This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The River Monks on "Java Blend."
Listen to Des Moines-based indie folk ensemble The River Monks' performance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" show on Friday, March 29th.
The River Monks are a folk band from Des Moines, Iowa. Awhile back, when the people of France settled there, they observed some monks trapping fish in the river. They named the river "La Riviere des Moines" - or "The River of the Monks." The city that eventually formed around the river became Des Moines. The River Monks are "voices for Des Moines, for Iowa, for the United States, for the world, and for you." The group's latest album Jovials is available for streaming and for purchase at The River Monks' Bandcamp site.
The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be, “Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion.” A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cook-Feltz has spent the past seven years living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles, large and small, sure and unsure.
This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll re-broadcast his percussive "Java Blend" performance from October of 2011.
This is not your average piano girl. Singer-songwriter Tiff Jimber holds nothing back when she plays, smashing out rhythms and dancing on her toes. Consistently compared to Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds, this lady showcases her diverse jazz and classical training in catchy pop songs conjured up by her influences, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Nina Simone, and Adele.
Seconds marks the fourth studio record for Rebecca Rego since 2006. Derek Beres of "Mindful Metropolis" says "There is no doubt that Rebecca Rego is a poetess, given the strength of these ten fine songs. The focus is certainly her voice, by way of her lyrical nature, itself in no way ambiguous."