Grizzly Bear, Deerhoof, Tig Notaro and More to Headline Mission Creek Festival

The Mission Creek music and literature festival released its first lineup of bands to be performing in Iowa City on April 2-7.

Media Release

The Mission Creek Festival is excited to release the first lineup announcement for this spring’s festival. The festival will feature performances by Grizzly Bear, Iris Dement, Tig Notaro, Killer Mike, Deerhoof, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Cornelius Eady, Amber Tamblyn, and many more. The festival runs April 2-7 in venues throughout downtown Iowa City.

As with past festivals, this year’s lineup features a strong balance of national, regional, and local musicians and writers. Grizzly Bear has been described by Rolling Stone as “one of indie rock's most sophisticated songwriting teams” and has headlined venues from Lollapalooza to Radio City Music Hall in the band’s eleven years. Iowa City folk legend Iris DeMent will return to The Englert Theatre for a special evening of music on the heels of her first album in seven years, Sing the Delta, which has been described by NPR as “Americana album of the year.” The lineup also includes comedian Tig Notaro, Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike, critically acclaimed rock bandDeerhoof, and alternative folk-rock act Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The festival’s literary lineup includes writer Roxane Gay and poets Cornelius Eady and Amber Tamblyn, along with a diverse collection of press/journals from throughout the country.

In its eighth year, the annual Mission Creek Festival is dedicated to inspiring and building the Iowa City area’s artistic communities. Programming focuses on literary readings, music performances, public lectures, local food culture, and educational outreach. Each year the festival uniquely utilizes the existing cultural geography of Iowa City – bookstores, clothing stores, cafes, and performance spaces – turning the downtown area into an easily-navigated nexus of music, art, and transformative experiences.

The 2013 Mission Creek Festival is supported by title sponsor University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and generous sponsorships from the City of Iowa City, Jim Beam, New Belgium Brewing, Iowa City / Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa City Downtown District, Little Village Magazine, and M.C. Ginsberg. Additional support provided by Catherine’s, Revival, and Aspen Dental.

Festival Dates:
April 2-7, 2013

Pass & Tickets Information:
All-Access Passes ($125) will be available for purchase online at Midwestix and The Englert Theatre Box Office starting Tuesday, January 22 at noon. Individual event tickets will go on sale Friday, February 1 at noon.

Confirmed Lineup Includes:
Grizzly Bear / Deerhoof / Iris DeMent / Tig Notaro / Killer Mike / White Lung / Thao & The Get Down Stay Down / Emily Wells / Owen Pallett / Zammuto / Ducktails / Joe Pug / The Pines / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside / Frank Fairfield / Snowblink / Dave Moore / Wet Hair / Détective / Slut River / Douglas Kramer Nye / The Multiple Cat / Love Songs for Lonely Monsters / AWTHNTKTS + more TBA

Writers: Cornelius Eady / Roxane Gay / Amber Tamblyn / Patricia Smith / Jennifer Knox / Rachel McKibbens / Beau Sia / Matt Hart / Michael Kimball / Derrick Brown / M. Bartley Seigel / Matt Bell / Johannes Goransson / Aase Berg / Lindsay Hunter / Janaka Stucky / Lisa Wells

Presses: Granta / Cave Canem / n+1 / A Strange Object / Vice Magazine / Black Ocean / Write Bloody Publishing / Dzanc Books / The Collagist / Forklift, Ohio / [PANK] / Spork Press / draft / MAKE Magazine / The Iowa Review / Hobart / Rescue Press / Wag’s Revue / Perfect Day Publishing / University of Iowa Press / H_NGM_M / Futurepoem / Petri Press + more TBA


Our mailing address is:
Mission Creek Festival221 E. Washington St.Iowa City, IA 52240

Clarence Johnson January 23, 2013 at 03:25 PM
the Killer Mike/AWTHNTKTS show is going to be, no exceptions, the best rap show in Iowa City in 2013.


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