The music of the late, great Miles Davis has always been a jazzed up experience. And now his legacy is touring through a multimedia experience that lands tonight at the Englert in downtown Iowa City. The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet will perform the music of the legendary trumpeter, composer and bandleader who invented cool. The production recaptures the sound, historical and cultural context of a critical period in American history through the lens of jazz music’s most iconic innovator, who was born in Alton, Ill., in 1926 and died in 1991.
‘Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959’8 p.m. today (9/29, Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City, $20 to $35, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org
Roger Ebert deems it “the film event of the year.” The silent film “Metropolis” is silent no more, thanks to Alloy Orchestra, featuring former Iowa City resident Ken Winokur on junk percussion and clarinet. His three-man band from Cambridge, Mass., is coming to the Englert to perform its original score with a screening of the restored version of Fritz Lang’s pioneering 1927 sci-fi film depicting the divide between workers and owners. Winokur will speak in a free preshow talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.
Alloy Orchestra: “Metropolis”8 p.m. Friday (9/30), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $12 and $15, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org
Don’t let ’em fool ya. Gatherings restaurant will look all closed and empty Saturday night. But behind the locked doors and papered windows, this “blind pig” will be seeing plenty of action. The joint will be jumpin’ with hooch and hepcats, guys and molls, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. The Rod Pierson Big Band featuring Craig Boche will be churning out the tunes for KCCK’s snazzy, jazzy new fundraiser. They’re turning back the clock to Prohibition days, when a “blind pig” was a bar that looked closed outdoors but the booze flowed indoors. Those who pony up the dough will get a password to enter.
KCCK’s Speakeasy7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday (10/1), Gatherings, 905 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $75, (319) 398-5446 or Kcck.org/speakeasy