Iowa Women's Music Festival Week Sept. 16-21

Iowa City Events
The Iowa Women's Music Festival week of events Sept. 16-21 is presented by Prairie Voices Productions in Iowa City and surrounding areas. Prairie Voices, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, supports and promotes the work of women artists and musicians through the Iowa Women's Music Festival and other events. Information below is currently unverified. Please check their website for more details.


Tuesday, September 16, 7-10 p.m.

The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, 319-351-9529

Erica Wheeler is an award-winning songwriter with five critically acclaimed releases to her credit. She has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and World Cafe. Her CD "The Harvest" remained on Billboard's Gavin Americana Chart for five months with a solid month in the top ten. She is a favorite at clubs, coffeehouses and colleges across the country and has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, Greg Brown and others. Popular Iowa City singer-songwriters Kate Hickman and Kelly Carrell open the show. This event kicks off the Iowa Women’s Music Festival week of events. $7 admission at the door. Visit for more on this artist.


Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-9 p.m.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, 319-395-6700

"The Soulful Landscape Workshop: Finding Our Stories of Place and Belonging" empowers writers to find their creative voice and articulate their stories of place. Singer/songwriter/facilitator Erica Wheeler combines her background as a performing artist with her interest in environmental studies and cultural history to offer inspirational keynotes and workshop experiences across the country. Erica’s work is dedicated to fostering the connections between people and place and inspiring engagement in land stewardship. This workshop is appropriate for both beginner and advanced writers of any genre. Workshop fee: $25. Sponsored by Prairiewoods, Indian Creek Nature Center and the Iowa Women's Music Festival. To register, visit and click on Events.


On air 10-11 a.m., Friday, September 19, WSUI AM 910

Listen to the popular Iowa Public Radio show “The Exchange” as Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Women’s Music Festival founder and producer, and Women’s Resource and Action Center Program Director, Laurie Haag. Laurie will discuss what’s on tap for this year’s festival, interesting tidbits about its history, as well as news about the Women’s Resource and Action Center, which is a partner in the production of the festival. Tentatively, Laurie will be interviewed during the 10-10:30 a.m. segment and 2008 IWMF Spotlight Artist, Rachel Garlin, will give a preview of her performance from 10:30-11 a.m. Tune in! For more info, visit Check out and


Friday, September 19, 7-10 p.m.

SpiritHill Retreat Center, 604 Cedar Valley Rd., West Branch (20 minutes from Iowa City), 319-643-2613

Renowned performer and hand drumming workshop facilitator Ubaka Hill will lead beginners and experienced hand drummers alike in learning hand drumming technique and playing as a Drumsong Orchestra. By the time the workshop is over, drummers will be playing a full, dynamic, multiple-part song together. The Drumsong Orchestra is Ubaka’s signature format of teaching and performing. Participation in the workshop will equip attendees to play as part of her Drumsong Orchestra in her IWMF set on September 20th’s festival stage (optional). Attendees are requested to bring hand drums and percussion instruments of any type if they have them. A limited number of drums will be available for use, provided by Remo through our sponsor West Music. Register your interest for this workshop and specify if you need to reserve a loaner drum by e-mailing Put “Drumsong Workshop” in the subject line. There is no cost to attend, but donations for the festival, Spir itHill, and Ubaka Hill are encouraged and will be collected at the workshop. The workshop is open to everyone, beginners to experienced drummers, men and women, young and older. SpiritHill is chem-free (drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free). Bottled water will be provided free-of-charge to festival goers. 40 folding chairs are available for use at SpiritHill; bring your own folding chair if you have one. Bring a jacket; workshop may be held outdoors or in a partially enclosed building. Check out for more info about Ubaka’s workshops and music.


Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Upper City Park, Iowa City (at Park Rd. and Templin Rd., off of Dubuque St.), 319-431-0982 (day of festival cell)

The 2008 Iowa Women’s Music Festival is the BIG ONE, including a longer festival, more acts, and other fun extras such as a live auction, silent auction, vendors, and food! This IWMF features great local, regional, and national talent, including performers RACHEL GARLIN, DIVA KAI, DEIDRE MCCALLA, BEJAE FLEMING BAND, UBAKA HILL, ZOE LEWIS, FERRON, and PATRICE PIKE, plus our amazing 2008 emcee KIM-CHAR MEREDITH. Mark your calendar! Vendors, donors, sponsors, and volunteers are being sought. To help support and celebrate women in music and the arts, e-mail or call the Women’s Resource and Action Center (ask for Laurie) at 319-335-1486. Everyone welcome! Pets allowed! FREE to attend! Bring chairs or blankets for grass seating. The event will also feature a live auction to benefit the festival, a silent auction to benefit Iowa Shares, and a diverse list of food, merchandise, info, service, and crafts vendors. Rain location (same date): Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, Gilbert & Washington Streets, Iowa City. Check for complete details. The festival is presented by the non-profit Prairie Voices Productions. The main sponsors of this festival (so far) are the Women’s Resource and Action Center, Troy Knapp/Toyota of Iowa City, Rockwell Collins, and Iowa Shares, with sound and stage support by Bill Hook.


Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m. – Noon

Women’s Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa, 130 N. Madison St., Iowa City, 319-335-1486

The Singing Body is a holistic singing workshop based on the premise that the whole body is our instrument. Incorporating yoga, breath work, singing and Educational Kinesiology, or E-K (movements that integrate the hemispheres of the brain), The Singing Body Workshop offers a fun and very effective method for getting us out of our own way when expressing our true selves. Participants will need to bring their own water bottle/large cup, a yoga mat or large towel, and a light cover if you chill easily during quiet floor work. Please dress for exercising and in layers - no skirts or dresses. You will leave with an abbreviated and simple routine to use at home, to continue building on the results from this introduction to The Singing Body.

Sharon Bousquet has taught the Singing Body Workshop, previously known as CrystalVoice, for 18 years. She provides a warm and compassionate space for singers at all levels to experience their true, natural voices. Sharon is a touring musician with 5 independent CDs, a composer with music in two upcoming films, and the mother of two teenaged boys. The Singing Body Workshop stands on its own, and it is the perfect integrating tool to prepare in mind/body/spirit for Ferron's Songwriting Workshop. Cost of this workshop is $35 if taken alone, or $25 if taken along with Ferron’s Songwriting Workshop. To register or for more information, e-mail with “Singing Body Workshop” in the subject line. Or call 319-431-0982. Check out for more insight to the workshop.


Sunday, September 21, 1-4 p.m.

Women’s Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa, 130 N. Madison St., Iowa City, 319-335-1486

Born in Canada and spending most of her life on the west coast, Ferron now lives near Three Rivers, Michigan, where she has opened a peace and poetry retreat center named the Fen Sanctuary. This year she’s been touring across the country, leading writing workshops, and writing poetry. She recently released a new CD, “Boulder” to add to her prolific discography of 14 releases, and she published a book of poetry, “Catching Holy.” Ferron’s lyrics are hauntingly insightful. She has an uncanny ability to perceive and give shape to each workshop participant’s thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The cost of this workshop is $50 per participant and requires advanced registration. To register or for more information, e-mail with “Ferron Workshop” in the subject line. Or call 319-431-0982. Check out for more on this amazing artist.
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