Doors: 7:30PM // Show: 8:00PM
Miss Christine: Confident, catchy, and queer.
Christine Moad had achieved the musician’s dream: Success as an internationally touring bassist and many side gigs back in Nashville. There was just one problem: She was unfulfilled.
It took courage to leave it all behind. Having made the decision to leave Nashville and the hectic, cut-throat, session musician scene, Christine settled on a farm in her home state of Iowa and spent time exploring the inner workings of her mind. Meditation became part of her daily routine.
Stargazing in the flyover state beside her library of Beatles memorabilia, she crafted the foundations of her debut record Conversion. Indie rock, new wave, bluesy soul influences and more all find their home amongst a punky grit. Gender, personal strength, challenging relationships, and the current political climate in the United States, are just some of the subjects tackled in Conversion.
Christine’s free spirit and positive attitude are sowing the seeds of self-acceptance for a new generation of women, men, and others.
Born in the high plains of Arizona, raised on the Iowa prairie, and steeped in the rugged, kind hearts of the Midwest, Clayton Ryan has found a unique country voice that celebrates the beautiful struggle of life. His music is often inspired by his countless careers, from bartender to railroad worker, and of the lives of those he's met along the way.
A versatile multi-instrumentalist, he was writing and performing from a very young age, competing in national blues competitions, and winning awards and recognition in the jazz and blues idioms. He's worked and opened for acts such as Elizabeth Moen, Cristina Vane, Walking Papers, Chad Elliot, and Celtic Woman. He has made appearances at The Des Moines Art Festival, Feelin' Sour? Funk Festival, The Iowa State Fair, and Iowa Public Radio. His song, "Wishful Thinking" made the list for DMUSA Music Mix 2018, featuring 13 prominent Iowa songwriters.
His most recent band, Clayton Ryan & The Singing Mountain, focuses on linking music with natural conservation, mental health, and moral questions, and recorded an album in October of 2019 at the legendary Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, working with engineer and Iowa songwriting star Dana Telsrow.
The Mimzees are a song cycle band in the chamber music-folk idiom dedicated to bringing poems to life through music.