FESTIVAL OF BANDS: ELEMENTARY HONOR BAND CONCERT
The Elementary Honor Band is under the direction of guest conductor Doreen Anderson and composer/conductor Ed Huckeby. Students in fourth through sixth grades will be playing in two separate bands, which are designated as the Coe College Crimson Elementary Honor Band and the Coe College Gold Elementary Honor Band.
Festival of Bands: Elementary Honor Band Concert | 4 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | Coe College Sinclair Auditorium, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $3 to $5 | Tickets: Coe.edu/boxoffice, or Coe College Box Office at (319) 399-8600
This award-winning quartet is from the heart of the Irish Midlands. Blending the best of Irish trad with bluegrass, JigJam exemplifies a genre that’s variously been branded I-Grass or CeltGrass. Whatever you call it, the group’s onstage energy and virtuosic playing has been captivating audiences around the world. Influenced by American folk, JigJam has developed a unique style of playing that stays true to its Irish roots, while deploying banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin to create an energy-fueled, foot-stomping live performance. JigJam has released two studio albums, as well as a 2017 live recording.
JigJam | 8 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $17 advance, $21 door | Tickets: Legionarts.org
For more than 50 years, England’s Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators: one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him admirers not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, among others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, his award-winning wife Norma Waterson, and his daughter Eliza Carthy, have resulted in more than 40 albums, in addition to his more than 10 solo efforts. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage, or making acclaimed television appearances on BBC, there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played. He’s a ballad singer, a groundbreaking guitarist, and an authoritative interpreter of new and historic material.
Martin Carthy | 7 p.m. Sunday (4/15) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $17 advance, $21 door | Tickets: Legionarts.org
Pete seeger songfest with Singer-songwriter Jim Scott
Come help honor Pete Seeger, singing many of his well-loved songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and many others. All interested singers welcome, no experience necessary. Led by composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Seeger well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend.
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Jim Scott | 7 p.m. Friday (4/13) | Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist, 4980 Gordon Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids | $15, free for children under 12
Festival of bands
The Festival of Bands Gala Concert will feature the Coe College Concert Band directed by William Carson, with guest composer/conductor Ed Huckeby, and guest artist and acclaimed saxophonist Eugene Rousseau.
Festival of Bands | 7 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | Coe College Sinclair Auditorium, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $3 to $5 | Tickets: coe.edu/boxoffice, or (319) 399-8600
Joe and Vicki Price
Joe and Vicki Price play a joyous, raucous version of the blues. Hailing from Northeast-Iowa, each is an accomplished blues musician in their own right — Joe was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2002 and Vicki was inducted April 8. But it’s when they join forces on stage that the real magic happens. Be ready for some fantastic slide guitar and vocals that sound like they come from a 1920s speak-easy.
Joe and Vicki Price | 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (4/15) | Farmers Mercantile Hall, 100 W. Main St., Garrison | $10
HONOR BAND AND JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Coe College Junior Honor Band conducted by Steve Shanley, and Coe College Senior Honor Band directed by William Carson, with special guest composer/conductor Ed Huckeby, will perform. In addition, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform, under the direction of Steve Shanley.
Festival of Bands | 4 p.m. Sunday (4/15) | Coe College Sinclair Auditorium, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $3 to $5 | Tickets: coe.edu/boxoffice, or (319) 399-8600
Red Cedar Chamber Music — Harpstrings
As the 2016 USA International Harp Competition Gold Medalist, Katherine Siochi has spent the last year performing all over the world — Red Cedar brings her home for this concert program. The program includes the iconic Trio by Henriette Renié as well as a newly commissioned work by Katherine’s brother Jeremiah titled toque de azul. The new work, as the title suggests, is a jazzy three-movement work with movements titled bass, ballad and basso. The work is energetic, fresh and very groovy. It was commissioned in honor of Katherine’s former harp teacher, Pamela Weest-Carrasco. Katherine and Jeremiah are both graduates of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, and have collaborated on many new works featuring the harp.
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Red Cedar Chamber Music — Harpstrings | noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (4/18), Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion | WHEN???, Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon | free |
In the last four years, Houndmouth have learned what it means to be a band. On their second album, “Little Neon Limelight,” they wear that wisdom like a badge of honor. Less than a half-decade ago in the small Indiana city of New Albany, four pals were crafting tunes on their own, with few ambitions of turning those songs into a spectacle. That all changed when these friends crossed paths, and joined forces. Matt Myers, Shane Cody, Katie Toupin, and Zak Appleby became the drums and keys, guitars and harmonies of Houndmouth, and those personal numbers became the irrepressible core of an alt-country, folk, indie rock outfit turned magnetic.
Houndmouth | 8 p.m. Wednesday (4/18) | Englert Theatre, 2210 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $26.50 | Tickets: (319) 688-2653
Tech N9ne with Krizz Kaliko, Just Juice, Joey Cool and King Iso
Tech N9ne joined by Krizz Kaliko, Just Juice, Joey Cool and King Iso, will bring his one of a kind hip-hop concert experience, “Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour” to Cedar Rapids. In less than two decades, Tech himself has earned three gold records and sold more than 2 million albums.
Tech N9ne | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (4/17) | Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids | $30.50 advance, $32.50 day of show | Tickets: ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000
Progressive and fresh, EGi pushes the boundaries of genre specifics to create a soundscape reflecting the freedom that gives purpose to the acronym’s definition: Ethereal Groove, Incorporated. With a sound that has been described as, “what it would feel like to live in The Never Ending Story,” the band’s versatility and appreciation for many genres of music can be heard in their fusion of rock, funk, instrumental post-rock and hard, progressive rock.
EGi | 9 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion | $10 | Tickets: thefamousmockingbird.com
Nic Arp Band
The Nic Arp Band released its new album on April 10, called “Way in Between.” They will perform with special guests Starch Duo, aka Ben Schmidt and Rich Wagor.
Nic Arp Band | 7 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $10
Middle Western album release
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Iowa artists David Zollo, William Elliott Whitmore and Brian Cooper, as well as Chicago based artists, Stephen Howard and Stevie Doyle, make up the band that releases its new album, “When Your Demons are Under Ground and You’ve Got to Dig Them Up.”
Middle Western | 9 p.m. Saturday (4/14) | Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City | $15 | Tickets: Ticketfly.com