CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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
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.
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.
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