Saturday, July 23, 2016

Episode 31: Iowa Soul, Rnb, and Funk Music

If you google Iowa soul music, you get the following....

- A whole bunch of links to The Iowa Soul Festivals, which is more about bringing soul artists TO Iowa than about soul music FROM Iowa.
- Links to soul artists coming to Iowa
- The album "Eclectic Iowa Soul" by Rod Dugan, who seems to be from Texas but looks like he came from Iowa. If you want to check it out, it's on Google Play at
- And if you look far enough, a couple of mentions of The Maytags, a mention here and there of other Iowa bands, and a couple of mentions of my hip hop episode!

If you google "Iowa soul music" with quotes, you get exactly 7 entries. Three are porn sites! Two link to The Maytags on Tumblr. One about Iowa folk musician, William Elliott Whitmore. And one about the writings of of a Ray Franklin.

Needless to say, soul and RnB, plus funk, are not produced widely in our predominantly rural and white state, But a few people besides Dustin Smith are playing this awesome genre. And I'm happy to present a few of them on this recent podcast episode!

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):

For more information on the track, click on the link below.

Song 1 - "Why Me" by Dominique Morgan

Song 2 - "Are You Ready" by The Candymakers

Song 3 - "Spirit of Love" by Sophia Landis

Extra 2 - Videos of The Dick Danger Band

Song 4 - "Invest in This" by Soul Sherpa

Song 5 - "Beautiful Girls Put Yo Handz Up" by Polo Bandz

Extra 2 - Videos of Faculty Lounge

Song 6 - "Too High" (radio version) by SP3

Song 7 - "I'm So Sorry" by Dustin Smith

Song 8 - "Betsy" (live and acoustic) by Ladysoal

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle

All rights reserved by the composers and performers. Used by their kind permission.

Other posts and podcast episodes featuring soul music:


Next episode: We drop some Iowa electropop and electronic music on you!

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

OTHER SOURCES: A list of websites, podcasts, and playlists for Iowa Music

Well, I posted this in a comment section on a Facebook status from Wamza ( had asking for websites and podcasts on Iowa music (

Here's a list of websites and podcasts mentioned in the comments before me...

Pants Off Podcast - https://www.facebook/pantsoffpodcast/
Iowaves Music Blog -
Grace's Notes -
DSM Shows -
Culture Myth -
The Bigfoot Diaries -
Band Bombshell -
Des Noise -

And here's my comment. It features some sites I've already talked about and some I plan on featuring in some articles in the future.

Thanks to Ashley Sampson and Wamza for mentioning my site -

 A lot of the podcasts and websites I mentioned before have already been posted, but here's some that weren't. Some aren't exclusively Iowa, but still have a lot of Iowa artists on them.

- Underground Archives -
- Iowa Homegrown Music -
- Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast -
- Lock n Load -
- Live at O'Leavers -
- All Lights Off -
- Iowa Hardore -

These are podcasts or website's per se, but you can hear plenty of Iowa music on them...

- DMMC on SoundCloud -
- David Derong on SoundCloud -
- Fester Rage's YouTube Channel -
- Jazzman Joe's YouTube Channel -
- Quad City Underground YouTube Channel -
- GriffleTV YouTube Channel -
- Iowa Metal Music internet radio station -

Friday, July 8, 2016

Other Sources: Free live music shows

"I want to see Iowa bands, but I don't know any.  And I'm afraid if I go to a show, they'll all suck! Then I'll have wasted my money!"

I have two things to say to you!

One - Don't be such a wimp! Most shows featuring local bands are only five dollars!

And two - There are a lot of places to check out local bands live for FREE!!

As I am writing this in my hometown of Des Moines, our arts festival - which featured 3 stages of music filled mostly by Iowa artists - was two weekends ago. Our town's annual Jazz in July - featuring local and national acts - is just beginning. And this weekend is 80/35 - featuring four stages with local and regional artists.

And you know what else is in common about these three besides the fact that they feature Iowa artists and bands? They're FREE! (Yes, 80/35 is not free, but those two stages are!)

I did a cursory look around Iowa on the internet to see what free festivals featuring local artists I could find. I put the ones I found below, but I'm sure I could find plenty more if I wanted to make the time.

It seems many towns and wineries have a free music series, where they have a local band play once a week for FREE. Also, many towns have local bands play at their town's festivals, again for FREE!

And to help you, below is a list of all the free music festivals and music series in Iowa that I found in my not very deep search! I'm sure you could find more and one near you if you don't see anything nearby on this list! So get out there and discover a band you're dying to see again!

The festival and series with free music that feature Iowa artists and bands (that I could find):

Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concerts

Maximum Ames Music Festival - certain events

Thursday Night Music in Wapsiana Park
Cedar Falls
Cedar Basin Jazz Festival

Cedar Falls
Live to 9

Cedar Falls
Sturgis Falls Celebration

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup

Cedar Rapids
Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival

Cedar Rapids
Make Music Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids
St Ludmila's Kolach Festival

Cedar Rapids
Three One Nine Music & Arts Festival

Clear Lake
Lakeside DixieFest

Celtic Festival and Highland Games

Friday Live at 5

River Roots Live's Junior Jam Stage

Street Fest

Des Moines
80/35 Music Festival's Kum & Go Stage, Nationwide Stage, Generation Z Stage, and IPR Stage

Des Moines
Des Moines Arts Festival

Des Moines
Ingersoll Live
Downtown Friday Nights

Fort Dodge
Soldier Creek Winery's Sunday Vineyard Vibrations

Music in the Park
Iowa Arts Festival
Iowa City Jazz Festival
Iowa Soul Festival

Iowa City
Iowa Women's Music Festival

Iowa City
Mission Creek Festival - certain shows are free

Iowa City

North Liberty
North Liberty Blues & BBQ

Beef Days

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery's Bourbon & Blues Festival

West Branch
Hoover's Hometown Days

West Branch
Music on the Village Green

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