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:
No recording - November 28
Bob Dorr and The Blue Band - December 5
Kevin Burt - December 12
Winter Break - December 19 - January 23

UPCOMING ON-AIR BROADCASTS:
In Rooms - October 4
Jack Klatt - October 11
Dave Zollo - October 18
Mighty Shady - October 25
Jack Lion - November 1
Hero Jr - November 8
The Mayflies Trio - November 15
Muckrockers - November 22
Greg Klyma - November 29
Switchback - December 6
The Candymakers - December 13
Bob Dorr and the Blue Band - December 20
TBD - December 27
Kevin Burt - January 3, 2015
ENCORE - Rebbeca Rego - January 10
ENCORE - The Nadas - January 17
ENCORE - The River Monks - January 24
ENCORE - Snowblink - January 31
ENCORE - Tallgrass - February 7

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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.

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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Java Blend
11:09 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Tune in and download the podcast for a foot-stompin' good time with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
lindayloumusic.com

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Twin Cities-based artist.

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Java Blend
10:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Matthew Santos

Tune in and download the podcast for a full hour with emerging artist, Matthew Santos

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the emerging Chicago artist.

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Java Blend
11:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Mike Mangione & The Union

Tune in and download the podcast for a full hour with the sensational Mike Mangione & The Union.
Mike Mangione & The Union

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Mike Mangione & The Union

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the band's album, Red-Winged Blackbird Man.

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Java Blend
10:48 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With The Feralings

Tune in and download the podcast for a full encore hour with The Feralings.
The Feralings

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the spunky Iowa roots band. 

The Feralings are Benj Upchurch, Nicole Upchurch, Patrick Bloom, and Stacy Webster, but the name is a bit of a misnomer, as the members of the band are far more likely to invite you to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea than they are to jump you and steal your beer money.

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Java Blend
10:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Christopher the Conquered

Tune in and download the podcast for a full hour with Christopher the Conquered.
Christopher the Conquered

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the band.

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Java Blend
9:56 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Joe & Vicki Price

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Joe and Vicki Price.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the country duo. 

Joe and Vicki Price bring their energetic country blues back to the stage of The Java House to showcase Joe’s new release “Rain or Shine”.  Joe has been performing his rough and tumble blues for over 35 years.

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Java Blend
11:27 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Cornmeal

Tune in and download the podcast for an encore episode with Americana band, Cornmeal.

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the progressive bluegrass and Americana band out of Illinois. 

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Java Blend
9:53 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Bright Giant

Tune in and download the podcast for a full hour with Des Moines-based Bright Giant.
Stan Brewer

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Iowa natives, Bright Giant.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the band's unique blend of indie pop.

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Java Blend
8:51 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Dave Olson

Tune in and download the podcasts for all of our upcoming summer encores from 2012.

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Twin Cities-based artist.

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Java Blend
1:23 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Dan Dimonte and the Bad Assettes

Tune in for Dan Dimonte and his Bad Assettes with a full hour of multi-faceted, homegrown music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Iowa City's own, Dan Dimonte and the Bad Assettes.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their new fusion of inspired jazz.

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Java Blend
3:49 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Natalie Brown and Mirage

Tune in for a fresh-brewed hour of music with Natalie Brown and Mirage.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Iowa native, Natalie Brown and her new band Mirage.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their new fusion of inspired jazz.

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Java Blend
2:56 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Roxi Copland

Tune in this weekend for the soulful, minimalist sounds of Roxi Copland.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with soulful Milwaukee artist, Roxi Copland.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their debut album.

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