May 31, 2013 Iowa City, Iowa- Joe Pug is no stranger to the Iowa City music scene. Having made several appearances at the Mill, (Mission Creek 2013) Joe made only his second at The Englert Friday 5.31.13. Joe told the crowd of 450 plus that he was glad to be at the Englert for the first time. Quickly the audience reminded Joe he had played the Englert before. Joe remembered, “Oh yea, the audience was on the stage…” Joe was referring to his 10.19.10 intimate show.
After his exuberant opening set for Calexico, I kept wondering how I “failed” to miss every Mill show? Joe is simply put, a true singer songwriter. Even his one cover by a Texan songwriter about the writer’s brother in prison became all Joe Pug. Being a gracious opener, Joe thanked Calexico several times for having him on the bill. I too am glad or I might have missed Joe again.
Joe Pug @ Mission Creek 2013