Cedar Rapids rockabilly revival: The Magnetos make a triumphant return

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Parlor City Pub and Eatery — Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m.

The Magnetos return to the Cedar Rapids music scene -- photo by Julie Griffin
The Magnetos return to the Cedar Rapids music scene. — photo by Julie Griffin

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 free show at Parlor City Pub and Eatery in the heart of the NewBo district (1125 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids).

Hep cats Joey Bravo (guitar), Joe “PegLeg” Nelson (bass) and Todd Brown (drums) cemented the lineup in 2010, bringing a time capsule of ’50s style, sound and attitude to eastern Iowa until Bravo’s move from the area in 2013. Now he’s back, and so are the Magnetos. This long-awaited concert comes on the heels of a recording trip the band made to Blackbird Studio in Nashville in late July.

Following Friday’s performance, the Magnetos will play a string of additional shows in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, including Ely, Springville and Newton.

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