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
3:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Dave Olson on Java Blend May 25, 2012

Dave Olson is a Twin Cities-based singer-songwriter with a John Prine disposition, a heartfelt delivery, and a knack for catchy melodies. In his seasoned voice, Olson sings about old friendships, restless hearts, lost loves, and ordinary people trying to find meaning. He started writing and performing in Iowa, where he released #80 in 2001. His latest album, No October, was released in 2012.

Java Blend
3:57 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Milk & Eggs on Java Blend May 18, 2012

Born on the bluffs of the Mississippi in Burlington, Iowa, visual artist Jordan Sellergren began actively songwriting in 2009 while living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. After returning to Iowa in the spring of 2010, she started playing her songs under the name Milk & Eggs.

Java Blend
3:56 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Briar Rabbit on Java Blend May 11, 2012

While new to Chicago, Phillip-Michael Scales is no stranger to the Midwest nor to packing up a van and playing original music to a crowd. He is the man-behind-the-curtain of Briar Rabbit. Raised in a suburb of Detroit, Scales began playing music at a young age. By high school he was self-releasing records, fronting bands, and went on to formally study music at college in Boston.

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Java Blend
3:54 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Pines on Java Blend May 4, 2012

Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years.

Java Blend
4:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Christopher the Conquered on Java Blend April 27, 2012

Christopher the Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying firmly seated at The Piano. He’s backed strongly by The Black Gold Brass Band, which is featured heavily on the album, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section.

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Java Blend
4:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Martha Berner on Java Blend April 20, 2012

Ever since the release of her 2005 Machine Records full-length debut ...this side of yesterday indie-folk singer/songwriter Martha Berner has created quite a buzz in the music world. Not only did that release and her 2007 follow-up EP Ten Tiny Little Pieces garner a wealth of press accolades both nationally and abroad, including features in high-profile publications, such as Magnet, Performing Songwriter, Chicago Tribune, Hear/Say, and Out Magazine, but it also opened the door for worldwide radio play.

Java Blend
4:42 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Janiva Magness on Java Blend April 13, 2012

Los Angeles based Janiva Magness is one of today’s most talented and recognized blues and roots vocalists. A two-decade darling of the blues genre, Janiva’s vocal prowess is now being recognized by music critics at large.

Billboard writes “Magness carves out a niche by singing the blues with maturity and sophistication.”

Although her vocals are at times beautiful, this 49 year-old grandmother is best known for her sauciness and the bold, brazen beauty of her recordings and performances.

Java Blend
4:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Pat Hazell encore on Java Blend April 6, 2012

Patrick Hazell is "a legend in Iowa Music," according to The Des Moines Register and is referred to by many as the "Godfather of Iowa Blues.” Hazell began his professional career in 1961, and eventually created a wide repertoire of original compositions and rhythm and blues standards with over 35 recorded albums while touring extensively in the American Midwest, Europe, Russia, and South America. In 2000, he was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame as well as the Iowa Music Association Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Java Blend
4:38 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Daphne Willis encore on Java Blend March 30, 2012

In a very short time, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old’s Vanguard debut album, What to Say documents Willis’ voyage of self-discovery, while also standing as a captivating introduction to a remarkably fresh voice with a distinctive point of view—one that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation.

Java Blend
4:36 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

FireSale on Java Blend March 23, 2012

FireSale is an original act out of Davenport, Iowa that mixes Reggae/Dub/Ska/Rock and many other personel influences into their own signature sound. They have been together since 2007 and have made many showings in the QCA playing events and venues such as River Roots Live, Riversance Art Festival, The Redstone Room, The Mill, Palmer College Homecoming, The IMU, and River Fest.

Java Blend
4:35 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Noah Earle encore on Java Blend March 16, 2012

Born in Topeka, Kansas, and surrounded by a musical family, Noah Earle absorbed various strains of influence. His musical involvement began in early childhood when he would listen to the traditional country and country-gospel music that his family would play and sing at their gatherings. Between the ages of about 5 and 18 he underwent classical training for piano, voice and fiddle (his grandpa said "never let anybody call it a violin").  By the age of 10, he had decided that he wanted to write songs, like his uncle and grandfather.

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Java Blend
4:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Cornmeal on Java Blend March 9, 2012

Formed over 10 years ago, Cornmeal has grown from humble beginnings into a nationally recognized live music institution. 10 years together is no simple task these days, especially when the last five have seen the band spending over half the year on the road. Heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, Cornmeal blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire.

Java Blend
4:31 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jenny Owen Youngs on Java Blend March 2, 2012

Jenny Owen Youngs is where the sweeping, cinematic pop of Regina Spektor, and the irreverently comical lyrics of Liz Phair meet. Born in 1981, Youngs was brought up in a quiet New Jersey suburb. Taking up the guitar at the age of 14, she later attended the State University of New York to study music. (The SUNY system produced other notable contemporaries of Youngs, like Regina Spektor, Langhorne Slim, and Dan Deacon.) Her next full-length release, "An Unwavering Band of Light," is due out on February 7, 2012.

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