Java Blend

Saturdays at 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One, Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Fridays at 3 p.m. on Studio One online

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.

April 7 - Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators
April 14 - The Blue River Bandits
April 21 - The Nic Arp Band
April 28 - Crystal City

April 15 - Society of Broken Souls
April 22 - ExtraVision
April 29 - Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators
May 6 - The Blue River Bandits
May 13 - The Nic Arp Band
May 20 - Crystal City

Ways to Connect

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.

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.