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Graywolf Poetry Tour comes to Prairie Lights

The Graywolf Press brings it’s poetry tour to Prairie Lights tonight. Graywolf Press is widely esteemed for publishing vibrant contemporary work by a range of established and emerging writers, including heavyweights of poetry like William Stafford, Albert Goldbarth, and Elizabeth Alexander. Three Graywolf poets will be appearing tonight, Jim Moore, Matthea Harvey, and Katie Ford. […]

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The Holmes Brothers: Real-Deal roots music heads to CSPS

The Holmes Brothers

Authentic American roots music heads to CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Friday by way of The Holmes Brothers. This award-winning three-piece band, which includes guitarist/pianist Wendell Holmes, bassist Sherman Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon, delivers a potent mix of soul, funk, R&B, country and old time rock and roll, all well-seasoned with real-deal blues and gospel. […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba play tonight at CSPS

Mokoomba to play CSPS

Internationally-acclaimed recording artists Mokoomba bring the vibrant musical traditions of southern Africa to CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Friday. Mokoomba’s music takes root in the rich musical heritage of the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe while embracing contemporary styles like funk, reggae, hip-hop and R&B. This is the kind of world music that will make almost everyone feel like dancing. […]

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Alt-country’s favorite son: Richard Buckner plays The Mill

Richard Buckner

Artful, inspired lyrics have set Richard Buckner apart as a singer-songwriter going as far back as his first self-produced collection in the mid-1990’s, Bloomed, an album which remains in release to this day. Buckner’s heartfelt lyrics lend his songs the emotional complexity of a well-made short story or lyric poem. Consider this 2008 solo electric performance of “Blue and Wonder” from Bloomed and how it’s able to convey the unflinching intimacy and heartbreak of love with the simple but raw lines like “What’s that word I forget sometimes?” and “There’s things even drunks like us will never forget.” […]

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