Hamilton Loomis

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Where: Brightside Lounge; 225 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 9PM – Midnight

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Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.

“My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.”

Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on his horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute.” Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with–the-crowd antics are infectious. The swaying and clapping are just as he envisioned.

 


Patresa Hartman

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Where: Mud on Main; 425 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 7 PM – 10 PM

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Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, didn’t begin sharing her music with others until an open mic in 2011, attributing the late start to a long-standing bout with stage fright. Several years, hundreds of audiences, and 2 full-length albums later, the fear is gone, and you can find her playing venues across the midwest.

Hartman calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman’s signature finger picking style serves as a rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman’s roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.


Joe and Vickie Price

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Where: Gasthaus 214 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 9 PM – Midnight

 


Chad Elliott and the Redemptions

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Where: The Gathering Place, 207 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Jam Session | 1PM – 5PM;

Pub Crawl | 8PM-11PM

Band Bio: Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop TalesRumble & Flash).

Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.

On his 20th album, Wreck and Ruin, Elliott dove into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana.

“Chad Elliott has assembled not only a great group of songs, but some of Nashville’s finest roots music practitioners and producer drummer Ken Coomer to make a soulful and beautiful album. Townes would be proud.” – Will Kimbrough about Wreck and Ruin

​On his 21st album, RINGGOLD, Elliott recorded songs at his home studio in Iowa. The studio, built in his grandparents’ former home, helped him connect with his roots and explore difficult songs about those closest to him. It was released in 2017.

Elliott released his 22nd album, Rest Heavy, in 2018. Rest Heavy was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions. Greg Brown said of the new album, it’s “low, loose and full of juice. This album’s got a lot of life to it.” Rest Heavy hit shelves August 10, 2018.


The Maytags

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Where: VFW, 133 East Maple St.

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2019|  9PM – Midnight

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“GAINING IN POPULARITY OVER THE YEARS, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEWEST ALBUM, THE MAYTAGS HAVE DRAWN ATTENTION FROM MANY AND RECEIVED COUNTLESS OUTSTANDING REVIEWS.

Juice Magazine commented “Fast-forward to a year later and it’s clear that that band is just wildly talented, not a wild card.” Another review, from VICE, stated “The Maytags’ music swings. It differs from all of the Des Moines’ other retro offerings by its sheer vibrancy—there’s just warmth lining every note.”

These phrases are specific to the cultural geography of the singer, guitarist, and songwriter’s Des Moines, Iowa hometown, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads’ David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and TheAtlantic. But Smith’s words also help evoke the Maytags’ journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith’s time in New York — where studied jazz as a drummer — and the band’s recording sessions in Tennessee. Other band members have roots in St. Louis; all studied jazz, mainly in central and northern Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that’s Midwest Nouveau.

The Maytags are: Dustin Smith, Frank Merchlewitz, Andy Poppen, Tim Sanders, Aaron Ehrlich, Sam Mogerman, Daniel Kreipke.


J. Jeffrey Messerole

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Where: Brightside Lounge, 225 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2018  |  5PM – 8PM

Bonus Band – No Admission Charged!

Bio: Self-taught guitarist, J. Jeffrey Messerole is a story telling, songwriter from Iowa’s Great Lakes region. Messerole masterfully blends the sound of his guitar, with haunting lyrics, and harmonica to tell gritty american tales, bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. Each song is a poignant, and sometimes, painful, snapshot of the lives of old souls and modern folk alike. With stories spanning the country from coast to coast, he’s happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music rooted right here, in the heart of the Great Plains.

 

 


The Senders

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Where: Western Iowa Tech Conference Center, 200 Victory Drive

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2019  |  6PM – 9PM

The Senders began in 1962 in Newell, Iowa and were originally called Johnny and the Sting Rays.  They began their musical career by renting Legion Buildings and Community Centers throughout NW Iowa.  They were too young to drive, so their parents drove them to the teen hops.  The band members were ages 12 through 16.  As time went by they got hired to play in ballrooms around NW and North Central Iowa.  Two of their favorite ballrooms were the Cobblestone in Storm Lake, Iowa and the Roof Garden in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

In 1964, the band began searching for a different name.  Elivis Presley’s recording of “Return to Sender” sounded like a name that would work.  Thus, the name “The Senders” was born.  The band members stayed the same, just the name was changed.

As 55 years of playing rock-n-roll music have gone by, there have been 26 different members.  A few members played only 4 or 5 months, some played 4 or 5 years, and some have played for 4 or 5 decades.  The Senders have made appearances in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

Come and join in on the fun at an appearance of The Senders when they play at a location near you.  The Senders play dance music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  Their motto is “if you can’t dance to it, we don’t play it”.

 Current members are: Kal Kohler, Dave Schossow, Bob Harrison, and Don Schossow.