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Winterfest (Jan. 27)

Winterfest promo postcardSaturday, Jan. 27

6:30 – 9 pm in the Black Box Theater ($12.50 per ticket)

Get ready for a progressive rock event involving three great performances by Anthony Worden, Halfloves and Land of Blood & Sunshine (LOBAS).

6:30-7:05 – Anthony Worden – Last year, Iowa City’s Anthony Worden composed his forthcoming debut “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” in the sticks of Eastern Iowa, an album which situates itself between canonical rock n roll and contemporary indie rock. Recorded at Flat Black Studios under the mentorship of Night People Record’s Shawn Reed, these are songs concerned with how we find ourselves pliant to our own predilections–but remain ever-susceptible to others’ predilections. The result is a lucid state of swagger and delicacy. What lies in those oscillations is for the listener to discern. Video:

7:15-7:50 – Halfloves – Hailed as “the best currently active rock band in Iowa” by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound. Video:

8:00-9:00 – Land of Blood & Sunshine (LOBAS) – The evening will culminate with a performance by Marshalltown rock band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Phil Young of Wabi Sound in Des Moines says, “Few bands have played as many shows around Central Iowa as the thunderous power house of musicians known as Land of Blood & Sunshine. Rarely do you see a band as focused and cohesive as LOBAS with an unbridled energy that really wakes you up.” LOBAS has a large following, a tribute to the talents of musicians Joel Downs, Nicholas Beard, Bo Becker, Garrett Goodman, Bryan Leger and Danielle Downs. Since their founding in 2008, the LOBAS music has become more complex, and influences from Roy Orbison to Black Sabbath can be heard on their 7″ record and four full-length LPs. Their live shows give meaning to the word “performance,” with intense beats, mesmerizing chanting, and a psychedelic sound. Video:

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Orpheum Theater Center, or at the door on the night of the performance.