The good folks at KFMG were in a bit of a bind
when “Iowa Homegrown” host Jeff Blanchard made
it known that he needed to take some time off.
General Manager Ron Sorenson put out a call
for a volunteer to come in and host the Sunday
afternoon show, and what he got back was something
pretty cool. Rather than any one person taking
over the hosting duties, Sorenson wound up with
a rotation of nine volunteer DJs, and the list
is a veritable who’s-who of the central Iowa
scene. “Iowa Homegrown” volunteer DJs include:
“Dirt Road Radio” host Brian Joens; Brian Holtz,
of the Brian Holtz Band and longtime KFMG host
Jillian Sonkson; singer/songwriter Rob Lumbard;
the Nadas’ Jason Walsmith; Brother Trucker’s
Andy Fleming; Iowa Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer
Dan Nissly; The Poison Control Center’s Patrick
Tape Fleming; Bella Soul’s Tina Haase Findlay
and Brandon Findlay; and Jeff Blanchard of Mr.
Baber’s Neighbors. “Iowa Homegrown” can be heard
on KFMG every Sunday afternoon, from to 5 p.m.
Congratulations are due to Des Moines country
act Randy Burke and the Prisoners. The band
was named last week as one of the winners in
an online contest held by www.Artistsignal.com.
The group took home $25,000 for their efforts
and plans to use the money to record an album
at The Sonic Factory.
Simon Estes will be performing in conjunction
with this year’s Passport to Prosperity event.
Passport to Prosperity is the Iowa International
Center’s annual celebration of the lives and
contributions of immigrants and refugees to
Iowa. This year’s event will be held at Drake
University’s Olmstead Center on Saturday, Sept.
22 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include a reception,
meal, entertainment and presentation. Tickets
must be purchased in advance and are available
Also, don’t forget about the Maximum Ames Festival,
taking place in — you guessed it — Ames. The
event runs from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday,
Sept. 23 and features dozens of bands including
The RiverMonks, Tires, Olsen Twinns, Trouble
Lights, Diamonds for Eyes, Doctor Murdock, Scarlet
Isis, Liana, Christopher the Conquered and more.
For all the low-down on bands, locations and
times, or to purchase tickets, check out www.maximumames.com.
Friday, Sept. 21 is the night to be down at
the Vaudeville Mews. Love Songs for Lonely Monsters
headlines a show starting at 10 p.m. The lineup
will also include Viva Montesa, UUVVWWZ and
Velcro Moxie. All you need to get in the door
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the House of Bricks hosts
King of Tramps, The Young Funk and The Further
Adjustments starting at 9:30 p.m. $5 at the
And on Monday, Sept. 24, Wooly’s features the
Pick o’ the Week: Seminal British punk band
The Vibrators come to town for an all-ages show
that also includes 6000 Wings and the Bended
Bow, N.G.D.S and Scarlet Isis and the Hooker
Bodies. Show starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are
$10. Mahalo. CV