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Five musical acts to catch in Eastern Iowa this week

Carsie Blanton will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo: Lauren Andrews)
Carsie Blanton will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo: Lauren Andrews)

THE CADILLAC THREE

The Cadillac Three — singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap-steel player Kelby Ray — have known each other since they were teenagers, and have been sharing stages together for nearly 15 years. The Nashville natives have a new record out, “Legacy.”

The Cadillac Three | 8 p.m. Friday (3/16) | First Avenue Club, 1550 S. First Ave., Iowa City | $20 | Firstavenueclub.com/events/

 

LUTHER COLLEGE JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, Luther professor of music. The ensemble is preparing to embark on a Midwest tour, with performances in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota in April.

Luther College Jazz Orchestra | 3 p.m. Sunday (3/18) | Elkader Opera House, 207 N. Main St., Elkader | $10 | Tickets: (563) 873-2378, or Moser Pharmacy in Elkader

 

CARSIE BLANTON

Carsie Blanton, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and piano player based in New Orleans. Her most recent album, “So Ferocious,” has been called “a playful indie-pop record for smart, ferocious libertines.” Over four albums, her output has ranged from folk, pop and Americana to rock and jazz. When a reporter recently asked her to identify her primary genre, Carsie responded, “Making music is like making love; if you only know one way to do it, you’re not very good at it.”

Carsie Blanton | 7 p.m. Sunday (3/18) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $14 advance, $17 door | Legionarts.org

 

CRY CRY CRY

Cry Cry Cry (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams) revive their celebrated folk-pop collaboration for their first performances in 19 years. The supergroup, formed in 1998, will perform selections from its eponymous debut, favorites from individual albums as well as some new-to-the-band tunes.

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Cry Cry Cry | 8 p.m. Thursday (3/15) | Englert Theatre, 2210 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $35 advance, $55 door | (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org

 

TODD SNIDER: SOLO

Todd Snider is an American singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americana, alt-country, and folk. His most recent album, “Eastside Bulldog,” was released in 2016.

Todd Snider: Solo | 8 p.m. Tuesday (3/20) | Englert Theatre, 2210 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $25 | Englert.org, (319) 688-2653

 

NNAMDI OGBONNAYA

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. His solo styling combines hip-hop, experimental rock, gospel and jazz. Nnamdi’s lyrical insights draw on the diversity of his cultural experience as a black, Jewish, first generation Nigerian-American. His work is characterized by the coupling of sophisticated compositional structures with pop-music motifs. His latest record is “DROOL.”

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya | 8 p.m. Tuesday (3/20) | The Mill, Iowa City | $10 advance, $12 day of show | Icmill.com

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