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Two unique bands to play at Carver Hawkeye for "Hawkeye Hello" Sunday

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One band's music has been described as "alternative-Celtic psychedelic." The other's tropical funk has been called "something special you would get if you spilled coconut oil all over your collection of Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead records."


Both The Drovers and Mango Jam will be at the University of Iowa's Carver Hawkeye Arena Sunday, Aug. 24, to welcome UI students back for the 1997-98 academic year. The free concert, which will be attended by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Mango Jam is a Minneapolis-based quartet that has sold over 20,000 copies of their first three albums. Relix Magazine describes the group as "a highly rhythmic dance flavored band ... a good time band with a wealth of musical proficiency." The Minneapolis Star and Tribune also had praise, saying "The combo concocts a refreshing original, globally-conscious sound ... buoyed by strong playing and writing, this is an extremely promising new band."

The band's third and most recent album, "Flux," earned a nomination as the Best Rock Album by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors.

Mango Jam has shared the stage with national acts such as Blues Traveler, the Steve Miller Band, Sheryl Crow, Soul Asylum, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Members of the band are Jason Bush, bass guitar and vocals; Bret Erickson, drums and vocals; Jon Herchert, guitars and vocals; and Geoff Prettner, percussion and vocals.

The Drovers, a Chicago-based quartet, have also recorded three albums since they debuted in 1992 with "World of Monsters." Since then, they have produced two more albums, "Kill Mice Elf" (1994) and "Little High Sky Show" (1995). They also had a feature role in the 1994 film "Blink," starring Madelaine Stowe.

They have received rave reviews across the country, including this from Billboard magazine: "The mostly Irish-American Drovers are one of the hottest combos in the city, and were recently named 'best unsigned band' by Chicago music critics. The Drovers combine elements of traditional Irish music with improvisational guitar rock, which becomes even more extemporaneous once they hit the stage.'

Members of the group are Mike Kirkpatrick, guitars and pump organ; David Callahan, vocals, bass and guitars; Sean Cleland, violins, viola and mandolin; and Paul Bradley, drums, bodrhan and dumbek.

The concert is sponsored by SCOPE ( Student Commission on Programming and Entertainment), UI Student Government, UI Alumni Association, UI Parents Association, Orientation Services, Residence Services, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and Men's and Women's Athletics.