The Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City’s longest continuously running live music venue, celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday with a daylong party featuring past performers like Dead Larry, Zeta June, Item 9 & the Mad Hatters, Mumfords, American Honey, Bad Intentions, Velcro Moxie, Home-Grown, John June Year and Unnamed Acoustic.
That’s 10 bands for $10, with 10 cent draws until 10 p.m. Many local beer distributors and business owners also are contributing items to be given away during the event.
In 10 years, the venue has seen more than 250,000 visitors and 3,000 shows. It also survived a tornado in 2006 and a fire and flood in 2011.
“We had a vision of where we wanted to be but weren’t completely sure if we could get there,” says owner Scott Kading, recalling the opening of the Yacht Club in 2003.
- Yacht Club 10th Anniversary
- BANDS: Dead Larry, Zeta June, Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Mumfords, American Honey, Bad Intentions, Velcro Moxie, Home-Grown, John June Year, Unnamed Acoustic
- 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
- Iowa City Yacht Club
- Cost: $10
- Details: Iowacityyachtclub.org
As in past years, this anniversary will be marked with a free CD sampling past year’s live shows. “The CD this year features the numerous regional bands that have been seeing some great success here,” says Kading, who also owns a second live music venue in Iowa City, Gabe’s.
“It’s all about the music down here. We’re not trying to do anything other than what we’re really good at,” he says.
“The Yacht Club is legendary. I couldn’t imagine not being a part of celebrating its birthday,” says Dead Larry’s Joe Scarpellino. “The Yacht Club and it’s amazing staff were the first to believe in Dead Larry and have been an integral part of making us who we are today.”
“All of the local bands that have played here,” are a big part of why Kading loves what he does.
Item 9 & the Mad Hatters have been playing shows at the Yacht Club since they got their start. It’s one of their favorite venues to play in Iowa.
“We love playing the Yacht, mainly because it’s easy to pack the place and all our friends and fans love (it),” says Mad Hatter guitarist Pete Lower. “The staff is awesome as well.”
With so many artists on the bill, “We’re looking forward to the party. The Yacht Club has a very inviting and friendly atmosphere,” adds Lower. “New friends are to be made every time, that’s what we’re excited about most.”
With 10 years of experience and a loyal fan base, Kading and the Yacht Club certainly show no signs of slowing any time soon.
“People might not have any idea about who’s playing, but they know they are going to get to see a good show here,” he says. “We finally have everything dialed in down here and are really good at what we do, but we also never rest on our laurels. Look for more improvements and some cool things to happen in 2013.”
More at the Yacht Club:
- What the Folk is Folkstep, 10 p.m., $3, a night of folk, funk, bass and dubstep with David Samano and Subliminal Chaos
- Friday: Evergreen Grass Band, 9 p.m., $6
- Monday: Catacombs of Comedy, 10 p.m., $3 to $5, stand-up comedy hosted by Tom Garland
- Tuesday: Flight School, 10 p.m., $1, dance party
- Wednesday: Free Jam Session & Mug Night, 9 p.m., weekly jam session with $1 PBR
- Feb. 1: Bright Giant, 9 p.m., $5, with The Chazman Band and Huge Lewis
- Feb. 2: Dennis McMurrin & The Demolition Band, 9 p.m., $6