Mission Creek Festival consumes Iowa City

BY EMILY BURDS | APRIL 08, 2013 5:00 AM

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The bass rocked the walls at the Mill last night as the Mission Creek Festival came to an end with bands Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, Wet Hair, and the world-renowned indie-rock band, Deerhoof.

Hundreds of people participated in this past week’s events including a literary crawl, lecture lineup, dinners/brunches, and nearly 15 music performances.

One of the festival’s main organizers, Andre Perry, said the festival seemed to be a “pretty smooth affair.”

“People were generally excited about everything going on,” said Perry. “It will take us awhile to really get a good assessment of how things went. We take months to talk to people and look at everything before we truly know what went well, what didn’t, and what can be changed for next year.”

The Mill’s warm, low-light concert space quickly filled up with fans from all walks of life in anticipation for Deerhoof’s set.

“They’re my favorite band,” said Ed Bornstein as he sat with girlfriend Chloe Nisbett.

The 26-year-old comes back to Iowa City from Chicago every year for the Mission Creek Festival to not only enjoy, but to play as well. Bornstein’s band, Foul Tip, played the Deadwood on April 6.

“I grew up here, so it’s great to come back and play,” he said. “The festival is a nice boost to all the great stuff that Iowa City’s music scene has going on all year round.”

Plenty of other Deerhoof fans filled the seats including students Riley Ubben and Kyle Laws. The 22- and 21-year-olds attended the Lit Crawl earlier in the weekend as well as several other events to get the full taste of the festival.

“The Mission Creek Festival is the best week of the semester,” Laws said. Ubben agreed saying, “It’s the one time of year where everyone can come together, especially music that normally wouldn’t.”

They said this week really brings Iowa City’s music to life.

“Iowa City’s music scene can sometimes be lacking,” Ubben said. “A lot bands don’t give Iowa a chance.”

As for next year, no one knows what is in store for the festival. However, Ubben and Laws know what they’d like to see, “more punk rock shows and art stuff.”

The Mission Creek Festival organizers won’t know where to begin until this summer but Perry said the turnout this year has been great to see. With several shows selling out, he said the success speaks for itself.

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