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Big Sam's Funky Nation, student performances, and more music acts to catch this week

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, led by trombone player Big Sam, will perform Sunday (7/1) at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo: Big Sam’s Funky Nation)
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, led by trombone player Big Sam, will perform Sunday (7/1) at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo: Big Sam’s Funky Nation)

Five Seasons Chamber Music Student Performance

Students of all ages will present chamber music pieces that they have prepared during a weeklong rehearsal.

5 to 9 p.m. today (6/28) | Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave., Cedar Rapids | Free

Logan Adam Schultz: CONCERT FOR ARTS EDUCATION

This one-night benefit concert with Logan Adam Schultz of Cedar Rapids and local guest artists, is raising money for the youth education programs at Theatre Cedar Rapids and Giving Tree Theater in Marion. Guest performers include Janelle Lauer, Scott Dix, Angela Billman and Oceana (Lacie De Souza and Gerard Estella). Running in Place (Alex Schulte, Jackson Bartelme and Lincoln Ginsberg) will open the show at 7 p.m.

Logan Adam Schultz: Benefit Concert for Arts Education | 7 p.m. Friday (6/29) | Encore Lounge at the Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids | $25 | Eventbrite.com

Five Seasons Faculty ensembles and festival orchestra

Guest artists and local artists will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music, including Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054 and Piazzolla for Flute and Harp. The festival orchestra will perform a movement of Debussy Printemps and Artie Shaw Concerto for Clarinet with Phil O’Connor, a guest artist from Los Angeles, under the baton of Jason Weinburger.

7 to 9 p.m. Friday (6/29) | Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave., Cedar Rapids | Free

The Missing Letters

Drummer Shannon Drymalski and Matt Whitaker put together a band with everything from loud, hard-hitting rock songs to melodic pieces. Jake Kemble also is performing.

10 p.m. Friday (6/29) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $5 advance, $8 door | Dicks

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Five Seasons Chamber Concert

Now in its 15th year, this weeklong Cedar Rapids festival brings together musicians of all ages and levels to play the widest range of chamber music, from simple duets to string orchestras, from Haydn and Mozart to contemporary American composers. This closing night concert will feature guest artists: John Daversa, American jazz trumpeter, big band leader, composer and arranger; Dave Eggar, cellist, pianist and collaborator with groups like Foreigner; and Phil O’Connor, a clarinet and saxophone player who’s appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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8 p.m. Saturday (6/30) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $20 advance, $25 door | Legionarts.org/events/upcoming/

Karate chop, Silence

Karate Chop, Silence, based out of Winona, Minn., is a funky alt-rock quartet with pop and groove influences.

Also performing is Meadowlark Valley, the music of multi-instrumentalist JJ Schrick, with influences from Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty and Andrew Bird.

9:30 p.m. Saturday (6/30) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $5 advance, $7 door | Dickstapandshake.com

Big sam’s funky Nation

This driving force of urban funk is led by trombonist and vocalist Big Sam Williams. The band’s signature Noladelic Funk combines a rock sensibility with jazz improvisation and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

7 p.m. Sunday (7/1) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $17 advance, $21 door | Legionarts.org

Syvers, in the Attic, Crystal City

Syvers is an indie folk-electronic group hailing from Minneapolis. The husband-wife fronted band brings together a vulnerability focused on the process. In the Attic is an alternative band from Cedar Rapids. Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. the band, now based in Iowa City, is heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.

6 to 10 p.m. Sunday (7/1) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | Free

Cedar Rapids Municipal Band

Performing free summer concerts since 1951, the band will play a variety of music to appeal to listeners of all ages.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday (7/1) | Noelridge Park, 4900 Council St., NE, Cedar Rapids | Free

MARION COMMUNITY BANDS

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Hear big band, marches, patriotic and Broadway favorites from Marion’s Jazz and Concert bands.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (7/3) | City Square Park, Seventh Avenue and 10th Street, Marion | Free | Marioncommunitybands.us

John Moreland with Patrick sweany

Singer/songwriter John Moreland used to play punk rock, but does a more acoustic guitar show, influenced by his Oklahoma roots.

8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday (7/3) | Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa | $25 advance, $30 day of show | Codfishhollowbarnstormers.com

C.R. Municipal Band

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert by Cedar Rapids’ summer band.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (7/4) | Guthridge Park, 704 Emmons St., Hiawatha | Free

Barn on the Fourth: Lady Liberty

The concert will feature Lissie, Esme Patterson, Becca Mancari and Liz Moen. Lissie is from Northeast Iowa and recently released her fourth studio album, “Castles.”

6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday (7/4) | Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa | $20 advance, $25 day of show | Codfishhollowbarnstormers.com

E. Iowa Brass Band

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band performs a wide variety of styles, and this concert includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (7/4) | Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum, 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch | Free

Music on Mainstreet

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The Riverbottom Ramblers, from Cedar Rapids, plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, old country songs, ballads and tunes it likes to “bluegrassify.”

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (7/4) | Solon Bandstand, 10 S. Dubuque St., Solon | Free |

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