Iowa City is full of talented artists from all backgrounds, and musicians are easy to find. Here, you can find music of just about any genre, sometimes on the street corner, sometimes in one of the several music venues.
Folks just arriving in Iowa City should look for local group John June Year. The members offer a solid rock sound and are a good introduction to the music scene. A music video for the group’s song “Lounge Lizard” can be found online. The song is a good introduction to the band’s work.
While searching YouTube, also check out “Who Are You?” by the Olympics, another local treasure. It is a powerful band that can enrapture whole crowds with its music. When the Olympics shows up at a local venue such as Blue Moose or Gabe’s, expect a lot of dedicated fans and friends to come even when the band isn’t the headliner. Another one of its songs, “Gypsy Blood,” tends to be a popular request.
Aside from those rockers, keen-eyed fans may occasionally spot the punny name Juan Manbando on posters and events calendars. This being is an actual, combination one-man-band luchador. He must be seen to be believed, and he is quite a talented vocalist and guitarist to boot.
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