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Daily Iowan - Thursday, September 24, 2015
With soul and rhythm that carries from the ears down to the dancing feet, music has the inexplicable ability to transcend social and economic barriers. But whether that power is used is solely determined by the artist. Las Cafeteras is on the frontlines of the social-justice conversation in its community in East Los Angeles.
Little Village - Thursday, September 17, 2015
Las Cafeteras were named by the community from which they rose—a fact that very plainly gets at the heart of what this band’s music is about. The members of this conjunto first came together in East L.A. in various activist spaces. A few met in college classes, a few on the streets during protests, and others in their roles as organizers. “We all had one thing in common,” Flores began to say during an interview with LatiNation about their formation. He quickly corrected himself: “Or two things in common: one, the love for Justice, and two, the love of music. That’s what brought us together.”
Little Village - Friday, September 11, 2015
Pianist Johnny Iguana and drummer Michael Caskey describe their fresh, bluesy rock tunes as “Ray Charles on a punk kick.” Iguana made time to sit down and talk with Little Village about the group’s distinctive sound.
Little Village - Thursday, September 10, 2015
Iowa City’s original Hancher Auditorium, destroyed in the 2008 flood, is being rebuilt from scratch. The new Hancher will seat 1,800 and is scheduled to host its first show in the Fall of 2016. Little Village recently sent photographer Rachel Jessen to document the ongoing project, and shed light on those who’ve worked tirelessly to bring a brick-and-mortar Hancher back to Iowa City.
Iowa Now - Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present Lucky Plush Productions' The Queue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 17-18, in Space Place Theater in North Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Iowa Now - Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present the Claudettes in a free Club Hancher at the Mill performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. The performance is a collaboration with the Mill, which is located at 120 East Burlington Street in downtown Iowa City. No tickets are required.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Thursday, August 27, 2015
Since the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium is still without a physical home, Hancher has attached its name, and resources, to the Soul Festival. This year, New Orleans’ premiere band leader Jon Cleary and Grammy winner Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will headline the festival Friday night.
Daily Iowan/DITV - Thursday, August 27, 2015
From sitting in the Hancher Auditorium audience as a child to performing on its stage and launching a career touring across the country, one successful Iowan is excited about the opening of the new Hancher. Susan Werner, who has a longtime Hancher connection as both a guest and performer, said the new facility will open up so many more doors than just a theater.
Iowa Now - Thursday, August 27, 2015
The grand opening of the new Hancher Auditorium is just over a year away, but getting closer every day. So why not celebrate now? Hancher host a free family event titled Drawing Closer: Celebrating Hancher’s Upcoming Opening on Saturday, Aug. 22, which included chalk artists, games, food, and a fantastic performance by Squonk Opera.
The Gazette (Hoopla) - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Music is in her soul, and the music Sharon Jones makes with the Dap-Kings is a throwback to the James Brown soul-funk of her youth. It's the music she and her older brother imitated growing up in Atlanta, and it's the sound that's been the key to her career. From her beginnings as a session and background singer in New York through the evolution of her work with the Dap-Kings, she has found her groove thanks to her retro musical embrace.