Hot Tamale Louie

Sat, Jun 10 at 9pm

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A genre-bending tale with lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone poems, and raucous ragtime melded together by jazz and preformed at the Motley Cow Cafe. This is a one-time-only production you will not want to miss. 

Based on a fantastical but true story published in The New Yorker magazine last summer regarding a young Afghani who left his home near the Khyber Pass, wandered through India, and ended up years later in Sheridan, Wyoming, Rapson has created a production about immigration and citizenship like no other. Including lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone poems, and raucous ragtime melded together by jazz, Hot Tamale Louie has something for everyone. 

Created and performed by:

  • John Rapson — piano
  • Special guest artist, Iowa City’s legendary singer/songwriter Dave Moore — voice, slide guitar, accordion, harmonica
  • And introducing singer/songwriter Daniel Gaglione (an immigrant from France, now living in Iowa City) — voice, North African mandole

Ryan Smith – soprano and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet
Tara Dutcher - violin
Chris Dimond – electric guitars
Scott Barnum – bass
Fabio Augustinis – drums

Cameo monologues written by Scott Bradley

Based on the article "American Chronicles: Citizen Khan" by Kathryn Schulz in the New Yorker, June 6/13, 2016 (used with permission)


Motley Cow Cafe

160 N Linn St
Iowa City, IA 52245

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