sat02nov7:30 pm11:59 pmTrevor Sensor and His Band w/ Special Guests Bruce & Parksdistinctly husky vocals, intellectual lyrics, and atmospheric folk-laden, punk-infused indie rock7:30 pm – 11:59 pm Buy Tickets
(Saturday) 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Known for his distinctly husky vocals, intellectual lyrics, and atmospheric folk-laden, punk-infused indie rock, Jagjaguar artist Trevor Sensor is an American singer/songwriter from Sterling, Illinois who has garnered comparisons to iconic artists such as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.
As a student of philosophy and literature, the words of great minds such as Marcel Proust, Søren Kierkegaard, and beat generation authors William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac inform the vital elements of Sensor’s art.
His debut full-length, Andy Warhol’s Dream (the title refers to the artist’s prediction of everyone’s 15 minutes of fame and is also a reference to the celebrity culture of the 21st century), was released in 2017, and was produced by Jonathan Rado of indie rock duo Foxygen. The record also featured guest appearances from Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek of the Chicago indie outfit Whitney.
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Join Iowa Public Radio, Christopher the Conquered and a cast of musical acts for the 5th annual Conquered Christmas event! A variety show of singers, performers, and carolers will perform live at xBk to celebrate the holiday season. Tickets are $10 per person to help pay the artists and support Iowa Public Radio.
Current Line Up:
NOLA Jazz Band
Tina Haase Findlay
The Haunted Hallows
Todd Partridge of King of the Tramps
+ more to be announced!
Video appearances by J.E. Sunde and Jenny LaJoye
(Friday) 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm
About Thousand Faced Theatre Company
Thousand Faced Theatre Company is a 501c3 nonprofit theatre company made up of graduates from Drake University that is based out of New York City. We are focused on creating and producing new works and unique interpretations of existing pieces in the hopes of giving voices to those who may traditionally not have the opportunity to be heard. We recognize that today, as much as any time in history, our society could greatly benefit from exposure to perspectives that may differ from traditional norms. We believe that in presenting new ideas to our audiences we can bring humanity closer together one performance at a time.
Thousand Faced Theatre serves to empower the voices of emerging artists by creating and developing work in an inclusive and diverse community.
Thousand Faced Theatre strives to provide a platforms that bring a thousand faces, voices and ideas into the light.
Why ‘Thousand Faced’?
The title ‘Thousand Faced’ pays homage to the Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces that examines the similarities between cultural myths across the world, and finds that they all follow the same basic structure. Similarly, our company believes that all people are intrinsically connected through the desire to explore the human condition. Our hope is that, in presenting new perspectives, we may show the world how fundamentally similar, yet uniquely beautiful people are.
Nathan David Smith
(Saturday) 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm
From deep in the heart of the country arrives the beguiling sounds of D. Smith. Crafting rich songs that reflect the lives and landscapes of middle America, Smith captures listeners with his warm vocals and expressive delivery. D. Smith’s inviting debut album “Cabin Fever” (2019) distills these strengths and showcases the best of his vivid songwriting. Smith’s live performance, whether with his full band or as a solo artist, is an earthy and comforting experience, like a worn leather chair positioned next to a smoldering fireplace. In addition to his solo work, D. Smith is a fixture of the Midwest’s creative community, leading modern soul ensemble The Maytags.
Ryan Stier of Extravision blends sparkly 12-string guitar and warbly, drony synthesizers into a psychedelic, expressive exploration into the world of emotion and introverted thought.
$12 Advance / $15 D.O.S.
$25 VIP Advance / $30 D.O.S.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps is one of the most unusual bands you will find anywhere. Led by visionary vocalist/songwriter Jimmy Enos, the band is an alchemical blend of spirituality, bold, inventive guitar stylings, R & B based bass lines, and flexible, jazz-inflected drumming, all coming together in a gumbo of unpredictable songs, built over a number of years.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm
It’s been a rough year for Brian Johannesen. The same week he closed on his first house in Iowa City, IA, his mother-in-law went onto life support. Although she pulled through, her health steadily declined over the following months, leading to endless doctors appointments, hospital stays, rehab stints, and several months living with Brian and his wife. All the while Brian was trying to finish his second full-length solo release, “Holster Your Silver.” Last April, she passed away in that new home.
While some of the songs on “Holster Your Silver” were written before any of this happened, they took on new meaning as he watched a loved one wither. The album inherited a haunting tone, dealing with personal issues like anxiety, loss, and a struggle to come to terms with an increasingly unjust political climate. These themes manifested themselves in an honest, lyric-forward collection of songs that offer a glimpse into the mind of a songwriter coming to grips with the real world.
A Chicago native and longtime Iowan, Johannesen’s Americana sound has always been firmly rooted in the Midwest. Drawing inspiration from his heroes like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Bruce Springsteen, he writes about everyday life with sincerity and often a little bit of his tongue in his cheek. Johannesen’s songs also carry a twang he learned from four years spent in Nashville, where he formally studied Music Business and informally studied the songwriters and musicians who inhabit Music City. He returned to Iowa City in 2016 where he felt more at home and free to pursue music without the industry looming over his head.
Songwriting has always been Johannesen’s passion, but for the past 6 years the music industry has also been his day job. He has worked as a talent buyer for clubs and festivals across the country over the years, and this experience has helped him understand the real struggle of musicians and promoters alike. This struggle also presents itself in his music as he reconciles the new and old models of “making it” in the business.
With “Holster Your Silver,” Johannesen takes a step forward, leaning into a craft he has worked at for over a decade. The result is a songwriter finding his own voice that is powerful, delicate, artful and accessible all at the same time.
Through the years, Johannesen has had the honor of sharing the stage with Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, Greg Brown, JD McPherson, William Elliott Whitmore, Langhorne Slim, Lydia Loveless, Cory Branan, Paul Thorn, and many more.