Janelle Lauer set to music direct her 20th show at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Janelle Lauer

On February 26, Next to Normal opens at Theatre Cedar Rapids. It’s the sixth show of their 82nd season. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009 (it won three). Most exciting for local music fans, though, is the fact that it will be the […]

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Interview: Actor Jeff Daniels talks life on the road and the joy of touring with his sons

Jeff Daniels

“It’s hard to be two things in this country,” says actor Jeff Daniels. “They’ll give you one, but not two.” The notion of a successful actor or actress breaking through into the music world is indeed a precarious one, with fame working as both an ally and enemy, a foot in the door and a […]

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Hang ten, my undead dudes! Surf Zombies head to CSPS for vinyl release show

Surf Zombies Vinyl Release Party Cedar Rapids Legion Arts Hall — Friday, Sep. 11 at 8 p.m. After a studio hiatus, Surf Zombies are at it again with their new release It’s a … Thing. The album is the forth that the group has released together though their individual music histories are extensive. Brook Hoover, […]

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Indie rock band on the rise: PHOX play CSPS this Thursday

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The Wisconsin-based indie rock group PHOX perform at CSPS this Thursday, picking back up after a tremendous year for the group. In 2014, PHOX released their breakout self-titled album, performed on Conan and embarked on a month-long European tour, one which they’ve just returned from. […]

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The CRAM Files: Upcoming performances by DJ Matt Rissi

DJ Matt Rissi

A pioneer of the Cedar Rapids electronic music scene who has been producing all-night dance parties in and outside of Iowa for over 20 years, Matt Rissi is one of the most respected and hardworking DJs in the area. The fanfare of his events are not to be missed! […]

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Listen up: 2014 Fall music preview

The start of the new school year means that a slew of musical talent will be visiting the area. Here are 10 highlights to help you plan your autumn music calendar. Check out this Spotify playlist that features songs from these highlighted shows, and also see below for an expanded listing of fall shows, curated […]

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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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The CRAM Files: What’s sizzling in Cedar Rapids

The CRAM Files

Now that August is here, summer feels like it’s slipping away. Make the most of these sunny days by attending a festival or taking an adventure to a quirky Cedar Rapids shop. Craig Erickson and Planet Pluto at Jazz Under the Stars Noelridge Park — Aug. 14, 7 p.m. (Free) Jazz Under the Stars is […]

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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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