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The Sea The Sea  

The Sea The Sea

July 27, 2018 at 8:00pm

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter and No Depression, among others, gathering over 7 million streams on Spotify.

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Bonnie Koloc with Don Stille  

Bonnie Koloc with Don Stille

July 21, 2018 at 8:00pm

In the 1970s, Steve Goodman, John Prine and Bonnie Koloc were a veritable trinity of Chicago folk music. Koloc, unquestionably the best singer of the three, had been described by John Rockwell of The New York Times as “a folk-ballad-pop-blues singer of enormous range, charm and charisma.”

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Adam Ezra Group  

Adam Ezra Group

July 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

Five-time winners at the New England Music Awards, here’s a band whose reputation has been built on “sweaty, passionate and enduring” live performances that have earned them comparisons to Springsteen and U2. Jack Casey of Boston radio station WERS has proclaimed, “After two hours of non-stop playing, Adam Ezra’s given everything he has to the audience.

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The Larry Keel Experience  

The Larry Keel Experience

July 14, 2018 at 8:00pm

Critics have described Larry Keel as “the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic guitarist performing today.” Steeped in the rich mountain heritage of Southwest Virginia, he grew up in a musical family that featured bluegrass on both sides. That solid musical grounding, along with generous natural-born talent, combined to create an incomparable guitarist, one who “can break your heart with a waltz, then scare the hell out of you with his very next song.” Soon the young musician was appearing with the likes of Vassar Clements, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, John Hartford and Bill Monroe.

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The Roosevelts with The Brevet  

The Roosevelts with The Brevet

July 6, 2018 at 8:00pm

Indie-rock band The Roosevelts originally came together in Austin, then moved to Nashville in 2015. Following the release of their debut album in 2016, they found their schedule packed with a run of tour dates accompanying acts like Johnnyswim, Robert Earl Keen, Green River Ordinance and Grace Potter. The band enjoyed a featured spot at the BMI Songwriters Festival in Key West, and slots at tastemaker festivals South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation  

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

July 1, 2018 at 7:00pm

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Led by trombonist and vocalist Big Sam Williams, the band’s signature noladelic powerfunk masterfully combines a rock sensibility with jazz improvisation and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

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Five Seasons Chamber Concert  

Five Seasons Chamber Concert

June 30, 2018 at 8:00pm

Now in its 15th year, this week-long Cedar Rapids festival brings together musicians of all ages and levels to play the widest range of chamber music, from simple duets to string orchestras, from Haydn and Mozart to contemporary American composers.

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Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Kings  

Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Kings

June 27, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to town! The quirky, old-fashioned quintet specializes in “the weirdest songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley.” So devoted are they to that era, in fact, that they recorded their first album on the original recording medium, the wax cylinder. As the ensemble puts it, "We mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century, performing them to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history."

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Lonesome: A Performance by Chad Serhal  

Lonesome: A Performance by Chad Serhal

June 23, 2018 at 8:00pm

Ninety years ago this month, the Hungarian-born director Paul Fejos released one of the most storied works in Hollywood history. Solitude was inspired by a newspaper article exploring loneliness in modern society.

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Curtis McMurtry  

Curtis McMurtry

June 22, 2018 at 8:00pm

Writing songs about villains that believe they’re victims, Curtis McMurtry is a brash and undeniable talent. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, his music combines sinister lyrics with lush, unconventional arrangements. His first album, Respectable Enemy, released in August 2014, drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore outing, The Hornet's Nest, appeared in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim.

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Boogat  

Boogat

June 20, 2018 at 7:00pm

Born in Quebec City, now based between Montreal and Mexico, Boogat is a young MC who’s managed to bridge Latin grooves with urban and electronic music, while telling everyday stories incorporating catchy hooks and goofy lyrics. He’s also a brilliant vocalist who constantly reinvents himself, evident in his prolific discography and unique artistic approach.

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Hero Among Us, dir Brent Watkins  

Hero Among Us, dir Brent Watkins

June 16, 2018 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for the Cedar Rapids premiere of a new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Brent Watkins. Two men share an incredible story of survival during World War II. One, an Army Combat Medic and concentration camp liberator. The other, a holocaust survivor. Both discover how the power of story can bring healing to their troubled past.

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