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Randy Rogers Band, Heartland Marimba, and 16 more music acts this week

The Randy Rogers Band will perform at the Outdoor Festival Friday at First Avenue Club in Iowa City (Courtesy photo: The Randy Rogers Band)
The Randy Rogers Band will perform at the Outdoor Festival Friday at First Avenue Club in Iowa City (Courtesy photo: The Randy Rogers Band)

Heartland Marimba Ensemble

The music spans many genres including classical, jazz, tango, ragtime, Americana, pops, holiday favorites and circus.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (6/21) | Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids | Free | Heartlandmarimbafestival.com/events/

 

Harper and Lee

This husband and wife singer/songwriter duo performs folk/Americana music with a suitcase kick-drum, foot tambourine, acoustic guitar and banjo.

7 p.m. today (6/21) | Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City | $5 suggested cover | Uptownbills.org

 

MWenso and the Shakes

These global artists present music that merges entertainment and artistry in a timeline spanning jazz and blues through African and Afro-American music.

8 p.m. today (6/21) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $12 | Icmill.com

 

Jerry Barlow

This Celtic fingerstyle guitarist and storyteller’s repertoire incorporates traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions, in jigs, reels and haunting airs.

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6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (6/21) | Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha | Free

 

Night Music

The Solera Quartet and guests will perform a variety of classical pieces as part of the MusicIC Festival, uniting literature and music.

7:30 to 9 p.m. today (6/21) | Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., Iowa City | Free

 

Cedar Rapids Municipal Band

The band will perform on opening day of the BBQ Roundup, with fireworks to follow the concert.

8:15 to 9:15 p.m. today (6/21) | McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids | $5

 

Randy Rogers Band

Opening the outdoor show is Nashville rising star Ben Rue, known for his hit, “I Can’t Wait.” Ashley McBryde will follow. Her first billboard hit was “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” The headlining Randy Rogers Band from Texas has charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Hits include “One More Sad Song, “Between You and Me,” and “Too Late for Goodbye.”

4:30 p.m. Friday (6/22) | First Avenue Club, 1550 S. First Ave., Iowa City | $22 to $50

 

Margin

This Israeli, jazz fusion band is led by Dani Rabin on guitar and Danny Markovitch, on horns, killing the Gypsy Jazz scene.

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8 p.m. Friday (6/22) | The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion | $10 | Thefamousmockingbird.com

 

Curtis McMurtry

Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, McMurtry’s music combines sinister lyrics with unconventional arrangements.

8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday (6/22) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $15 advance, $18 door | Legionarts.org

 

Twisted Pines

This quartet is a multilayered ensemble that brings the sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.

8 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion | $5 | Thefamousmockingbird.com

 

Wild Women

This ensemble features Gabby Blanchard-Manning, Damita Brown, Gloria Licona Klein, Monica Leo and Suzanne Smith, with April Dirks and Susan Dirks.

7 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City | $5 to $10 suggested cover | Uptownbills.org

 

The Host Country

This Des Moines band mixes folk, rock and blues. Courtney Krause and Chad Lehr will open.

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8 to 11 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | Dick’s Tap and Shake Room, 1602 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids | $8 advance, $10 door | Dickstapandshake.com

 

James Kennedy and Friends

This concert’s date was changed due to heat advisory. Bring a lawn chair and snack for an outdoor concert by this Midwest instrumental group that plays a mix of classic hits, jazz, blues, Latin and original songs.

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | First Street Community Center’s front lawn, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon | Free

 

Dogs of Society

This Elton John tribute is driven by the “spot-on” vocals of John Gore, and delivers a live, ’70s-style rock concert faithful to the spirit of Elton John’s early recordings. Vendors also will be on site.

7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | Lowe Park, Klopfenstein Amphitheater, 4500 N. 10th St., Marion | Free

 

Concerts at the Creek: Andy Frasco and the U.N., Strays

Andy Frasco returns with his high energy brand of party blues jostling with funk, rock and soul. Strays open the show.

7 p.m. Saturday (6/23) | Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids | $18 to $23 | Indiancreeknaturecenter.org

 

The Matchsellers

Get ready for an afternoon of down-home bluegrass and Americana music and somewhat twisted lyrical humor.

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2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (6/24) | Farmers Mercantile Hall, 100 W. Main St., Garrison | $8

 

BODEGA

With wild minimalism and sharp wit, this band revitalizes rock ‘n’ roll under the influence of post-punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, German rock and folk-style songwriting.

8 p.m. Sunday (6/24) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $8 advance, $10 day of show | Icmill.com

 

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Kings

This quirky, old-fashioned quintet specializes in “the weirdest songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley,” using fiddles, ukuleles, Hawaiian guitars and mini-instruments.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (6/27) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $15 advance, $18 door | Legionarts.org

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