Java Blend

Saturdays at 1 p.m. on FM News/Studio One

Every week Iowa Public Radio's Java Blend with Ben Kieffer serves up fresh-brewed performances and conversation with musicians from around the state and around the country. Recorded before a live audience at The Java House in downtown Iowa City, the one-hour show offers an eclectic mix of live tunes from the vibrant independent music scene. Ben Kieffer infuses the performances with lively chats to find out about the artists' music and lives.

VIEW UPCOMING JAVA BLEND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES! If you'd like to attend a live recording, visit us at the Java House at 211½ E. Washington St. Fridays during the school year.

UPCOMING LIVE RECORDINGS:
Anna Laube - April 17
The Weepies - April 24
The Colt Walkers - May 1
Ben Schmidt - May 8
Catfish Keith - May 15
Summer break May 22 - Aug 21 - We'll see you August 28!

UPCOMING ON-AIR BROADCASTS:
Yellow-Bellied Sappsuckers - April 18
Doug Collins - April 25
Lojo Russo - May 2
Anna Laube - May 9
The Weepies - May 16
The Colt Walkers - May 23
Ben Schmidt - May 30
Catfish Keith - June 6

Ways To Connect

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Wisconsin-based folk duo, The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers.

Download the podcast to listen to a full hour of their unique blend of vaudeville, country, and folk.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2013 host, Ben Kieffer chats with local Iowa City group, The Beggarmen.

Download the podcast to listen to a full hour of Celtic roots and Irish music.

Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2013 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Des Moines-based folk rockers, Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off their latest album, Northerner

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer as he chats with Des Moines-based pop artist, Damon Dotson. 

Damon Dotson is a singer/songwriter based out of Des Moines, IA and originally from Northwest Iowa. Dotson has opened for legendary performers like BB King, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, as well as modern artists like Matt Nathanson, Edwin McCain, and The Lone Bellow. 

What do you hear when you think Americana?

Red Rock Hill's music is exactly what you want to hear out of good Americana with a local perspective. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer while he chats with the group about their latest album, Fine Line.

In this episod of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer chats with The Delta Routine about their latest album, You and Your Lion.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer while he chats with Colorado-based bluegrass band, Head for the Hills.

Summer Osborne is out to change the world one soul at a time with her music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer as he chats with the Illinois-based spiritual artist.

Who doesn’t love a good jam? Fire Sale certainly does. 

The TR Agency

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Korby Lenker.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Tallgrass.

Greg Slick

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Snowblink.

Graham Gardner

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The River Monks.

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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Nadas.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Rebecca Rego.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about the artist.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer talks with Brother Trucker.

Download the podcast to find out more about the band and their Iowa-inspired music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Kevin "BF" Burt.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about the the Coralville native and his music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Bob Dorr & The Blue Band.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Candymakers.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Candymakers' latest album, Ridiculicious.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Switchback.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Switchback's latest album, Kanoka.

For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Greg Klyma.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Klyma's latest album, Another Man's Treasure.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Muckrockers.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Muckrockers' latest album, We The People.

Muckrockers are a group of working class musician-citizens aiming to illuminate and eliminate the corporate stranglehold on our government and our lives. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Mayflies Trio.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Mayflies' latest album, Saturday Afternoon Girl.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," with Ben Kieffer rock out with Hero Jr while they play a special acoustic set featuring songs from their latest album.

You may recognize some of Iowa City-based Jack Lion's members from another local band, Slip Silo. But, it's not just their name that has changed. 

Jack Lion’s members unearth the early ’00s interest in connections between jazz and electronic music and refashion it for this current era. Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics they have made their mark as one of Iowa City’s headiest and most adventurous bands. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Mighty Shady.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Des Moines indie groove band. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Dave Zollo & The Body Electric.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Iowa City icon and gospel rocker.

If you're a follower of the Midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Jack Klatt.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Minnesota artist and his rambling, rolling music straight from the banks of the Mississippi.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with In Rooms.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Latin America-influenced indie band.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Bonne Finken.

Download the podcast to find out more about the powerful vocalist who was born and raised in Iowa.

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