Mount Vernon’s Dan Bern to play two nights at CSPS Hall

Dan Bern

CSPS Hall — Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.

Dan Bern plays both Friday and Saturday nights in Cedar Rapids -- photo courtesy of Legion Arts
Dan Bern plays both Friday and Saturday nights in Cedar Rapids. — photo courtesy of Legion Arts

Mount Vernon’s own Dan Bern settles in to CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, for a two-night stint of lyrical folk delight.

Earlier this year, the extremely prolific Bern released Adderal Holiday, his 25th recording in less than 20 years. The Iowa native, now based in Los Angeles, been called “the voice of a new generation of folk music” by NPR’s All Things Considered and compared to Bob Dylan and John Lennon by David Sokol at Stereophile magazine.

Bern’s specialty is in heady, thoughtful tunes with an emphasis on his observations of the world. His songs touch often on baseball, including a tribute tune to the Cubs (“Cubs!”) and a reflection on Dodger’s commentator Vin Scully, who retired this year (“The Golden Voice of Vin Scully”). He also lands frequently on political topics, from the social commentary on his Swastika EP to the hopefully-not-prescient predictions of “Trump,” released in late September.

Tickets to the CSPS shows are $16 in advance, $19 at the door.

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