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8 musical acts to catch in Eastern Iowa this week

Including a special guest appearance from local high school students

Legendary rock band Foreigner is returning to the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday (3/29), with a full band, rock orchestra and 25 singers from the Solon High School choral program. (Courtesy photo: Karsten Staiger)
Legendary rock band Foreigner is returning to the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday (3/29), with a full band, rock orchestra and 25 singers from the Solon High School choral program. (Courtesy photo: Karsten Staiger)
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FOREIGNER

Responsible for some of rock’s most enduring anthems, including “Cold as Ice,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the band has teamed up with a live orchestra engagement to perform those hits. The concert will feature 25 singers from Solon High School’s choir.

Foreigner | 8 p.m. Thursday (3/29) | U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $39 to $85 | 1- (800) 745-3000 or Uscellularcenter.com

Dylan LeBlanc

Hailed as “the new Neil Young” when he first started out, Dylan LeBlanc release two critically acclaimed albums and then took a step back before releasing his latest, “Cautionary Tale,” a collection of tales sharpened by hastened maturity.

Dylan LeBlanc | 8 p.m. Thursday (3/29) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $12 advance, $15 day of show | Icmill.com

Jordan Bruce and the Derelectics

Jordan Bruce creates unusual, inspired music that blends all of the right influences, both past and present. His distinctive lyrical sensibilities and the wealth of talent from The Derelectrics, result in an unpredictable concoction.

Jordan Bruce and The Derelectics | 8 p.m. Friday (3/30) | The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion | $5 | Tickets: Thefamousmockingbird.com

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Greg Brown

One of the leading contemporary folk artists of the American Midwest, Greg Brown’s music reflects a poetic spirit while also sounding thoroughly down to earth. The southeast Iowa native’s deep, craggy voice expresses quirky humor and the mysteries of life and love with equal skill. Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than five decades, he’s earned a passionate following for his heartfelt and uncompromising music.

Greg Brown | 8 p.m. Friday (3/30) | Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $33.50 | Englert.org, (319) 688-2653

Halfloves

Indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on its self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound.

Halfloves | 8 p.m. Friday (3/30) | Blue Moose Tap House, 211 Iowa Ave., Iowa City | $10 | Bluemooseic.com

Damani Phillips

This concert was post-postponed from last week because of inclement weather. An acclaimed saxophonist, Damani Phillips will be joined by Coe College Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley on piano, Steve Carlson on bass and Fabio Augustinas on percussion.

Damani Phillips | 2 p.m. Saturday (3/31) | Coe College, Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium in Marquis Hall, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | Free

Mississippi String Band Release Party

Mississippi String Band celebrates the release of its CD, “Two Bucks in the Tank.” Bill “Cricket” Davis, Dave Hummel and Dale Beeks play songs new and old. With a dobro and fiddle blending with guitar and vocals by Hummel, the band plays old blues, authentic country and new compositions that evoke traditional music genres. The group was named to the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mississippi String Band | 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/31) | Mount Vernon Creates, 121 First St. NW, Mount Vernon | $15

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William Clark Green with Ross Cooper

With four studio albums and one live release under his belt, Texas singer/songwriter William Clark Green gets up close and personal with his critically acclaimed music. Ross Cooper has lived the life of a real cowboy, reflected in his new album, “I Rode the Wild Horses.”

William Clark Green | 8 p.m. Saturday (3/31) | First Avenue Club, 1550 S. First Ave., Iowa City | $13 | Firstavenueclub.com

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