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June 14,2007

Tom Feldmann And The Get Rites, Tyler Thompson Band To Appear on 'Java Blend'

Blues band Tom Feldmann and the Get Rites (left) will perform music from their second CD, "Side Show Revival," at noon Friday, June 15, as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend." At noon Friday, June 22, a rock and roll group, the Tyler Thompson Band, will appear on the "Java Blend" show.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the shows at the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The hour-long show originates from the University of Iowa's radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Feldmann's early influences include blues legends Son House and John Lee Hooker, but later he delved into styles including folk, soul, country, Americana and gospel.

Feldmann is the vocalist and guitarist, Paul Liebenow plays the upright bass, and Jed Staack is the drummer. Feldman and his band released their second CD this year, and their debut album, "Driven to My Knees," was released in 2005.

The group's performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. To view a full calendar of upcoming "Java Blend" performances and broadcasts, see and scroll to "Java Blend."

The Friday, June 22, show features The Tyler Thompson Band, (right) formed in 1996 and composed of brothers Wade and Paul Thompson, Mike Tyler, and Jacob County Berhow.

The band has released two albums, "Fine Young Man" and "Cold Cuts," and has toured with The Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, and more. The Tyler Thompson Band was also a part of South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Texas.

The performance will be broadcast on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8.

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, "Java Blend" 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 discussion to find out about the artists' music and lives.

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 Iowa Public Radio stations' live Webcasting.

STORY 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; Writer: Lindsey Tinnell

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