july, 2022

07jul7:00 pm9:00 pmJames Tutson & The Rollback7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Ready for some old-school R & B? James Tutson & The Rollback will headline the FREE Summer Outdoor Concert Series on July 7th! Gather your lawn chairs and all the people you like and come out to 200 N. Main Street to enjoy great music in great company!

Iowa Public Radio’s “Artist of the Month” in February 2022, James Tutson & The Rollback are a modern rhythm and blues/soul band from Iowa City. Critics have termed their seamless blend of old school R&B, southern gospel, and gorgeous vocals “roughed up soul” — and audiences are responding in a big way, propelling James and the band to a third studio album to be released Spring 2022.

James Tutson and the Rollback is a modern rhythm and blues/soul band from Iowa City, Iowa. The group was formed in 2016 when singer-songwriter James Tutson assembled a 4-piece backing band to rehearse and record his second full-length album, On Hope (2017). After playing a handful of local shows and discovering a tight, crowd-pleasing sound on stage, Tutson christened his new ensemble “the Rollback,” and a band was born.

Tutson gradually shed his folk-rock songwriter beginnings and returned to his roots—soul and gospel—as he put his heartfelt lyrics to music that critics in 2018 described as “roughed-up soul.” In 2019, JTRB headed to Nashville and recorded its second album, Make You Free. Where On Hope was a collection of Tutson’s compositions accompanied by “the Rollback,” Make You Free represents the band’s collaborative songwriting effort and showcases a more mature, polished r&b and gospel sound. Indeed, Tutson’s lyrics probe the hopes and anxieties of fatherhood, the pursuit of goodness, and the freeing power of love. As Tutson and the Rollback sing in the album’s opening track, “Love should make you free.”



(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm