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The Beatles are back, and 13 more music acts to catch this week

The Reunion Beatles, a fantasy tribute rock 'n' roll band will perform the concert that never was today at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. (Courtesy photo: The Reunion Beatles)
The Reunion Beatles, a fantasy tribute rock 'n' roll band will perform the concert that never was today at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. (Courtesy photo: The Reunion Beatles)
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Outdoor summer concerts, a Beatles tribute band, a mythical mermaid, and everything from rock to swing to blues is on this week’s music calendar:

The Reunion Beatles

The Beatles are back together. Never mind that two of their members are no longer alive. The Reunion Beatles — Fantasy Tribute is the rock ‘n’ roll reunion of all time: the concert that never was. In this show, John, Paul, George and Ringo are back together and celebrating with a concert that features their most memorable songs and solo hits. Formed in the Bay Area in 2010 by Got Live Entertainment, The Reunion Beatles have performed for audiences of all ages around the world and have received critical acclaim for its musicianship and ability to “channel” the four individuals who made a massive impact in the ’60s and ever since.

7:30 p.m. today (5/31) | Englert Theatre, 2210 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $32 to $52Englert.org

 

David Bromberg Quintet

Singer-songwriter David Bromberg — godfather of Americana, decorated multi-instrumentalist, gifted song interpreter, and bandmate to the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia — will perform at CSPS. His latest album is 2017’s “The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues.”

8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday (6/1) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $27 advance, $32 door | Legionarts.org/events/upcoming/

 

Guttenberg’s River of Music

Backwater will kick off this fifth annual event that is held each Friday through Aug. 10. If weather is a problem, the concert is moved to the upper floor of the city building. Backwater plays 1950s and 1960s music.

6 to 8 p.m. Friday (6/1) | Ingleside Park Bandstand, 200 block N. River Park Dr., Guttenberg | Free

 

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Beckster fest

This 16th annual polka festival will feature performances by Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen, Music Connection, The Barry Boyce Band, Adam Sandhurst and The Jolly Jammers, and Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen.

4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday | Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center, 3890 C St., Amana | $15 single-day pass and $40 three-day passBarefootbecky.com

 

An Evening with the Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League

The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League is a string quartet that brings the smoky rhythms and sizzling leads of Prohibition swing into the 21st century.

9 p.m. Friday (6/1) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $10 advance, $12 doorDickstapandshake.com

 

Uptown Friday Nights: Crazy Delicious

Established in 2007, Crazy Delicious is a five-piece band from Cedar Rapids. With an arsenal full of high-energy music from every genre and decade, the band will take you on a musical journey through time. (Must be age 21 and over to attend.)

6 p.m. Friday (6/1) | McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids | $5Uptownfridaynights.com

 

Turnbuckle Fest II

Turnbuckle Comedy, Music and Wrestling Festival is back. The festival will feature Nick Thune, Field Report, Ron Gallo, Allen Strickland Williams, Caveman, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, comedian Kyle Kinane, alt-country band the Vandoliers and more.

6 p.m. Friday (6/1) and 1 p.m. Saturday (6/2) | Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, 5013 288th Ave., Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa | $30 advance and $35 day; ground passes: $15 per day, $20 day of show for camping | Ticketfly.com

 

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Chorale Midwest Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert

An evening of jazz standards and contemporary charts with Chorale Midwest’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday (6/1) | St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids | $15

 

Flash in a Pan and Miles Kean

The evening will mark a double album release party. Iowa City’s own Flash in a Pan is releasing its sophomore album, “Folklore,” featuring 11 new tales of bittersweet lovers, lost leaders and happy travelers. After writing and recording a song every day in February, Miles Kean has arrived with his own songs and will return to Iowa City for an exclusive live debut and release show for his first album, “My Name is Miles.”

9 p.m. Friday (6/1) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $8Icmill.com

 

Sangerfest Grand Concert

Held biennially, Sangerfest is a national convention of member choruses of the Norwegian Singers Association of America. The last time the fest was held in Decorah was 2006. The concert features a massed chorus of about 240 men from 10 Midwest Norwegian male choruses, and a 40-piece orchestra composed of Luther faculty and regional players. They will perform songs of Nordic origin and traditional, as well as contemporary American pieces.

7 p.m. Saturday (6/2) | Luther College, Center for Faith and Life, 700 College Dr., Decorah | $15 | (563) 387-1357 or Tickets.luther.edu

 

Sundae + Mr. Goessl

Sundae + Mr. Goessl, features award-winning vocalist Kate Voss, Earshot Magazine’s Vocalist of the Year, and Seattle’s busiest freelance guitarist, Jason Goessl. This charming husband/wife duo incorporates humor, vintage style, interesting instrumentation, nostalgia and serious chops in their act and were awarded Best Jazz Act of 2017 from Seattle Weekly. Established in 2014, this industrious couple has produced five albums.

7 p.m. Saturday (6/2) | Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City | Suggested cover $5 to $10 

 

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Dave Moore

Folk blues legend Dave Moore returns to The Mill. Moore, who is from Iowa, is known for his elegant songwriting and prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica.

8:30 p.m. Sunday (6/3) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $8Icmill.com

 

Treesreach and Sleeping Jesus

Treesreach blends elements of rock, folk, jazz, classical, and chamber pop to offer a melodic and textural musical journey to its listeners, both on stage and in the studio. The band independently released its debut album, “Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing,” in January. Sleeping Jesus is the indie dream pop project of Minnesota’s Nick Elstad. The now five-piece group went from basement to the main stage in one short year and was chosen as one of the best new bands of Minneapolis in 2016.

9:30 p.m. Sunday (6/3) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $8 advance, $10 doorDickstapandshake.com

 

Des Moines Metro Opera: The Mythical Slavic Mermaid

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of “Rusalka” highlights the 125th anniversary of Antonin Dvorak’s sojourn in Spillville, where legend has it he was inspired to compose the opera upon observing a young woman swimming in the Turkey River. In Slavic mythology, a “rusalka” is akin to a Celtic mermaid or Greek siren, who dwelled near bodies of water and lured young men to their untimely deaths. Des Moines Metro Opera’s Principal Conductor David Neely will lead a presentation, including performances by principal artists.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday (6/4) | National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids | Free | Ncsml.org, (319) 362-8500

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