Launch Party With Che Apalache and The Ruralists

Start: Monday, November 11, 2019 4:30 PM

End: Monday, November 11, 2019 9:00 PM

Join Us In Sioux Center, Iowa on November 11, 2019

We're holding a launch party on November 11, 2019 in Sioux Center, Iowa. Join us for some free pizza and a short reception between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.

The concert—featuring Che Apalache and The Ruralists—starts at 6 PM and will go until 8 PM or so.

This is a FREE event but registration is required because space is limited.


Che Apalache is a “latingrasss” group featuring three powerhouse Latin American musicians. Franco Martino on guitar and Martin Bobrik on mandolin are from Argentina. Banjoist, Pau Barjau, is from Mexico. The group’s leader, Joe Troop, is from the North Carolina Piedmont region, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Their latest album, “Rearrange My Heart,” was released this summer and was produced by famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck.


The Ruralists - Luke Hawley, Laremy De Vries, Titus Landagent, and Jake Miller, from Sioux Center, Iowa, believe that art and beauty are not a metropolitan monopoly but artifacts that can be found in the back of any old garage, behind the busted-spring door, among the fruited plains of middle America.


Our mission is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Our grassroots network of rural organizers, activists, elected officials and candidates for office are the heart and soul of our work.

We are committed to pursuing creativity, equity, and justice at all organizational levels and throughout all our programs. We strive for proactive communication, reconciliation, and mutual respect. If you have any questions about our work, please contact us.

In addition to our reception and concert, we are planning a roundtable discussion with progressive rural leaders from across the region. If you would like to join the conversation, please email for more information. Please note, this event is open to elected officials and candidates seeking elected office regardless of party affiliation.

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