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The Sea the Sea and Freddy & Francine  

The Sea the Sea and Freddy & Francine

July 27, 2019 at 8:00pm

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” The group has received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, earning features across all major music platforms including Apple Music’s Best of the Week, The A-List Singer/Songwriter, and over 15 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest at Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and an international TED conference in 2015. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls The Sea The Sea “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.”

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Winterland: Reckoning  

Winterland: Reckoning

July 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

Winterland is made up of eight area musicians, all active in the Midwest’s vibrant music scene, who’ve come together to enjoy, explore and emulate the music of The Dead. Their collective background ranges across nearly every musical genre, from jazz, funk and country, to blues, bluegrass and rock’n’roll. All these influences meld together beautifully as Winterland delivers what can only be described as Grateful Dead music.

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The Iguanas  

The Iguanas

July 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

What if Americana actually encompassed all of North America? You'd have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, exemplified by accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, combined with the lilting grace and fiery passion of Mexican music. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their latest album Juarez.

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The Unlikely Candidates  

The Unlikely Candidates

June 28, 2019 at 8:00pm

The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. Formed in 2008, the group started as an acoustic duo made up of childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male, and then expanded to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard. In 2013, the band released their single “Follow My Feet,” which earned a place on the alternative charts. In 2016, their hooky single “Your Love Could Start a War” reached number number 36 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs, while 2017’s “Ringer” topped at 38.

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Making Movies  

Making Movies

June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Based in Kansas City, and comprising a pair of brothers from Panama, and another pair from Mexico, Making Movies creates an overwhelming musical presence that takes the listener through landscapes festive and furious, refreshing and dark. The falsetto singing of Diego Chi can take you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors the band’s sound amid the Chaurand brothers’ primal, folkloric percussion. It’s an explosion of energy on the stage: does the soundtrack make the movie, or the movie make the soundtrack?

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Dwayne Dopsie  

Dwayne Dopsie

June 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award, and subsequently named America’s Hottest Accordion, Dwayne Dopsie plays a high-energy zydeco that keeps the crowd wanting more. Hailing from one of the most influential musical families in Southwest Louisiana, he’s both inspired by tradition, and intent on transcending it to develop a unique style of 21st-century zydeco. Son of the legendary Rockin' Dopsie, Sr., Dwayne started out on the washboard, then took up the accordion at age seven. Since forming his first band, at age 19, he’s performed in 40 countries, including hundreds of cities across the United States. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have been featured in Rolling Stone, Big City Blues, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and the Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

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Willy Porter  

Willy Porter

June 15, 2019 at 8:00pm

His musical and personal odyssey has spanned two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. The journey’s been defined by his inquisitive love for humanity, and for the language that describes what we all hold to be true. In short, Willy Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the struggles and triumphs of human existence. His live shows. similarly, are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle – at times electrifying, often dynamic, always unique in the way his voice blends and fuses with his fret work.

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The Singing Out Tour  

The Singing Out Tour

June 14, 2019 at 8:00pm

Ask any one about the new generation of social justice music-makers. Chances are they'll mention either Heather Mae or Crys Matthews. Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has turned her personal struggle with mental health and body image into an empowering message of self-love, a universal light force that shines for every audience member. Crys Matthews is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality.” Likewise, she blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in tradition, but punctuated by honest, original lyrics.

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The Larry Keel Experience  

The Larry Keel Experience

June 13, 2019 at 7:00pm

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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Future Thinking  

Future Thinking

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019

In the latest production from resident company Mirrorbox Theatre, Peter is a middle-aged fanboy determined to deliver a vital and mysterious message to Chiara, the young star of his favorite television show. Desperation drives Peter to violate his restraining order so he can fulfill this destiny at Comic Con. Chiara, meanwhile, is holed up in a hotel room, doing battle with her controlling “Mom-ager,” a Kris Jenner-like Svengali figure.

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Luke Gullickson & Andrew Weathers  

Luke Gullickson & Andrew Weathers

May 26, 2019 at 7:00pm

Luke Gullickson is a composer, pianist, and guitarist whose aesthetic embraces classical and new concert music, jazz and improvisation, and post-rock acoustic music. He writes concert music under his own name, releases hybrid-genre instrumental albums as Lake of Five Oceans, and plays and records indie-folk music as Golconda. In all categories, he takes inspiration from the interpersonal energy of informal music-making, as well as travel, the outdoors, and ideas of place. A native Iowan, Luke studied at Illinois Wesleyan, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He is the co-founder of the infamous Grant Wallace Band, and has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Joshua Tree National Park.

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SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

May 24, 2019 - May 25, 2019

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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