The Way Down Wanderers, Cedar County Cobras

The Way Down Wanderers

Cedar County Cobras

Sat, April 14, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

$10.00 - $12.00

The Way Down Wanderers
The Way Down Wanderers
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5 piece alternative folk band, The Way Down Wanderers from Chicago, IL, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical and rap music, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies.

Austin Thompson - guitar, lead & harmony vocals as well as percussion in the studio. Austin studied music at the collegiate level where he grew as a musician. Austin finds much inspiration for his lyrics in the beauty of nature and his love for hiking. He adds his unique musical influences of rock, folk and the spoken word to the music he writes and performs.

Collin Krause - mandolin, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals. Collin became involved in music when he began taking classical violin at the age of 3. Growing up around traditional roots & bluegrass music had a big influence on him. Meeting his older half-brother, Ben (also in the band) for the first time at the age of 12 was a pretty cool moment for Collin, especially when he discovered that Ben, who grew up in an entirely different home, was also a folk music enthusiast and full-time musician. Collin enjoys writing, co-writing and arranging music for the band.

Benjamin Montalbano - Banjo, lead and harmony vocals. Ben, Collins half brother, is an award winning composer whose music seeks to reinvigorate the American music culture. In the spring of 2011, Montalbano was recognized as a finalist by the prestigious ASCAP Composers' Competition. Bens music education allows him to influence the bands music with his sense of form and composition.

John Merikoski- Drums, Percussion. John has been playing drums since age nine and is featured on dozens of recordings, ranging from Jazz and Metal to Hip-hop and Bluegrass. In 2012 he was awarded a full ride scholarship to study Jazz performance for drum set at the University of Illinois. He is currently finishing up his degree and performs frequently in a wide variety of musical projects.

John Williams - Upright bass. John is a former classical upright bass performance major who also enjoys singing, song-writing and entertaining a crowd.
Cedar County Cobras
Cedar County Cobras
Just as a cobra snake is rare to impossible to be found in the farm fields of rural Iowa….the eclectic sound of the string band Cedar County Cobras is a sight to be seen. The music has been described as contagious, acoustic rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or brand new old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues. It is almost impossible to box the sound of The Cobras into one musical genre. Just know that you should be prepared to bring your dancing shoes and party with this musical troupe made up by the three blind brothers from the electric rock band Porch Builder and a woman mandolin player rooted in bluegrass and rock n’ roll. This project features original music written by lead vocalist Tom Spielbauer (fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist), George Spielbauer is behind the driving rhythm of the Cobra sound on the jumbo guitar, brother Mike Spielbauer brings in the thump of the upright bass, and vocalist April Dirks tears it up on the mandolin and plays the parlor guitar. These folks come together from two musical families blending the sound of gravel road rock n’ roll with a mandolin and fiddle to bring you Iowa’s newest acoustic string band.
Venue Information:
Iowa City Yacht Club
13 S Linn
Iowa City, IA, 52240