Past


The Artisanals  

The Artisanals

March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm

With sonic influences ranging from the dream-pop work of George Harrison (“Angel 42”) to the stone-cold radio hits of bands like the Killers (“Roll With It”), the nine-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. Bullet Music raved, calling the album “reminiscent of the California dreaming of the 1960’s with a dash of Tom Petty, a sprinkle of Ryan Adams and a pinch of Jackson Brown and Warren Zevon, all mixed together smoothly to create the unique sound only The Artisanals can make flow from their fingertips.”

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Eliza Gilkyson  

Eliza Gilkyson

March 24, 2019 at 7:00pm

Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who’s become one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots and Americana circles. A recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.

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Carsie Blanton  

Carsie Blanton

March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

Buck Up, the new studio album from singer and songwriter Carsie Blanton, opens with a siren. This warning, or call to arms, segues into the first cut, “Twister.” Finger snaps accompany Blanton’s smoky vocals, as piano, upright bass, cello, trumpet and drums join the proceedings. You’re immediately drawn into her riveting tale of national and erotic disaster. Brimming with catchy hooks and sensual vocals, Buck Up is Blanton’s melodic manual for survival in the current administration. “There are two themes on the record,” says Blanton. “One is the catastrophe of American politics, and the other is personal catastrophe ― like falling for a man, only to discover that he’s a reckless wild child.”

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Eilen Jewell Band  

Eilen Jewell Band

March 18, 2019 at 7:00pm

Honesty, confidence, and respect have always permeated Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County in 2006. Critics have praised her “tantalizing, wonderful voice [and] restrained, beautifully crafted music … one of American’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices” (American Songwriter). Today, after five albums of original songs, the reigning "Queen of the Minor Key" has taken a moment to shake hands with the blues. Her new collection of rare blues and R&B covers adds to the potent mix of country, folk, and early rock ’n roll that’s made the young Idaho singer beloved from coast to coast.

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The Outside Track  

The Outside Track

March 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Named Best Group in both the Live Ireland Awards and Tradition In Review, The Outside Track has emerged as one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of youthful virtuosity and boundless energy, the quintet’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music has been rapturously received around the globe. With band members hailing from County Cork and Nova Scotia, Edinburgh and Cape Breton, this is an international outfit united by its love of traditional music, as well as its commitment to creating new songs on that foundation.

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Vance Gilbert  

Vance Gilbert

March 15, 2019 at 8:00pm

Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Introducing Vance Gilbert, live. It’s been almost two decades since a young singer and teacher went from playing open mikes to opening for Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and George Carlin. Along the way, America began to discover this Boston songwriter with “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Since then, Vance has released nine acclaimed albums, from Edgewise (1994) to Old White Men (2011). Side of the Road, his 2003 duo effort with Ellis Paul, was called by the Boston Globe, “the songwriter’s most compelling work yet; literate, heartfelt, rippling and emotionally resonant.”

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Bully  

Bully

February 28, 2019 - March 2, 2019

In the latest production from resident company Mirrorbox Theatre, Wren, Simone and Tanisha beat up other women for fun on the weekends. Bree, one of their victims, discovers their identity and plots revenge with friends Delilah and Candace. In her quest for revenge against the bullies who beat her up, will Bree learn more about herself than she bargained for? This alternately funny and terrifying exploration of female relationships answers an eternal question: What if Lord of the Flies was transported to an aerobics studio?

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Premiere Pass  

Premiere Pass

November 1, 2018 - March 2, 2019

Mirrorbox Theatre presents Iowa premiere plays as reflections on contemporary culture. Join us for another season of thought-provoking and imaginative drama in an intimate setting. Our Premiere Pass is a season subscription, discounted from the regular price of $15 per show. Guarantee your seats and avoid additional transaction fees by purchasing all four shows today, each one produced by Mirrorbox for the first time in Iowa.

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Lula Wiles  

Lula Wiles

February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

They’ve been a festival hit all over New England, thanks to what one critic calls “harmonies that would make the angels envious, and songs of love lost (and a murder ballad or two) that would make them blush" (Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots). Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.

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Halfloves w/ Treesreach  

Halfloves w/ Treesreach

February 23, 2019 at 8:00pm

Hailed as "the best rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, Halfloves has been described by the Ames Tribune as "an excellent indie rock band capable of weaving tones together into a bright, rocking and melodic dose of pure pop."

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The Talbott Brothers  

The Talbott Brothers

February 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

They were such a hit opening for Donna the Buffalo this fall that we’re bringing them back in the winter. The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Oregon. Perfecting an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.

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T’Monde  

T’Monde

February 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Three remarkably accomplished young musicians come together in T’Monde, the Acadian phenomenon that Offbeat magazine has called “a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.” The band began in 2011 as three friends who liked playing together. Lafayette native Drew Simon had taken up the accordion as a teen, though it would be another five years before he actually owned the instrument. He’s since played with Balfa Toujours, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, the Savoy Family Band and the Pine Leaf Boys. A native of Tepetate, Louisiana, Megan Brown is a fixture on the Lafayette scene, playing guitar and singing with a host of Lafayette bands. Rounding out the trio is jolie blonde Kelli Jones-Savoy, who grew up playing old-time music in North Carolina, before moving to Lafayette to study French.

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