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Angie Pierce Jennings

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | SELF

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | SELF
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It was a fun time for all in Iowa City this weekend at the 18th Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival, as mostly nice weekend weather allowed crowds of music lovers to appreciate a variety of female acts.

With it's 18th year of existence, the Iowa Women’s Music Festival is one of the longest continuously running festivals featuring women performers in the nation.

Performers at this year's festival included Angie Pierce Jennings, Camille Bloom, Lindsay Mac & the Boom Booms, Jami Sieber with Natalie Brown, Pieta Brown with Bo Ramsey, and Dawn Drake & ZapOte. Janis Ian also headlined with a performance at the Englert Theatre.

- Iowa City Patch


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Iowa City, IA
Janis Ian set to play the 18th Annual Iowa Women’s Music Festival
The 18th Annual Iowa Women’s Music Festival,
produced by Prairie Voices Productions, is set to
showcase another great mix of women in music on
September 9-10, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Fans of Janis Ian, who were disappointed by her
late cancellation to play at the 2010 IWMF due to
longer-than-expected recovery from hand surgery, will
be thrilled to see that Ian has rebooked the IWMF in her
tour schedule for 2011. Ian will be joined by an eclectic
group of amazing women musicians from across the
country, traversing a wide range of musical genres
including folk, rock, new age, world music, blues and
Americana.
The outdoor portion of the IWMF, the Day
Stage in Iowa City's Upper City Park, opens at noon on
September 10 and continues until approximately 5:30
p.m. Performers in the park include Iowa’s Angie Pierce
Jennings, Seattle’s Camille Bloom, Boston’s Lindsay
Mac (who is originally from Iowa) and the Boom
Booms, Seattle’s Jami Sieber with Cedar Rapids’ own
Natalie Brown, Iowa City’s Pieta Brown with Bo
Ramsey, and New York City’s Dawn Drake and ZapOte.
The Day Stage show is free to attend (no tickets
are required), everyone is welcome, and families are
encouraged to attend. A kids’ area will be available, food
and merchandise vendors will line the festival, and Iowa
Shares will host a silent auction. Attendees should bring
blankets or chairs for grass seating. The park is
wheelchair accessible, and pets on leashes are welcome.
In case of inclement weather, the Day Stage will be held
at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City.
In the evening, the festival will move to The
Englert Theatre for up-and-coming folk guitarist Natalia
Zukerman supported by Garrison Starr, followed by the
2011 IWMF headliner, iconic troubadour Janis Ian.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. Englert Theatre performance by
Janis Ian and Natalia Zukerman are available for $25 at
the Englert box office, by phone at 319-688-2653, or online
at www.englert.org.
To support the community further, Prairie
Voices Productions partners with local businesses during
the festival and throughout the year to encourage more
live music in Iowa City and surrounding communities.
As a lead-in to the festival, PVP is working with The
Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City to present Fairfield
singer-songwriter Sharon Bousquet and Beaucoup Shakti
at The Haunted Bookshop's Grand Reopening and
Seventh Anniversary Party on Friday, September 9 from
5 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Haunted Bookshop has been an
independent mainstay in the Iowa City area as well as a
strong supporter of the festival and other community
events. In addition to the live music, the event on Sept. 9
will feature refreshments and presentations by
community members and customers. There is no cover
change.
For more information about the events of the
2011 Iowa Women’s Music Festival, or to apply to be a
vendor, go to www.prairievoices.net, call 319-335-
1486, or e-mail festival@prairievoices.net. The festival
is also seeking volunteers, who may call Laurie at 319-
335-1486 to sign up.
For out-of-town guests, the Heartland Inn in
Coralville serves as the festival’s host hotel. Festival
attendees will receive a special group rate when they
mention "Iowa Women's Music Festival” when
reserving. All group-rate reservations must be made
by phone at (800) 334-3277 code 19.
The Iowa Women’s Music Festival is one of the
longest continuously running festivals featuring women
performers in the country. Prairie Voices Productions
has worked to bring some exceptional music to Iowa
City over the years, including Joan Baez, Sweet Honey
in the Rock, Laura Love, Ruthie Foster, Michelle
Shocked, Carolyn Wonderland, and last year’s headliner,
The Refugees.
The mission of Prairie Voices Productions
(PVP), the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that produces
the IWMF, is to support and promote the work of
women artists and musicians through accessible events
for the community. PVP also strives to provide women
diverse volunteer skill-building experiences in planning,
organizing, producing, and implementing major public
events such as the music festival.
The Iowa Women’s Music Festival is supported
by Toyota/Scion of Iowa City, Rockwell Collins, West
Music and many other generous community businesses
and individuals. Prairie Voices Productions, the producer
of the festival, is a member of Iowa Shares, and the
Women’s Resource and Action Center of the University
of Iowa is a presenting partner.
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT:
Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486
Lisa Schreihart, 319-431-0982
festival@prairievoices.net
Prairie Voices Productions - Prairie Voices Productions


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