Johnny Kilowatt Blues Band
The White Tornado
13 S Linn
Iowa City, IA, 52240
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 19 and over
The White Tornado
"a solid, ambitious outing that offers multiple, inventive treats while marking the artist as a bona-fide talent to watch."
--Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen
"[Peterson]'s got a knack for writing songs whose accessibility belies their underlying rhythmic and harmonic complexity."
--Kent Williams, Little Village
The White Tornado is keyboardist, singer and songwriter Bill Peterson, who hails from Iowa City, Iowa. His music is a blend of piano-driven nerd rock and jazz-funk instrumentation, with bouncing, grooving organ, piano and synth filling out each song. In performance he aims to entertain, kidding with the audience with the audience and riffing with the other musicians on stage. Though his lyrics are often complex and philosophical, the end purpose of his music is to hit that sweet spot in the amygdala that keeps people wanting more.
A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Peterson began learning piano at age 10 and played in jazz band through high school. He obtained his moniker “The White Tornado” in the fertile Eastern Iowa blues jam scene. He has loaned his keyboard, vocal and songwriting talents to many notable local outfits, including The Johnny Kilowatt Band, Public Property, Collectible Boys, Bermuda Report, and the Diplomats of Solid Sound. While fostering his musical skills Peterson simultaneously earned a Ph. D. in Physics, and often incorporates scientific ideas as metaphors in his lyrics, although the subjects are still the hallowed songwriting mainstays of sorrow, struggle and love.
Peterson released "Seek Shelter" in May of 2009. Recorded at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, the album is ten original songs composed by Peterson and featuring a range of talented musicians from the Iowa City area. The album represents the range of The White Tornado's style, from the solid piano rock of "Bigger Pond" to the quirkiness of "Yet Again My Brother Saved Me (From Destroying the World)" to the funkiness of "Cop Show" to the soul of "Bicycle". The album incorporates a solid, enjoyable debut that has been well-received by fans and reviewers alike. In Summer of 2012 Peterson released a live album “Strikes”, featuring as-yet-unreleased songs and well-known covers. Further projects “Spin Attack” and “Wrecker” are currently in production.