Clint Niosi // Tommy Santee Klaws // Reidwell

Texas based songwriter Clint Niosi brings his music to Iowa City on his tour of the midwest.
"A mountain of a man, with an angelic, ethereal voice, Tommy Santee Klaws music is twisted in dualities. Beautiful melodies meet blood soaked lyrics, and spiritual longing is irrevocably crossed with sins of the flesh and delicate acoustic strums are accompanied by jagged bursts of noise. For over ten years, Tommy's dark but tuneful songs have been making an impact on the Los Angeles underground. He now resides in Iowa City."
Based in Iowa City, Reidwell (otherwise known as Reid Turner) is an act that involves keyboard, kaossilator, loops, and other surprises. The act is a combination of alternative, folk, and game soundtrack influence that stems from Turner’s experiences composing for video games and performing in groups such as Red Comet and Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes.

John Davis (ex-Folk Implosion) / Evil English / Peanut Ricky

$8 / 8pm doors / 8:30 music / all ages / open til midnight

John Davis is a singer, songwriter, educator, activist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Durham, North Carolina, best know for his '90's work as half of Folk Implosion. He has also made many solo records for Shrimper and other lo-fi labels. He now has a new backing band of rotating compatriots called the Cicadas, two of whom will accompany him on drums, bass, viola, and electronics during this 8 city tour of the south and midwest, which follows up on an 11 city tour of Europe that a different line-up embarked on earlier in the summer.

The US shows will mix songs from 2013's Spare Parts album, which was co-produced by Omaha musician Simon Joyner, and the forthcoming album El Pulpo, which is currently available via a pre-release store that John has set up in partnership with Pledge Music. The Pledge Music site is full of exclusives that relate to the political content of the record, which concerns itself with corporate control of the food industry, and related issues such as migration, high finance, and mass/class incarceration. Early bird purchases get an immediate download of the track We'll Teach Them How to Privatize, and everyone can hear the track Stock Up All the Prisons, which debuted last spring via Brooklyn Vegan. The album will appear in late September or early October, from Shrimper records on cassette and Arbouse Recordings on CD.

Mr. Davis’ drummer’s duo, Evil English will play a set too.

Local musicians, Peanut Ricky, will join the bill for the night as well.

Grey Area (at Flat Black Acreage in Lone Tree, IA)

Our good friends at Flat Black Studios and White Rabbit are hosting their inaugural summer fest! We will be there for the party and we'll be slinging tempeh reubens and some other tasty treats so we'll see you there!

Make sure to get your tickets via the link below---which are a steal considering the AMAZING line-up!!


"Flat Black Studios and White Rabbit present Grey Area, something between the mother of all parties, and a festival celebrating some of the midwest's most talented and hard working musicians (of all genres). The idea is simple, have a huge camping party/mini festival with a bunch of musicians who record exclusively at Flat Black Studios and get them in front of a bunch of people who are open minded, hungry for quality new music and support the arts so we could pay the musicians well, and if there is money left over, donate it to charities. 9 parts party, 1 part activism, 100% good vibes.

After booking the bands, we decided to branch out to some other folks doing interesting stuff like video synth projection artist Ian MacMillan (doing a light show at the event), Guiness World Record holding juggler Luther Bangert, and a some of our favorite local music fans doing DJ sets between bands.

Lagunitas, PBR and Mike's Hard Lemonade jumped onboard, as did The Musician's Pro Shop, Wake Up Iowa Coffee, Cobra Verde and Trumpet Blossom Cafe.

We are building a huge stage, have hired the best sound people around, and are getting our ducks in a row for what promises to be the summer's best event. We really hope you'll join us, bring your friends, a tent, campchair and a great attitude. With luck, this will be the beginning of something special."