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Nellie McKay and her dog Bessie are coming to Cedar Rapids

When delightful East Coast songstress Nellie McKay makes a tour stop in Cedar Rapids this weekend, she won’t be alone. “She will be coming to Iowa, her first time in Iowa,” McKay said in a phone call of her travel partner, her beloved rescue dog Bessie. “She’s looking forward to lots of skips and rolls.” […]

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Dick’s Tap and Shake opens up their Shake Room music venue

Located in what used to be a trophy shop next door to Dick’s Tap, the front door of the Shake Room has had a sign announcing the coming arrival of the performance venue since the end of last year. In the last few months there has been a flurry of activity getting ready for the opening. […]

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Album Review: Society of Broken Souls — Midnight and the Pale

Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter are an Iowan roots/country duo who tour constantly around the middle of the United States. Their music is based in the folk tradition that wouldn’t seem novel 50 years ago. […]

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Colleen and treesreach bring new music to Groundswell

Two Cedar Rapids-based bands I’ve been following for over a year — treesreach and husband and wife duo Heather and Tyler Stück, who perform as Colleen — will be at Groundswell (201 Third Ave SW, Cedar Rapids) on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. […]

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Interview: Folksinger Richard Shindell on his influences and his love of Cedar Rapids’ CSPS Hall

Songwriter, guitarist and folksinger Shindell returns to CSPS Hall on Wednesday night for a concert presented by Legion Arts. Tickets are still available — $18 in advance and $22 at the door — for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Shindell will be joined by Marc Shulman on electric guitar. […]

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North America’s only professional marimba quartet makes a stop in Cedar Rapids

The Heartland Marimba Quartet — the only professional marimba quartet in North America — will present a concert at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (1841 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids) on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested. […]

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Amara Piano Quartet helps the Friends of Music at Coe celebrate a big anniversary

For 25 years, the Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC) has been working to connect the Coe College Music Department with the wider Cedar Rapids community in an effort to build audiences. The group, founded by alumni and friends of Coe, also works to provide enhanced educational opportunities by bringing guest artists to campus. […]

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Rothrock on DeWitte: The Cedar Rapids musician opens up about her husband’s illness ahead of a weekend of performances

Vocalist Lynne Rothrock and guitarist Ron DeWitte are fixtures of the Eastern Iowa music scene. They are also married. And together, they are coping with DeWitte’s serious illness. […]

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‘We kind of grew up together’: Mother and daughter pair Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche head to Iowa

Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are, of course, well aware of the famous musical figures in their extended family. From The Roches, Suzzy’s vocal group with her sisters, to Lucy’s father Loudon Wainwright III and half-siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright — not to mention Lucy’s own solo efforts — there is plenty of musical firepower in the family. […]

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Sample music from the Landfall Festival, marking its 10th year in Cedar Rapids this week

Landfall Festival of World Music various venues — through Saturday, Sept. 16 The tenth edition of the Landfall Festival of World Music is underway with more than 35 artists taking to the CSPS Hall stage as well as the Cedar Rapids Public Library and NewBo City Market. As always, the festival, which is produced by […]

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Review: Joe Bonamassa shredded at the Paramount Theatre

Joe Bonamassa is an interesting kind of famous. On the one hand, you can say his name to many music-loving folk and receive a blank stare in response. On the other, he can sell out the Paramount Theatre with a bottom ticket price of $102. Which is to say: To know him, apparently, is to love him. […]

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