After Party: The Truth’s Commissioned Band & Leaders of the Jam Sessions

Sat, Sun, Mon
2am until Sunrise
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After Party

After Party, commissioned by IowaStock to keep the vibe going each and every Labor Day weekend, was constructed by Jeff Banks and is designed to be funky, greasy and high energy. The sound is fresh, it’s tight and it’s loose but no matter what… it’s always the real thing. They pull no punches. The music is honest and the stories are true. This band is comprised of some of the finest musicians you will hear. With roots in funk, jazz, blues and rock, After Party is also at home improvising all night. Rest assured, this is no ordinary band. 

Jeff Banks: guitar, vocal
An accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff has performed in every major city in the US as well as four other countries. He’s been in several noteworthy bands, (Janey Hooper and Drive, Midwest Express, Falcon Eddy, Made Ya Look, Drasbury, The Soul Providers, Nine Dollar Melon Baller, Farmer Tan Funk Band, George Devore Four, The Rock Island Rollers, and more). Mr. Banks has opened for Fishbone, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, The Doobie Bros, Cameo, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Alice Cooper and many more. He lived in Austin, TX for a decade where he was nominated for the award of best guitarist several years. He has won the Iowa Blues Challenge five times, has released seven records of his own and been featured on more than a dozen others. Jeff has a new record out titled “Breathe”. You can currently see him on tour with Shannon Curfman Band and Jeff Banks Band.
Nathan Peoples: saxophone, vocal
Nathan has been a member of the bands Interstellar Bus Stop, Hyde Park, Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, The Sam Salomone Quartet, Funkiphino, and Coral Creek, as well as numerous guest appearances with many bands and artists all over the country and internationally. Some of the artists Nathan is proud to have performed with are Eric Alexander, Mark Pendor, Francis Rocco Prestia, Eddie Roberts, Mars Williams, Jeff Austin, Bill Nershi, Lucky Peterson, Great American Taxi, Tommy Castro, and Tab Benoit, to name a few. In 2007, Nathan became the youngest musician to be inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Bob Dorr and the Blue Band.
Justin Appel: keyboard, vocal
Justin has appeared with many great bands including: Green Eleven, Hallway Heavies, The Farmer Tan Funk Band, Heath Alan Band, The Rock Island Rollers, Jeff Banks Band and Shannon Curfman Band. He is widely considered to be one of the finest keyboardists in the country.
Scot Sutherland: bass, vocal
Over the years Scot has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a wide variety of artists and groups, but he is best known for his work within the blues field with such notable artists as: Pinetop Perkins, Son Seals, Lucky Peterson, James Solberg, Sherman Robertson, Deborah Coleman, R.J. Mischo, James Armstrong, Percy Strother, Millage Gilbert, Anthony Gomes, Debbie Davies, Deanna Bogart, Tommy Castro, Mike Zito, Samantha Fish, and Albert Cummings. From 2006-2012, Scot was a member of the Tommy Castro Band, voted Band of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and nominated again for the 2012 BMAs. The band’s album, Hard Believer, on which Scot played, was also awarded a BMA in 2010 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. As a member of the Tommy Castro Band, Scot was also the bass player for the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue. Scot played bass on Elvin Bishops Grammy-nominated album The Blues Rolls On.
In 2013, Scot was nominated by the Blues Foundation for a 2013 Blues Music Award for Bassist of the year, recognizing his considerable talent and contribution to today’s International blues scene. 
Currently, Scot has been touring with guitarist Albert Cummings, while still contributing to the vibrant music scene in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. He is the creator of the weekly “Monday Night Live” series at The Greenwood Lounge, for which he also hosts and plays bass.
Eric Schnell: drums
Eric has performed on six continents and has been a member of several legendary regional and international bands. He has performed as an accomplished keyboardist as well as a drummer in Hall and Oats, Sha Na Na and Tommy James and the Shondells. He has been synthesizer instructor to Chick Korea (Return To Forever), Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues), Mike Mandel (Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House)and Terry Lawless (U2, Pink) .