ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
Wednesday, August 7 | 9pm - 12am
Trumpet Blossom Cafe | 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Cost: $8 or FREE for ages 20 and under
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION:
The Feed Me Weird Things collaboration is a series of online visual “mixtapes” created in response to a series of music performances. Each mixtape (or group of art) is culled from the permanent collections of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and paired with short essays. These essays and images provide an avenue for exploring overlaps between the aesthetic sensibilities of visual and sonic artforms.
A central endeavor of art exhibitions and concert series alike is to introduce audiences to new ideas, or novel combinations and juxtapositions of old ideas. Musical curator Chris Wiersema (Mission Creek Festival) and visual curator Vero Rose Smith (Stanley Museum of Art) are united in their effort to carve out cavities for interesting conversations and cross-disciplinary connections. What is music? What is art? Where are the spaces between, and the intersections? What does it mean to listen and see deeply? The curators hold in common a belief that learning to listen and see with depth and empathy should not be limited to those able to receive specialized training. Sharing time, and attention, and physical proximity with others can create a natural empathy despite differences in personal identities and cultures.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
CJ Boyd has been touring for 10 years, literally. He has dedicated much of his life to providing "a home for the homeless and journeys to the homebound." Now, to mark the 10-year anniversary of that noble mission, Boyd is releasing Kin Ships, an enormous record with 51 tracks (one for every U.S. state plus the District of Columbia), 80 guest vocalists and 175 guest musicians. The record is a testament to Boyd's love for travel and DIY.
According to Boyd, Kin Ships is something of an autobiography using pre-existing songs. "Each song is by someone with whom I’ve shared a stage, and who is from the state where I recorded it," explains Boyd. "But more than that, I only chose songs that I wish I’d written, that express some part of me or my perspective that I never have expressed myself."
Vanek / Miller
Two of Iowa City's avant scene most distinguished darlings match improvisational wits and and join drone-forces, not to solve the void, but define it. Forget Marvel, this is the most anticipated superhero team up of the summer.