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Jan. 9, 2006

New Beat Society To Perform On Iowa Public Radio's 'Java Blend' Show Jan. 12

New Beat Society, a six-piece funk and groove band from Iowa City, will give a free performance Jan. 12 for the new "Java Blend" program on Iowa Public Radio. The free event begins at noon at Iowa City's Java House and is open to the public.

The program will be broadcast at a later date on Iowa Public Radio stations across the state. Hosted Ben Kieffer, 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 will infuse the performances with lively chats to find out about the artists' music and lives.

New Beat Society was formed in August 2005 as a three-piece group with Ben Soltau on bass, Justin LeDuc on drums, and Chris LoRang on saxophone. After picking up trumpet player Brett Messenger and vocalist Kathy Ruestow late in 2005, the band started getting strong recognition in Iowa City. The band has most recently added its sixth member of the group, guitarist Nik Gruber. Each member attended the University of Iowa School of Music or Kirkwood Community College studying jazz and classical music.

"Java Blend" is  taped at noon on Fridays before a live audience at the Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The hour will broadcast statewide multiple times on a future weekend to an estimated 50,000 Iowa Public Radio listeners. Stations include 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. Podcasts of the show will be available by going to

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

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