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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: laurie-haag@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 7, 2001

WRAC co-sponsors eighth annual Women's Music Festival

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will co-sponsor the Eighth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Iowa City's Upper City Park.

The event, which begins at noon, is free and open to the public. The Iowa Women's Music Festival is designed to put a spotlight on female performers and artists from Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.

This year's schedule includes appearances by international artists Zrazy and CommonbonD. The outdoor festival features live music, vendors, food, games and more. Other artists that will be appearing include Carol Montag, the Mad River Band and the Trollies. For the latest updates, call 319-335-1486 or check out http://www.prairievoices.net.

In addition to the outdoor festival on Saturday, other events are being scheduled as part of or in cooperation with the Iowa Women's Music Festival, including classical music recitals, readings, art shows, and more. The most notable is Hancher Auditorium's presentation of "The Vagina Monologues," which is already sparking conversation and controversy. In keeping with that gynocentric theme, the IWMF and a group of downtown Iowa City businesses are organizing the "Vagina Art Walk," a gallery walk of downtown businesses featuring work by female artists. The gallery walk will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5-8 p.m.. Participating businesses will include Ruby's Pearl, Dulcinea, RSVP, Textiles, and others.

A book discussion of "The Vagina Monologues" will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Dulcinea (2 S. Dubuque St.). For a full schedule of activities, visit the Hancher Auditorium website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher/vweek.html. Tickets for The Vagina Monologues can by ordered by calling 1-800-HANCHER or from the web address above.

The Iowa Women's Music Festival is sponsored by Prairie Voices Productions and the Women's Resource and Action Center. Supporters of the Festival include Iowa City Press Citizen, Stepping Up, University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff and Faculty Association, West Music, Eble Music, Old Capital Screen Printing, New Pioneer Coop, Soap Opera, and Heartland Inn. Friends of the Festival include Hills Bank, the Deadwood, Red Avocado, Hamburg Inn, Alterations, Endorphinden Tattoo, and Bea Day Plumbing.

For more information about the Iowa Women's Music Festival, contact Laurie Haag at (319) 335-1486.

Schedule of Events

Carol Montag (Noon)

Carol Montag is a native of Ames, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and worked for several years as a graphic designer for Rockwell International. Eventually, she returned to her first love, music. She began performing in local restaurants and colleges and soon found herself performing at folk festivals, coffeehouses, and concert series throughout the Midwest.

Carol's recordings include: "Song for Carrie," "White," "Swallows Return in the Spring," which was commissioned by Ballet Iowa, and her latest release, "Marigolds." In addition to her solo recordings, she has also released a Christmas CD, "Silent Night," a regional bestseller for Barnes and Noble, with the trio known as Tribute.

The Mad River Band (1 p.m.)

Fronted by singer-songwriter Irene Schroeder, the Mad River Band moves easily and enthusiastically between genres with their eclectic mix of jazz, country, pop and rock. A virtuoso clarinet player and champion competitive mountain biker in addition to singing and writing the band's original material, Schroeder has been compared to such artists as Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow. The Mad River Band has just released its first CD, "Shivers."

CommonbonD (2 p.m.)

While most often compared to the Indigo Girls and Bonnie Raitt, CommonbonD has developed a unique mix of folk-pop, rock, country and blues all their own. Trading off between lead/backup vocals and lead/rhythm guitar, the two-women band of Ashley Miller and Mary Beth de Pompa will have you in tears one moment, then rock you off your chair with a big burst of blues the next! Most noted for their stage presence and their ability to play, this singer-songwriter duo loves to perform and it shows. They are dynamic on stage!

Zrazy (3 p.m.)

Zrazy, the electrifying jazz/techno-pop duo from Ireland, has enraptured audiences from their native Dublin, to Berlin and Paris, Toronto, Michigan, and New York. Maria Walsh's sultry voice and captivating presence demand that you watch and listen. Carole Nelson's songwriting has earned her kudos as one of the most extraordinary composers working in Irish music. But don't expect traditional fare from this duo. Get ready for politically and emotionally charged lyrics, techno rhythms, hot jazz, and passionate pop ballads, all blended with an original Celtic flair. This dynamic duo will raise you out of your seat!

The Trollies (4 p.m.)

The Trollies are a four piece band from Iowa City with a unique sound, using influences from blues, rock, alternative, Celtic, funk, folk and elsewhere. The Trollies are Nikki Lunden on vocals and guitar, Natalie Brown on electric violin or "git-fiddle," mandolin, Rory Hartkemeyer on bass, Seth Koenig on drums.

Complete Schedule of Community Events Related to the Iowa Women's Music Festival

Friday, Sept. 7

7:30 p.m. — Women's Erotic Reading at Ruby's Pearl

Women's Drumming Circle and Bonfire Music Festival Kick-Off, Spirit Hill Women's Retreat near West Branch. For information call 319/643-2613.

Sunday, Sept. 9

2 p.m. — Prairie Voices: "Songs of the American West," Anne Foradori, soprano and Valerie Cisler, piano. Clapp Recital Hall. Free. For information, call (319) 335-1667. Sponsored by UI Department of Music.

Monday, Sept. 10

7 p.m. — Ruby's Reading: The Vagina Monologues Book Discussion. Dulcinea, 2 S. Dubuque Street. Sponsored by Ruby's Pearl.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

12-8 p.m. — Free Pap Tests, Planned Parenthood, 850 Orchard Street, For appointment call 354-8000 or 1-800-568-2368; walk-ins welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

12:30 p.m. — Sexual Assault Awareness Rally and March "I want a 24-hour truce during which there is no rape." — Andrea Dworkin, activist and scholar. University of Iowa Pentacrest. Sponsored by Rape Victim Advocacy Program.

5-8 p.m. — Vagina Art Walk. Downtown Iowa City businesses.

Thursday, Sept. 13

5 –7 p.m. — Dinner and Dialogue: The Vagina Monologues. Hillcrest Residence Hall. Sponsored by Women's Resource and Action Center and University of Iowa Office of Residential Life.

6-8 p.m. — Self-Exam Workshop, Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, 227 N. Dubuque Street.

8 p.m. — Iowa Women's Music Festival House Concert featuring Amy Martin. Call 319-335-1486 for more information.

Friday, Sept. 14

8 p.m. — The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. Hancher Auditorium. $32/30; UI student & senior citizen $/25.60/24; youth $16/15. For tickets, call (319) 335-1160; toll-free 1-800-HANCHER.

Saturday, Sept. 15

2 & 8 p.m. — The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. Hancher Auditorium. $32/30; UI student & senior citizen $25.60/24; youth $16/15. For tickets, call (319) 335-1160; toll-free 1-800-HANCHER.

8 p.m. — Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano, and Shari Rhoads, piano. Clapp Recital Hall. Free. For information, call (319) 335-1667. Sponsored by UI Department of Music.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

8 p.m. — University Symphony, William LaRue Jones, conductor, with Ksenia Nosikova, piano. Hancher Auditorium. Free. For information, call (319) 335-1667. Sponsored by UI Department of Music.

Thursday, Sept. 20

6-8 p.m. — Self-Exam Workshop. Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, 227 N. Dubuque Street.

Friday, Sept. 21

8 p.m. — Amy Appold, violin, and Heidi Williams, piano. Clapp Recital Hall. Free. For information, call (319) 335-1667. Sponsored by UI Department of Music.