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April 26, 2007

Free 'Java Blend' Performances Set for May 4 and 11

Singer-songwriter Neva Geoffrey will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, May 4, at Iowa City's Java House. At noon on Friday, May 11, the "Java Blend" series continues with songs from Chicago-based musician Alice Peacock.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the shows at the Java House, at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The hour-long show originates from the University of Iowa's radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Now based in Lexington, Ky., Geoffrey is touring the country in support of her debut CD titled "The Days are Rolling." Washington D.C.'s entertainment magazine On Tap says of Geoffrey: "This Lexington, Kentucky-based musician hits all the right notes. These songs are mostly mellow, melancholy even, dominated by Geoffrey's sweet voice, or at times piano or strings. Simple, uncomplicated and just lovely.""

Geoffrey's performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio stations across the state Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20.

For the Friday, May 11, show Peacock will introduce her latest CD "Who I Am" with a live noon performance for "Java Blend." Later that evening at 8 p.m., she will give a concert at CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE in Cedar Rapids.

A native of White Bear Lake, Minn., Peacock has been steadily making a name for herself as one of Chicago's premier singer-songwriters. Her 2002 release featured backup vocals by John Mayer and Emily Saliers Indigo Girls. She is also the creator and president of the non-profit organization Rock for Reading in support of literacy.

"Peacock mixes blues, jazz, folk and cabaret that evokes aural images of Carole King or Sheryl Crow," says All That Jazz magazine.

Peacock's performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. A full calendar of upcoming "Java Blend" performances and broadcasts see http://iowapublicradio.org/programs.php and scroll to "Java Blend."

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, "Java Blend" offers an eclectic mix of live music from the vibrant independent music scene, featuring artists from around the state and around the country. Kieffer infuses the performances with lively discussion to find out about the artists' music and lives.

The program will also be videotaped for several TV broadcasts on the UITV cable channel in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. The audio version also can be heard worldwide on the Internet via Iowa Public Radio stations' live Webcasting.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Ben Kieffer, WSUI, 319-335-5730

OTHER INFORMATION: For artist information see http://myspace.com/nevageoffrey and http://alicepeacock.com.