The Civic Center and Locusic are partnering to celebrate local Iowan musicians as part of Artstop 2012 to present the HOMEGROWN Iowa Music Showcase which will feature a curated selection of Iowa-based artists with a free concert at the Civic Center’s Temple Theater on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The free concert will highlight four Iowa-based artists:
- Bonne Finken
- Tony Bohnenkamp
- Christopher the Conquered
- Rae and the Honeybees
Additionally, these artists can be previewed at listening stations at the HOMEGROWN Iowa Artists Listening Stations Sept. 14-29 in the lobby of The Temple for Performing Arts. These two free listening stations give the listener a chance to experience more than 30 Iowa artists Iowa musicians and rate their favorites. The free listening stations are part of the Artstop 2012 tour.
To hear her sing, you’d never know Bonne Finken was once a shy, small-town-Iowa girl. Her confident, passionate vocals demand the attention she used to studiously avoid. Finken’s remarkably versatile voice allows her to transcend genres effortlessly. One moment, she’s melting your heart with a classic soul-inspired ballad. The next, she's making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop. Finken even has the capability to carry a down-and-dirty, loud rocker. The fact that her vocal delivery has been compared to both the soulful croon of Annie Lennox and to the legendary wail of Janis Joplin is a testament to her impressive adaptability.
For nearly 20 years Tony Bohnenkamp has been active in the music industry playing just about every role – owner of a successful recording studio, well-known dueling pianist, drummer for The Nadas, singer for Lunchbox as well as producing, writing and composing. Tony’s personal songwriting style draws inspiration from an assortment of musicians, especially artists that fill the spectrum of sound to the brim. He does this in his own way by quickly enticing the listener be weaving hook-laden melodies with commanding vocals that seep in and out of rocking arrangements. Tony has an appreciation for many different instruments and likes to infuse his music with those not normally used in the rock/pop genre which is apparent on his latest recording Side 2 when appearances are made by a banjo, dobro, pedal steel, sleigh bells, and even some auto-tune.
Christopher the Conquered
It’s hard to believe the eclectic mix that is Christopher the Conquered started out in 2008 as two people: singer/songwriter/keyboardist Chris Ford and drummer Brandon Rushchill who were eclectic back then, too. What has really changed is the lineup, which has grown to include Central Iowa musicians Nate Logsdon, Kate Kennedy, Donny Peterson, CJ Howard, Derek Lambert, and Brian Stout in a talented conglomeration known as the Black Gold Brass Band. When the group recorded their latest LP, 2012’s The Fate of a Good Man, they also brought in Dustin Harmsen on guitar. But it’s Ford’s explorer’s attitude that has made the band such a high-energy mix of some of the area’s most high-profile musicians and netted them a 2012 Mixies Award for Buzz Band. Their 80/35 performance drew a big crowd and sparked sing-alongs to Ford’s funny and thoughtful original numbers.
Rae and the Honeybees
Rae started the Honeybees started in October of 2007 and within six months recorded her first EP "Faders Up". Rae has played everything from coffee houses to historic live music venues like Lion's Lair in Denver; and in just a little over one year she has shared stages with many acts including Coles Whalen and Dick Prall. She expertly combines her ecclectic mix of musical influences into a sound that can take listeners on a journey from intimate and melodic ballads to can't-stay-in-your-seat rock. Rae is in a perpetual state of writing new music and is working her way across the country to bring her unique acoustic rock sound to live music to a hive near you.
HOMEGROWN Iowa Music Showcase
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, 7:30 PM
Civic Center’s Temple Theater
Free and open to the public
HOMEGROWN Iowa Artists Listening Stations
Sept. 14-29, 2012
Temple for the Performing Arts, 1st floor lobby
Free and open to the public
30+ Iowa artists will be featured on two listening stations in the Temple for the Performing Arts lobby. Explore the artists and rate your favorites!
This music project is presented in conjunction to and with support by Artstop 2012.