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 ON-AIR BROADCASTS:
Christopher the Conquered (Encore broadcast) - July 12
The Feralings (Encore broadcast) - July 19
Mike Mangione & The Union (Encore broadcast) - July 26
Matthew Santos (Encore broadcast) - August 2
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys (Encore broadcast) - August 9
Danika Holmes (Encore broadcast) - August 16
Tony Bohnenkamp (Encore broadcast) - August 23
Caroline Smith (Encore broadcast) - August 30
The Giving Tree Band (Encore broadcast) - September 6

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Java Blend
6:03 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Java Blend Broadcast: The Beggarmen 6/15/13

Tune in tomorrow afternoon for the soul-warming classical sounds of The Beggarmen.
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Tomorrow, May 17th at 2 PM IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with The Beggarmen.

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Java Blend
6:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Java Blend Broadcast: Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos 6/1/13

Tune in to hear the energetic and harmonious sounds of Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos
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         This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos on "Java Blend."

 

 

 

 

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Java Blend
3:23 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Java Blend Summer Broadcasts 6/15-9/7

Catch Java Blend all through summer with Java Blend Summer Encore broadcasts.

Don't fear! Java Blend is here for the summer. 

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Java Blend
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Java Blend Broadcast: Dwelling Fruit 5/25/13

Tune in to hear a special once in a lifetime performance by Dwelling Fruit, never to be heard again.
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This Saturday at 2 PM, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Iowa City's own Dwelling Fruit.

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Java Blend
11:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Java Blend Broadcast: Korby Lenker 5/18/13

Tune in to this week's broadcast to catch the sweet and sometimes sulky tunes of Korby Lenker.
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  This Saturday at 2 PM, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Korby Lenker.

 

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Live Music Events
4:33 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Java Blend LIVE Event: The Beggarmen

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On Friday, May 17th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with The Beggarmen.

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Java Blend
5:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Java Blend Broadcast: Dave Zollo 5/11/13

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  This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dave Zollo on "Java Blend." 

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Live Music Events
4:24 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Java Blend LIVE Event: Dwelling Fruit

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 On Friday, May 10th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Dwelling Fruit.

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Java Blend
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Tallgrass on "Java Blend" on 5/4/13

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This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Tallgrass on "Java Blend." 

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Live Music Events
5:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos — 5/3/13

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 On Friday, April 26th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos.

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Live Music Events
12:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Korby Lenker on 4/26/13

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On Friday, April 26th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Korby Lenker.

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Java Blend
5:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The River Monks on "Java Blend" on 4/20/13

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This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The River Monks  on "Java Blend."

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Live Music Events
9:42 am
Tue April 16, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Dave Zollo on 4/19/13

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On Friday, April 19th at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a "Java Blend" show with Iowa rock legend Dave Zollo!

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Live Music Events
8:56 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Tallgrass on 4/12/13

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On Friday, April 12th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a live taping of "Java Blend" with Tallgrass.

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Live Music Events
10:25 am
Thu April 4, 2013

"Java Blend" Live Event: Snowblink on 4/5/13

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On Friday, April 5th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Snowblink.

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Java Blend
3:33 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Ben Cook-Feltz on Java Blend Saturday, April 6, 2013

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The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be, “Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion.” A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cook-Feltz has spent the past seven years living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles, large and small, sure and unsure.

This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll re-broadcast his percussive "Java Blend" performance from October of 2011.

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Talk of Iowa
2:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Thing Called The Divine Fits and IPR's Java Blend

Host Ben Kieffer at a recent Java Blend performance with The Giving Tree Band, from Chicago
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The band, Divine Fits, has been billed as an indie rock super group. The band was co-founded by Britt Daniel, most famous as the frontman for the band Spoon, and Canadian Rocker Dan Boeckner, of the bands Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Last year they released their first album, “A Thing Called Divine Fits.”

In the second part of the program, the music continues! The host of IPR's "Java Blend", Ben Kieffer, shares his experiences over the years, interviewing musicians from Iowa and across the country.

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Live Music Events
11:51 am
Mon April 1, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Brother Trucker at El Bait Shop on 4/3/13

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Host Ben Kieffer will hold a special "Java Blend" On The Road event with Brother Trucker at El Bait Shop in Des Moines this Wednesday, April 3!

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Java Blend
3:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tiff Jimber on Java Blend Saturday, March 30, 2013

This is not your average piano girl. Singer-songwriter Tiff Jimber holds nothing back when she plays, smashing out rhythms and dancing on her toes. Consistently compared to Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds, this lady showcases her diverse jazz and classical training in catchy pop songs conjured up by her influences, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Nina Simone, and Adele.

Java Blend
12:00 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Rebecca Rego on Java Blend Saturday, March 23, 2013

Seconds marks the fourth studio record for Rebecca Rego since 2006. Derek Beres of "Mindful Metropolis" says "There is no doubt that Rebecca Rego is a poetess, given the strength of these ten fine songs. The focus is certainly her voice, by way of her lyrical nature, itself in no way ambiguous."

Java Blend
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Mutts on Java Blend Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mutts are a keyboard-centric, mercurial band often described as a unique blend of Tom Waits and Nirvana. Although keyboards drive their sound, Mutts draw comparisons to bluesy rockers likes Queens of the Stone Age and The Black Keys for music that is alternately danceable, psychedelic, and heavy.

They have opened for artists such as Maps & Atlases and Psychic Twin and recently performed at the Do Division Fest in Chicago. Their latest album Separation Anxiety was on the CMJ Top 200 for six consecutive weeks.

Java Blend
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

The Nadas on Java Blend March 9, 2013

The Nadas have carved a thriving career out of what was once their college pastime, consistently filling clubs and colleges across the country selling more than 125,000 albums through their own Authentic Records label.

This year, the group is preparing to release a new album, to be titled Lovejoy Sessions. Originally formed some 15 years ago in Ames, Iowa, their catchy, driving tunes feature great lyrics, a solid beat, and tight vocals.

Java Blend
4:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Uniphonics on Java Blend Saturday, February 23, 2013

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.

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Java Blend
4:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Slip Silo on Java Blend February 16, 2013

Iowa City electronic/jazz/rock quartet Slip Silo celebrated the release of its first full length album, Monsoons, on April 14th, 2012, the follow-up to the group’s 2009 self-titled EP. 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, The Critical Hour, New Beat Society, and many more. The band combines a variety of influences to create a unique sound that listeners find delightfully difficult to classify.

Java Blend
4:35 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Bryce Janey on Java Blend February 9, 2013

Bryce Janey is an outstanding blues/rock axe slinger from Marion, Iowa. He began his career at the age of 13, touring regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles with a blues-rock trio called the Janey's. Bryce began his solo career in 1995 and has received widespread praise and accolades ever since. His newest album, "Blues in My Soul," features "soul-powered, retro-70s bluesey heavy guitar six string mojo."

Java Blend
4:34 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Crooked Still on Java Blend February 2, 2013

Crooked Still boasts their musical prowess as a non-traditional bluegrass quintet and celebrates the recent release of their fourth album, Some Strange County. Known for their high-intensity, unusual instrumentation and innovative acoustic style, this Boston based band says that Some Strange County is their most personal and visionary album yet. During its recording, they band worked with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Gary Paczos (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Dolly Parton).

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Java Blend
4:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

David Lowery on Java Blend January 26, 2013

An indie artist from Richmond, Virginia, and one of the producers for albums by artists such as The Counting Crows, Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Company, David Lowery has recently decided it is time to debut a solo record. His new CD, The Palace Guards, comes alongside successful projects as a lead singer and guitarist with rockers Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. His debut solor project features thoughtful yet simplistic lyrical work and mellow electric guitar.

Java Blend
4:32 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Thankful Dirt on Java Blend January 19, 2013

Thankful Dirt, the indie/Americana Des Moines-based duo of Darren & Molly Matthews, strums and sings while crafting an intimate look into the lives and pain of the everyman while finding a way to calm your soul. The beauty in Thankful Dirt’s music comes not only from Molly’s powerful, soul snatching vocals but also from the unique relationship the two share in the project. Together they ignite a sound both unique and universally appealing. Music lovers ‘dig’ Thankful Dirt.

Java Blend
4:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Big Blue Sky on Java Blend January 12, 2013

Big Blue Sky started as a father-son duo in the mid-90s by Jon Stravers Sr and Jon-Jon Stravers. Their 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.

Java Blend
4:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Whitney Mann on Java Blend January 5, 2013

Whitney Mann is an old soul with a child's glow. Her story is only beginning. It's the story of a poetic farm girl from Michigan who grew up to open for Loretta Lynn. It's the story of a young woman whose voice will break your heart but whose songs will bring you back for more. Her new package of country ballads and barn tales is called The Western Sky.

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