Chad Elliott, Tommy Lewis and Patresa Hartman open Iowa State Center’s Goldfinch Room. (Courtesy Ed Laub) Intimate club-like space was created to be a “listening room” In early 2019, Iowa State Center opened the Goldfinch Room, an intimate 80-capacity room tucked away inside Stephens Auditorium. It was a hit from the start with fans and artists, with shows often selling out within days of the on sale. “There are lots of places to see music, but mostly bars, and not somewhere to sit down and enjoy the music,” said Tammy Koolbeck, Iowa State Center’s executive director for management company VenuWorks. “We wanted to create a space where people could listen to the music.” Named after the state’s official bird, the dedicated space for singer-songwriters was designed to showcase Iowa artists. The promise was fulfilled on Jan. 26 when two Iowans, Chad Elliott of Lamoni, and Patresa Hartman of Des Moines, […]
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