Welcome

MUSIC WITH A MISSION!

.......to our Iowa City-based band "HomeBrewed". We are having a blast playing Rockabilly, Rock and Blues for receptive crowds to whom we are indebted for their support. Having fun is key as we play tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Stray Cats, Keb Mo, LIttle Walter, Queen, George Thorogood, Eric Clapton, Sonny Boy Williamson and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. We love all kinds of music, thus we have chosen to play music that goes back to the intersection of blues, gospel and country and play the songs that led to rock and rock and roll. We use our music to also give back for all of the blessings we have had in life and play primarily for fundraisers for charitable organizations. Please let us know if you have a fundraiser in the Iowa City area that would benefit from having live music.

Latest News

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.

Camp Kesem's importance highlighted 

Congratulations to all the young adults, especially Taylor Hayden, who organized the benefit in support of Iowa's Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children who have a parent with cancer. This first of its kind event in Iowa City, was a great success with over 100 people donating close to $10,000 toward the costs of the summer camp. Excellent food as well. HomeBrewed was privileged to be a part.

UIVA support strong 

Over 100 people came out to the Iowa City VFW to support student Veterans at the University of Iowa. Through the generosity of those in attendance, silent auction and raffle items and donations from the Iowa City and Riverside VFWs, over $10,000 was raised for the development of a new job placement initiative. Thanks to all who participated!

Thanks for supporting Compeer 

About 150 people came out for the Compeer Sound of Friendship Dessert Concert. Great fun to be able to join the other wonderful musicians-Al Zimmerman, Kol Shira and the UI acapella choir Intersection. Compeer provides peer support for people with mental illness and are in need of "friends" to assist their clients. Please consider volunteering. Also thank you to Kevin Sellers, who handled the sound board at the Our Redeemer Lutheran church and tried his best to make us sound good :0)

Holiday Assist for the Food Bank 

Dear Friends: 

Thank to everyone who assisted with the Last Dash Holiday Food Bank fundraiser. We raised $1900 and collected 1000 lbs of food and to help those in need this holiday season. 

The benefit concert yesterday, the culmination of the drive, was standing room only. Mr Kevin BF Burt was his usual outstanding self for two sets and a shout out to my colleagues in HomeBrewed who rocked the place. 

Special thanks to our University of Iowa partners who helped collect food in advance: 
Air Force ROTC 
Army ROTC 
College of Dentistry 
College of Public Health 
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies 
Public Policy Center 

Also special thank you to the Mill for hosting the event 

We are arranging a great line up of benefit gigs for 2018-stay tuned. 

We hope you have a joyous holiday season.

Pathways Adult Center Benefit a Big Success 

Thank you to the 150 people who came out to the 2017 Men Who Cook (and a few good women) Benefit Concert. The Event raised almost $25,000 that will be used to assist adults who can benefit from a positive daytime environment (as well as their caregivers). Great job to the event organizers. We also really appreciated that the crowd danced up a storm! Great fun for all.

Catholic Worker House benefit was a blow out 

Thanks to all who came out to support and celebrate the first anniversary of the Iowa City Catholic Worker House on Sunday at St Pats. Over 250 people participated in enjoying fajitas and fixings--and our fun selections of Rockabilly and Blues :0). Over $8000 was raised to help install a new hot water heater and boiler to improve the infrastructure for the transitional housing provided but the Catholic Worker House. What a great show of generosity by all involved.

Thank you Aunt Patty and Maplewood Estates 

Our HomeBrewed Lite group (Ernie Found-keyboard, Mike Kanellis-bass and Pete Damiano-vocal/harmonica) would like to thank our Aunt Patty and her friend John for the invitation to play a gig for residents of Maplewood Estates, a senior apartment complex in Monticello IA. They were a wonderful audience and we really enjoyed the opportunity to play for them last Sunday. A special thank you to our cousin Patti Greenwood who joined in on vocals to do three duets-what great fun.

UI Vets Learning Center on its way 

Thank you for all who supported the fundraiser to build a new learning center for the UI student veterans. About 125 people enjoyed the food and music at the IC VFW on Sat March 4. A special thank you to the IC VFW, the RIverside VFW, the UIVA and their President Kris Latorre and all the others who donated their time and treasure to help us raise over $22,000 for computers, projectors and other equipment to outfit the new learning center. The UI Chief Diversity Office and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment provided space for the new center and encouragement along the way. A great collaboration to support the needs of the1500 veterans and their dependents on campus!

Successful Food Bank Fundraiser 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Food Bank as part of the 2nd Annual Last Dash Fundraiser at the Mill. A special thanks to our University collaborators: the College of Public Health, the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, the Obermann Center, the Army and Air Force ROTC and the Public Policy Center. They collected about 800 lbs of food prior to the event. An additional 150 lbs and $1200 in cash was collected the day of. Also thank you to the Mill for being a gracious host for this event and already booking ahead for next year (Mark your calendars now for December 16, 2017).

UpComing Gigs

Previous events

Food Bank Last Dash Holiday Fundraiser

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

Support the Iowa City Crisis Center Food Bank by bringing 3 non-perishable food items or a minimum $5 contribution. Also enjoy Master Bluesman Kevin BF Burt: (https://m.facebook.com/Kevin-BF-Burt-146666652150879/). Mr. Burt has opened for BB King and Coco Taylor and we are honored be on the same program with him!

Sep13

HomeBrewed

Ashton House, Iowa City

Outdoor gig for 80 enthusiastic members of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center extended family. Lila and Veda were particularly memorable on the shakers as were Leslie and Allison (our one hit wonders) on the washboard and tambourine!

Aug30

HomeBrewed

The Julie's Birthday Bash, Grand ave, Iowa City, IA

This gig was to celebrate the birthdays of two of our favorites Julie's --one celebrating a milestone birthday and the other one an intermediate milestone. 125 people showed up to celebrate, making for a great time!