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Sept. 4, 2007

Big Wooden Radio, Finders will perform on 'Java Blend' in September

Big Wooden Radio will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend," at noon Friday, Sept. 7, and Mike and Amy Finders will play at noon Friday, Sept. 14, both at the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The public is invited to be part of the live audiences for the hour-long shows, which originate from the University of Iowa's radio station WSUI-AM 910.

An eastern Iowa musical combo, Big Wooden Radio plays a variety of material including bluegrass arrangements, original compositions, a capella vocals and rhythm and blues, as well as classic country music. The acoustic quartet has been playing together for nearly 17 years and continues to be a regional favorite. Their performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.

Mississippi natives Mike and Amy Finders blend acoustic bluegrass, folk and country styles with their award-winning original songs. Their "Java Blend" performance will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30.

"Java Blend" broadcast times on WSUI-AM are 7 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays; check local broadcast times for other Iowa Public Radio stations. To view a full calendar of upcoming "Java Blend" performances and broadcasts, visit and scroll to "Java Blend."

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 country. Kieffer infuses the performances with lively discussions about the artists' music and lives.

"Java Blend" is videotaped for several TV broadcasts on the UITV cable channel in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. The audio version 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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ben Kieffer, WSUI, 319-335-5730; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Jennifer Ferm

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