12 music acts for Eastern Iowans to catch this week

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Red Molly will perform Saturday (4/28) at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids.
Whitney Kidder Red Molly will perform Saturday (4/28) at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids.


The Good Morning Bedlam Bluegrass Band’s show is an explosion of energy with soaring harmonies, a banjo player that scissor-kicks in the air, a string bass that will shake your chest, and a beat that will have your foot stomping through the floor.

Good Morning Bedlam Bluegrass Band | 8 p.m. Friday (4/27) | The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion | $10 | Thefamousmockingbird.com/

Pianopalooza dueling pianos

Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson are star-crossed dueling piano partners would be the understatement of our generation. The two know how to put on a show.

Pianopalooza Dueling Pianos | 7:30 p.m. Friday (4/27) | Bud Light Lounge, U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE Cedar Rapids | $6

The Fez

The Fez is a 15-piece band comprised of musicians dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan. It features a four-piece horn section, three backup singers, two keyboardists, two guitarists and one of the best rhythm sections around,

The Fez | 8 p.m. Friday (4/27) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $12 advance, $15 day of show | Midwestix.securemytix.com/event/TheFezApril2018

Otis + Starch

From Kentucky, Otis has taken in a steady diet of roots, blues and classic rock ‘n’ roll, and created its own unique sound. Otis draws from the raw electric sounds of Muddy Waters and stirs in a heavy influence of Southern sounds, courtesy of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie and more. Starch is the duo of Ben Schmidt, vocals/guitar, and Rich Wagor, upright bass. Delivering blues standards, old country songs, songs from the American songbook.


Otis + Starch | 9 p.m. Friday (4/27) | Dick’s Tap & Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $10 advance, $12 door | Eventbrite.com


A trio of weekend concerts titled “Travel Companion,” features Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” for string quartet, Zhou Long’s “Song of the Ch’In,” Piazzolla’s “L’Histoire du Tango” for flute and harp and “Oblivion,” and Paul Schoenfeld’s “Cafe Music.”

Cedar Rapids: 7:30 p.m. Friday (4/27) and Saturday (4/28), Opus Concert Cafe, 119 Third Ave. SE

Iowa City: 2:30 p.m. Sunday (4/29), Old Capitol Senate Chamber, 21 N. Clinton St.

Tickets: $26, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com; $10 youth/student tickets at the box office


The cult-phenom brainchild of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide, this 12-time Billboard charting rap/hard rock crossover band meshes flavors of rap, rock and beyond while moonlighting as the sonic manifestation of a Hollywood horror flick.

Twiztid | 6 p.m. Saturday (4/28) | Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $22 to $25 | Icgabes.com


The Harmony Hawks’ 68th annual Spring Show, “Make America Sing Again,” is a playful poke at contemporary politics. The concert will feature the Harmony Hawks Chorus and its chapter quartets and guest quartets, BoomTown from eastern Kansas, SwitchBack from Cedar Rapids, and Prairie Middle School’s A Few Good Men.

Harmony Hawks | 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday (4/28) | Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids | $5 to $20 | Showtix.com, 1-(866) 967-8167 or at the door

Old Capitol String band & Alistair Moock

Old Capitol String Band with Margaret Brumm, Loren Brumm and Mike Haverkamp. They play old time string band music. Then Boston singer-songwriter (and former Iowa City resident) Alastair Moock returns to town for the first time in almost a decade to perform.


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Old Capitol String Band & Alistair Moock | 7 p.m. Saturday (4/28) | Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City | suggested donation $10

Red Molly

Featuring Laurie MacAllister on bass, Abbie Gardner on Dobro, and Molly Venter on guitar, the trio from New York weaves together the threads of American music, from folk to bluegrass, heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk, adding crystalline three-part harmonies.

Red Molly | 8 p.m. Saturday (4/28) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $24 advance, $29 door | Legionarts.org

Iowa City Community String Orchestra Spring 2018 Concert

The concert will feature Josh Barron’s “The Endless Sea, Op. 2,” Tomaso Albinoni’s “Concerto for Oboe in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion for Oboe and Strings” (arranged by. Robert Longfield), and Carl Nielsen’s “Little Suite for Strings, Op. 1.”

Iowa City Community String Orchestra | 3 p.m. Sunday (4/29) | West High School, 2901 Melrose Ave., Iowa City | Free

Skillet and For King & Country

Skillet, an alt-metal, hard rock, post-grunge, alternative Christian rock band has more than 35 singles hitting the top 10 Billboard Rock Charts. Skillet will be joined by Grammy-winning For King & Country, known for its songs “Priceless” and “The Proof of Your Love.”

Skillet and For King & Country | 7 p.m. Sunday (4/29) | U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $15 to $45

Community concerts: Alias Brass Quintet

From baroque and classical to jazz and pop, this show has music for every taste.

Alias Brass Quintet | 7:30 to 10 p.m. Monday (4/30) | Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids | $5 to $25

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