" Without music, life would be a mistake " ‐ Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
We can't agree more with this statement, that is why we are bringing local and regional talent to the stage. A delicate balance of musical genres and styles, this coagulation of funk, rock, hip hop, and soul is the metaphysical formula to elevate your vibration and transform your mood. Whether head nodding or toe tapping, these artists will reanimate what's left of your overworked and underpaid skeleton from that long work week. What's that you say? You won't move to the sound, eh. Challenge accepted.
Rock anthems and melodic instrumentation define the original sound of The Zealots from Bettendorf, Iowa. The music scene is struggling in Iowa, which is why The Zealots are aiming to be something new and different. After forming in the summer of 2014, they started mixing rock genres into a masterpiece. The Zealots are nothing but original. In late 2014 The Zealots were the first band from Iowa to collaborate with Joey Sturgis & his team at mixingbros.com. They went on to mix & master the single Chips the Fish. After hearing the final version of the song, The Zealots knew they had struck gold. In early 2016 the boys were discovered by Will Stevenson at the Artery Foundation. The Zealots signed with the management, making them the first Iowa band on their roster. They went on tour in the summer of 2016 & rocked out 5 different states. The band is comprised of five members: Micah Martin, Ryan Housenga, Colton Menke, & Adam Housenga.
CaseTheJoint might be the most prominent figure in the Dubuque hip-hop scene. To many, he's a rapper. To some, he's an avid poet. To a select few, he's a father of two. One of the first bars I went to in Dubuque when I moved here in 2005 was Jumper's for a rap battle that featured a guy I had recently met. I was there to support him (he won) and also get acquainted with the nightlife. I came away from that experience with two impressions: The guy who won the battle - who was a political science major at Wisconsin - had a career in hip-hop if the school thing didn't work out (he's doing well in the corporate world these days) AND that the guy hosting the rap battle was a damn good lyricist. I'd soon find out his name was CaseTheJoint. CaseTheJoint, or Casey, is a lifelong Dubuquer who went to Hempstead High School and has spent years putting pen to paper. Along with writing songs, Casey is an avid poet - appearing at slam poetry events and has spent three years teaching poetry. "It's a way to understand what I'm saying without the beats banging in the back" said Casey. The political rappers are what inspired me: The Public Enemy's and the KRS-1's. I was always a good student and thought they were good students because they were dropping knowledge. I was always into the words and what they were saying. CaseTheJoint is a wordsmith with a purpose. The first thing you'll notice when listening to one of his albums (The Illegal Iowan, Internet Corn, Stalking to Myself) is his witty wordplay-style and smooth yet assertive delivery which has been honed over years of finding himself behind the mic. I don't know if CaseTheJoint will get signed, make a ton of money for himself and his family and get heard all over the country. Maybe that will happen. Probably not. What I do know is that no one has done more for the hip-hop scene in Dubuque than CaseTheJoint.
Mike was born in Chicago Illinois. Mike graduated from the Berklee College of Music. He has been hailed as one of the top guitarists in the world. He performs a variety of musical genres, from classics to contemporary hits. His band offers over 500 popular songs in their repertoire along with original work. Mike Dangeroux: Guitar, Vocals Andre Diggs: Vocals Amber Ronae: Vocals Walter Harrington: Bass Casper: Drums Mahmoud Khan: Keyboards Tony Herrera: Trombone Derrick Tate: Saxophone Ryan Thielman: Trumpet