lion."
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.
James Moore speaks with Rebecca Young of Beautify Fairfield, a new organization she is spearheading as a nonprofit.
She also runs a business in town called Beautiful Blooms Landscaping. The phone number is 641 470-1533.
Click on Rebecca's pic for a link to find out more about Beautify Fairfield in the Fairfield Ledger.
James speaks with Lauryn Shapter
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.'
James Moore speaks with Blue Zones Director Nick Buettner, who is visiting Fairfield Feb 9 & 10.
James Moore talks with Patti Miller about the world premiere of her documentary, Iowans Return To Freedom Summer, which will be shown at the February Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 pm at the Sondheim Theater in Fairfield Iowa.
Don't miss this historical account of how Iowa students participated in Freedom Summer in 1964 in Mississippi, registering voters, teaching in Freedom Schools and working in Community Centers , and advancing the cause of racial equality during the tumultuous 60's. Their bravery, dedication, and hard work will inspire everyone. Patti spent the summer of 1967 in Mississippi and later worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago.