Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2
Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Avenue, Maquoketa IA
Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn kicks off its summer season with rocking tunes and rollicking laughs on June 1 and 2, as the venue and Moeller Nights present more than a dozen acts in the Turnbuckle II Comedy & Music Festival, described on the venue's Web site as a weekend with “the greatest stand-up comedians in America and the choicest fun-loving rock and roll bands, along with the exploits of elbow-throwing, spandex-trunk-wearing professional wrestlers.”
Friday's music will be delivered by a quartet of nationally touring acts: Field Report, the Milwaukee-based folk band led by singer/songwriter Christopher Porterfield; garage and punk rocker Ron Gallo, performing in support of his new album Really Nice Guys; Caveman, the indie-rock outfit based in Brooklyn; and Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, the power-pop sextet visiting from Toronto. Laughs, meanwhile, will be provided on June 1 by a pair of gifted stand-ups: Nick Thune, the guitar-playing comedian with credits on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Happy Endings, and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23; and Allen Strickland Williams, the comic actor from Corporate and Nothin's Easy who also served as a producer for TV's Trump vs. Bernie: Shout the Vote.
Both Thune and Kinane will perform Turnbuckle sets on June 2, as well, with five additional comedians joining them for the Saturday festivities: Chris Crofton, of the TV series Trash Humpers and Still the King; Jon Dore, the winner of three Canadian Comedy Awards, two of them for his series The Jon Dore TV Show; Windy City comic Reena Calm, who performs numerous sets at Chicago venues including the Laugh Factory and House of Blues; fellow Chicago standup Kristen Toomey, whose TV credits include roles on Bad Sides, Chicago Med, and Dirtbags; and Kyle Kinane, currently of the Netflix series Love, and a frequent guest on podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron and The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana. And in addition to a second performance by Caveman, the Turnbuckle festival will present musical sets with the Texas-based alternative-country artists of Vandoliers, and Izaak Opatz, the singer/songwriter from Montana whose lauded album Mariachi Static will be re-relased on vinyl July 20.
Doors for the Turnbuckle II Comedy & Music Festival open at 6 p.m. on June 1 (7 p.m. start time) and noon on June 2 (1 p.m. start), and admission is $15-30 per day. For more information and tickets, visit CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com or MoellerNights.com.