The 2008 Iowa Arts Festival took place in downtown Iowa City on June 6, 7 and 8. Below is a recap of the 2008 line up and listing of events. Check back in April - May for a full line up of the 2009 Iowa Arts Festival!
6:00 PM - Boomer Bash hosted by the Senior Center
We're blocking off the street, setting up the stage, and clearing a dance floor. Bring your lawn chairs and join in the fun with the Beaker Brothers Band -- local Iowa Citians who have come of age (the big 5-0) and are still rockin' and rollin' playing music we grew up on -- Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. The band took its name from Clyde Clifford's Beaker Street, on KAAY from Little Rock, Arkansas, the Mighty 1090 we listened to way past bedtime!
DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY GALLERY WALK: Start the festival with a walk on the artful side. Join others in a self-guided Gallery Walk, Friday, June 6 from 5-8 p.m. at 19 locations in downtown Iowa City. Participating businesses include: AKAR, Iowa Artisans Gallery/D.J. Rinner Goldsmith, Chait Galleries Downtown, Bela Joli, The Englert Theatre, ARTS Iowa City, Iowa State Bank & Trust, M.C. Ginsberg, RSVP, the Old Post Office Gallery at the Senior Center, Mythos, The Cottage Bakery, The Art Mission, US Bank, United Action for Youth (UAY), Meta Home, Dawn's Hide & Bead Away, West Bank and the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. This self-guided event is free and family friendly. Maps are available at each location.
6:00 Mike and Amy Finders Band
7:00 Tim O'Brien
9:00 Sam Bush Band
10 - 6 Artist Booths open on Washington and Dubuque Streets
9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. -- 2 LIVE performances, free admission!
Englert Theatre Community Spotlight Series, sponsored by the Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Iowa City Community String Orchestra presents: The Giant Jam Sandwich
These concerts are designed for children of all ages and will introduce audience members to each family of the orchestra using pieces which feature local students, amateur, and professional Iowa composer Philip Wharton's piece for narrator and orchestra based on the children's classic, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway.
ART GOES LIVE! See art being made....
View demonstrations by area artists, Saturday, June 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Artists will demonstrate work in ceramics, beaded sculpture, gourd painting and basketry, painting, and other media. Demonstrations take place at the following locations: AKAR, Chait Galleries Downtown, Iowa Artisans Gallery/D.J. Rinner Goldsmith and Bela Joli, with musical entertainment by The Jumbie at MC Ginsberg. In addition, artists from ARTS Iowa City will be painting outside "en plein air." Informational handouts about specific artists and times will be available at each location.
10:00-4:00 GLOBAL VILLAGE, Pedestrian Plaza
Kids can "Go Global" at booths representing different countries for free! Family stage performances will feature international music and demonstrations while kids make crafts and learn about the world around them.
Global Village Country Booths and Sponsors:
Brazil -- sponsored by Connections
China -- sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 8131
Egypt -- sponsored by the Youth Advisory Council of the City of Iowa City
Japan -- sponsored by Kojokan Samurai Dojo
Ireland -- sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 1404
New Zealand -- sponsored by Miranda Barnes
Nigeria -- sponsored by the Iowa Children's Museum
United States (Hawaii) -- sponsored by Willowwind School
10:00 Dollars for Scholars Band Winners, sponsored by Iowa State Bank & Trust
11:00 Emma Rocks Winners sponsored by the Emma Goldman Clinic
1:30 Dave Zollo
3:00 Public Property
4:15 Amelia White & Her Band
7:00 Eddie From Ohio
9:00 CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
10:00 Kojokan Samurai Dojo: Students of Kojokan Samurai Dojo will demonstrate ancient Japanese warrior arts and weapons.
11:00 Kevin B.F. Burt: Children and parents alike will enjoy this Iowa City area favorite bluesman as he brings American Blues music into their world in a familiar way.
12:15 Tony Brown: A musician since he was 8 years old, Tony Brown has recorded albums and played with many famous musicians around the world. His soul-felt music is a fusion of Reggae, R&B, Funk, Soul, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, and Ska.
1:45 The Spoon Man: What can you say about a guy who plays spoons? Other than he's hilarious and gives a truly "stirring" performance where everybody gets spooned!
3:00 Randy Erwin: Featured on Disney's "Home on the Range", Randy Erwin shares American Cowboy Music, folklore, history, and rope tricks (plus he even yodels!)
4:15 Habeus Corpus & The Imani! Dancers: These Iowa City and Davenport troupes will sizzle and delight with their performance of African and Argentinean folk dances.
5:15 Ecuador Manta: This lively Andean band from St. Paul will share traditional rhythms of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia combined with those of contemporary Latin American music.
10:00-2:00 Randy Erwin & The Spoon Man
10:00-4:00 Ecuador Manta
12:00-4:00 The Tubador
8 - 1:00 I-CARE Pancake Breakfast: All proceeds go to ICARE in support of HIV/AIDS education and prevention programming as well as case management services - connecting individuals with the resources they need to live a better life.
Join us for a delicious breakfast and leave feeling full-filled as you support this worthy cause. The breakfast takes place on the Pedestrian Plaza and Weatherdance Fountain area outside the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. For more information, visit www.icareiowa.org/tickets.html.
10 - 4:00 Artist booths open
12 - 4:00 Children's Day: Come one, come all for an arts and imagination celebration! The Family Stage will feature performing arts while kids create and learn from real artists. And everyone can sign up for the Iowa City Public Library's Summer Reading Program! Children's Day is produced by the Iowa City Public Library for the Iowa Arts Festival. Please note: in case of rain, this event will be held in the Library.
Children's Day Activity Booths and Sponsors Include:
Summer Reading Registration, Face Painting, Bubble Fun, Duck Pond, and More -- Iowa City Public Library & Summer of the Arts; Hands On Funtivities -- University of Iowa Museum of Natural History; Ceramic Tile Art -- Fired Up! Iowa City; Little House on the Prairie Fun -- University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum; Recycled Art -- Rockwell International; Making Music -- Jenny Winegarden & Music Together; Digging Dinosaurs Sculpture -- Jack Neuzil; Crafty Creations -- Iowa Children's Museum; Rock Dig -- Vortex; Samurai Arts -- Kojokan Samurai Dojo; Cool Fiber Fun -- Iowa Fiber Arts Alliance; Drum Circle -- Yahoo Drummers; Paint the Town -- Dick Blick Artist Materials; Costume Photos -- Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation
Noon Robbie Schaefer: Watch for this children's recording artist who's also a member of the group Eddie of Ohio.
12:45 Popo's Puppet Show: Tickle your funny bones with the madcap puppet fun of Deanne Wortman and Dave Panther.
1:30 Babaloo Music & Fun: Don't miss this high-energy, wild, and wacky musical comedy act for kids!
2:30 Taiko Drum Fun: Kojokan Samurai Dojo members demonstrate taiko drumming and how they were used in ancient Japan.
3:00 Kevin B.F. Burt & Kids: Iowa City's favorite blues musician shares songs and music just right for the young at heart.
3:30 Let's Make Music Together: Kids and parents alike will enjoy making songs and rhythm fun with Jenny Winegarden.
Noon-4:00 Kalimba Man, Scotty Hayward, The Tubador & Ecuador Manta
3:00-4:00 Babaloo Music and Fun
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