Natty Nation, John June Year, Rude Punch, Hot Room
330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA, 52240
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:15 PM
This event is 19 and over
Critically-acclaimed hard roots rock reggae outfit Natty Nation is a collective of spiritual warriors. For over twenty years, the Madison, Wisconsin-based group has purely and fearlessly followed its inner artistic continuum. Along the way, Natty Nation has burst through genres while retaining a distinct roots reggae core.
Through it all—whether it's onstage conducting its shamanistic live show, or in the studio pushing the scope of its musicality while honing its sharp songcraft—Natty Nation has remained dedicated to one mission: spreading light.
John June Year
John June Year is an independent rock band based in the Midwest that combine the sounds of influences like the Velvet Underground, the Strokes, and the Arctic Monkeys to create something new and wholly their own.
“With a style reminiscent of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Clinton-based Indie Rock band John June Year is first on our list. With a well put together sound and a growing fanbase, John June Year seems to have all the pieces in place to have a big year (no pun intended).” – BuzzFeed
Formed during the Summer of 2012, the band has quickly progressed into a talented group of young musicians that place songwriting at the core of their focus. Their songs have a very timeless, no frills, rock and roll sound that is captivating and memorable to music lovers while remaining immediately accessible to the casual listener.
“Unforgettable melodies, thick synth and guitar textures, and an emphasis on honest, spacious songwriting that can only be found in the Midwest.” – Andrew Thoreen (Slimbeast Productions)
With "Pop Sucker EP" John June Year tried their damnedest to craft a no-frills rock and roll statement. What they ended up with instead was 3 unmistakeable pop songs dressed up in leather jackets. In the span of just three tracks, the band hops from a euphoric summer anthem "Hollywood", to a listless and slowly unfurling daze of a track with "Wish to Sell" to the smoldering, propulsive, and repetitive deep-groove with not-so-subtle synth hooks in "Best Dressed Mess". Equally indebted to the Cars and the garage rock revival of the early 2000's John June Year puts a fresh tilt on pop jams, rock and roll, and contemporary indie music.
“The band has worked to develop their stage presence by playing shows throughout the state with acts like the Envy Corps, Bright Giant and Iowa City’s own Olympics.” – Little Village Magazine
“John June Year's Facebook page puts it simply: 'We're from Clinton, Iowa. We aren't farmers. No one in the band is named John.' While of that is most definitely true, it's a play on the band's upfront modesty. More abstractly, they're a band that's completely rocking the Iowa music scene (and getting noticed by Buzzfeed).” – Band Bombshell
"After you see them live your legs will be sore, your voice will be hoarse, and your ears will be ringing, but this band resonates well past the welcome sting of their performances.” – Bruce Bales (DEFT Visuals)
“Anyone who has heard John June Year play over the past year has had the good fortune to hear a good band get even better.” – John Molseed (WCF Courier)