Concerts at the Creek
Saturday evenings: Summer 2019
Join us this summer for 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. Note: Concerts are held rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, the Executive Director of the Nature Center will make a call on holding the concert or not.
2019 Concert Artists Coming Soon
Saturday, June 16: Middle Western, Kingbolt (Amphitheater)
Middle Western was formed out of a long friendship and discussions the various members had while playing on each others’ recordings and the occasional band show organized as a way to play and sing songs written and recorded by other members. The band is made up of singer/songwriter and Anti Records artist William Elliot Whitmore on bass guitar and vocals; singer/songwriter/session keyboardist and founder of legendary Iowa roots music label, Trailer Records, David Zollo on keyboards and vocals; Chicago multi-instrumentalist Stephen “The Kid” Howard (James McCartney, Pinebender, Mississippi Heat) on electric guitars; Stevie Doyle (The Hoyle Brothers) on electric and slide guitars; and in-demand Iowa City drummer Brian Cooper on percussion. The fact that members live in Chicago (Doyle, Howard;) rural Iowa City (Cooper and Zollo;) and rural southernmost Iowa (Whitmore;) Middle Western brings together the influences and talents of its members to create something at once unique and familiar. Mixing New Orleans piano stomps, Crazy Horse-era guitar epics and proto-garage boogie, Middle Western is at work on their debut record, at Lone Tree’s Flat Black Studios, with Luke Tweedy engineering and mixing, and a summer 2018 release planned.
KingBolt a group of life-long, like-minded musicians who have mostly been away from their craft to have jobs and families and all that. In 2017, fate brought the guys together to form a group for fun, and to play some of their favorite tunes. It didn’t take long for them to start working on new material and working to find their own sound. Kingbolt is looking to get into the studio to put some of these new tracks down and are honored to bring our own version of live music to the scene. KingBolt is comprised of Greg Kanz on percussion, Brian Crowe on bass and vocals, Tom Stoeffler on guitar, Eric Kome on guitar, keys, harmonica and vocals, Mark Nolte on vocals.
Saturday, June 23: Andy Frasco & The U.N., Strays (Ampitheater)
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Please note that this concert will contain explicit lyrics and is not suitable for children.
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 adrenaline-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.”
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, July 21: Susan Werner, Amelia and Melina (Patio Show)-SOLD OUT
After writing twelve albums of songs in styles ranging from folk/rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country and chamber music, what might a woman deemed by National Public Radio as “The Empress of the Unexpected” try next?
Write a Broadway musical, of course.
Which is just what Susan Werner is doing these days, along with writer and director Ron Shelton (Tin Cup, White Men Can’t Jump); writing “Bull Durham, The Musical,” based on the beloved 1986 MGM film. The show eyes a Spring 2017 Broadway debut.
Werner’s score has already received accolades from its 2014 Atlanta tryout: The New York Times praised her “flavorsome lyrics,” stating Werner is “a singer/songwriter making a confident musical theater debut,” while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took it further: “Werner knocks it out of the park with a first-string score of gospel, rock and folk numbers.”
And as audiences will testify, Werner’s been knocking it out of the park – or, concert hall – all around the US for twenty years. Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years. From her 1995 major label debut on BMG/Private Music, the folk/rock gem “Last of the Good Straight Girls,” to her 2004 Koch Records collection of Tin Pan Alley styled originals “I Can’t Be New,” to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal “The Gospel Truth,” to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots “Hayseed,” Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic. “I like concept albums, because they provide a place for the audience and the artist to meet. You may not know me and I may not know you, but we both know something about a farmer’s market, about what it is to sit in a pew at church and wonder what life means, we both know something about falling in love and maybe falling back out again. I like to have a starting point for an evening’s conversation with an audience – it’s a great icebreaker.”
She first arrived on the national stage when her 1995 BMG/Private Music debut earned her national concert tours with Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. In 1996 Werner was featured as part of the “next generation” in Peter Paul and Mary’s PBS special LifeLines. She has performed on NPR’s World Café three times, NPR’s Mountain Stage nine times, and in August 2016 Nebraska Educational Television will broadcast “The Land Will Outlive Us All,” a one hour special on Werner, agriculture, and her 2015 concert tour across the state.
Her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein, Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole, and countless individuals and ensembles. But Werner says she’s just getting started: “I’m at work finishing up an album of songs inspired by a trip to Cuba. And I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland – hey, maybe I could learn the bagpipes. It’s not impossible….is it?”
Amelia and Melina
2019 Artists Coming Soon
Everyone who volunteers will receive ONE FREE ticket to a concert (in addition to the one you volunteer at).
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 Susan Werner concert on July 21)
- 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
- NO Smoking