Welcome

MUSIC WITH A MISSION!

Hello from our Iowa City-based band. We are a fun filled, mixed generational group, playing Bluesy Rock and Roll and Rockabilly, mostly in support of non-profit organizations who are helping the less fortunate in society.  We play a mix of tunes: from classics by the likes of Johnny Cash, Stray Cats, Keb Mo, LIttle Walter, and, Eric Clapton, to current bands such as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Kaleo, and JJ Grey and Mofro as well as some original songs. We love all kinds of music, thus we have chosen to play this variety that respects the roots a of the blues while introducing our audiences to some new music to which they might not be familiar. We use our music to also give back for all of the blessings we have had in life. Please let us know if you have a fundraiser in the Iowa City area that would benefit from having live music.

Latest News

Mary's Farm Sanctuary supported well at Big Grove 

Mary's Farm Sanctuary raised over $2500 in a fun event with mini horse, dogs, cats and lots of two legged animals. Outside the back of Big Grove turned out to be a perfect venue on one of the few beautiful days of the spring. A fun time had by all.

Thanks for improving the Catholic Worker House 

Over 250 people attended the third annual Catholic Worker House Benefit dinner/concert. The event raised $11,000 which is being used already to update and improve the 116 year old house with with new kitchen appliances, pantry shelving and a more hygienic countertop. New windows that actually open will also be installed before the end of the summer. Thank you to all who contributed to feed and house the less fortunate in our area.

Great UIVA event 

Thanks to the IC VFW, the Riverside VFW and the 100 folks who enjoyed a delicious pork tenderloin dinner and clearly enjoyed the music (which we certainly enjoy). The UIVA students came together when needed and did a terrific job.

Food Bank Blowout 

The 2018 Crisis Center Food Bank Last Dash benefit to wrap up Project Holiday was very special-thank you to all who attended and/or contributed. Over 150 people came out to the Mill, as we raised over $2500 toward holiday meals for the less fortunate! It was so much fun to play with Mr.Kevin Burt (and Phoebe). The crowd was clearly having fun. Thank you to all of the sponsors who provided donations for the raffle, which was a huge success.

Great support for Penfield at Linnemans in Milwaukee 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and supported the fundraiser for the Penfield Children's Center held at Jim Linneman's fantastic music venue in Milwaukee. It was a very special night with an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 people packing Linnemans listening to Grant Lewis's fantastic ballads and HomeBrewed's bluesy Rock and Roll. Over $2400 was raised toward a new playground at Penfield. An added benefit was that the event brought together family and friends, some of whom had not seen each other in 30+ years, and others who traveled significant distances to be there. Penfield is a special place, staffed by special people, including my niece Stephanie Shabangu who organized the event. The support from the community (in the broadest sense of the word) was incredible. I know the members of HomeBrewed enjoyed the evening immensely. Thank you!

You Raised the Roof for the IC Free Clinic! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mill for the benefit gig to support the Free Medical and Dental Clinics' efforts to put a new roof on the building. Together we were able to raise over $2000 to stop the leaks. Thanks to Two Bit Maniac and all who donated. If you weren't able to attend but would like to donate, you can give online at: http://freemedicalclinic.org/

New member of the band 

HomeBrewed is very excited to introduce our new drummer Cameron Gray. Cameron is a current dental student and has been playing percussion since the age of 7, mainly playing in school and church bands. His favorite genre of music is indie rock and likes to collect records in his free time. Cameron will be sharing drummer duties with Jacob as schedules allow (for some reason dental school seems like it can be a busy time!). We appreciate the willingness of both Cameron and Jacob to share their time and talent for others.

Iowa City Public Library benefit a great success 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the ICPL's outreach programs last night at the Mill. About 75 people came out on a Tuesday to help raise $1100 for the Library's Foundation. Patty McCarthy and the ICPL Foundation Board are doing great things to bring the valuable resources of the library out to the community. Please support them whenever you can.

Thanks for supporting domestic violence prevention 

Over 100 people came out to the Mill to support the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program last Sunday in less than ideal weather. Between the gate, raffle, silent auction, and pledge cards, about $2000 was raised to help keep the phone consulting service operating for families in need. It was a pleasure playing along with Two Bit Maniac who were outstanding. Another fun event for a great cause. Thanks to all who attended and helped with the organization of the benefit.

UpComing Gigs

Previous events

Jun20

Center for Worker Justice Benefit concert

The MIll, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa CIty, IA

Enjoy a concert by HomeBrewed and The Negotiators (https://www.facebook.com/thenegotiatorsband/) to support The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (https://www.cwjiowa.org/) which was founded in 2012 by a coalition of religious, community, labor, and immigrant organizations, and is affiliated nationally with the Interfaith Worker Justice network. It's Mission is to unite low-wage workers in Eastern Iowa across race and immigration status to achieve social and economic justice through education, organization, direct service, and community alliances. They seek to improve Eastern Iowa communities by coordinating projects to address injustices in areas such as: workplace conditions, civil rights, access to education, and the need for affordable housing.

Jun7

Friday Night Concert Series

Downtown Iowa CIty

We are very excited to be a part of the 2019 Friday night concert series. We will be playing the first set from 6:30-7:45. Brad and the Big Wave will be playing the second set at 8:00. Come out and support the wonderful music and arts culture of Iowa City

May5

Ales for Tails-Mary's Farm Sanctuary Benefit Concert

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Big Grove Brewery IC, 1225 S Gilbert St. , Iowa City, IA 52240

Come support Mary's Farm Sanctuary (https://www.marysfarm.org/about-us). This great organization rescues distressed animals and uses them to provide comfort to seniors and others in need.

May 5 (Sunday) 2:00-5:00 Place: Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City Benefit: Mary's Farm Sanctuary is a small non-profit that rescues farm animals and finds them a purpose of providing therapy, friendship, and love for seniors and others in need. Come meet some of the animals and have a great time. Suggested donation: $10 Family friendly environment?: Absolutely
Apr28

Third Annual-Catholic Worker House Dinner Concert Benefit

St Patricks Church, 4330 Saint Patrick Drive, , Iowa City, IA 52240

May 1 is the 3rd Anniversary of the Iowa City Catholic Worker House and the 86th anniversary of Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker Movement. Please join us on Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 for a "Feast of St. Joseph the Worker" party and fundraiser to celebrate! Music by HomeBrewed, IC-based bluesy rock and roll band. Food and music will be from 5:00-7:30 pm in the Saint Patrick Church Hall. Suggested donation is $10 per person, $5 for kids under 12. Max $25 for a family. Dinner includes beef, chicken and veggie fajitas, sides, dessert and drinks. Pray, eat, jam to music, and make merry. Proceeds will support the Iowa City Catholic Worker House of Hospitality. The CWH provides emergency housing for the homeless, food for the hungry, and community for all those in need. Co-sponsored by the Catholic Worker House, Home Brewed, and Saint Patrick Parish. Happy May Day and God bless the poor!

Mar31

Handicare benefit concert

The MIll, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa CIty, IA

Handicare is a rather unique early learning center for children who develop typically and those with special needs (physical and behavioral). Recommended donation is $5. Proceeds will support a new van/bus for the Center. Below are items that could be donated at the door: Bubbles Fragrance free baby wipes Glue sticks Sponges Stickers Washable markers A & D diaper ointment Play-doh Desitin diaper cream Sidewalk chalk Sunscreen (no spray pls) Balls Water toys Bath books

Feb15

Oktoberfest in February for NCJC

Unitarian Universalist Society Fellowship Hall, 2355 Oakdale Rd, Coralville, IA 52241

Lets warm up the winter with brats and beer while supporting the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County's youth biking program (http://ncjc.org/youth-off-road-riders.html) that helps builds confidence and coordination. Recommended donation is $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Brats, dogs and beer also available. Music will be provided by HomeBrewed and the Old Cap String Band.

Dec14

Last Dash Food Bank Benefit Gig

The MIll Iowa City, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa CIty, IA

Kevin BF Burt, the reigning International Blues Champion will be joining us for the 4th Annual Benefit Concert for the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. The event will support Project Holiday with the goal of serving a full holiday dinner for 4000+ families. Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for students, kids free. Kevin will be playing from his new album "Heartland and Soul", available for download from iTunes and Spotify. Bring the family after work for good food, drink, music and fun.

Penfield Foundation Benefit at Linnemans

Linneman's Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Enjoy a bluesy Rock'n Roll concert by HomeBrewed at Linneman's Riverwest Inn to support Penfield Children's Center! Bring your friends and raise your glasses to fun music for a great cause. HomeBrewed will be sharing the stage with Pete's High School Classmate Grant (Tabb) Lewis, with his acoustic meld of old and new favorites. Penfield creates a positive start in life for infants and children, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing early education, health services and family programming. https://www.facebook.com/Linnemans-Riverwest-Inn-116315658393812/

Oct21

Free Medical Clinic "Raise the Roof" Benefit

The MIll Iowa City, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa CIty, IA

The Free Medical Clinic needs a new roof which will be expensive. Please help them literally plug their holes while enjoying good food and drink Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for students, kids free Family friendly environment.

Sep30

OKTOBERFEST CANCELLED

OKTOBERFEST POSTPONED Dear Friends-due to the weather, the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County would prefer to reschedule today's event. As the near term forecast is consistently wet, we may have a mid year Oktoberfest instead :0) You are still welcome to support the NCJC at: http://ncjc.org/index.html. Thank you

Aug25

Pathways benefit-Men Who Cook (and a few good women)

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Clarion Highlander Hotel, 2525 North Dodge St, Iowa CIty, IA

Men Who Cook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1293210127459277/) is an evening to support the Pathways Adult Day Center, a valuable resource to the community. First enjoy a smorgasbord of food cooked by a variety of local chefs (and cooks), then sit back (or dance) to HomeBrewed playing fun bluesy rock. Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/men-who-cook-and-a-few-good-women-tickets-46333447589

Jul7

Bur Oak Land Trust benefit concert

Belgum Grove, Hills, IA

Music on the Prairie, is an annual event to support the Bur Oak Land Trust. The Bur Oak Land Trust is a land trust which accepts donations of land from residents and landowners who want their natural areas to be in the public trust, available for present and future generations.

Belgum Grove is east of Hills, IA.

Jul7

Bur Oak Land Trust benefit concert

Belgum Grove, Hills, IA

Music on the Prairie is an annual fundraiser to support the Bur Oak Land Trust. Bur Oak is a land trust which accepts donations of land from residents and landowners who want their natural areas to be in the public trust, available for present and future generations.

Belgum Grove – 40 acres of former pasture crossed by Dirty Face Creek, with an apple orchard and a small wetland. It was donated by David and Kathie Belgum in 1998, to be used for education, research, and recreation, and is located 4 miles west of Hills at 3261 500th Street SW(F62), Iowa City, IA 52240

Rock-N-Read for IC Pub Lib

The MIll, 120 E Burlington St, Iowa CIty, IA

Join us after work at the Mill for music, food and fun to support the Iowa City Public Library’s outreach activities on Tuesday June 26 at 5:30. Suggested donation is $10 adults, $5 students. Raffle and silent auction items also available.

Catholic Worker House Dinner Concert Benefit

St Patricks Church, 4330 Saint Patrick Drive, , Iowa City, IA 52240

May 1 is the 2nd anniversary of the Iowa City Catholic Worker House and the 85th anniversary of Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker Movement. Please join us on Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 for a "Feast of St. Joseph the Worker" party and fundraiser to celebrate! Music by HomeBrewed rockabilly blues band. Keynote speech "From Union Square to Heaven: Dorothy Day and Why She Still Matters" by University of St. Thomas professor Anne Klejment. Food and music will be from 4:00-6:30 pm in the Saint Patrick Church Hall. Program at 5pm. Suggested donation is $10 per person, $5 for kids under 12. Dinner includes beef, chicken and veggie fajitas, sides, dessert and drinks. Pray, eat, jam to music, and make merry. Proceeds will go toward repairing and painting the exterior of the Iowa City Catholic Worker House of Hospitality that will cost ($12,000). The CWH provides emergency housing for the homeless, food for the hungry, and community for all those in need. Co-sponsored by the Catholic Worker House, Home Brewed, and Saint Patrick Parish. Happy May Day and God bless the poor!