The ‘Live at the Old Factory’ concert series will feature a free show from specially-selected Iowa musicians and bands the last Saturday of every month at 8 p.m. through April 2016.
Maxilla Blue will perform Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8pm at Old Factory. The concert is free, with support from Gilchrist Foundation, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.
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Live at the Old Factory features monthly concerts, podcasts of performances and a CD compilation. Proceeds from CD sales will support music education for underprivileged Iowa youth. More here.
Holy White Hounds performed Saturday, Jan. 30 at Old Factory.
“‘Live at the Old Factory’ features musicians that live in Iowa and are active contributors to their communities,” said Steve Mahr, owner of The Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City. “We sincerely believe our musicians have important and legitimate contributions to make to the issues our communities, state, region, and country wrestle with every day.”
Each concert will be recorded and aired in podcast form at LiveAtTheOldFactory.com, as well as broadcast on Sioux City’s KWIT public radio station.
Mahr hopes the concert series will expose northwest Iowa to cultural, artistic voices rooted in the Iowa landscape and way of life.
Pictured above: Orange City-based The Usual Suspects serve up their own unique brand of acoustic-laced roots rock combining the contrasting compositions of singer-songwriters Joel Westerholm and John Hubers. Band members, L-R: John Hubers, Steve Mason, Gary Reinders, Sam Martin, & Joel Westerholm. Usual Suspects performed Saturday, Dec. 12 at Old Factory.
Funding a Vision
To make his dream a reality, Mahr joined forces with Mark Munger, executive producer at KWIT, as well as Orange City Arts, to apply for a project grant through the Gilchrist Foundation.
The Gilchrist Foundation provides charitable grants to causes that include the arts and public broadcasting, with a preference for sustainable new projects in the Sioux City and Chicago areas.
“There’s a plethora of art and culture in Iowa, and the reason people consider Iowa boring and a flyover state is due to lack of access to the art and culture being created,” Mahr said. “Our goal is to expand that access. This is our opportunity to expose people in Iowa to great Iowa music.”
Gilchrist Foundation awarded ‘Live at the Old Factory’ a $25,000 project grant, propelling Mahr to partner with local sound engineer Bandy Langton of Orange City to get the upstairs of his coffee shop recording-ready to bring Midwest music to the masses.
Pictured above: The Envy Corps. Raygun describes them as “Radiohead for Coldplay fans.” The Examiner called them “the best band you’ve never heard of.” The Envy Corps — Luke Pettipoole, Brandon Darner, Micah Natera and Scott Yoshimura — performed in concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City.
Pictured above is Field Division, a folkwave duo from Des Moines — Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton. They performed in concert Oct. 31.
More Than a Flyover State
Pictured above are Devon Cadwell (right), Nate Johnston (left) and Bradley Smith, who performed in September for ‘Live at the Old Factory.’
“Bands we showcase have to currently live in Iowa and be contributing to the Iowa music culture,” Mahr said. “I contacted friends in different areas of Iowa and asked their favorite local bands.”
From there, Mahr’s team sent out letters to booking agents and bands, pitching the project. The response has been stellar.
Singer-songwriter Josh Davis kicked off the concert series.
“It’s all free,” Mahr said. “At the end of the series, we’re going to make a compilation disc with one track from each band that was recorded upstairs at The Old Factory. And 100 percent of the revenue is going to underfunded arts programs in area schools.”
Live at The Old Factory Upcoming Schedule ’15-16
Admission is free. Shows start at 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: Holy White Hounds
Feb. 27: Maxilla Blue — hip hop
March and April: To be announced soon!