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Donna the Buffalo  

Donna the Buffalo

November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

Based in Upstate New York, Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear on vocals and electric guitar; Tara Nevins on vocals, fiddle, and accordion; David McCracken on keys; Kyle Spark on bass; and Mark Raudabaugh on drums. Ranging from Cajun to raggae, zydeco to bluegrass to old-time fiddle and guitar, the sound they create has been described by Erie Times as “spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities … Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, powered by reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals. Puryear’s tunes accentuate the groove, with exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like lyrics.”

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Richard Shindell  

Richard Shindell

November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Argentina and the Hudson Valley, Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow's Point in 1992, to his current release, Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song. His talents as a writer, singer, storyteller and guitarist have been evident in his collaborations with the likes of Joan Baez, Larry Campbell, Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, while his solo performances remain engaging and unforgettable.

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Stelios Petrakis Trio  

Stelios Petrakis Trio

November 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Stelios Petrakis started out as an instrument maker, renowned throughout Europe for the sterling quality of his fiddles and lutes. Only later did he emerge as a virtuoso musician in his own right. Today he tours the world with an ensemble that performs the spirited and often hypnotic dance music of the island of Crete, as well as its epic songs and laments. Cretan music, shaped over the centuries by many influences (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian and Ottoman) is a highlight the Eastern Mediterranean musical family. Kin to the Greek music of the mainland, it is characterized by the predominant use of the three-stringed bowed instrument, known as the lyra, accompanied by the Cretan lute, or laouto. On the current tour, Petrakis, on lyra and lute, is joined by Thanassis Makrokostas on bagpipes and cello, and Andonis Stavrakakis on mandolin, laouto and vocals.

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There Is a Happiness That Morning Is  

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Legion Arts is proud to present the fourth production of Mirrorbox Theatre’s inaugural season at CSPS Hall.

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Adrian Legg  

Adrian Legg

October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm

Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Adrian Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between song onstage raconteur, and an at large commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, among other gifts, pursuits and interests.

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Steve Poltz  

Steve Poltz

October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

Watch out. Songwriter Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. Born in Canada, raised in California, he is a lover of life, fascinated by all things large and small. A road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room, and unafraid of letting his stream of consciousness take him where he needs to go.

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The Surf Zombies w/ TWINS  

The Surf Zombies w/ TWINS

October 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

Join us as the popular Cedar Rapids band unveils their latest album, Return of the Skelton, and walk out with a copy of the new CD. As ever, the Surf Zombies raise surf rock from the dead with fast, crazy originals that straddle alternative, underground, retro and kid-friendly fun. A Surf Zombies show is some combination of Saturday morning cartoon, beach party and hot rod convention. The jungle rhythms, swirling tremolo of dueling guitars and authentic growl of vintage tube amps make for a truly weird Midwestern wonder.

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Red Cedar Chamber Music  

Red Cedar Chamber Music

October 27, 2018 at 8:00pm

Legion Arts is pleased to welcome back Eastern Iowa’s acclaimed Red Cedar Chamber Music with Love & Life, an exciting concert program featuring violinist Miera Kim, cellist Carey Bostian, and spoken word artist Akwi Nji. The program’s title work was commissioned by local arts supporter Tom Carroll as a gift to his wife, Patrice, on their 40th wedding anniversary. Co-written by composer-in-residence Stephen Cohn and guest artist Akwi Nji, Love & Life is a marriage of words and music, taking the listener on a journey of love.

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Maria Muldaur  

Maria Muldaur

October 26, 2018 at 8:00pm

Recorded this past June, the album is a tribute to the popular vocalist and songwriter who made her mark in the 30s and 40s, and who Billie Holiday once called her biggest influence. Featuring a stellar band of New Orleans musicians including David Torkanowsky (Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke) on piano, Roland Guerin (Allen Toussaint, Steve Earle, Chris Thomas King) on bass, and Herlin Riley (Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson) on drums, Don't You Feel My Leg brings Muldaur full circle from the 1973 sessions that not only spawned her million-selling hit, "Midnight At The Oasis," but also featured a sassy take on Barker's "Don't You Feel My Leg" -- a cult favorite that remains, to this day, Muldaur's most requested number.

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Grant-Lee Phillips & Josh Rouse  

Grant-Lee Phillips & Josh Rouse

October 19, 2018 at 8:00pm

Touring together for the first time, Yep Roc Records labelmates Josh Rouse and Grant-Lee Phillips are touring in support of their newest albums, Rouse’s Love in the Modern Age and Phillips’ Widdershins.

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Bettye LaVette  

Bettye LaVette

October 18, 2018 at 8:00pm

Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She’s not a song writer and not a cover artist. Rather, the woman is an interpreter of the highest order, one who’s able to take a song from any genre and making it completely her own.

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Crystal Bowersox  

Crystal Bowersox

October 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

With her emotive, folk-rock-country style, Crystal Bowersox was catapulted from the cramped coffeehouses of Toledo, and the subway tunnels of Chicago, to millions of homes across America, when she placed second in Season 9 of American Idol. Making a splash with her dreadlocks, and earning raves from the judges, it was her old soul of a voice, her carefree style, and don't-mess-with-me attitude that set her apart from the other contestants.

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