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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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Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers  

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

October 13, 2018 at 8:00pm

An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe Hunt makes an impressive creative leap with her latest record, Shanti’s Shadow. It’s the culmination of a five-year journey that’s taken her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, and eventually to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. Along the way, she found her voice, and has now delivered her most inspired set of songs to date — a soundtrack to her self-discovery.

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Kevin Gordon  

Kevin Gordon

October 12, 2018 at 8:00pm

Kevin Gordon’s Louisiana is a strange place. It’s a place where restless teens road trip on highways that end at the Gulf of Mexico; where prisoners who are in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in the humid afternoon, where religion signifies anything but hope; and where rivers, never far away, carry secrets behind levees. “What passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere,” says Gordon.

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Jarlath Henderson Band  

Jarlath Henderson Band

October 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

Hailing from County Armagh, Ireland, Jarlath Henderson is the first Irish solo artist to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award, which has led to performances at festivals throughout Europe and, in 2018, to GlobalFest in New York City. Those are only his most recent accomplishments. Equally gifted on both pipes and whistles, he won huge critical plaudits for Partners in Crime, his 2008 duo release with Scottish instrumentalist Ross Ainslie, with whom he appeared at Celtic Connections, Cambridge, Tønder, Shetland, Lorient and Jodhpur.

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Susan Werner  

Susan Werner

October 6, 2018 at 8:00pm

Dubbed by NPR the “Empress of the Unexpected,” Susan Werner continues her reign as one of the boldest and most creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. The Manchester, Iowa, native is a triple threat: a singer and songwriter boasting a luxuriously smooth and strong voice (she studied opera at the University of Iowa); witty, riveting lyrics; and evocative, unforgettable melodies.

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Julian Lage Trio  

Julian Lage Trio

October 3, 2018 at 7:00pm

"There's a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light." (New York Times)

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SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

September 28, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Every couple of months a group of misfits and wacky funsters gets together in a room ... a writers' room, in fact ... and comes up with a series of original comedy sketches. Out of this secular conclave will grow 15-20 theatrical pieces that, when wed to the magic of SPT's raucous theatrical energy, make for an evening of live entertainment unlike any other in Eastern Iowa.

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David Wilcox  

David Wilcox

September 27, 2018 at 7:00pm

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter,' Wilcox’s songs have been covered by k.d. lang and others. In performance, his lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. He’s known for holding audiences rapt with nothing more than his guitar, a set list, and a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotion, tempered by a quick, wry wit.

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