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May 5, 2005

'Java House' Program Broadcasts From Cedar Rapids May 13

The "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" program hits the road May 13, with the first stop of its Iowa tour starting at Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse in Cedar Rapids, 1271 1st Ave. SE. 

The "Java House" program, produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910, is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for the live broadcast at 10 a.m.

Host Ben Kieffer will talk with folk musicians Tom Paxton and Anne Hills, who will also perform on the program. Paxton has been integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 1960s Greenwich Village scene. In describing Paxton's influence on his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger said, "Tom's songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America."  Hills' stunning soprano tone has made her one of contemporary folk music's premier vocalists. Like Paxton, Hills' commitment to social justice is reflected in her award-winning music.

The show's home base is The Java House in downtown Iowa City, but Kieffer wanted to take the show to some new locations in Iowa.

"Since we started the show four years ago, we've had numerous invitations to do shows elsewhere in the state. Thanks to a grant from the UI Year of Arts and Humanities we're able to take it on the road. It gets us out to other communities so that listeners can come see a show in person," he said.

The next stop on the 'Java House' tour is May 20 at Java Joe's Coffeehouse in Des Moines. Des Moines Register music critic Kyle Munson will discuss the impact of the digital revolution on musicians and consumers. Live music will be performed by Little Mojo, a Des Moines-based acoustic/pop duo featuring brothers Josh and Nicholas Sinclair. 

The final stop will be June 10 at Fairfield's Café Paradiso, 607 W. Broadway, featuring many artists from the Fairfield area including voice actor Jeffrey Hedquist and songwriter Maryana Eagleson.

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Java House" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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