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Studio One Summer Highlights

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As summer winds down and school rolls back into session, we’ve been looking back on the music that made our summer. From festivals around the state to live sets straight from our studios in Cedar Falls, we’ve been busy bringing our listeners “music that matters”. Check out some highlights from Studio One’s summer schedule and look ahead with us at what’s to come in the next few months as well.


Studio One Underground with “whiskey gospel” group, King of the Tramps

Wrapping up our Studio One Underground series before the summer break, King of the Tramps brought the house down with their infectious, foot-stomping rock-and-roll sound. Playing both old favorites and gems from their newest album, Wild Water, which was released later in the month.

It isn’t Sunday, but we can take you to church – listen to the full “Whiskey Gospel” set from June’s Studio One Underground at the Des Moines Social Club & make sure you make it to the next Studio One Underground – we’ll be back from our summer break on September 6 with Monday Mourners & Clarence Tilton!


IPR’s Studio One was proud to present Jeffrey Foucault at the Des Moines Arts Festival this summer. Joined by his band and the Minneapolis duo Dusty Heart, Foucault brought his eclectic blues/Americana/rock ‘n’ roll sound to the festival’s Acoustic Stage while marking the release of his latest album, Blood Brothers.

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Jeffrey Foucault, joined by the duo Dusty Heart, performing songs from his new album Blood Brothers.


In case you missed it: IPR hosted a stage at 80/35 Music Festival and live streamed every performance to fans on our Facebook page!

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Patrick Tape Fleming of the long-running Iowa band The Poison Control Center performing at the IPR Live Sessions stage at the 80/35 Music Festival.

Festival goers were excited to see the cult classic band, Poison Control Center, reunite for a show playing favorites such as “Start the Revolution” to a packed crowd.


Fans of The Voice were excited to see season 8’s winner on the IPR Live Sessions stage – check out this version of "Man Of Constant Sorrow" by Sawyer Fredericks!


New York band The Big Takeover stopped in our Cedar Falls studios for a Studio One Live Set in July. Proving true to their name, band members filled our studios and – thanks to the horn section and frontwoman NeeNee Rushie’s vocals - played a set that seemed larger than life.


Studio One hit the road yet again in August, making our way to Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles, Iowa. We got the chance to go behind-the-scenes and interview several bands playing the festival including Anderson East, J Roddy Walston and Band of Horses!

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IPR's Mark Simmet speaks with Nathaniel Rateliff and Joseph Pope III at the Hinterland Music Festival.

Nathaniel Rateliff and Joseph Pope III represented their band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, in an interview with Studio One host Mark Simmet. Check out the conversation about the new album, the value of hard work, and what the band is looking forward to next here!


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Brooks Strause, joined by members of SIRES during his set at Waterloo's Riverloop Rhythms, sponsored by IPR.

Iowa Public Radio sponsored the first Riverloop Rhythms of August with a lineup full of Iowa musicians, all of whom have performed live on IPR!  SIRES headlined the event, sharing the stage with Brooks Strause and Peas and Carrot for a memorable night at Waterloos’ Riverloop Amphitheater.

As the newsletter product coordinator, Madeleine (she/her) manages and writes for Iowa Public Radio’s newsletter portfolio, including The Daily Digest and Political Sense.
Tony Dehner is a Studio One Host