A big part of the pleasure in the summer’s talent programs on TV comes from discovering new faces and amazing young talents.
In this wise, I’d like to showcase two bands I love — one’s a local favorite and the other was news to me before last weekend:
I can’t say enough about these youngsters — they have an amazing command of their voices and instruments, a sure sense of their material, and terrific energy, for starters.
I don’t mean to sound the least bit patronizing, but it’s truly remarkable to me that both groups deliver a sound that — for all its wonderful complexity and sophistication — is yet so much pure fun … and issues forth from kids who are really just beginning what I hope are long and prosperous careers.
In brief, they rock!
I’m also delighted to provide word-of-mouth to a local venue that’s coming on strong here in Iowa City, namely the Java House.
Time and again in recent months I’ve been surfing the channels and … settling in for an extended listen to the musical acts found there — on local cable! Rarely in my experience has this kind of outlet lived up to its promise.
Excuse a bit of hometown pride, but I do believe that this program will go on to garner the kind of national audience that our Live from Prairie Lights has long enjoyed.
I wish them all the very best.