CRST Concerts at the Creek
2018 Concert Artists to be Announced Soon!
Saturday evenings: June 16, June 23, July 21
Join us this summer for CRST Concerts at the Creek at Indian Creek Nature Center! This series of three incredible concerts features a variety of genres of fantastic live music, under the beauty of the stars in our woodland amphitheater and patio. Food trucks, beer and wine, and the surrounding woodlands and prairies complete the perfect summer Saturday night.
Bios of PREVIOUS Concerts at the Creek Musicians
(2018 artists to be announced soon!)
Saturday, July 22: Carrie Newcomer, Drew Nelson (Patio show - chairs provided)
Carrie Newcomer’s songwriting has impressed the likes of Billboard, USA Today, and Rolling Stone, which wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” Newcomer speaks and teaches about creativity, vocation, activism, and spirituality at colleges, conventions and retreats. She has shared the stage with performers like Alison Krauss and writers like Parker J. Palmer, Jill Bolte Taylor, Philip Gulley, Scott Russell Sanders, Rabbi Sandy Sasso and Barbara Kingsolver. Newcomer has written two collections of essays and poetry as companion pieces to recent albums: A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays, and The Beautiful Not Yet: Essays, Poems and Lyrics. In 2016, Goshen College awarded her with an honorary degree of Bachelor’s of Music in Social Change during a ceremony in which she delivered the college’s commencement speech. Newcomer lives in Indiana.
Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.
Note that Drew will host a casual learning experience for guitar enthusiasts prior to performing at the Concerts in the Creek series, from 2-3:30 PM. This is not a formal lesson, but an opportunity to sit down and talk and learn guitar from Drew. No previous experience required. You are welcome to bring your own guitar, though not necessary.
Saturday, July 29: Elizabeth Moen, Anthony Worden, MacMillan and Spengler (Amphitheater)
Elizabeth Moen’s music came all at once, in what seemed like a fury at the bitter end of her college career. Playing guitar since middle school and singing old Johnny Cash and Billie Holiday covers at open mics, she finally began to write her own songs in September of 2015. Now residing in Iowa City, the music and writing communities inspired the small town girl from Vinton, Iowa to create her own sound. This sound is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, and contemporary female singer-songwriters like Angel Olsen, Esmé Patterson, and Margaret Glaspy, Moen’s music is a compilation of the music she was raised on; folk, rock, blues, and soul.
Last year, Iowa City’s Anthony Worden composed his forthcoming debut “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” in the sticks of Eastern Iowa, an album which situates itself between canonical rock n roll and contemporary indie rock. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, under the mentorship of Night People Record’s Shawn Reed, these are songs concerned with how we find ourselves pliant to our own predilections–but remain ever-susceptible to others’ predilections. The result is a lucid state of swagger and delicacy. What lies in those oscillations is for the listener to discern.
It’s easy to compare the tunes to Lou Reed: Worden syncopates his lyrics in the colloquial vein of Reed. But where Reed lacked in tone and range, Worden effortlessly croons. His songs strut in familiar rock n roll structures, a la The Rolling Stones or Ziggy-era David Bowie; they coalesce further the atmospheres found in the psychedelic ambles of Spacemen 3 with Mac Demarco’s jangly, slinky guitar work. Anthony Worden‘s music in not beholden to a time or place.
MacMillan & Spengler
Iowa City experimental electronic musicians Ian MacMillan and Brendan Spengler joined forces in 2012 to create the sound of bees for an Iowa City installation. The duo has collaborated on a number of projects since, most recently this recently released cassette, Demonstration.
Spengler, who plays a combo organ and analog synthesizers in the duo, is a transplant from Memphis, Tennessee and was trained as a classical pianist before moving on to play in the Memphis rock and punk scene that revolved around the label Goner Records.
MacMillan is a philosophy professor who has been active in the Midwest as a DJ and electronic musician, using modular synthesizers and specialized keyboards.
Aside from their first collaboration in 2012 on the bees, MacMillan & Spengler recorded an as-yet-unreleased full-length album and performed a live restored soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to a sold out Iowa City crowd.
Saturday, August 5: Alisabeth von Presley, Strays (Amphitheater)
Alisabeth von Presley
A rocker raised on a steady mix of Van Halen, Michael Jackson and Madonna, this Iowa girl has left a memorable impact on stages from Los Angeles to New York — with stops at “American Idol” and “Cabaret In The Courtyard” in between. Touring on the heels of her debut CD, “My Foolish Heart,” this Iowa native performs with a flair for the dynamic and theatrical; she’s most easily described — can she be easily described? — as a “passionate performance roller-coaster tied up in pleather pants and sequin stilettos.” Or as one musical critic wrote, “when Alisabeth sings, the neon rainbow melts into a swirling puddle.”Born in the small town of Marion, Iowa, Alisabeth’s musical career began when she won the blue ribbon at 9 years old in a local talent show.
More than a decade later, Alisabeth would be wowing judges in another “talent show” of sorts — drawing the attention of judges Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban on American Idol: Season 12, which saw her advance to the Hollywood Round as perhaps one of the most unusually-tattooed contestants in that show’s history. She’s stayed busy since, with Alisabeth’s music video “The Beautiful Revolution” taking the Grand Prize for “Challenge. Create. Change,” a Converse/Youtube competition that asked how people would change their piece of the world for the better. She performs in numerous venues throughout the Midwest, most recently playing a series of sold-out shows at the prestigious Cabaret In The Courtyard at the historic Brucemore Mansion. With her debut album drawing rave reviews, this Iowan is a performer to watch — that is, if you aren’t too busy rocking out.
STRAYS is a brand new force on the Cedar Rapids scene in 2013 , but its members are well versed to CR stages as players from well known bands in the area. STRAYS is currently a 3 piece power trio featuring Josh Misener (Josh Misener Band, All But Screaming), Shane Lunsford (Black The Sun, All But Screaming) and Travis Perry (Money Shot, Jake McVey, Skin Kandy,) The goal of STRAYS is to play music with intense groove and high energy vocals that you can rock, party and dance to while never losing that fresh just out of the shower feeling. Stylistically STRAYS plays Rock & Pop Covers from the 90s through today in the likes of Muse, Incubus, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Frank Ocean & Justin Timberlake sprinkled with some All But Screaming originals for ABS fans.
Saturday, August 12: Andy Frasco & The U.N., Uniphonics (Ampitheater)
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
You can’t miss Andy Frasco. The electric-shock hair. The megawatt charisma. The golden lungs, magic fingers and party-starting songs. When this twenty-something Californian bandleader takes to the stage with The U.N., you’ll get an adrenalin-shot of pure escapism. “We want people to be happy,” explains Andy of his musical mission statement. “To smile at their faults, love life for what it is, and follow the beat of your own drum.”
Happy Bastards is aptly titled. Released on Ruf Records in 2016, this fourth full-length album shakes your feet and skewers your woes. Recorded at Lavish Studios and Brando’s Paradise, California, these twelve new songs are an industrial-strength blast of glass-half-full optimism, with the band’s self-styled brand of party blues jostling with funk, soul, rock and roots.
“I’m trying to bring a different interpretation of what people think the blues is,” says Andy. “Not all blues need to be sad and lonesome. I love acts like Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Guy, The Band, Samantha Fish, Houndmouth – all these acts that really made the blues their own style.”
In May 2007, The Uniphonics formed out of the Iowa City music scene to compete in a Battle of the Bands for a performance slot at the annual music festival, Camp Euforia. Victory solidified the musical union and since then, they have been well received all across the region and have been seen as far as Texas and Eastern Ohio. The Uniphonics are quickly becoming a staple at many venues and festivals in the Midwest.
The Uniphonics have performed at large events that include- Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Mid-Point Music Fest, Camp Euforia, River-Roots, Iowa City Jazz Fest and New Bohemia. They have also performed shows with major acts such as Primus, Rusted Root, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, G-Unit and Kidz in the Hall.
The Uniphonics continue to tour and expand on the back of a high energy show, thought provoking lyrics and infectious grooves.
They are a fluid emulsification of their many diverse parts, mixing rock, funk, hip-hop, jazz and classical elements into one great greasy stew of listening pleasure.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Artist announcements coming soon!
Persons with disabilities, please note that accessibility is limited in the amphitheater, for shows on 6/16 and 6/23. The path to the amphitheater is grass, dirt and wood chips, and can be rough at places. If you will require assistance, please call Rachel Bailey at 319-362-0664 x304 to make arrangements.
What is and is not allowed into the concerts:
The following items ARE allowed on Nature Center grounds during the concerts:
- YES Blankets – over half of the seating in the amphitheater is grass seating. Please bring a blanket! (NOTE: July 21 concert is on the patio and will have chairs provided for all attendees!)
- YES Point and click film and digital cameras (No detachable lenses, please)
- YES Water bottles (empty)
- YES Sunblock
- YES Bug spray
The following items are NOT allowed on Nature Center grounds during the concerts:
- NO Lawn chairs (note that chairs are provided for all attendees to the Carrie Newcomer concert on July 22)
- NO Coolers
- NO Outside food or beverage (except water bottles)
- NO knives or weapons of any kind
- NO Fireworks
- NO Glass
- NO Styrofoam
- NO Drones
- NO Drugs
- NO Laser pointers
- NO Pets (service animals welcome)
- NO Professional cameras
- NO Umbrellas