2016 Bands

Saints Dixieland Band

Saints Dixiland Band

For well over three decades, the Saints Dixieland Jazz Band has been an enthusiastic and highly successful musical organization. Since its auspicious beginnings in the garages and living rooms of Cedar Falls, Iowa, the band’s talent and love of New Orleans Jazz have created the opportunity to delight audiences from county fairs to festivals and concert halls. Steeped in the history and culture of mainstream traditional Jazz, the Saints Dixieland Jazz Band features a variety of styles from classic Dixieland to blues and swing music. The band’s repertoire of classic hits and arrangements of novelty songs from the twenties and thirties engages all age groups, and the infectious joy of Dixieland Jazz guarantees a swinging good time for all.

The Saints Dixieland Band was formed in 1973, and has been the host band of the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival in Cedar Falls, IA since its inception in 1978. In addition, the band has been featured at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, the Good Times Jazz Festival, the Valley Junction Jazz in July Series, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Bluesmore Blues Music Festival in Cedar Rapids, the Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival and the Lake Park Jazz Festival in Winona, MN. In 1988, the Saints appeared at the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee in California, the world’s largest and most prestigious traditional jazz festival. In 2003, the band was honored to open a concert appearance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band had a long run of performances at Bill’s Drinking Establishment in Marion, as well as the Depot and the Olde Broom Factory in Cedar Falls.

Between festival and concert appearances, the Saints Dixieland Band stays sharp performing at nightclubs, private functions and casinos throughout eastern and central Iowa, including Bourbon Street in Cedar Falls and the Isle of Capri Casino in Waterloo.

The Saints Dixieland Band brings a deep understanding of the roots and traditions of Dixieland music to each performance, but what audiences take away is the band members’ obvious love of playing the world’s first truly American music – Jazz.

Barehanded Wolfchokers


From Bix's hometown of Davenport, Iowa come The Barehanded Wolfchokers and their own special brand of Chicago-style Traditional Jazz.  From toe-tapping favorites to swinging oldies from the Big Band era, the Wolfchokers serve up O.K.O.M. (Our Kind of Music) the way you like it:  red-hot and blue!

Bass and Leader:  David Gannett
Trumpet:  Larry Busch
Trombone:  Marty Busch
Reeds:  Terry Smiith
Banjo & Guitar:  David Richter
Piano:  Tewanta Lopez
Drums:  Jim Stroehle

Raiders of the Lost Art


Now in their 29th year, the “Raiders” have entertained audiences with its unique style of “swing dixie” at clubs, private parties, festivals, community concerts and church services throughout the region.

Claim Jumpers


A little over 30 years ago, CU Denver’s first traditional jazz ensemble, the “Timbuktu Plus Five,” was named National Collegiate Dixieland Champions by the National Association of jazz Educators. Since then, the band has received two Downbeat awards, been honored by the Governor of Colorado, made 25 plus national jazz festival appearances, played at about 200 University of Colorado events, and made four CDs. The band has also toured in Germany, performed at the Moscow Conservatory, and performed at the international Enkhuizen Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

After graduation, members of the Claim Jumpers often begin careers as professional musicians. Many graduates are currently touring and/or play in professional bands all across the country. A number of graduates have achieved international recognition as well and maintain important musical roles in the Denver area.

Under the direction of the Queen City Jazz Band’s trombonist Eric Staffeldt, the UC Denver Claim Jumpers provides real world experience in networking, gigging, team building, and musicianship. In addition, being part of this ensemble teaches students the importance in preserving America’s true art form. Traditional jazz is relevant not only in the musical realm, but in the historical realm as well. This is why it is so vital and educational for the group to travel, nationally and abroad. It is the generous support from UC Denver, the Denver Jazz Club, the Queen City Jazz Foundation and other individual and corporate donors that keeps the band alive and allows us to continue spreading our passion for traditional jazz.

As college students “cram for finals,” the UC Denver Claim Jumpers are “Cramming for the pros.” Almost all of them will soon be playing jazz for fun and profit. Standards are high with regard to both aesthetics and professionalism. The UC Denver Claim Jumpers strive to play significant traditional jazz literature at the highest level.Under the direction of the Queen City Jazz Band’s trombonist, Mr. Eric Staffeldt, the Claim Jumpers provides real world experience in networking, gigging, team building, and musicianship. In addition, being a part of this ensemble teaches students the importance in preserving America’s true art form. Traditional jazz is relevant not only in the musical realm, but in the historical realm as well. This is why it is so vital and educational for the group to travel, nationally and abroad.

Dandelion Stompers


The Dandelion Stompers bring you New Orleans jazz with all the trimmings. Start with a grade-A rhythm section, add a savory selection of horns, round out the mixture with hot and spicy vocals and you've got a recipe for Dandelion gumbo! Band members include:
Katie Roche – vocals
Chris Clark – baritone saxophone, vocals
Katie Greenstein – trumpet, vocals
Ira Greenstein – trombone, trumpet, pocket trumpet, vocals
Brandi Janssen – bass
Marc Janssen – guitar, vocals
Suzanne Smith – clarinet
Jacob Yarrow – alto saxophone


The Nadas

Saturday June 25; 10PM


The Nadas are Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band, selling more than 200,000 albums through their own label, Authentic Records. Singers/guitarists Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith, bassist Brian Duffey, and drummer Brandon Stone mix country, rock, alternative, and indie with flawless songwriting and catchy melodies for a crowd-pleasing experience.

The Steepwater Band

Saturday June 25; 8PM


Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.

The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 18 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.

Dylan Sires & Neighbors

Friday June 24; 9:15PM


A band that grows smarter and better with each song, each release, is a band worth celebrating & knowing. 15 plus years into their musical collaboration, childhood friends and SIRES band members Dylan Sires, Ross Klemz & Graham Howland have never sounded so fresh, so alive and so ready to put it all on the line, that they have titled their new album "Soul for Sale". Is it a brash "come and get it" to the world at large or a tongue in cheek jab at our music culture all together? Regardless, in a "look at me now" world, music this subtle and seductive is a Godsend.

SIRES is a bit of an anomaly in these modern times. They stand toe to toe with the most cutting edge bands in Indie Rock today, while remaining deeply rooted in the pre-Beatles American songbook. Timeless melodies so pure and sweet, you could swear you've heard them before, floating from a crackling radio tuned to a dying AM oldies station, until the band swells powerfully behind a 3 part harmony and you're sure an airplane is landing on your roof and it becomes clear. This band is of the moment. This band is happening now and creating some of the most intensely beautiful music in the world today.


Saturday June 25; 6PM


From the bowels of the pop universe a band of true misfits rise from the ash of the rock and roll tradition. Guided by the ghosts of Lennon & McCartney, Chilton & Bell and the Davies Brothers, this group has taken it upon themselves to stand as the torchbearers of the teenage wasteland, the point men of power pop, the pied piper's of the entire guitar rock and roll institution!! TWINS expertly cherry-pick and meld premium influences: the torchy swing of ’50s rock pioneers, the harmonies and well-crafted hooks of the Beatles, the garage-y jangle of British Invasion stalwarts, glam’s swagger and flashy riffs, Midwest power-pop and punk’s primal energy. Surrender to TWINS.

Bjorn Quartet

Saturday June 25; 4PM


The Bjorn Quartet is a soul inspired jazz group based in the Cedar Valley. Encompassing genres that are rarely covered but never forgotten, you will find yourself tapping your toes to the classics from the 60’s and 70’s dispersed with a handful of originals thrown in. From the smooth grooves of Nina Simone, to the upbeat funk lines of Stevie Wonder, you’ll be sure to hear something that moves you.

Amelia & Melina

Friday June 24; 8PM


Amelia and Melina are Indie-Folk Singer-Songwriters, and sisters, based out of northern Iowa. They write music with an informed and unfiltered message about what it means to grow up in Mid Western America. Their sound is simple and whimsical while remaining unapologetic, with harmonic Americana-style vocals. In a seamless fusion with melodies, you’ll hear spoken word poetry and rap. Sometimes silly and often autobiographical, their lyrics are honest and ride an uplifting dialogue. They sing about friendship, heartache, working in the service industry, and social justice, equality and change. Amelia and Melina supply an undoubtedly unique, charming and candid entertainment experience.