Just Cause and The High Crest
have tied for the 2016 Art on the Prairie
People's Choice Musician Winner!
Congratulations to both!
JUST CAUSE is the casual collaboration of Mia Hegarty-Roach (vocals), Scott Buchanan,(guitar, harmonica, vocals), and Todd Herbst-Ulmer (vocals, guitar, mandolin and penny whistle) who perform a wide variety of traditional to contemporary roots and Americana song styles that feature acoustic guitar and vocal harmony, including songs by John Prine, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Doc Watson, The Band, Gregg Brown, Civil Wars, Eva Cassidy, Allison Krauss and many many others.
JUST CAUSE plays just cause we enjoy it. We especially enjoy playing for any worthy just cause as well. So if anyone’s up for some fun or needs to raise some consciousness, just give us a shout.
Aaron Earl Short and Kat Darling formed the band The High Crest in 2006. The husband-wife duo blends the sounds of rich harmonies, whistling harmonica, and boogieing guitar to the heartbeat rhythms of the djembe, calling it “folk & roll”. The relatable writing brings attention to life’s absurdities and sincerity, all traveling at about 45mph in the fast lane. The two accompany each other with respect for their original songs, creating memorable music and shows. They perform weekly around Iowa and in the Des Moines area. The High Crest continues to develop independently, currently producing Aaron’s debut solo album, “Strange” to be followed by their family album “Simple Songs Simple Feelings” to be released this year.
has been voted the 2016 Art on the Prairie
People's Choice Artist Winner!
A self taught watercolor artist, Nash has paired a love of art with a fascination for old vehicles, rusting iron, and architecture. With a couple cameras on the passenger seat of his 1953 GMC pickup he is always on the lookout for some forgotten piece of Americana with one last story to tell. A member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and Iowa Artists, Nash's work was displayed at the Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Show last year.
The 2016 Art on the Prairie is history - but we can't move on until we thank all the people involved with the festival. Of course we have Musicians, Artists and Poets to thank but we also have the many people who work behind the scenes to make this volunteer event happen. Mostly, we want to thank all who attend the festival every year. You make this a success for everyone involved.