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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

Video still from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ7tz9mLgYc#t=37

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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A cappella drag queens the Kinsey Sicks return to CSPS

The Kinsey Sicks will bring their holiday musical, Oy Vey in a Manger to CSPS Hall this Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Formed in the early ‘90s and hailing from San Francisco’s Castro District, The Kinsey Sicks have been performing as a group for over 20 years. Self-proclaimed as a “Dragapella” group, the drag […]

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Jones Family Singers to perform at Jane Boyd Gospel Brunch

The Jones Family Singers

If you’ve ever endured the long lines at the Bluebird Diner or Hamburg Inn on a Sunday morning, there’s one thing you’ve likely noticed above all: People love their brunch. This Sunday, Nov. 9 starting at 9 a.m., the Jane Boyd Community House will offer another, music-filled breakfast option as they host their third Gospel […]

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Landfall tonight: Check out the music of southern Italy

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino kicks off the seventh annual Landfall Festival of World Music tonight at CSPS Hall. Though the group is true to the tradition of the pizzica dance music of Southern Italy, their music has a distinctly modern vibrancy, as can be seen in the video for “Nu te fermare,” a song from their 2012 album Pizzica Indiavolta… […]

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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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Rory Block to visit CSPS Hall Saturday

Rory Block

Rory Block did not start out playing the blues. Growing up in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the rise of folk in the 1960s, Block started out by playing classical guitar. Her path changed when, at age 14, she met guitarist Stefan Grossman who introduced her to Mississippi Delta blues. Block quickly grew fond of the style and focused her life on the music. She left home to find the major players of the style — legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Son House — and further hone her craft. […]

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An interview with the Kinsey Sicks

Kinsey Sicks

The Kinsey Sicks have been delighting fans with their poignant brand of political satire since rising out of San Francisco’s Castro District in the early ’90s. Billing themselves as a Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, the group formed on a lark after a few friends showed up to a Bette Midler concert in drag and quickly… […]

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