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.

UPCOMING LIVE RECORDINGS:
November 25 - NO RECORDING - Thanksgiving holiday
December 2 - Tony Brown
December 9 - The Well Pennies

UPCOMING RADIO BROADCASTS:
December 3 - The Recliners - A Bob Dylan Tribute
December 10 - Ben Bedford
December 17 - Will Whitmore and Dave Zollo
December 23 - Tony Brown
December 30 - The Well Pennies
 

Ways to Connect

Iowa City folk rock group The Recliners channels recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan from The Java House stage in downtown Iowa City on this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend." Join the group in reminiscing on their favorite Dylan stories, moments, and most importantly, songs, by downloading the free podcast below.

IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" will host Iowa City's reggae master Tony Brown on Friday, December 2 at The Java House in downtown Iowa City. Stop by at 2 P.M. to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with Brown about his long and storied career and listen to him perform tunes from his rich discography.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Des Moines powerhouse Bonne Finken trades laid back acoustic arrangements for grand, sprawling electronic tunes. Download the podcast below to hear host Ben Kieffer chat with Finken on her decision to go electronic.

Iowa City's favorite bluesman, Kevin B.F. Burt, will take up a familiar role on the Java Blend stage for another electrifying performance of his award-winning roots and blues. Stop by The Java House in downtown Iowa City at 2 P.M. this Friday, November 4th, to hear the booming voice and distinct guitar playing that has cemented Burt as legend in blues music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City bluegrass troop Slewgrass shows its tight harmonies and dazzling stringwork. Download the free podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with the group about their many other projects, as well as some high-energy original songs.

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This Friday, October 7th, Twin Cities jamband Frogleg will pack their many members onto the stage in the Java House in downtown Iowa City. Join Java Blend host Ben Kieffer at 2 p.m. to hear about Frogleg's inception in 2012 and listen to their improvisational style.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen shows off her dynamic vocals and heartfelt songwriting at The Java House in downtown Iowa City. Download the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with Liz about her writing process, the family she has found in the Iowa City music scene, and the new tracks Liz is working on.

On Friday, September 30th, Midwestern bluegrass group The Matchsellers will perform on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend." Stop by The Java House in downtown Iowa City at 2 P.M. to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with the duo and listen to tunes off the group's new album, Songs We Made Up.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, host Ben Kieffer chats with Des Moines singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered. Tune in to the downloadable podcast below for a taste of Christopher's catchy melodies, soulful vocals and tasteful piano playing, showcased in tunes off his new record, I'm Giving Up on Rock 'n' Roll .

On this special taping of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, David Zollo and William Elliott Whitmore, both fixtures of Iowa's music scene, will perform at Terry Trueblood Recreational Center as part of IPR's Great Iowa Potluck, on Wednesday, September 21. At 7 P.M., Zollo and Whitmore will join Java Blend host Ben Kieffer for a sunset performance. Stop by to hear the music that has put the artists on the map, as well as news on the pair's new joint project, Middle Western .

Airing originally in December of 2014, this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" features Celtic-Soul group Switchback. Tune in below to hear the group showcase their uniquely Midwestern sound and learn about their creative process.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," originally aired in December of 2015, host Ben Kieffer chats with Greg Klyma. Listen in below for songs that will make you laugh and sing.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with the activist-rock group the Muckrockers. Tune in below to hear the group's mission themed lyrics, set to a backdrop of catchy melodies.

Local roots rock group The Mayflies join IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" in this special encore broadcast. Lend an ear to the downloadable podcast below to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer talk with the group- and to listen to the pickin' and grinnin' style of The Mayflies.

In this summer encore podcast of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Indianapolis rock band Hero Jr. strip down their sound for an intimate, acoustic set. Download the podcast, originally aired on November 8, 2014, to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer learn about the band's then-brand new record, "Mixed Race Indiana Marriage."

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer welcomes Des Moines indie-reggae group Mighty Shady to the Java Blend stage. Download the podcast, which first aired on October 25, 2014, to bring Mighty Shady's grooves wherever you go.

In this special encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City blues-rock icon David Zollo and his band, the Body Electric, stop by The Java House for a boogie-woogie filled afternoon. Download the podcast below to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer catch up with Zollo. This podcast originally aired on October 18, 2014.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Minnesota-based artist Jack Klatt shows off his rolling Mississippi music. Lend an ear below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer talk with Klatt about his extensive travel and the influence it has had on his songwriting.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Des Moines indie-pop band In Rooms enchants listeners with their blend of Latin rhythms and pop melodies. Download the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with the group about their wide range of influences.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Bonnie Finken . Download the podcast below, originally aired in September 2014, to find out more about the powerful vocalist who was born and raised in Iowa.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer goes back to ska-llege with Quad Cities Ska group Fairhaven. Listen in below to hear Kieffer chat with the group about their new split album and their upcoming national tour, as well as some raucus Ska numbers to get your energized.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City-based tenor saxophonist and composer Jeff Miguel unveils the latest installment of his group, the Jeff Miguel Quartet. Lend an ear to the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with Miguel, as he plays tunes off his debut record, Perseverance.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with singer-songwriter Bob Hillman after his decade-long break from music. Listen to the podcast below to hear tracks from Hillman's new album, "Lost Soul," as well as several of his old hits.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City Latin-jazz group Ritmocano brings infectious grooves and soaring solos to the stage in The Java House. Lend an ear below for some insight into the group's songwriting process and Latin influences, as well as some original tracks.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with local acoustic-rockabilly group Cedar County Cobras. Check out the podcast below to hear about the group's familial ties, as well of some tracks off their new record, "Delta Ave Juke Joint."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Ben Kieffer hosts Iowa City bluegrass group Flash in a Pan and their high-octane, witty brand of music. Check out the podcast below for some pick-me-up tracks from the outfit's new record, Antidote to Sell, and some stories from the band's time on the road.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa blues fixture Matt Woods wows a packed Java House with his versatile guitar work and powerful vocals. Listen in below to hear host Ben Kieffer chat with Woods about his impressive day job and the genesis of his latest release, "Sawdust and Gasoline."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Cedar Falls native and Twin Cities transplant Ben Cook-Feltz catches up with host Ben Kieffer about turning 30, getting married, and more. Listen in below to hear all this plus tracks from Cook-Feltz new album, "She Doesn't Believe Me."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Doug Collins' Receptionists are out, but Collins' acoustic treatment of his cleverly written songs proves just as pleasing. Listen in to host Ben Kieffer as he chats with Collins about dog sitting and papal miracles. Check out the podcast below for some tracks off of Doug Collins and the Receptionists' new release, " Complicated Compliments. "

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes joins host Ben Kieffer for a solo acoustic set. Listen to the podcast below for some of Matthes' clever lyrics and award-winning vocals.

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