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By |October 10th, 2014||Comments Off

Mike Dillon Band

The Voodoo Maestro Mike Dillon Shifts Gears Again – Brings New Band to Café Paradiso! Apocalypso Opens!

Mike Dillon will appear in Fairfield on Sept 21with a new trio – consisting of Claude Coleman Jr. and JJ Jungle. The mad scientist of the vibraphone will be performing music off of his latest release “Band Of Outsiders” as well as material spanning as far back as the infamous Billy Goat.

JJ Jungle is a long time collaborator of Mr Dillon having played bass in Billy Goat, Hairy Apes Bmx and Mike Dillon’s Go Go Jungle. JJ is also a great vocalist who will offer a soulful contrast to the gruff vocals of Mr. Dillon. Rounding out the trio is the great Claude Coleman Jr. This New Jersey Native played drums with Ween for years and recently toured with The Eagles of Death Metal. Mike is excited to have a drummer of this magnitude on tour for daily punk jazz percussive duels.

This will be Mr Dillon’s last tour before going on tour with Primus and the Chocolate Factory playing vibes and marimba in the Fungi Ensemble.

Fairfield’s own maestros Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir will open – featuring Eric and David Hurlin and James Moore.

It doesn’t get better that this. Be there!

Showtime is: Sunday, September 21st at 8PM
Tickets are: $10 in advance at Cafe Paradiso or $12 at the door.

By |September 21st, 2014||Comments Off

Iowa Source Cover Story Features Cafe Paradiso!

2014_08_cafep-coffeeOne Man’s Passion Pays Off at Popular Fairfield Coffeehouse
by Mo Ellis, August 2014

I’m sitting outside Café Paradiso (a.k.a. CafeP) soaking up the sun and drinking my morning cappuccino with owner Steve Giacomini, while he describes his first experience of coffee. “My mother opened a can of Yuban and the aroma was amazing, but after brewing—yuk! Even under cream and sugar.” That disappointment may have set Steve up to devote a good portion of his life to perfecting coffee that tastes as good as it smells.

Steve’s “all in” when he likes something. An astrologer once described Steve as a creative free spirit with the “chart of a crazy person.” Precisely what it takes to get an authentic coffeehouse off the ground in rural Iowa.

Steve’s passion for exceptional coffee was cemented in Berkeley with his inseparable friends, artists Bill Teeple and Lyn Durham. Over time, the three migrated from Southern California to the East Bay. According to Steve, “I tasted my first latte at Caffe Mediterraneum [a.k.a. the Med], and realized you could capture that complex coffee aroma in a cup.”

Read the entire article here at The Iowa Source

By |August 12th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off

The Smithsonian Awards High Honors to Fairfield!

Best-Small-Towns-Fairfield-IA-praying-large.jpg__800x0_q85_cropSmithsonian Magazine sent a writer to Fairfield for the weekend of Jan. 26-27. Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce director Nancy Morrissey gave the writer, Susan Spano, a tour of the town when she came to visit.

Spano visited numerous businesses and attractions while she was here. She went to the ICON Gallery, Maasdam Barns, Maharishi University of Management’s Sustainable Living Center, Sky Factory, Creative Edge Mastershop, Café Paradiso and many other places.

“Having spent a full day and a half with Susan Spano, I was convinced that we were going to be chosen as one of the top 10 small towns to visit in 2013,” Morrissey said. “Susan was charmed with the warmth and intimacy of Fairfield, fascinated with Fairfield’s sustainability lifestyle and entranced by our diversity, infusion of culture and entertainment and strong appreciation of our history.”

By |July 15th, 2014|Blog, News|0 Comments