Music Festival Line-Up

Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood

Saturday, 9:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

Funky, bluesy, soulful rock. Cyril is a Grammy Award winning vocalist and driving force of one of America’s most treasured bands: The Neville Brothers.

NEW RECORD JUST OUT! Ruf Records recording group, Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) release their third studio album, “Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions” on May 26th. The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and produced by Grammy award winning producer, Tom Hambridge, along with some new talent has created RSB’s best studio effort to date.

Nawlins' favorite son Cyril Neville has been called a philosopher, poet, and one of the last great southern soul singers. In 1970 he released his debut solo single, “Gossip” b/w “Tell Me What’s On Your Mind,” which included backing music by brother Art’s new outfit, the Meters. The Rolling Stones invited the Meters to support the band's World Tour and Mick and Keith wouldn’t have it any other way. “You guys should come on tour with us with Cyril as your singer.” is how it was put to the Meters, who obliged.

Cyril has co-written songs with Bono of U2, Taj Mahal, and Daniel Lanois, to name a few, and was credited by Lanois as the musical catalyst that led to the Neville’s Grammy Award winning record ‘YELLOW MOON.” Cyril is featured on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, plus many more. He has performed all over the world including the infamous Amnesty International tour with U2 and the Police and has sung for Nelson Mandela. Nominated three times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame has claimed Cyril Neville and NOLA to be his new crush. The Royal Southern Brotherhood has been featured in an episode of HBO’s “Sonic Highways” series, an 8-episode show that follows the Foo Fighters as they visit different towns they consider to be musically unique and important.

Elephant Revival

Friday, 9:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

Rising stars of Contemporary folk, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass, Indie rock

Singer Bonnie Paine has a voice that calls to mind Natalie Merchant and even occasionally Dead Can Dance or Lisa Germano. Their style of music is often referred to as "transcendental folk," which incorporates elements of Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass, psychedelic country, indie rock, reggae, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat. All members of the band are multi-instrumentalists and contribute vocals and to songwriting. 

Based out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival's release Break in the Clouds earned the Best Album of 2011 award from the Indie Acoustic Music Project, establishing the band as an up-and-coming force on the national scene. They are fan and musician favorites at the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals and perform later this year at Red Rocks.

Members of Elephant Revival have played with Bela Fleck, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti, Railroad Earth, Shanti Groove, and many others. Their captivating use of bluegrass and old timey instruments creates a sort of new age, dark, whispy vibe is unique unto themselves.

Gipsy Moon

Friday, 6:00 PM | Main Festival Stage
Folk, gipsy bluegrass, old-timey, new-fangled jazz
Gipsy Moon is a five-piece group of wandering artists on an endless journey toward good times and raw expression. Their sound, sometimes referred to as Gipsygrass, is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Their soothing harmonies, raging solos and dirt encrusted bass lines bring an old time style into an exciting new dimension; one that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together and move in ways that their bodies have never known. 
The members, made up of Silas Herman (guitar/mandolin), David Matters (banjo/vocals/guitar) Mackenzie Page (guitar/vocals/tenor banjo/washboard), Andrew Conley (Cello) and Matt Cantor (bass) all hail from the windy mountains of Nederland, Colorado. When they are not on the move you can find them here, forming cantos high up in the Rockies. Their lyrics are a tasteful blend of nature-based love songs, anti-establishment singalongs and down home simplicity with a gentle kiss of civil disobedience. They create music meant to plant inspiration in the soul and start a fire in the heart. They perform with the intention to build community and to invoke love in its wildest manifestation.

Giving Tree Band

Friday, 7:30 PM | Main Festival Stage

A fun-loving, high energy mix of Americana, bluegrass and rock'n'roll

The Giving Tree Band is a rock & roll band from Yorkville, Illinois. They all live together, travel together and perform with a wide array of instruments from acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitars & banjos to violin, mandolin & pedal steel. Though the group uses an instrumentation largely associated with bluegrass and Americana, their sound often drums up comparisons to such classic rock icons as The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and The Beatles. 

In 2008, the band set out to record a carbon-neutral album at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their third full-length album, The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious, spent multiple weeks on various Americana radio charts, peaking at number 15 on the Roots Music Report and number 40 on the Americana Airplay Chart. The album also received critical acclaim, including a spot on Acoustic Guitar Magazine's "Best Acoustic Albums of 2010" list, as well as garnering positive reviews from such publications as Relix Magazine, The Huffington Post, and American Songwriter. A review from the Nashville Metromix described The Giving Tree Band as being "a neo-retro take on The Band or the American answer to Mumford & Sons".

The band is also known for extraordinary environmental stewardship and eco-friendly music production. They use a number of instruments that were handmade from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods. They have recorded with renewable energy and package all their CDs with 100% recycled materials. National and international environmental media, such as The Sierra Club, The Discovery Channel and Mother Earth News, have also highlighted the band's activism, with the latter referring to them as "the greenest band in the land". When asked if they needed lodging provided for FAIRfest, the vegan collective, named as one of the "Top Ten Great Vegan Activists" in 2010 in a list that included Natalie Portman, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alicia Silverstone, said they preferred camping. Their latest release Like A Freight Train is due out April 7, 2015.

Greg Brown

Sunday, 8:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and Iowa treasure [His daughter Pieta Brown will also be performing Sunday at FAIRfest]

Greg Brown's mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music.

Rolling Stone's four-star review of his critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, called Brown "a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition." 1997's Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His 2002 album, Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown feature guest vocal performances by Ani DiFrancoGillian Welch, and Shawn Colvin.

Ian Moore

Saturday, 4:15 PM | Main Festival Stage
Saturday, 7:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Saturday, 8:30 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

An eclectic blend of folk, rock and roll, world music and blues

Encouraged by his parents, Ian Moore took up the violin at age six, moving to guitar nine years later. The Austin-based blues-rocker's early influences included the Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Sly & the Family Stone. He gained experience touring as a guitarist with Joe Ely, which led to a solo tour opening for the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top. He signed with Capricorn Records and made three records from 1993-95. Though hailed as one of Texas' great singer/songwriters, heir to Stevie Ray Vaughn's throne, Moore abandoned that path when he felt the flash and dazzle were overshadowing what he wanted to express musically and embraced a more intimate eclectic compositional songwriting style.

His evocative vocals, described by some as a velvety croon, and effortless command on guitar, combined with an engaging sense of humor, make for magical performances. Accompanying Ian is Kullen Fuchs, a musician from the Hill Country of Texas, who brings unusual savory flavors to the mix with instruments such as trumpets, vibraphone, accordions and omnichord.

Muddy Ruckus

Friday, 7:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Friday, 8:30 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Portland, Maine-based acoustic power duo playing an original blend of Americana, gypsy stomp and epic rock
"Darkly inventive Americana."  --New York Music Daily
Muddy Ruckus is Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl. Originally from Rock Island, IL, Flaherty met Stahl in 2013 in Portland, Maine. They played on porches, street corners and campfires and became Muddy Ruckus. An explosive mix of gypsy inspired guitar, edgy percussion, obscure lyrics and growling vocal harmonies, Muddy Ruckus pulls inspiration from the music they love: old-timey folk music, dirty blues, circa 1940, hot swing and American rock, dressing it with Dylan-esque lyrics that poke fun at society and examine the state of the world. 
Muddy Ruckus released their self-titled album in the fall of 2014. The band has toured regionally and nationally, was nominated for the New England Music Awards "Best in State of Maine", and included in Daytrotter's "Best Songs Of 2014" list.

Pieta Brown

Sunday, 5:00 PM | Main Festival Stage
This is Pieta Brown's third year playing FAIRfest and we couldn't be more delighted that her father is playing the festival as well, something we've been hoping would come together for three years. Pieta, who grew up in the hills of Iowa and in Birmingham, Alabama, started writing songs on an old piano when she was just eight years old. Some have described her distinct, languid, ethereal vocal delivery as a mix between Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and the Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. But if you ask me, it's pure Pieta, straight up. She's taken her work to the Mexican border and New York City, and just about everywhere in between. 
In 2005, she recorded In the Cool with Bo Ramsey (magical guitarist and producer who has worked in those capacities with Lucinda Williams and many others) in the co-producer's seat, where he has been ever since. The album reached far and wide and was played on Americana radio. Pieta released the acclaimed Remember the Sun in 2007. BY then she and Bo were no longer just musical partners, they were married.
Signing with the venerable modern folk music label Red House in 2009, her debut for the label, One & All, appeared in 2010, followed quickly by 2011's Mercury. Both were well-received not only by listeners but also by musicians. She opened for Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, J.J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, and many others. In 2012, Pieta guested on Amos Lee's Mission Bell. She recorded her latest release Paradise Outlaw in late 2014 with Ramsey and a slew of guests including her father, Lee, and David Mansfield.

Sam Llanas

Saturday, 7:30 PM | Main Festival Stage

Iconic American singer, roots guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, Llanas supplied the vocal response on Robbie Robertson’s highly acclaimed debut album co-produced by Daniel Lanois on“Somewhere Down the Crazy River.”

Sam Llanas (pronounced Yah-niss) co-founded the BoDeans, a roots and heartland rock band from Waukesha, Wisconsin that moved into the genre of alternative rock after their critically acclaimed debut album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams produced by T-Bone Burnett. A Rolling Stone reader poll voted them Best New American Band in 1987. That year they toured extensively with U2 on the Joshua Tree Tour. Sam provided backing vocals on three tracks of Robbie Robertson's self-titled debut album which won the Juno Award for “Album of the Year” as well as “Producer of the Year” for producers Daniel Lanois and Robertson.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, the band had several singles in the top 40 "mainstream rock" charts. Their second album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads. The band had two top 10 songs in the "Adult contemporary" charts in the mid-90s. The BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Sam left the BoDeans in 2011 to pursue a solo career. In late 2014 he released The Whole Night Thruan all new studio record featuring nine new Llanas originals.

Shook Twins

Saturday, 6:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

Folk, roots, groove and acoustic soul

"The Portland, OR folk group is ready to rattle the mus7 world with its 'What We Do' album."  --USA Today

Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook have spent the last eight years pursuing their passion for music and winning fans over with their layered vocals, heartfelt syncopated songs, and quirky folk. Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, the Shook Twins migrated to Portland, Oregon, a rich musical scene. Their sound consists of a wide range of instrumentation including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, feathered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

The Shook Twins have shared the stage with Ryan Adams, David Grisman, Mason Jennings, Blizten Trapper, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The FruitBats, Jonatha Brooke, JJ Grey and MoFro, The Indigo Girls, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The BoDeans, Elephant Revival, The Head and The Heart, The Lumineers and many more. Eclectic, amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins have a laid-back and fun stage presence that draws the listener in and takes the audience on an enjoyable adventure.

The Pines

Sunday, 6:30 PM | Main Festival Stage
Founded by Iowa natives David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, indie-roots band The Pines surprisingly actually met in Arizona, where they both lived in a Mexican barrio and first began playing together. Forming The Pines, they returned to the Midwest, moving to Minneapolis, a city that has launched many folk and rock acts from Bob Dylan to The Replacements to The Jayhawks. Like these Twin Cities legends, The Pines weave together many musical styles to create their own unique sound that is hip and haunting.
The son of Greg Brown’s producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and those influences continue to shine through, even on louder electric songs. David shares Benson’s deep love for traditional music, and together the two craft songs that evoke the ancient, while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves. Both strong writers, singers and instrumentalists, David and Benson have distinct voices that complement each other, causing audiences and critics alike to tout them as a powerful young force in American roots music.

Apocalypso Tantric Noise Choir

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Saturday, 10:00 AM | Fairfield Farmers Market

The Apocalypso Tantric Noise Choir [formerly Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir of Memphis] are David and Eric Hurlin and James Moore. Household names in the Kalona area prior to the housing crash, the band has since retreated to a world of their own making closer to Saturn than Mars or Venus. The band has a penchant for quixotic jamscapes, killer keys, and elastic beats that transcend the framework from whence they rise. Think Thelonius, Elvin and Lenny Bruce at the corner of Snowden and Kerouac.

Arthur Lee Land

Friday, 7:00 PM | Sondheim Theater
Friday, 8:30 PM | Sondheim Theater

Innovative Colorado based, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and loop artist. Arthur tours as an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to create a full band sound by layering vocals and a multitude of acoustic and electric instruments. His sound: “Electro-Americana” is an eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass (bluegrass/worldbeat) and electronica - a groundbreaking style driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions.

Blue Cat Alley

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Briggs Slab Stage

Blue Cat Alley plays a soulful blend of blues, rock, jazz, and country. The band took shape in the fertile music scene of Fairfield, Iowa. Our sound is constantly evolving. We play a lively mix of original music and cover songs that are groovy, danceable, and “recognizably familiar”. Get on your feet!

Bluegrass Blondies

Sunday, 11:45 AM | Briggs Slab Stage

The Bluegrass Blondies are a family of talented musicians and vocalists, providing audiences across the Midwest delightful entertainment experiences in a wholesome, family oriented style. Performing Traditional and Contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Old-Time, Traditional/Southern/Contemporary Gospel, Patriotic, Acapella, Comedy, and good ole’ down home fun – the Bluegrass Blondies can provide your event with entertainment everyone can enjoy!

Brian Johannesen

Sunday, 2:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

Brian Johannesen is a Nashville, TN-based songwriter and singer. Originally from Iowa City, IA by way of Chicago, IL, Johannesen’s music blends the rich Americana traditions of the Midwest and the South. Raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Alabama, Johannesen blends this musical foundation with the music he has grown to love as an adult, including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, and Hank Williams. Johannesen’s lyrics and melodies evoke common themes of whiskey, women, and an insatiable wanderlust with a poignancy that sets him apart from other young Americana singer-songwriters.

Cafe Paradiso Afterparty Jam

Friday, 10:00 PM | Cafe Paradiso
Saturday, 10:00 PM | Cafe Paradiso

The legendary Cafe Paradiso FAIRfest afterparty jams have been a lively tradition since the first festival. You never know who might drop by and join in the fray but it's always up close and personal and a great opportunity to enjoy stretch the festival afterglow a little longer, with a great variety of drinks and treats.

Captain Ascender

Friday, 11:35 PM | The Arbor Bar
Saturday, 10:00 AM | Briggs Slab Stage

Ascending to the ear-holes of your higher selves, slaying demons and leading you from chaos to the 5th dimension.

Chad Elliott

Sunday, 6:00 PM | Sondheim Theater
Sunday, 7:30 PM | Sondheim Theater
“…Chad Elliott stands out as a timeless and genuine musical poet with supple-strong roots like the bluestem and buffalo grass of Iowa prairie.”
Todd Partridge,
Chad Elliott bought his first guitar at an Omaha pawn shop, a dreadnought next to the used guns and knives. He took it home, slowly taught himself to fingerpick and began transposing his poetry writing into original songs.
Elliott always believed he’d be an artist. He spent his youthful years drawing, painting and sculpting, but the more he picked on those six-strings, the more he found familiar ground with his words and the imagery he strived to achieve on canvas. Songwriting became painting with his words and performing on stage became his new exhibition.
Averaging over 150 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way he’s collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics. Perhaps the most surreal moment in his career happened in 2009 while he was portraying Buddy Holly for the Surf Ballroom on the 50th anniversary of the fateful plane crash which took the rock legend’s life. He was asked to sing “Oh Boy” with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly. She whispered in Elliott’s ear after the song faded, “You’re my Buddy.”
He has also shared the music stage with greats such as: Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crows, Brantley Gilbert, R.L. Burnside, Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III, among others.
Elliott has released 19 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. In 2009, he released “Redemption Man.” Elliott worked with producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on this album to achieve it’s distinctive electrified roots sound. It also features Pieta Brown on the song, “Same, Old Way,” which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs on this album, “Redemption Man,” and “Illinois,” won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival.
Elliott released, “So Sang the Crow” in March of 2013. He visited Basecamp Recording Studio in Montana to lay the tracks. Basecamp Recording is run by Chris Cunningham of the folk-duo Storyhill. Cunningham produced the album, adding his meticulous attention to detail to the well-crafted project. “So Sang the Crow” speaks to the souls of those “fighting the good fight” in a life of challenge.
Currently, Elliott is working on his 20th original album. He has been traveling to Nashville, TN to record the new album with producer/drummer Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. He expects to release the album sometime in 2014.

Christopher the Conquered

Saturday, 5:15 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Saturday, 10:00 PM | The Arbor Bar

Des Moines, Iowa's Christopher the Conquered (Chris Ford) has been sitting behind the keys and saying what he can say since he released his debut album "I Guess That's What We're Dying For" in 2007. In 2008, Christopher sat in on drums with The Poison Control Center for a national tour supporting The Apples In Stereo. When they got home, he and Patrick Tape Fleming (of The PCC and Gloom Balloon) went to work on a follow-up album, You're Gonna Glow In The Dark.


Saturday, 5:15 PM | Sondheim Theater
Sunday, 1:00 AM | The Arbor Bar

When you dance with Control, you never dance alone.

Control is late night echoes of regretful rendezvous, and heart filled screams from the base of a broken and nauseated culture.
Our songs are meant to make you dance, and beat your hands on the walls of your inhibitions, say f*ck you to your pain, and let lose the slobbering mongrels that gnash and bite at your desires.

When you're in a small town for too long, eventually, something horrible will happen.


Friday, 11:00 PM | The Arbor Bar

Dagmar is an indie classical, harmony driven band currently based out of Iowa. A new music project with history, Gemma Cohen (vocals, bass) and Miranda Mallard (vocals, keyboard, guitar) are Dagmar's core.

Dana T

Friday, 10:30 PM | The Arbor Bar

Dana T is a musician, multimedia artist, and comedian from Iowa City, Iowa.

Although his professional, post-college career has spanned just over half a year, it has been dramatically full. Dana graduated from the University of Iowa with a music degree in May of 2013.

David Zollo and the Body Electric

Sunday, 3:30 PM | Main Festival Stage

"Zollo's brand of electrified roots-rock is the sort of stuff that should share a juke box with "Honkey-Tonk Women"-era Rolling Stones.” ~Buzz McClain, The Washington Post

Diva & the Deacons

Saturday, 11:45 AM | Main Festival Stage
Saturday, 1:15 PM | Main Festival Stage

Diva and the Deacons is a musical tribe of true blues lovers eager to blow your mind with energetic renditions of first class blues tunes from all the colors of the blues rainbow.  Under the leadership of the dynamic and soulful lovebird duo, Tina and Brandon, every show by this great group is one heavenly blues celebration.

Dylan Sires and Neighbors

Saturday, 2:45 PM | Main Festival Stage
Sunday, 12:15 AM | The Arbor Bar

"It’s not easy to pigeon-hole the Iowa based Dylan Sires and Neighbors. They definitely have a solid command of melody in the tradition of power pop, and are influenced by The Beatles, Vampire Weekend and 50′s styled balladry." Powerpopaholic


Friday, 10:00 PM | The Arbor Bar

Extravision is:
Ryan Stier

Farmers Market Entertainment

Always a pleasant and welcoming part of Faifield's vibrant Saturday morning Farmers Market, entertainment featuring local musicians has been a great part of the market for years and years.The FAIRfest Farmers Market will be helmed by Fairfield's own Apocalypso Tantric Noise Choir. The morning will be open to musicians, with preference extended to visitng FAIRfest musicians, to drop by and sit in with the band or performing alone. If you're interested in doing a song, email James Moore at

Fire Sale

Saturday, 3:30 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

Who doesn’t love a good jam? Fire Sale certainly does. Their music can switch from Phish level rock to traditional reggae to funk on a dime. They pepper their singles with transitions and solos and extended instrumentals. Their live shows do the same, and then some. They are the type of band that has made summer festivals into havens for musical expressionism and extended songs. Fire Sale fits that bill.

Flash in a Pan

Sunday, 1:15 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

In the spring of 2012, Blake and Max started busking the Iowa City downtown for Friday night thrills, uncovering Iowa City's love of bluegrass and folk in the nightlife scene. When summer came, the duo joined forces with singer/songwriter Dustin Blank and composer/performer Aaron Emanuel Fitch to open up for a national touring act with two days notice. Thus the group was named Flash in a Pan, with no expectation of a long-term project. However, as the groups popularity grew, the expected end point evaporated. Perhaps they would not be just a flash after all.

Jefferson County Green Band

Saturday, 11:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

The JCGB is one of the most authentic, versatile and compelling bands in the Midwest. Their music is roots rock, infused with an outlaw flair. The band has just released their fourth album, “Great Spirit” and is busy spreading the love. The band consists of Steve McLain handling lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Kevin Riley on soul harp (harmonica), Ed Raines delivering sizzling saxophone solos, Tim Duffy oozing Bass, and David Hurlin tightening it all up on the drums!

Jeffrey Hedquist

Sunday, 1:45 PM | Sondheim Theater

Jeffrey’s Dad played cowboy songs on the radio in the 40’s so it was only natural that he’d pass the torch (actually, a flaming guitar) to his son. From high school assemblies to college concerts, to coffeehouses and smoky bars Jeffrey entertained audiences with covers of folk songs, armed only with 6- and 12-string guitars, banjo and a fair amount of chutzpah. After college, he began writing his own material as well as performing part-time while pursuing his radio and voice-over career.

Keelan Dimick

Saturday, 7:00 PM | Sondheim Theater
Saturday, 8:30 PM | Sondheim Theater

Up and coming jazz pianist Keelan Dimick can often be seen performing and entertaining at various clubs throughout New York City. Growing up listening to (primarily) blues, traditional jazz and oldies, Keelan's sound is sophisticated and refined while maintaining the heart and soul of R&B and folk music. Raised in a small, meditating community in Fairfield, IA, Keelan developed confidence at an early age, which allowed him to share his creativity widely with others.

Ken Mottet

Saturday, 10:30 AM | Sondheim Theater

en Mottet is jokingly known as the Mayor of Rockabilly in Chicago. He has been the host of the Big C Jamboree(possibly the country's longest running monthly rockabilly jam session) for more than twenty years. He was the host of "The Otherside," a music video show that ran on Chicago television for sixteen years. And he has been a proud member of the Gin Palace Jesters, purveyors of the finest in traditional and original country & western music, for more than ten years.

Little Ruckus

Saturday, 10:45 PM | The Arbor Bar

A Sweaty Pop dance troupe. Made for raising fists of bravery and furious joy against anyone who would ever try to stop you from f*cking every day of your life. Homegrown Fairfield madness.

Matt Cox

Sunday, 2:45 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

A six-time Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and Best Blues (2009) speaks to the caliber of artist Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage. With a live show that reveals passion, experience and heartfelt song-writing, Cox has evolved over the years to become a well-respected musician in Nebraska. Whether you crave the story telling of Dylan or the country charm of Willie Nelson, Matt Cox is sure to deliver!

Michael Dugan

Saturday, 11:15 AM | Sondheim Theater

Fairfield singer/songwriter Michael Dugan also helms the group Captain Ascender.


Saturday, 1:00 AM | The Arbor Bar
Saturday, 3:00 PM | Sondheim Theater

Universe music from the spirit realm.
Space-infused spirit lozenges glazed with a hearty gastric bile paste, served on a bed of freshly pickled soul bits


Friday, 10:00 PM | The Burning Oak

Reminiscent of roadhouse and dancehall blues, the Riverdogs blend North Mississippi hill country with gospel rooted rhythm and blues. Elmore James to Aretha Franklin, if it stomps the Riverdogs will kick it.

Bonnie VanBuskirk on powerhouse lead vocals, Randy Walker on guitars (electric, acoustic, cigarbox slide, lap steel), and William Clancy on driving bass and drum tracks. It's all about the Mojo, and the Riverdogs deliver.

"Bonnie, she's the bomb!" - Adam Steck, Steck Productions International, Las Vegas, NV

Robert Reeder Band

Sunday, 6:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage
Sunday, 7:30 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

Robert is an indie folk rock artist who worked as a professional singer/songwriter in Los Angeles for many years and now resides in Fairfield, Iowa. He recorded and performed with another acoustic local favorites Sage with writing partner Jimmy Moore, TIm Britton, and Daniel Sperry. Robert will be accompanied by the Apocalypso Tantric Noise Choir, Robert will be bringing his seasoned vocals and poignant lyrics to FAIRfest as he performs material from his recently released record known as the 'the album'.

Ryne Doughty

Sunday, 3:45 PM | Sondheim Theater

“We hear a master storyteller at work in which the songs are dripping with melancholy. The songs sound like gems in my ears. They should really appeal to every music lover. The warm voice of Doughty and the intensity of his compositions will force you to repeated listening to this fine debut.” - Johan Schoenmakers, Alt Country Forum

Sean Costanza

Sunday, 4:15 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

With the release of his new album, Here In The Light, Costanza is writing for all senses. You can dance to the train beat of "Rapturous Love" or be taken from this physical body to the ethereal energy of spirit with the openness and lyrical content of "Here in The Light." Where authenticity reigns supreme, lyric and emotion are true.

Sharon Bousquet

Friday, 5:15 PM | Sondheim Theater

Sharon Bousquet is a singer- songwriter, seminar leader, composer, performing musician, vocalist, private voice and guitar teacher. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware, singer-songwriter Sharon Bousquet lives and works in Fairfield, IA where she is the lead vocalist and co-writer for All Souls on Deck, a 6-piece Indie-Acoustic band. Sharon is a composer of film scores with 6 independent CD releases to her credit.

Skunk River Medicine Show

Saturday, 12:00 PM | Sondheim Theater

It’s a vintage acoustic blues and ragtime revivial with Tom Morgan and George Foster. Tom’s honeydew voice, solid fingerpicking on guitar, banjo and ukelele, combined with George’s bone-buzzing baritone, electric bass, scat and occasional bad joke, all carry you in and before you know it, life becomes really good. When reviewing their debut album, The Iowa Source called Tom and George master artists. You will, too.

Members: Tom Morgan, George Foster
Label: Skunk River Music
Manager: George Foster

Society of Broken Souls

Saturday, 1:00 PM | Sondheim Theater

Society of Broken Souls is the songwriting duo of Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. Both multi-instrumentalists, they write, record, and perform songs for fearless hearts, using words and melody to create musical snapshots that confront our shared, raw humanity while they celebrate the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. Their live performances feature seamless harmony vocals and a wide array of instruments from fiddle and guitar to piano and drums.

Subterranean All Stars

Saturday, 12:30 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

The Subterranean All Stars are Gemma and Jonnie Cohen plus David and Eric Hurlin. Gemma's on vocals and bass. Jonnie's on guitar and bass. Eric's on keyboards and bass. David's on percussion and drums. They write music together, play some covers and groove like an underground subway.

The Fairfield All Star Jazz Band

Sunday, 1:00 PM | Sondheim Theater

In response to a request by Pastor Joe Phipps, 1st Presbyterian Church, Fairfield, IA; the band was organized to support worship services on the 5th Sunday of months containing 5 Sunday's. Pastor Joe designated these 5th Sundays as "Jazz Sunday", with the idea of using non-traditional music during the service. The band first performance was in October, 2011, and consisted of 16 area musicians, all sharing a love of big band jazz music. Instrumentation for the band includes 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano/keyboard, bass, and percussion.

The Mayflies

Sunday, 12:30 PM | Main Festival Stage

The Mayflies are a party—a delightful mess, a crazed amalgam. Electric and acoustic, fast and slow, a bewildering explosion of hectic elation and angry loss. They’re the rock end of roots and the country end of rock, and as such, they’re hard to describe, but impossible to forget.

The Mayflies are a band you walk away from after a single hearing, humming the chorus and wondering, “I could swear I’ve heard that somewhere before…”

The Olympics

Saturday, 12:10 AM | The Arbor Bar

"The Olympics is one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today." - Little Village


Saturday, 11:00 PM | The Arbor Bar

Rapper. Teacher. Lover.

Villanova Slim

Saturday, 10:00 PM | The Burning Oak

Hip hop and beyond. Villanova Slim is host of two programs on solar-powered KRUU-FM.


Friday, 5:00 PM | Briggs Slab Stage

Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s music from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland has lit a wildfire of excitement in its growing audiences of fans who flock, in droves, to every single one of their shows … and for good reason: Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk, and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental frontiers of psychedelic rock.

Food Line-Up

Bubbling Brine Brothers

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

The 'Bubbling Brine Brothers' are Daniel Gorman, Noah Loin, and Jonathan Buzan. Our shared passion for great food and experimentation over the last two years has resulted in us fermenting things like kombucha, beer, and kefir, to eggs, hotsauce, and ceviche. Recently, we've honed in on crafting our own experimental variations of Sauerkraut and Kim Chi so that we can share these delicious, fermented vegetables with our friends and neighbors!

Frisian Farms

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

Mike Bandstra grew up on a small dairy farm south of Pella. While Mike was in high school, his dad sold the cows after their family farm was annexed into the city. To his surprise, Mike soon missed the cows. He changed his college major from Accounting to Dairy Science and, after graduating from Iowa State University, took a job with Horizon Organic Dairy in Maryland as a herd manager.Mike’s brother, Jason, also developed the desire to get back into dairying. Jason bought some bottle calves, grew the herd, and started milking. Mike moved back to Iowa and joined Frisian Farms with Jason.

Noah's Raw Chocolate

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

Hi! I'm Noah - the Raw Chocolate ManThe first time I made chocolate was with my mother when I was eight. I loved everything about mixing the cocoa butter with crushed candies which she so kindly let me smash to bits.

Organic Matters

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

Growing up as home-schoolers we were always given free reign to follow our passions. Turns out we're all passionate about food!         Before starting Organic Matters, we brothers (Orion & Jaden) spent 4 years working on small Organic farms. During that time we learned how important Organic Agriculture is, not only for our soil, water, & environment, but also for our bodies! The more we learned about the food we eat, the more restrictive our diet became.

Radiance Dairy

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

Operated by France's Thicke, a widely respected pioneering organic dairy producer, and his wife Susan, this truly sustainable farm markets in a very intimate geographic area. Its connection with the marketplace truly exemplifies the organic ideal.Radiance Dairy is an organic, grass-based dairy located near Fairfield, Iowa, with on-farm processing facilities in which cream-line milk (whole, 2%, and skim), whipping cream, yogurt, and cheese are produced. All of the products made on the farm are sold locally through three grocery stores and about a dozen restaurants in Fairfield.

Shaktea Kombucha

Saturday, 11:00 AM | Green Building Supply

Our family began brewing kombucha over 10 years ago. Out of a shared passion for health and a desire to forge a business as a family, we launched Shaktea Kombucha in June of 2011.

Writing & the Arts Line-Up

BYU Dancers

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Sondheim Theater

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company will bring its champion dance showcase to the Sondheim Center at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center as part of FAIRfest on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m.

The Company performs in the style of a major Broadway production with dancers in eye-popping costuming spinning to a variety of dances, including waltz, swing and dramatic, high-energy Latin dance, to the team’s competitive medleys which has won them international acclaim.

Inkfingerz/Writers' Voices Creative Fiction Contest Winner Announced

Saturday, 5:05 PM | Main Festival Stage

The winner of the creative fiction contest is announced at 5:05pm from the main stage.

Inkfingerz/Writers' Voices Creative Fiction Readings

Sunday, 3:00 PM | Art Fifty Two Gallery

Inkfingerz 2015 Creative Prose Contest Complete Rules

April 30, 2015

Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline on KRUU 100.1 FM and 1st World Publishing have teamed up again to host the 2015 Inkfingerz Creative Prose Contest,  open to writers of book-length creative prose (fiction, memoir or creative non-fiction of at least 150 pages), who are or have been residents of Jefferson County, Iowa or neighboring counties in Southeast Iowa. Previous Inkfingerz winners are not eligible to enter.

Writer Presentation: Nynke Passi

Sunday, 1:30 PM | Fairfield Public Library
“The Healing Power of Words”
Diarist Anaïs Nin believed that we write to heighten our awareness of life, to console others, to expand our world. She said, “When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I lose my fire and my color.” Poet Cristina Domenech spent years teaching poetry in the Argentinian prison system, her students inmates with little hope in life. Yet she observed that “all of us burn with happiness when we light the wick of the word.” 

Writer Presentation: Sarah Prineas

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Fairfield Public Library

"Heroes Get in Trouble" - How the heroes in her award-winning books make mistakes, take risks, and find their way toward heroism.  

About Sarah Prineas: Sarah Prineas is the award-winning children’s and young adult author of the wildly popular Magic Thief and Winterling fantasy series. Like her sticky-fingered protagonist, Connwaer, Sarah’s first novel, The Magic Thief snatched prizes. The New York Public Library recommended it in its 2008 list of Books for Reading and Sharing. Booklist named it one of 2008’s Top Ten Books for Children, and the American Booksellers for Children included it on their list of the Best Books of the Year. 

Writing Workshop: Anna-Maria Petricelli

Saturday, 10:30 AM | Fairfield Public Library
“Have you Written Today?” - A workshop for all writers who want to write more and wonder why they don't.

Sustainability & Community Line-Up

Carnegie Fairfield History Exhibit

Friday, 6:00 PM | Carnegie Historical Museum
Saturday, 2:00 PM | Carnegie Historical Museum

A FAIRFIELD CHAUTAUQUA post card display. Fairfield participated in Iowa’s 1st Chautauqua season. Enjoy an exhibit that includes old programs and other memorabilia. In a way, FAIRfest revives the century-old tradition of the day-long series of entertainments. Fairfield's former library building, the first of 1,689 endowed by Andrew Carnegie, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Community: JCTC 2015 Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, 5:00 PM | Main Festival Stage

JCTC 2015 Scavenger Hunt

The Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC) is pleased to announce the first Scavenger Hunt on the Jefferson County Trails System.

The Scavenger Hunt runs from Memorial Day weekend until June 20th (FAIRfest weekend).
Participants will obtain punch cards at AJ’s Bike Shop or on the JCTC website. No entry fee is required to participate. Participants will collect punches at various locations stationed around the trails. Completed punch cards will be returned to AJ’s Bike Shop or mailed to the JCTC.
There will be a drawing for those completing the hunt on the evening of June 20 at FAIRfest.
This project is in partnership with FAIRfest. The event will be advertised in conjunction with FAIRfest. The event will also be advertised to the local media outlets, through the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, the JCTC Facebook page/website, and Fairfield Park and Rec.

Dances of Universal Peace

Sunday, 2:30 PM | Morning Star Studios

FAIRfest Event  Come Celebrate the Summer Solstice By joining in the Dances of Universal PeaceSunday, June 21st, 2015 at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Morning Star Studio, upstairs front room50 ½ Court Street, Fairfield, Iowa (east side of town square) Exploring the Theme:   “Spirit and Nature Dancing Together.” Guest Dance Leader from the Rocky Mountain region. Inauguration of Monthly 3rd Sunday Fairfield Dances of Universal Peace The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative and joyous circle dances.  They use sacred phrases, chants, movements and music inspired by wisdom traditions from aroun

DIY Natural Cleaners Workshop

Saturday, 12:00 PM | Central Park Gazebo

This workshop will teach you how to make eco-friendly, natural cleaners at home. Attendees will make and take samples of window cleaner, reusable floor wipes, fruit/veggie cleaner and dryer sheets.Take-home instructions will be provided, so you can continue to DIY!

Face painting

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Face painting

Historic Courtroom Tour

Saturday, 1:00 PM | Jefferson County Courthouse
Saturday, 3:00 PM | Jefferson County Courthouse

County Supervisor Dick Reed will lead tours of the courtroom and answer questions about the historic rennovations.Completed in 1893, this replacement courthouse was built in the fashionable Richardsonian Romanesque style. The design centered on a 142-foot high corner clock tower, but the top and some other details were removed in 1949 because of a violent wind storm.In Nov. 2004 a new steeple was installed on the clock tower to replace the one that was removed in 1949.Additional renovation has been taking place in the interior.

Hula hoop making

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Hula hoop making

Intro to Compost Demonstration

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Central Park Gazebo

45 min demonstration | This demonstration will show how a compost bin works, how to start a compost pile and WHY you should!

Jump rope making

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Jump rope making

Lawn tic-tac-toe

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Lawn tic-tac-toe

Microgreens Workshop

Saturday, 1:00 PM | Central Park Gazebo

45 minute workshop | In this workshop, you will learn the many benefits of microgreens and how to grow them. Attendees will plant a tray of microgreens to take home with them! This workshop shouldn’t be too messy, but be prepared to get your hands in the dirt!

MUM Sustainable Living Center Tour

Sunday, 2:00 PM | Morning Star Studios

Enjoy a tour of the Sustainable Living Center on the M.U.M campus. During this tour, you will learn how the building was made and all of the aspects that make the building sustainable. This includes a wind turbine, solar panels, a solar hot water heater and more! Come and check out the beauty of the whole-tree architecture and natural lighting at the SL Center
45 Minute Tour
Meet outside Morning Star Studios

Rain Barrel Catchment and Greywater Presentation

Sunday, 1:00 PM | Morning Star Studios

45 Minute Demonstration | This demonstration will be ked by the Green AmeriCorps team and educate attendees about how rain barrels work, the benefits of rain barrels and how you can use rain barrels to conserve water!

Silk dying

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Silk dying


Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area


Stilts and stompers

Saturday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area
Sunday, 2:00 PM | Singing Cedars Kids Area

Stilts and stompers

Trauma Response Syndrome Presentation

Saturday, 1:00 PM | Phoenix Rising Hall

Trauma Response Syndrome: The True Cause of “Mental Illness”

A presentation with creator Kim Rezarch, M.S.W. & Trauma Specialist
& Savannah Rezarch, Trauma Specialist