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Interview: Trombone Shorty gets to the heart of New Orleans brass

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, with Preservation Hall Jazz Band Hancher parking lot — Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Trombone Shorty Riverside Casino & Resort — Saturday, Mar. 10 at 8 p.m. Eight long years ago, Hancher Auditorium was decimated in flooding that hit all of eastern Iowa hard. Now, the resilient venue has […]

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Mount Vernon’s LilFest kicks off with Lucie Thorne, the Yearlings

LilFest, featuring Lucie Thorne Uptown Theatre — Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Mount Vernon residents will be treated to an auditory trip Down Under this weekend as Aussie songbird Lucie Thorne of Melbourne headlines LilFest this Saturday, Sept. 10. It’s the first of four shows scheduled this season at the city’s Uptown Theatre (First […]

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Ninth annual Landfall Festival to bring a world of sound to Iowa

Landfall Festival Various locations in Cedar Rapids — Sept. 13-17 Every summer is a celebration of the familiar, of the familial — it’s the time of year for building and celebrating our own tribe. Friends gather around fire pits; families travel together, work together, get on each other’s nerves. Weddings celebrate and honor our closest […]

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Shh! Can you keep a secret? Vino Vérité offers a secret screening at FilmScene

Vino Vérité: Secret Screening Tropicana FilmScene — Sunday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. I’m not telling you what film is screening on Sunday, Sept. 4 at FilmScene. To be fair, that’s because I don’t know — but even the very few folks who are in the know aren’t spilling the beans. With this film, Vino […]

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Cedar Rapids rockabilly revival: The Magnetos make a triumphant return

Magnetos Parlor City Pub and Eatery — Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. It’s been over two years since Cedar Rapids rockabilly favorites the Magnetos last graced a stage, and their fans are well-past ready for their return. Now, the wait is over. Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m., the band will put on a […]

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Say goodbye to summer with Iowa City’s final free concert of the season: Christopher the Conquered

Christopher the Conquered Weatherdance Fountain Stage (Ped Mall) — Friday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Iowa City’s 2016 Summer of the Arts winds to a close this Labor Day weekend with their final installment of the free Friday Night Concert Series (located on the Weatherdance Fountain Stage in the Ped Mall). On Friday, Sept. 2, […]

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Iowa City celebrates fifth annual Latino Festival on the Ped Mall this Saturday

Iowa City Latino Festival Downtown Iowa City — Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12 p.m. This Saturday, Aug. 27, the Iowa City downtown Ped Mall will be awash with sounds, scents and colors, as the Iowa City Latino Festival commemorates its fifth year. From noon until 9 p.m., dancers, musicians, artists and vendors will gather to […]

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Just a few days left to back Indiegogo campaign supporting documentary on Oakdale prison choir

For seven years, music has served as a path to healing and community-building for inmates and volunteers at the Oakdale medium security prison in Coralville. The Oakdale Community Choir is a program that brings together roughly 30 inmates, known as “inside singers,” and 30 volunteers, or “outside singers,” for powerful classic and original choral work. […]

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Just announced: Tokyo Police Club at Gabe’s Sept. 24

Tokyo Police Club Gabe’s — Saturday, Sept. 24; doors at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale today, Aug. 25, at noon for Tokyo Police Club’s just-announced show at Gabe’s Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 24. The band, a Canadian foursome comprised of lead singer/bass player and principal songwriter Dave Monks, drummer Greg Alsop, keyboardist/guitarist Graham […]

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The Awful Purdies and the Family Folk Machine kick off a ‘historical’ collaboration

Lecture and Performance by the Awful Purdies Johnson County Historical Society — Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. This June, the Family Folk Machine was awarded a grant from the Iowa Arts Council jointly with the Iowa City Senior Center, which is celebrating its 35th year. The grant will fund a unique opportunity for the […]

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Iowa artists team with youth writers to provide ART Sparks auction items, to benefit IYWP

ART Sparks: a benefit for the IYWP Hudson River Gallery — Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. Bids have been open for several days now for ART Sparks, a silent auction to benefit the Iowa Youth Writing Project. The event culminates Friday evening, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., at Hudson River Gallery (538 S Gilbert […]

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AAMI to open a new exhibit celebrating African American literature

Mightier Than the Sword Grand Opening African American Museum of Iowa — Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The African American Museum of Iowa celebrates the opening of their newest exhibit on Friday, Aug. 26 with a free evening at the museum, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mightier Than the Sword is an exploration of African […]

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