Mission Creek Festival

When: April 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Iowa City, Iowa City, IA

Reading ADAM HASLETT   4 p.m.   Dey House Fiction writer and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumnus Adam Haslett will read from his work on Thursday, April 6, at 8pm, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room. Adam Haslett[...]

April 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Festival Pass: $164.00



  4 p.m.
  Dey House
Fiction writer and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumnus Adam Haslett will read from his work on Thursday, April 6, at 8pm, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room. Adam Haslett is the author of three works of fiction: the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist; the novel Union Atlantic…

Reading with Kristen Radtke


  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights
Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas recently received a 2016 Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her nonfiction book, Don’t Come Back, which will include the essay, comes out in January 2017 from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State Press. She has MFA degrees in both creative nonfiction and literary translation…

Reading with Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas


  6 p.m.
  Prairie Lights
Kristen Radtke is a writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, is forthcoming from Pantheon Books in April. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program…

with Special Guests TBA


  7:30 p.m.
  Englert Theatre
For decades, comedian Margaret Cho has been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, she considers no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher to those with open minds and open hearts…


  8 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Ryan Joseph Anderson is known as the bandleader for the beloved Chicago outfit Go Long Mule, guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man, and touring musician for a variety of artists. His influences as a songwriter range from country blues to psychedelic rock…

with Cloud Nothings, Younger


  8 p.m.
Maiden Mars is a glitter grunge band consisting of Alex Skalla and Katie Rosenberger: two best friends who believe in the power of female friendship, rock n’ roll, and cats…

with The Bad Plus


  8:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Iowa City’s Jack Lion, comprised of drummer Justin LeDuc, trumpeter Brian Lewis Smith, and bassist/vocalist Drew Morton, blends the members’ formal jazz training with electronic and improvised music. The band’s most recent release, the K L EP (Goldie Records, 2015), follows their successful debut, the JAC EP, which was featured on…

with Cloud Nothings, Maiden Mars


  9 p.m.
“You guys {your band?} ride your own wave” – Jim Jarmusch “How did you guys write the cool parts?” – {Younger} Fan “You guys are getting better!” – Everyone who has ever seen Younger…

with Sarah Louise, Marisa Anderson


  9 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Liv Carrow is a guitarist, songwriter and song collector recently transplanted from Hudson, New York to the Iowa. Her music explores the shadowy terrain of Appalachian melody and traditional balladry in its many forms, crafting songs both strange and familiar that invoke American roots music, the British folk…

with Brian Johannesen, Ryan Joseph Anderson


  9:30 p.m.
  Iowa City Yacht Club
Hailey Whitters has an endearing habit of suggesting she’s perennially late to the party. “I’ve always just felt like a late bloomer,” she says, with a sigh that turns into a laugh. With the release of her debut album Black Sheep (October 2, 2015 via Carnival Music)…

with Jack Lion


  9:30 p.m.
  The Mill
Often times cover bands can seem trite and uninspiring, but every once in a while, an artist interprets a song and breathes a whole new life into it i.e. Cocker’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” or Aretha’s “Respect.” Along with their adventurous original compositions, this is a specialization of jazz trio The Bad Plus, who are masters of un-ironically deconstructing…

w/ Mykki Blanco, Flint Eastwood


  9:30 p.m.
  Blue Moose Tap House
Tameka Jenean Norris, a.k.a. Meka Jean, is an artist currently working between Berlin, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Her interdisciplinary work—spanning painting, performance, video, and social practice—critiques the continuing invisibility of blackness in mainstream culture today…

with Marisa Anderson, Liv Carrow


  9:45 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
North Carolina native Sarah Louise’s music is entirely rooted in place, a sound as natural as the flora and fauna she pulls inspiration from. Collecting sounds from birdsongs, flower petals falling on water, rivers, and Appalachian folk music, Louise’s sense of heritage and experimentation results in a refreshing, lush sound which envelops the listener…

with Younger, Maiden Mars


  10 p.m.
A sound that fittingly recalls adolescent angst in a ’90s-era basement, Cloud Nothings found its roots as the solo bedroom project of Cleveland, OH teenager Dylan Baldi. Now, the lo-fi rock band is nearly five albums in, with Life Without Sound to be released next month, following their 2015 collaborative effort, No Life for Me, with grunge punk peers Wavves…

with Mykki Blanco, Meka Jean


  10 p.m.
  Blue Moose Tap House
Much like the city that shapes her work, Detroit-based Jax Anderson, aka Flint Eastwood, wakes up everyday confronting a world that tells us that we are not good enough, not unique enough, not rich, beautiful or smart enough; not the right color; not the right gender…

with Sarah Louise, Liv Carrow


  10:30 p.m.
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her playing is fluid, emotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone, and 20th-century classical music…

with Flint Eastwood, Meka Jean


  11 p.m.
  Blue Moose Tap House
Mykki Blanco (born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr) is a writer, activist and international performing artist. In 2010 Quattlebaum first began making crushing industrial punk under the moniker No Fear before beginning a video art…