The Mountain Goats (solo)
- Date: April 21, 2014
- Location: First United Methodist Church
The Mountain Goats first formed in Claremont, California in an employee-housing studio apartment by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. It all began on a dual cassette recorder, where Darnielle would set his poems to music and would play a guitar he had picked up for a few dollars at a nearby music store. Since 1991, Darnielle has written around 600 beautiful and unnerving songs. SCOPE Productions is bringing him to the beautiful and historic First United Methodist Church, which features intricate stained glass windows and a gorgeous, intimate acoustic environment. It’s sure to be an amazing sensory experience that no music fan will want to skip. Darnielle will be performing solo, a rare happening in recent years. The concert is taking place Monday, April 21. Doors open at 8pm, with the show beginning promptly at 9pm.
Local favorites, The Lonelyhearts (comprised of Andre Perry and John Lindenbaum) will open for this solo The Mountain Goats show. “The Lonelyhearts channels the soul of Neil Young and the electronic depth of Grandaddy…the duo churns out some pure authentic Americana that sounds pretty and feels momentous,” said The Owl Mag’s Jeff Braco. Daytrotter.com has featured The Lonelyhearts twice, describing the band’s songs as “somber and heartbreaking as those of a Casiotone For the Painfully Alone song, but the people in them seem like they are less submissive to the circumstances and more willing to run through some walls.” This will be a great opportunity for fans of The Lonelyhearts fans, as well.
The church is located at 214 East Jefferson Street, conveniently close to downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus. $17 student / $19 general