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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Bigfoot Diaries Live! Episode 5 (6/23/13)

June's edition of The Bigfoot Diaries Live has been enhanced by our remarkable technician Cveckian, and is now available for your viewing pleasure. Todd Partridge of King of the Tramps and Tom Bolan of Artworx Design Shop joined us in the studio for rock talk and shenanigans, with Todd  showing us why he is quickly becoming revered as one of Iowa's top new song writers. Strapped to his acoustic, he plays two tracks from 'Wicked Mountain,' the Tramps' newest studio release.

Enjoy! 

House Poet Don Larkin: "Sip Smile and Smoke"



I'm gonna sip, smile and smoke
And know it'll be okay
Gonna sit right down
And waste this day away

Dizzy from the spinning this rock is putting on me
I need a little shelter from all this company
Walking 'round the neighborhoods in the backroads of my mind
"The Dead" is always playing helping me make these rhymes

Don't where this road will take me Hell I don't know where I've been
Don't know when the innings over or if I'll bat again
Solitary confinement, I got so much time to serve 
Judgement day is coming and it's getting on my last nerve

I'm gonna sip, smile and smoke
And know it'll be okay
Gonna sit right down
And waste this day away

The rain forest is shrinking like my faded memories
Ozone's getting holey like my favorite pair of jeans
Medicine man is asking son how much did you take
Answers from a dancer hiding in a wedding cake

Elvis and my grandpa I wonder have you seen either one
Policeman probably got them for having too much fun
I just sit here shining far from every sea
Getting dizzy from the spinning this rock is putting on me

I'm gonna sip, smile and smoke
And know it'll be okay
Gonna sit right down
And waste this day away

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Camp Euforia: Lone Tree, Iowa July 12 & 13

Summer is here and the Iowa music festival circuit is heating up. In just a few weeks music lovers will descend into Lone Tree, Iowa for the 10th Anniversary of what has become the premier concert festival in Iowa, Camp Euforia. What started out in 2003 as a Fan Appreciation Party, Camp Euforia has grown into Iowa's premier independent music event.



Euforquestra started the event as a celebration of Iowa City's music heritage, but Camp Euforia has evolved to include bands from all over the country. Many of the bands have been associated with Euforquestra as they've toured relentlessly, and others have just found themselves intrigued to experience the magic themselves. This year's festival will feature bands from all over, as well as the usual Midwestern favorites.

Here's the scoop... Camp Euforia is a two night event that features three stages of entertainment. The fun kicks off on Friday July 12 when The Candymakers set up on Mahoney's Barn Stage. As revelers roll in, music will continue to play well into the night. Being the "House Band" Euforquestra will headline both nights, taking the main stage on Friday and Saturday at 10:00. 

The party is then moved to the camp areas where music will continue to play on the side stages. On Friday night, Chicago's Family Groove Company will keep things rolling on Mahoney's Barn Stage until well after midnight, and on Saturday That 1 Guy will keep the vibe rocking into Sunday morning. Live music will continue on the MC Ginsberg Moonlight Stage until 4:00 AM on both nights.

On Saturday morning, the festivities start at 10:30 when The Grosso Family Band kicks things off. Obviously, sleeping is optional. Music will then resume throughout the day.




Other bands that will be featured are Dumpstaphunk, Dead Larry, the Beaker Brothers Band, The Pimps of Joytime, Pert Near Sandstone, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Maximilian Eubank, Chasing Shade, Zeta Zune, David Zollo, Mr. Baber's Neighbors, D. Bess, Public Property, Greensky Bluegrass, Fire Sale, Uniphionics, Jaik Willis, and Tallgrass.

Attendees are invited to attend both nights, and camping is encouraged. Rita Schmidt, along with her husband Robert, has been to Camp Euforia each of the ten years that the festival has taken place.

"Camping at Camp Euforia is like camping with family," she says. "The front yard - Robert and Ritaville - where we camp is multi-generational and we look forward to seeing the same people every year and making a few new friends as well."


The sun sets over Camp Euforia

Camp Euforia takes place in Lone Tree, Iowa on July 12 & 13. Tickets are available through links provided below. Whether you are wanting to get out of Des Moines for a weekend and catch a very good music festival or if you just want to chill with a righteous crowd, Camp Euforia might just be perfect for you. 

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Pertinent Links:

Tickets to Camp Euforia

Camp Euforia Official


Monday, June 24, 2013

Bryan's List of Musical Happenings 6/24/13

Corrections and/or additions always appreciated. 

Monday, June 24

Findlay Family Fun Fest at Greenwood 7:00
Brother Trucker w/ Get Off My Lawn, Opus Taylor at KFMG Benefit, Hotel Ft. Des Moines 8:00
Streetlight Manifesto w/ Rodeo Ruby Love, Empty Orchestra at Wooly's 8:00

Tuesday, June 25

The High Crest at Kickback Cafe, Grimes 5:30
Bryan Baker, CW Smith, Gilbert Goldsmith at Writers in the Round, Java Joes 7:00
Ron Burchett at El Bait 8:00
Dan Jones & Friends at Greenwood 8:00

King of the Tramps play House of Bricks on Friday Night
(Click to enlarge)
Wednesday, June 26

The High Roller Express at Hull Avenue Tavern 6:00 ($1.00 Beers!)
Loose Neutral at Iowa Brew Night, Zoo Brew 6:00
Avey Bros. at Cadillac Jack's Bike Night, Baxter 6:00
Joe Klinefelter at Fire Creek, WDM 6:30
Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Zimm's 7:00
Andy Fleming at Raccoon River Brewery 7:00
Lovers at Ritual Cafe 7:00
Andrew McMahon w/ Allen Stone at Wooly's 7:30
George DeVore (Austin Tx., former member of Willie Nelson Family) at Greenwood 8:00
Dave Zollo at El Bait 8:00
Fleetwood Mac at Wells Fargo Arena 8:00
World Music Wednesdays at Star Bar 9:00
Nate Logsdon at Underground 9:00

Thursday, June 27

Flipside at Music in the Junction, WDM 5:30
The Workshy at Jasper Winery 6:00
Laurie Morvan Band at Gas Lamp 7:00
Jason Walsmith at Confluence Brewing Co. 7:00
ZZ Ward w/ Swear and Shake at Wooly's 7:30
Kat Darling, Steve Tyler, Stevan Robinson, Mason Jar at Songwriter Night: House of Bricks 8:00
The Soul Searchers at Greenwood 9:00
Gas Lamp's Open Jam Ft. Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys 9:00
Patresa Hartman, Kat Darling at Underground 9:00

Stevan Robinson will play at Songwriter's Night
at House of Bricks on Thursday Night.

Friday, June 28

Tunes on the Terrace: Paige Harpin at Cafe Baratta's - St. Historical Museum 11:30 AM
Music at DM Artfest Noon-10 (See previous post for lineups.) 
Work Release Party w/ Bob pace & the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp 4:30
Urbandale's Friday Fest: Lavender Lace at Walker Johnston Complex, Urbandale 5:00
Polkadot Cadaver, One Eyed Doll, Aren't We All, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo at House of Bricks 5:00
 Soul Searchers at unWINEd, Gray's Lake 5:30
Boomerang at Rendezvous on Riverview 5:30
The Rivieras at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 6:30
Chad Elliott w/ Bonita Crowe and Gabe Burdulis at the Grapevine 7:00
Garrison Starr w/ P.J. Pacifico at Vaudeville Mews 7:00
Corey Stevens & the Glass House Prophets at Hull Avenue Tavern 7:00
Steve Kowbel at Fire Creek, WDM 7:00
CW Smith at Chocolaterie Stam 7:00
The Big Jo KInser Band at Underground 8:00
The Workshy at Outback of Mullets 8:30
Fat Bertha and the Love Shakers, Bent Scepters, and Squidboy at Gas Lamp 9:00
Fancy Pants at Greenwood 9:00
Dead larry w/ Mooseknuckle, GoodcaT at Wooly's 9:00
Matt Woods at Mother's Pub, Ames 9:00
JJ Express w/ Scott Cochran & Tom Robinson at 1st Avenue Speakeasy, Newton 9:00
King of the Tramps w/ Musikanto at House of Bricks 9:30

Joe and Vicki Price bring the Blues to El Bait on Sunday Night. 

Saturday, June 29

Music at DM Art Fest: 10AM - 10PM (See Previous Post)
Parksixty3 at Gas Lamp 2:30
The Candymakers w/ Rude Punch & Lightning Red at Gas Lamp 7:00
Bill Matykowski at Smokey Row 7:00
The Drama Kings at Peace Tree Taproom, Knoxville 7:00
Roland Garros & Bradley Turk at Mars Cafe 7:30
James Biehn at the Grapevine 7:00
C.W. Hobbs at Madison County Winery 7:00
Fatal Addiction CD Release Show w/ Cirrus Minor, IVA, Twenty 2 Salute, Shatter at Wooly's 7:30
The Colt Walkers at Raccoon River Brewery 9:00
The High Crest at Greenwood 9:00
"Origins" Kinky Kyro, Mustafa Avdic, Mindblur, Hood-Tek, Ft. The Tron Dolls at House of Bricks 9:00
Shady at Best, Holly & the Night Owls at Underground 9:00
Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos at PBR Bar (deck) Vaudeville Mews 9:00
Crooked Mile at Gramercy Tap 9:00

Sunday, June 30

DM Art Fest 10AM-5PM 
Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 2:00
Abby NOrmal at Summerset Winery, Indianola 3:00
Brother Trucker at DM Artfest 3:30
James Armstrong at Byron's Pomeroy 5:00
Les Nessman, Origami Animals, The Lighthouse Band at House of Bricks 5:00
The Rocket Summer, Final Alibi, The Olympics, A Better Reality at Wooly's 7:00
Chad Elliott w/ Bonita Crowe at Roosevelt Summer Sundays, Ames 7:00
Joe and Vicki Price at El Bait 8:00
Hath No Fury, Peace Love and Stuff, & Madame Jules at Gas Lamp 8:00
World Beat at Star Bar 9:00

Des Moines Artfest Stage Lineups

Des Moines Artfest Friday, June 28

LIVE MUSIC
Civic Music Association Student Jam Session
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
11:00AM – 12:00PM

Chad Elliott
Aviva Main Stage
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Belin Quartet
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
12:30PM – 2:00PM

Steve Charlson Trio
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
2:30PM – 4:00PM

Making Movies
Aviva Main Stage
2:30PM – 4:00PM

Hot Club of Des Moines
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Parandarros
Aviva Main Stage
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Mutiny in the Parlor
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
6:30PM – 8:00PM

Alejandro Escovedo
6:30PM – 8:00PM

Watercolours
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
8:30PM – 10:00PM

Los Lobos
Aviva Main Stage
8:30PM – 10:00PM

Saturday, June 29 

LIVE MUSIC
John Krantz Trio
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
10:00AM – 11:30AM

Rose Colella Trio
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Larry Myer
Aviva Main Stage
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Damani Phillips Quartet
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
2:30PM – 4:00PM

Bonnie Finken
Aviva Main Stage
2:30PM – 4:00PM

Boteco
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Bella Soul Big Band
Aviva Main Stage
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Bella Soul Jazz Trio featuring Tina Findlay
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith
6:30PM – 8:30PM

Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns
Aviva Main Stage
6:30PM – 8:00PM

Aaron Neville Presented by Sam Adams
Aviva Main Stage
8:30PM – 10:00PM

Savannah Smith
The Civic Music Association Stage - Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith

9:00PM – 10:00PM 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bigfoot Diaries To Go Live! Again This Sunday

Sunday night we go LIVE! again. Sitting in the studio with us will be Tom Bolan of Artworx Design and Todd Partridge of King of the Tramps. 

(Sorry mom, he's not from the Partridge Family.)


Artwork by Tom Bolan

We will be discussing all kinds of heady topics ranging from T-shirt marketing for bands, inventing logos, to being a musician in a travelling rock and roll outfit... and anything else in between.  Our panel (subject to change at any time) will be Shep, Cveckian, and I. Our bearded poet, Don Larkin will be making his Bigfoot Diaries Live! Debut. You can stream the show live right here at this website at 7:00 CST. 

We hope you will join us!

Steps Taken for Great March for Climate Action


Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climate hawks will march from Santa Monica, CA, across the United States to Washington, DC. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating the general public and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.

While marchers will undergo eight months of heat, wind, mountainous terrain, and insects, it will be an incredibly rewarding, life-changing adventure to promote a cause they are passionate about. Marchers will walk 14-15 miles per day and tent camp nearly every night. Also, educational activities will be conducted along the March as a key component to teach and inspire climate action within local communities. Several people are referring to it as “the adventure of a lifetime” and “an excellent opportunity to travel our beautiful country.”

The founder, Ed Fallon, inspired by other non-violent march leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr, decided that organizing a march would be the best way he could stimulate change. “Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society – it is the prevailing crisis!” Fallon exclaims. “This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”

So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including but not limited to: 350.org and Bill McKibben, Iowa Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Biological Diversity. More are coming in every week.

The organization will begin taking marcher applications in July 2013. “I anticipate to receive a large influx of applications that first month,” reports Zach Heffernen, Marcher Director. “I recommend submission of the application right away to everyone who is serious about marching." Please like our Facebook page and generate additional awareness! 

For questions or to learn how to volunteer or march, contact me at zach@climatemarch.org or 513-5-WE-WALK (513-593-9255).

-Zach Heffernen

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Pertinent Links:

Great March for Climate Action website

Great March for Climate Action on Facebook


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bryan's List of Musical Happenings 6/17/13

Monday, June 17

Findlay Family Fun Fest at the Greenwood 7:00
Hessler at Gas Lamp 9:00

Tuesday, June 18

Andy Fleming at El Bait 8:00
Acousti-Beast at the Greenwood 9:00

Burnin' Down the House plays on Friday at House of Bricks

Wednesday, June 19

The High Roller Express at Hull Avenue Tavern 6:00
Lady's Brew: Loose Neutral at Zoo Brew 6:00
Jade and Company at Fire Creek, WDM 6:30
Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Zimm's 7:00
Thankful Dirt at the Raccoon River Brewery 7:00
Ben Wantland at the Greenwood 8:00
Paul Sprawl at El Bait 8:00
World Music Wednesdays at Star Bar 9:00
Gas Lamp Writer's Round at Gas Lamp 9:00

Thursday, June 20

Randy Burke and the Prisoners at Music in the Junction, WDM 5:30
The Nadas - Acoustic Duo at Jasper Winery 6:00
Rainbow Penley at Coda Lounge, Savery Hotel 6:00
Thankful Dirt at Confluence Brewing Company 7:00
The Cave Singers at Vaudeville Mews 8:00
Open jam with Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys at Gas Lamp 9:00
The Soul Searchers at the Greenwood 9:00

Friday, June 21

Tunes on the Terrace: the High Crest at Cafe Barrata's - State Historical Museum 11:30 AM
Work Release Party: Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp 4:30
Urbandale's Friday Fest: TRIPS at Walker Johnston Complex 5:00
Brother Trucker at Rendezvous on the Riverview 5:30
El Dorados at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 6:30
Women Writers in the Round at Ritual Cafe 7:00
Thankful Dirt at Fire Creek, WDM 7:00
Skyscraper and DJ DJ Tanner at Mars Cafe 7:30
Tallgrass at Outback at Mullets 8:30
Heath Alan Band at the Greenwood 9:00
Bright Giant w/ Red Dirty Turkeys at Gas Lamp 9:00
Burnin' Down the House at House of Bricks 9:00

Jeff Banks and his band will play at the Greenwood on Saturday night. 

Saturday, June 22

Ankeny Unplugged: Freddie Johnston w/ Savannah Smith, Dylan Boyle, Annalibera at Wagner Park, Ankeny 4:00
Pieta Brown w/ Eric Kennedy at Vaudeville Mews 6:00
Bill Matykowski at Smokey Row 7:00
Paige Harpin and the Foxholes at Mars Cafe 7:00
Patresa Hartman at the Grapevine 7:00
Rob Lumbard at the Madison County Winery 7:00
Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Broken Lizard) at Wooly's 8:00
Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe at Raccoon River Brewery 9:00
The End (Beatles Tribute) at Gas Lamp 9:00
Parksixty3 at Star Bar 9:00
Jeff Banks Band at the Greenwood 9:00
Latin Night at the House of Bricks 9:00
Black Star Alliance, Twenty 2 Salute, istaken for halos at Underground 9:30

Sunday, June 23

Trouble No More at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 2:00
Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band at Summerset Winery, Indianola 3:00
David Zollo and Chad Elliott & Bonita Crowe at Byron's, Pomeroy 5:00
Terry Evans at House of Bricks 7:00
The Lowdown at El Bait 8:00
World Music Sundays at Star Bar 9:00

-Thank you Bryan Farland. Corrections/additions always appreciated.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Giant Hungry Spider in Downtown Des Moines!!

Exclusive! Giant spider preparing to attack Des Moines! (Photos from the skywalk.)





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BIgfoot Diaries Poet Don Larkin: Class Reunion

Class Reunion

I sit here spinning going faster and faster
Gravity’s pulling but it really don’t matter
Sinking in deeper way up to my chin
The ground level view comes to focus again
Some growing older while some never grow up
Still enjoying drinking potions from Satan’s cup
Look deep in my eyes, yeah way past my face
You might see something maybe a trace
Of the boy I once was or the man I’ll be
If I can avoid life’s fatal simplicity

So I sit and spin not knowing what is & isn’t sin
Hoping I’ll have time to really take it in
Needing one more harvest without one more rain
Seeking one more lover, without feeling pain 
Go on now and ask me, hope that I will tell
Stories from my grandpa ringing out like a bell
Boy to man, right here, right now, upon this sacred dirt
I was there right in the midst, but I didn’t buy a shirt
Driving blind on country gravel, seeing by memory
Turning left now and then, seeking life’s tribal mystery

Like the fields and the hills, bending yet oh so straight
Rolling patchwork cropland prettier than lace
Seeing beauty’s bounty far from every sea
Sometimes secretly wishing it was only she and me
A water pump in the kitchen and a bathroom in the yard
Grandma’s soft sweet kisses and grandpa’s hands so hard
If this is country living, I’ll be expecting country death
So fill my plate to overload, I’ll eat up every breath
Old farmer’s & John Deere tractors share a destiny
Both will rust together, bleeding on life’s final tapestry

Happy birthday Don! 


Monday, June 10, 2013

Bryan's List of Musical Happenings 6/10/13

Tuesday, June 11

Courtney Krauss at El Bait 8:00
Mason Jar at Greenwood 8:00

Wednesday, June 12

The High Roller Express at Hull Avenue Tavern 6:00
Uncorked: The Lew & Brad Band at Zoo Brew 6:00
Josh Gorman Blues Trio at Cadillac Jacks Bike Night, Baxter 6:00
Ron Burchett at Fire Creek, WDM 6:30
Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Zimm's 7:00
Jason Walsmith at Raccoon River Brewery 7:00
Bill Matykowski at Greenwood 7:30
Des Monks at El Bait 8:00
World Music Wednesdays at Star Bar 9:00
R.O.E. & the Soulvillians w/ Daggers & Gadema (of D.O.P.E.) at Gas Lamp 9:00

Thursday, June 13

Gimikk at Music in the Junction, WDM 5:30
Flipside at Jasper Winery 6:00
David Zollo at Coda Lounge, Savery Hotel 6:00
Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band at Confluence Brewing Co. 7:00
Open Jam w/ Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys at Gas Lamp 9:00
The Soul Searchers at Greenwood 9:00


Dirty River Ramblers will headline the Briar Patch's kick-off event Friday Night.

Friday, June 14

Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe at Cafe Barratta's - State Historical Museum 11:30 AM
Work Release Party w/ Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp 4:30
Bella Soul at Rendezvous on Riverview 5:30
The Other Side at unWINEd: Gray's Lake 5:30
Nice Bangs at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 6:30
Hey Marseilles, Phox at Vaudeville Mews 6:30
Brother Trucker at the Grapevine 7:00
Here Come the Mummies at Nitefall on the River 7:00
TBA at Fire Creek, WDM 7:00
Briar Patch 10 Year Anniversary Bluegrass Show featuring the Dirty River Ramblers, Jon Eric, and Ira Grace and the Bible Belt Prophets Gates at 6:00 Music at 8:00 Bevington, Iowa (Camping Permitted) 
Infuzion at Out Back of Mullets 8:30
Rick Burke at Greenwood 9:00
Dustin Pittsley Band at Gas Lamp 9:00
Perranderos Latin Combo at Raccoon River Brewery 9:00
Rusty Maples, The River Monks, Diamonds For Eyes at Vaudeville Mews 9:30
Floodplane Free Show (Clips of Faith After Party) 10:00

Saturday, June 15

Rogue Valley w/ Seedlings, Marybeth Doran, Mary McAdams at Wagner Park, Ankeny 4:00
Skeletonwitch w/ Druids at Vaudeville Mews 6:00
Luke Fox at Ritual Cafe 7:00
Bill Matykowski at Smokey Row Coffee House 7:00
Rockin' Grove at Mars Cafe 7:00
Bonnie Finken w/ Jon Locker & Neil Stroffregen at the Grapevine 7:00
Lightnin' Red w/ Curry Harter at Madison County Winery 7:00
CW Smith at Chocolaterie Stam 2811 Ingersoll 7:00
Holy White Hounds w/ Dylan Sires & Neighbors (CD Release) at Gas Lamp 9:00
Max Eubank at Star Bar 9:00
A Scot Sutherland Production at Greenwood 9:00
Latin Night at House of Bricks 9:00

Sunday, June 16

Bill Martin Group at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 2:00
Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at Summerset Winery, Indianola 3:00
Robby Vee at Byron's, Pomeroy 5:00
Duke Robillard at Gas Lamp 7:00
Evergreen Grass Band at El Bait 8:00
World Music Sundays at Star Bar 9:00

-Big thank you to Bryan Farland for his relentless pursuit of local events. Additions and corrections ALWAYS appreciated. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

King of the Tramps Release Wicked Mountain

Back in April Todd Partridge told me that the new King of the Tramps CD was coming along beautifully and that he couldn't wait for me to hear it. I have to admit, upon hearing that I began to tingle with excitement. At this stage in my life, it generally takes a lot to get me tingling.


Wicked Mountain: 2013 Brolester Records.  Artwork by Tom Bolan
Cover photo by Roger Feldhans

Wicked Mountain is the 2nd release for the Tramps. It follows Good People, which was released in 2011. Good People is a great album in it's own right, and I was curious to see if Todd's hype was justified or if it was self-serving hyperbole ahead of the typical sophomore curse. I knew that there was something different about this band, but I couldn't put my finger on it... They have a spark that others do not... and while it's more of an aura than an instantaneous flash, it's definitely there. It could be the way the band conducts itself, which is extremely commendable. While they aren't constantly in your face, they offer enough web presence to keep themselves interesting, and they cruise the social networks with a flair of modesty that is rare in the central Iowa music scene. Not only have the Tramps solidified their place among the major players in the state, but they do so with an uncanny charm that captures a wide audience. This audience treats these Kings as royalty, and one might be hard pressed to find an Iowa band that is more respected by it's fan base than the Tramps are.

The fan base, like everything else the Tramps are associated with is justified. Nobody else is creating the sound that the Tramps are, and with Wicked Mountain, the Tramps have outdone themselves. So much for the sophomore curse. It doesn't exist on Wicked Mountain, and to be perfectly honest, I suspected as much. What you do get is Iowa roots rock performed Tramp style, which is the purest definition available. It's the cross street where The Band meets the Rolling Stones meets Iowa BBQ picnic. What's perfect about this surprisingly natural concoction is that not one of these flavors outshine the other. In other words, your ears hear the obvious Band and Stones influence but it's the Tramps own signature sound that stamps itself above the others. The songwriting on Wicked Mountain is superb, the musicianship is outstanding, and general flow of the record is testament to the band's attention to detail. To mention one song as more of a standout than another would be frivolous, because  it's literally impossible for me to nail down a favorite. the first time I listened to the album, the song "Leaves of Grass" stepped up above the others as my personal favorite, but the next time it was "Kiss My Ass." Then it was "Death's Door" and then "Fresh Green Light of Day." And of course the title track to the album ranks right up there also.


KOTT will play the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on June 8. Peace, Love and Stuff to open.
(Original photo by Roger Feldhans)

If you buy one local album this year, or if you are a  reader of this website from out of state and you are curious as to what epitomizes the Iowa sound - pick up a copy of Wicked Mountain. Not only will it become a mainstay in your rotation, but it will prove itself as an example of why we relentlessly hype Iowa music. I'm proud of what we have done and what we are doing in this state. King of the Tramps and their latest release, Wicked Mountain validates the hype.

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Pertinent Links:

King of the Tramps official

King of the Tramps on Facebook

King of the Tramps on Twitter

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Benefit for Teddy Reid To Be Held Thursday Night

Little Teddy Reid is just over a year and a half old. Like most boys his age, he loves to laugh and learn new things. He loves colors and shapes and he loves to play with his toys. He dreams of growing up to be a big boy.
 
Teddy posing with a picture of himself. 

But, in some ways, Teddy isn't like other boys his age. Six days after he was born, doctors discovered that he is in kidney failure. So he spends long days with doctors and nurses and he throws up a lot. Without a working kidney, the future doesn't look very bright for Teddy.

Tiffany Tice knew of Teddy through his mother Sarah, with whom she was casual friends. She heard about Teddy's plight and wondered if she could help. She had tests done, and it was discovered that she was a match to offer a replacement for his failing kidney. It was a stroke of luck, as usually it takes awhile to find a match. Suddenly, there was hope for Teddy and his family! It was as of from out of nowhere an angel appeared and came to his rescue.

Surgery was scheduled for May 9th, but on May 8th, it got postponed. "Teddy's liver enzymes are very high and the doctors need to figure out why, and try to stabilize him a bit more before the transplant can be rescheduled." says Tiffany. "So right now everything is up in the air."

Unfortunately, that means that Teddy has to spend more long days at the lab, having tests analyzed and getting poked with needles. Teddy has become a very brave little boy.

Medical bills are accumulating. Teddy and his mother went on local TV channel KCWI last month to talk about Teddy's condition and to hopefully raise awareness to their situation. By chance, the morning that Sarah and Teddy were on KCWI, it was the same day that the High Crest performed live in the studio. It was then that Kat Darling (of the High Crest) learned of Teddy's ordeal, and wondered if she could help. Little did she know that The High Crest had already been tabbed by Dan Tripp to participate in a benefit concert to raise money for Teddy's always rising medical costs.

"Teddy was instantly lovable and sweet, it was hard to imagine that this little boy's life was hanging in the balance of his family's love, doctors and procedures." Says Kat. "Dan Tripp, from (the band) New Member Charles, called me and asked if I'd be interested in helping him raise money for Teddy's kidney transplant. I was on board and we began planning."

What transpired is a benefit concert set for Thursday night beginning at 5:00 which will feature over a dozen bands at two different venues, the Vaudeville Mews and the 4th Street Theater at Java Joes. There will be a raffle for prizes and money raised will help to offset the increasing pile of medical bills.


Click to enlarge. Please donate if you can. 

"He's a sweet kiddo, and always seems so happy it's hard for an outsider to tell how sick he really is." says Tiffany Tice. "I cannot even imagine how his parents are feeling right now. Everyone is hoping they have some answers soon so that Teddy can get this transplant that he needs!"

Tiffany adds that the support from the community has been amazing but there is still a long ways to go. This musical benefit provides the perfect excuse to get out and see what the Des Moines music scene is all about. It's a tight-knit bunch, and it isn't at all surprising that this event came together so nicely in support of such a great cause.

Hopefully Teddy's luck will change soon, and he will get to enjoy a normal life like other little boys his age. Please donate if you can or simply attend the benefit. 

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Pertinent Links:

Benefit Songs for Teddy Reid Facebook Page

Our Teddy Bear's Journey Blog

Tiffany Tice's Kidney Donor Blog

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bryan's List of Musical Happenings 6/3/13


Bryan says, "Is Des Moines a happenin' place or what?"

Monday, June 3

Findlay Fun Fest at Greenwood 7:00 (featuring Ricc Terranova
Bella Ruse w/ The Host Family at Gas Lamp

Tuesday, June 4

Chad Elliott at East Village Spa 5:00
Lance Harrison at El Bait 8:00
Highroller Express t Greenwood 9:00
They Might Be Giants w. Moon Hooch at Wooly's 9:00

Wednesday, June 5

The Highroller Express at Hull Avenue Tavern 6:00
Around the World feat. Bonnie Finken at Zoo Brew 6:00
Brian Congdon at Fire Creek, WDM 6:30
Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Zimm's 7:00
Don't Wake the Baby at Raccoon River Brewery 7:00
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at Nitefall on the River, Simon Estes 7:00
Muhlbauer and Smith at Greenwood 8:00
Brother Trucker at El Bait 8:00
Pinbot at Vaudeville Mews 8:30
World Music Wednesdays at Star Bar 9:00
Lisa Mann and her Real Good Band at Gas Lamp 9:00

Thursday, June 6

Benefit for Terry Reid at 2 Venues: 

Love Songs for Silly Monsters, New Member Charles, Dark Horse Patrol, Electric Junction, Typical Males at Vaudeville Mews 5:00

The High Crest, Ben Wantland, Jim Enos, Aaron Winters, Joel and Jen Kinser at Java Joes 4th Street Theater 5:00

Brother Trucker at Music in the Junction, WDM 5:30
Pianopalooza Band at Jasper Winery 6:00
Rainbow Penley at Coda Lounge, Savery Hotel 6:00
Ryne Doughty at Confluence Brewing Co. 7:00
Iowa Public Radio 80/35 Play-In at Wooly's 7:00
Open Jam feat. Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys at Gas Lamp 9:00
The Soul Searchers at Greenwood 9:00
Skypiper w/ Canby at Vaudeville Mews at 9:30

Black Flag plays Wooly's on Friday Night. 

Friday, June 7

Tunes on the Terrace: David Zollo at Cafe Baratta's - State Historical Museum 11:30 AM
Work Release Party with Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp 4:30
Urbandale's Friday Fest: Lesson 7 at Walker Johnston Complex, Urbandale 5:00
Derek Anthony at House of Bricks 6:00
R.S.V.P. at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 6:30
Rebel Road at Rendezvous on Riverview at 5:30
Lem Genovese at Ritual Cafe 7:00
Matt Logan at Fire Creek, WDM 7:00
Black Flag w/ Good for You at Wooly's 7:00
Luke Fox, Steve Kowbel & Home Grown at Mars Cafe 7:00
The Nadas w/ Miles Nielson & the The Rusted Hearts at Nitefall on the River - Simon Estes 7:00
Redbird at 7:00, Richard Thompson Electric Trio at 9:00 at Iowa City Arts Festival
Randy Burke and the Prisoners at party in the Back at Mullets
The Heath Alan Band at Greenwood 9:00
Dick Prall feat. Mike Reeb at Gas Lamp 9:00
Justin Time w/ D-PHeKT at Underground 9:00
Dylan Sires & Neighbors w/ Twins, Captains of the Flowered Porch at Vaudeville Mews 9:30

Saturday, June 8

Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at Autism Speaks Walk, Principal Park 9:00 AM
Rocket Susie Music Festival: Chad Elliott, Bright Giant, Dick Prall, Host Country, The Trishas, Greg Brown in Spencer at 1:00
Slewgrass at 1:30, Kelly Pardekooper 5:00, Eileen Jewell at 7:00, Old '97s at 9:00 Iowa City Arts Festival
Ankeny Unplugged: Parlours w/ Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos, H.D. Harmsen & the Electrophones, Blue-Eyed Son at Wagner Park, Ankeny 4:00
Bill Matykowski at Smokey Row Coffeehouse 7:00
Lucca Soria & Max Jury at Mars Cafe 7:30
Hot Tamale and the Red Hots at Fireman's Ball: Cadillac Jack's, Baxter 8:00
Unknown Component at Raccoon River Brewery 9:00
King of the Tramps w/ Peace, Love and Stuff at Gas Lamp 9:00
Porch Honkeys at Star Bar 9:00
Jacob County and the Damaged Goods at Greenwood 9:00
Christopher the Conquered at the PBR Bar at Vaudeville Mews 9:00
Latin Night at House of Bricks 9:00
Justin Time w/ DePHeKT at Underground 9:00 (2nd Night)
Matt Woods at Mother's Pub, Ames 9:00
Sunday, June 9

Infuzion at Snus Hill Winery, Madrid 2:00
Tony Valdez Duo at Summerset Winery, Indianola 3:00
Brothers Burn Mountain at Byron's, Pomeroy 5:00
Jefferson County Green band at El Bait 8:00
World Music Sundays at Star Bar 9:00