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.

Please Note: This page lists upcoming broadcasts, which air several weeks after the live performance. VIEW UPCOMING JAVA BLEND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES!

UPCOMING LIVE RECORDINGS:
Firesale - January 30
Summer Osborne - February 6
Head for the Hills - February 13
The Delta Routine - February 20
Red Rock Hill - February 27
Damon Dotson - March 6
TBD - March 13
No Recording - March 20
Yellow-Bellied Sappsuckers - March 27

UPCOMING ON-AIR BROADCASTS:
ENCORE - The Nadas - January 17
ENCORE - The River Monks - January 24
ENCORE - Snowblink - January 31
ENCORE - Tallgrass - February 7
ENCORE - Korby Lenker - February 14
Firesale - February 21
Summer Osborne - February 28
Head for the Hills - March 7
The Delta Routine - March 14
Red Rock Hill - March 21
Damon Dotson - March 28
TBD - April 4
Encore (TBA) - April 11
Yellow-Bellied Sappsuckers - April 18

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Java Blend
8:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Damon Dotson's New Album Tumblin' Channels Mature Sound

Stop by The Java House for a free full hour with Des Moines-based artist, Damon Dotson.
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Join IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer, for a special hour with Des Moines-based artist, Damon Dotson.

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Java Blend
11:11 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Summer Osborne's Soul Melting Spiritual Music

Download the podcast for a full hour with Illinois-based spiritual artist, Summer Osborne.

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.

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Java Blend
9:27 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Firesale's New Album Draws Energetic Crowd

Download the podcast for a full hour with Davenport funk-rockers, Firesale.

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

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Java Blend
9:18 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Korby Lenker's Sneaky Good Folk Pop

Download the podcast for a full hour with indie folk pop artist, Korby Lenker.
The TR Agency

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

In case you're not familiar, Korby Lenker is a sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And multi-instrumentalist.

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Java Blend
9:37 am
Mon February 9, 2015

A Dirt Stompin' Good Time With Tallgrass

Download the podcast for a full hour with Iowa City locals, Tallgrass.
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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Tallgrass.

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Java Blend
1:15 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Snowblink Captures Nature's Music

Download the podcast for a full hour with nature-inspired and Toronto-based group, Snowblink.
Greg Slick

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

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Java Blend
9:13 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Des Moines' The River Monks Explode onto National Scene

Download the podcast for a full hour with Java Blend veterans and Des Moines natives, The River Monks.
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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Java Blend
1:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Nadas are IA's Favorite Mix of Alt, Rock, and Country

Download the podcast for a full hour with Iowa natives, The Nadas.
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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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Java Blend
10:57 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Rebecca Rego's Music Bursts with Poetic Vocals

Download the podcast for a full hour with Illinois-based artist Rebecca Rego.
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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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Java Blend
11:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Iowa Roots Band Brother Trucker Perfects "Iowa Sound"

Download the podcast for a full hour with local Iowa roots artists, Brother Trucker.
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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.

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Java Blend
9:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

A Soul Shaking Hour With Iowa Blues Legend Kevin BF Burt

Download the podcast for a full hour with Kevin BF Burt.

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.

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Java Blend
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

A Rockin' Hour With Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Download the podcast for a full hour with Iowa legends, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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

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Java Blend
10:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

The Candymakers' Recipe for Sweet Groovy Music

Download the podcast full hour with the Quad Cities' The Candymakers.

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.

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Java Blend
9:52 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Switchback Fuses Genres Forming Pure Midwestern Sound

Download the podcast for a full hour with Switchback, an Indiana-based American Roots and Celtic Soul duo.

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. 

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Java Blend
10:18 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Greg Klyma Will Make You Laugh and Sing

Download the podcast for a full hour with singer, songwriter Greg Klyma.

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.

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Java Blend
10:32 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Muckrockers' Music on the State of the Nation

Download the podcast for an hour with Iowa City locals, Muckrockers.

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. 

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Java Blend
9:46 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Mayflies Trio Brews Up Tunes To Dance To

Listen to the podcast for a full hour with a trio from the local roots rockers, The Mayflies.

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

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Java Blend
9:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Hero Jr Exclusive Acoustic Set

Rock out for a full hour with Hero Jr in this episode of Java Blend.

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.

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Java Blend
9:46 am
Mon November 3, 2014

New Local Band Jack Lion Inspires Atmospheric Chill

Listen and download the podcast for a fresh brewed hour with Iowa City locals, Jack Lion.

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. 

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Java Blend
9:22 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Mighty Shady

Tune in for a full hour with Des Moines-based indie groove artists, Mighty Shady.

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. 

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Java Blend
9:03 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Dave Zollo

Tune in to the podcast for a full hour with Dave Zollo & The Body Electric.

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.

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Java Blend
1:46 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Jack Klatt

Download the podcast for a full hour with troubadour traditionalist, Jack Klatt.

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.

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Java Blend
10:18 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With In Rooms

Kick back and relax in this tropical Java Blend podcast with In Rooms.

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.

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Java Blend
9:24 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Bonne Finken

Download the podcast for a full hour with home grown artist, Bonne Finken.

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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Java Blend
9:20 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The Dandelion Stompers

Tune in for a great home grown fusion of local artists.

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the New Orleans-influenced Iowa City group.

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Java Blend
9:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Whitney Mann

Download the podcast for an hour with Michigan-born coutnry artist, Whitney Mann.
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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Whitney Mann

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the artist's deeply emotional music. 

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Java Blend
9:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The Giving Tree Band

Download the podcast for an hour with The Giving Tree Band.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with The Giving Tree Band

Download the podcast to find out more about the folky five piece band. 

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Java Blend
2:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Caroline Smith

Download the podcast for a full hour with indie-rocker, Caroline Smith
Reginald VanNurden

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Caroline Smith

Download the podcast to find out more about her latest album, Half About Being a Woman.

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Java Blend
9:36 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Tony Bohnenkamp

Download the podcast for a full hour of pop-rock with Des Moines native, Tony Bohnenkamp.
Sarah Hadley

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Tony Bohnenkamp.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Tennessee based pop-rocker.

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Java Blend
2:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Danika Holmes

Tune in and download the podcast for a full performance with seasoned Iowa artist Danika Holmes.
danikaholmes.com

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Danika Holmes

Download the podcast to find out more about the Iowa native artist.

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