Elizabeth Moen brings soulful sound to Gabe’s in Iowa City on Saturday

Despite a long list of accomplishments — international touring, festival appearances, songs featured on Showtime’s “Shameless” — Iowa singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen had never headlined at Gabe’s Iowa City.

Moen, who now lives in Chicago, returns to Iowa City Saturday night for a homecoming of sorts at the local venue with a launch show for her new album Wherever You Aren’t, which was released Nov. 11.

“Iowa City is extremely important to me,” she said. “It all started here and with some of these guys in the band I played my first shows and did my first tours, did my first whole band stuff.”

She’ll be joined by local musicians and former bandmates Elly “Penny Peach” Hofmaier, Blake Shaw, Dan Padley and David Hurlin – or, as Moen affectionately dubbed the crew, Iowa City’s “all-star team”.

A portrait of Elizabeth Moen, a singer-songwriter from Chicago, who will perform at Gabe's in Iowa City on November 26th.

The self-taught guitarist with a soulful, distinctive voice performed at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City earlier this year.

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“Wherever You Aren’t” was written in Moen’s twenties while she was touring. The first track, “Headgear,” was released in 2019, the same year her submission to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest was recognized as the Most Popular Submission.