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

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer is joined by Lyons, Colorado-based artist Arthur Lee Land, whose eclectic and dizzying use of live looping has been mesmerizing audiences across the nation. Listen in below to hear the story of Arthur's ability to re-frame what many deem a disability into a gift, and tap your feet to the joyous music that results.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer welcomes Iowa's own hot new soul group The Maytags. Listen in to the podcast below to hear the group's unhurried, inconspicuous brand of soul music that is putting the genre back on the map in the Midwest.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City's very own Burlington Street Bluegrass Band takes the stage at the Java House in downtown Iowa City with host Ben Kieffer. Listen in to hear some of the group's impressive playing, as well as some amusing insight into their 200 years of collective experience playing music.

Canceled: The Pines, December 4th

Dec 3, 2015

Unfortunately, The Pines' live performance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," scheduled for Friday, December 4th, has been canceled due to short staffing. The Pines' "Java Blend" performance will be rescheduled for February 2016 in conjunction with the release of their new album, "Above the Prairie."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," North Carolina folk duo Lowland Hum stops by the Java House and talks with host Ben Kieffer about their extensive traveling and how it has influenced their music. Listen in to hear tracks from the group's new self-titled album.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City's own Soul Phlegm takes the stage with their special brand of "blues roots outlaw funk." Listen in to hear host Ben Kieffer catch up with the band on their upcoming project, as well as tracks from their debut EP, "Phlourish."

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City native songwriter Nathan Bell talks with host Ben Kieffer about how he blends literary and industrial influences to create relatable, powerful songs. Listen in to the podcast below for tracks from Nathan Bell's upcoming project, "I Don't Do this for Love, I Do this for Love," as well as special poetry readings from Nathan's father and Iowa's first poet laureate, Marvin Bell.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Dickie, the newest musical project of Java Blend frequenter Dick Prall and classically trained violinist Kristina Priceman. Listen in below to hear some tracks off Dickie's self-titled debut album.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," hear Dan Tedesco seamlessly meld Bob Dylan-esque lyrics with powerful guitar work straight from a Motorhead album. Join host Ben Kieffer as he chats with Tedesco about his contrasting influences and high-energy stage show. Listen to the podcast below to hear tracks from Tedesco's new self-titled album.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer explores the many musical facets of Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes. Listen in below to hear tracks off the group's latest studio effort, "The Runner, the Ends, and the Space Between."

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Iowa blues-rockers Wooden Nickel Lottery. Lend an ear to hear the group's blistering guitar work, powerful vocals and solid bottom from their debut record, "On My Way."

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Iowa City folk group The Awful Purdies. Listen in to hear stories and songs from their new album, "All Recipes are Home."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with prominent Iowa blues artists Joe and Vicki Price on the RAGBRAI trail on a hot day in July. Tune in to hear tunes from the Prices' newest release, "Night Owls."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer learns what Iowa singer-songwriter Chad Elliott has been up to lately. Lend an ear below to hear tracks from Elliott's brand new album, "Wreck and Ruin."

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer hangs out with acoustic country songwriter Mike Himebaugh. Listen in below for his "Chicago twang" sound that's bound to draw a smile.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with unique Moline, Illinois rock ensemble Minus Six. Listen to and download the podcast below to find out how the group has successfully omitted guitar.

In this special encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Coralville native bluesman Kevin B.F. Burt chats with host Ben Kieffer. Listen to Burt's powerful blues performances below.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Quad Cities-based group EmJay. Lend an ear below to some of EmJay's female-fronted neo soul/groove music.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will talk the group Hipknosis. Listen in below to hear the Iowa based group's straight forward approach to rock 'n' roll.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with singer-songwriter JD Eicher and his band, The Goodnights. Listen in below for Eicher's crafty, introspective brand of pop-rock.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines folk musician Ryne Doughty. Listen below for tunes that ooze with genuine, melancholy insight.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Chicago based singer-songwriter Dick Prall. Listen in below to the interesting tales Prall weaves with song.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa's own country artist Chad Elliot. Listen to the hour long podcast for tracks off his album So Sang the Crow.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with Manchester, Iowa native Susan Werner, whose widely varied musical style is steeped in all things Iowa. Listen in below for tracks off her album Hayseed.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," join host Ben Kieffer as he catches up with Davenport's versatile jam band Firesale. Listen to their unique blend of ska, funk and rock below.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Minneapolis native and Doomtree member Dessa. Have a listen to Dessa's thought provoking hip hop below.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with The Parish Festival about the trip back to their native Iowa. Download the podcast to hear their uniquely infectious music. Featuring lead vocalist Jamey Cummins from the Hot Club of Davenport, The Parish Festival was formed in 2005 in Davenport, IA. Making up the band are Andy Rappel, Sara Ulloa, Kurt Lammers, and Jim Foster. Performing an eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, country and pop music, The Parish...

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with longtime Iowa musician Raldo Schneider. Download the podcast to listen to Raldo's distinctive country-folk. Raldo is an old friend of the show. As a veteran Cedar Falls musician Raldo Schneider brings his signature country-folk with a jolt and a twang to the The Java House stage. A native of Bennett, Iowa, Schneider has recorded nine albums over the decades of his career. For the last 18 years he has...

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with world-renowned acoustic blues artist Catfish Keith. Download the podcast to listen to foot-stomping tracks off his new album, "Honey Hole." Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power...

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with singer songwriter Ben Schmidt. Download the podcast to hear some tracks from Ben's upcoming projects.

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