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Feb. 27, 2006

Reggae Artist Tony Brown To Perform On 'Java Blend' Program March 9

Reggae artist Tony Brown will perform live at noon Friday, March 9, at the Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the free show, which will be recorded for broadcast on the "Java Blend" program on Iowa Public Radio.

During the course of his 47-year musical career, Brown has traveled in many musical circles. He comes from a family with a deep-rooted musical and cultural history in R&B, blues, jazz, soul, rock, folk and country music. He was performing in the 1960s as a guitarist in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. In 1973, a performance by reggae artists Bob Marley and the Wailers changed the course of his career.

Brown has opened for dozens of major recording and touring artists including Peter Tosh, the Doors and John Prine. Variety Magazine called his music "rock flavored reggae fusing heavy Jamaican rhythms with peppier melodies and singing."

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, "Java Blend" originates from UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program offers an eclectic mix of live music from the vibrant independent music scene, featuring artists from around the state and around the country. Kieffer infuses the performances with lively chats to find out about the artists' music and lives.

The hour will be broadcast at a later date on on Iowa Public Radio stations across the state: KUNI Cedar Falls/Waterloo/Cedar Rapids/Iowa City; KUNY/KRNI Mason City; KDMR Des Moines; KDUB Dubuque; WSUI Iowa City/Cedar Rapids; WOI Ames/Des Moines; KTPR Fort Dodge; KOWI Lamoni; and KWOI Carroll. For broadcast times, see and scroll to "Java Blend."

The program will also be videotaped for several TV broadcasts on the UITV cable channel in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. The audio version also can be heard worldwide on the Internet via the respective stations' live webcasting.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Ben Kieffer, WSUI, 319-335-5730