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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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Sean Rowe  

Sean Rowe

September 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

"We are the elders of our minds," sings Sean Rowe on "Gas Station Rose,” the track that ushers in his fourth album, New Lore, with plaintive plucks of guitar and steady drips of piano that fall in like rain.

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Landfall Festival presents Lemon Bucket Orkestra  

Landfall Festival presents Lemon Bucket Orkestra

September 15, 2018 at 3:00pm

From Toronto to New York, Budapest to Berlin, audiences around the world have hailed Lemon Bucket Orkestra as folk music revolutionaries. Since their inception six years ago, the band has grown from its initial quartet of buskers to a twelve-piece guerrilla folk force with an army of fans at home and abroad.

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Landfall Festival presents Akash Gururaja and Nanjundamurthy Venkatasubbu  

Landfall Festival presents Akash Gururaja and Nanjundamurthy Venkatasubbu

September 15, 2018 at 2:15pm

Akash Gururaja, a senior a Linn-Mar High School, is an accomplished violinist in the Carnatic, or South Indian classical music, tradition. He has performed at many venues in the US and India, and is a co-founder of Carnatic for a Cause, a Cedar Rapids-based project that organizes concerts, featuring young musicians, to raise awareness and support for community needs.

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Landfall Festival presents Making Movies  

Landfall Festival presents Making Movies

September 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

Comprising a pair of brothers from Panama, and another pair of Mexican heritage, Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock ’n’ roll swagger into powerful live performances, full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes. Armed with the ambitious and politically charged 2017 release I Am Another You — “lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year,” NPR raved — and a companion EP, You Are Another Me, the Kansas City band punches out one high-energy song after another.

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Landfall Festival presents Aynur  

Landfall Festival presents Aynur

September 14, 2018 at 8:00pm

One of the best-known musicians in Turkey, and a recognized representative of the Kurdish people, Aynur has achieved international acclaim for her vocal brilliance. Inspired by old folk songs, her performances reflect the life and suffering of the Kurdish people, and Kurdish women in particular. Musically, she blends traditional melodies, hundreds of years old, with contemporary Western music, interpreting the traditional repertoire in a modern way.

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Landfall Festival & NextGen Iowa presents Making Movies  

Landfall Festival & NextGen Iowa presents Making Movies

September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

Comprising a pair of brothers from Panama, and another pair of Mexican heritage, Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock ’n’ roll swagger into powerful live performances, full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes. Armed with the ambitious and politically charged 2017 release I Am Another You — “lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year,” NPR raved — and a companion EP, You Are Another Me, the Kansas City band punches out one high-energy song after another.

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