Events

Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest with Harmonious Wail & Gonzalo Bergara
Thursday, May 4 • 7 pm

Admission to this event is $12.50

This traveling music festival carries on the 13-year success of The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest and brings together two amazingly entertaining groups: Harmonious Wail and The Gonzalo Bergara Trio.

Harmonious Wail

Harmonious Wail

Harmonious Wail has its own unique blend of musical styles, drawing from the rich influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The band’s music fills the senses with incredible performances in the genre of bands such as The Manhattan Transfer and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Harmonious Wail is made up of three talented musicians playing jazz, be-bop and Gypsy Swing, featuring smoky vocals, original and cover songs and fabulous audience rapport. Be sure not to miss lead singer Maggie Delaney-Potthoff playing her cardboard box drum and a pair of scissors for a series of unique and perfectly-blended sounds. Band leader Sims Delaney-Potthoff plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele, while Jeff Weiss plays stand-up bass and electric bass.

Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This music is serious … and deeply moving.

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Instant Comedy: Just Add Spam! Instant Comedy: Just Add Spam
Saturday, May 20 • 7 pm

Admission to this event is $12.50

Prepare yourself for the high-energy comedy of Instant Comedy: Just Add Spam. This improvisational troupe has entertained good audiences at the Orpheum for the last few years.  They pull people into crazy scenarios, surprise everyone (even themselves) with responses and reactions that are hilarious, and generally do a fine job of entertaining a crowd!


The Orpheum Theater Center is located at 220 E. Main St. in Marshalltown, IA. It’s owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District.