Freakin’ Weekend: 1.24-1.26

The Holiday season is over, sub-zero temperatures are keeping everyone indoors, layers of ice and snow blanket the ground, and, oh yeah, school is back in session. If the bleak realities of late January in Iowa City have you feeling a little down lately, take heart. According at least one scientist with a great deal of time on his hands, this is the most depressing week of the year. The good news? It all gets better from here, starting with a musical weekend sure to cheer up even the saddest emo kids.

Human Rights Benefit Concert / Old Brick (26 E. Market St.) - 6pm - $5 suggested donation

Local artists including The Western Front, Happy Go Lovely, King Dipshit & The Broken Spokes, Intersection, Derek Thorn, and Craigula join forces with UI’s Amnesty International and Global Health Club to raise money and awareness of human rights. It’s all part of UI’s 2-week Martin Luther King/Human Rights Week event, with more music, film screenings, and featured speakers scheduled throughout the weekend.


The Diplomats of Solid Sound Featuring the Diplomettes / The Mill - 9pm - $7
The Gglitch / Iowa City Yacht Club - 9pm - $5

Decisions, decisions. Two of Iowa City’s finest and most popular local artists, the funk-soul-brothas-and-sistas that are the Diplomats and the equally funky and eclectic members of the Gglitch get your Friday night started off riiiiight. Both shows start at 9, with special guests Orange Mighty Trio providing support at the Mill and Des Moines’ The Vandon Arms kicking things off at the YC with their brand of Irish drunk-punk.


The Iowa City Yacht Club’s 5th Anniversary Party / 5pm / $5 (tickets available at
The Yacht Club is all growns up, and to celebrate, they’re showering their loyal customers with free kegs, free food, spankings (???), and an impressive lineup of musical talent that includes Hunab, Samba Nosso, The School of Flyentology, the Mad Monks (Craig’s favorite local band), and many more. The first free keg gets tapped promptly at 5pm, with another keg scheduled to meet its demise at 9pm. Oh, and there’s also a Jamiroquai tribute scheduled, so come prepared to wear silly hats and walk all over the furniture. Virtual insanity, indeed.

Matthew Pryor / The Picador - 9pm - $10
You might not know the name Matthew Pryor, but chances are you’re pretty familiar with his early work as a member of emo-supergroups The Get Up Kids and The New Amsterdams. We covered Pryor (and his lasting legacy on a generation of music fans) earlier this week, and if you feel Pryor like we feel Pryor, we’ll see you there. Mission Freak favorites Skursula are set to open things up.

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