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Winterfest concert is Jan. 27 at the Orpheum

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will feature three bands in one night of great progressive rock music during its second annual Winterfest concert on Saturday, Jan. 27. Anthony Worden, Halfloves and Land of Blood and Sunshine/LOBAS will perform in the Orpheum’s Black Box Theater from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Winterfest will begin with a set by Anthony Worden of Iowa City, who last year composed his forthcoming debut “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” in the sticks of Eastern Iowa. The new album situates itself between canonical rock ‘n roll and contemporary indie rock. Recorded at Flat Black Studios under the mentorship of Night People Record’s Shawn Reed, Worden’s songs concerned with how we find ourselves pliant to our own predilections, but remain ever-susceptible to others’ predilections. The result is a lucid state of swagger and delicacy for the listener to discern.

Next up will be Halfloves, described by Iowa Informer magazine as “the best currently active rock band in Iowa.” This indie rock outfit offers a variety of songs on its self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound.

The evening will culminate with a performance by popular Marshalltown rock band Land of Blood and Sunshine, also known as LOBAS. Phil Young of Wabi Sound in Des Moines says, “Few bands have played as many shows around Central Iowa as the thunderous power house of musicians known as Land of Blood and Sunshine. Rarely do you see a band as focused and cohesive as LOBAS, with an unbridled energy that really wakes you up.” LOBAS has a large following, a tribute to the talents of musicians Joel Downs, Nicholas Beard, Bo Becker, Garrett Goodman, Bryan Leger and Danielle Downs.

Since their founding in 2008, the LOBAS music has become more complex, and influences from Roy Orbison to Black Sabbath can be heard on their 7″ record and four full-length LPs. Their live shows give meaning to the word “performance,” with intense beats, mesmerizing chanting, and a psychedelic sound.

Winterfest tickets are $12.50 each and can be purchased in advance at the Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., Marshalltown. For more information, call the Orpheum at (641) 844-5921 or visit the Orpheum website at There will be limited seating, but lots of standing room.

The Orpheum Theater Center is administered by Iowa Valley Community College District.

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