This winter, January through February, we'll be looking back at some of our favorite Java Blend broadcasts of the past year.
Tune in every Saturday this winter at 2 PM to catch these special encore broadcasts starting Saturday, Jan. 11. Find our schedule below.
Big Blue Sky (recorded at the Elkader Opera House) 1/11/14
Big Blue Sky's musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae. In their music they seek a closer connection to the planet, and indeed their musical writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.
The Awful Purdies 1/18/14
The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as song writer and lead singer. The ensemble purdify's each song they meet, letting the song lead the way. With "The Katie's" (Katie Burnes on cello and Katie Roche on accordion), Nicole Upchurch's banjo, Marcy Rosenbaum's mandolin and Sarah Cram's guitar skillfully root the Awful Purdies fully in the modern folk genre.
Hello Jr. 1/25/14
Remember when rock'n'roll seemed to have it all? Passion, power, chemistry… and timeless songs that people could relate to? Hero Jr. does. And their new full-length debut Backup Plan is the perfect document to prove it. On it, the Indy-based foursome combine soaring vocals, stinging guitars and driving rhythms and channel them into 11 indelible, hook-filled songs.
The Uniphonics 2/1/14
Since 2007 The Uniphonics have established themselves as one of the premier bands in Iowa and Illinois. Playing on bills with internationally touring superstars like Victor Wooten, EOTO, Primus, The Roots, Matisyahu, Members of G-Unit, Rusted Root and Parliament Funkadelic have helped build an enthusiastic fan base. Their latest album, CRAWL is a collection of funk/rap/soul/rock tracks with jazz influenced improvisation.
Slip Silo 2/8/14
Iowa City electronic/jazz/rock quartet Slip Silo celebrated the release of its first full length album, Monsoons, on April 14th, 2012. Formed in the summer of 2008, Slip Silo is comprised of talented, thoughtful musicians who studied jazz and who have appeared in groups such as Koplant No, OSG, Big Funk Guarantee and many more. The band combines a variety of influences to create a unique sound that listeners find delightfully difficult to classify.
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