Corridor full of live music this weekend
Fans come first for Penny Gilley. Whether she’s singing on a stage in Las Vegas or for thousands of GIs in Kuwait, she treats her audiences like a second family. Growing up on old-time gospel and classic country tunes, the Louisiana native vowed to keep singing and keep talking to people the way Ernest Tubb did when he came to town. “It really made an impression on me, and I promised myself that if I ever got a chance to perform, I’d do the same thing,” she said. She’ll have that chance in Amana real soon.
Penny Gilley | 2 p.m. today (7/20), 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday (7/21) | Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana | $20 to $33 | (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com
CR Rhythm & Soul Fest on the River
Various bands will take the stage for this family-friendly event, including Fantasy Band featuring Lady Patice and Motown Reflections — a nationally known R&B, blues, funk and soul band from Chicago. Also on deck are Sid V & The Human Resources, a classic rock and blues band from Dubuque, and the Kevin Hayden band from Milwaukee. Rounding out the activities are merchandise, food vendors and a “Kid Zone” with face-painting, games and a bounce house.
CR Rhythm & Soul Fest on the River | 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday (7/22) | McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids | free to $11 | 1-(800) 745-3000 or Mcgrathamphitheatre.com
MUSIC AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
Singer/songwriter Joe Sorensen of Cedar Rapids will tell stories through music Saturday night on the Granger House Victorian Museum grounds in Marion. Over the past 10 years, Sorensen has released seven albums and several EPs, and he’s working on his next full-length release with two shorter collections coming this summer. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics, but no alcoholic beverages for this free, family friendly event; no registration required. The museum parking lot will be open for seating and sidewalk chalk. Parking will be available along the grass in the alley or on Ninth Street; the house will not be open for tours.
Joe Sorensen | 7 p.m. Saturday (7/22) | Granger House Victorian Museum, 970 10th St., Marion | free | Grangerhousemuseum.org
Grammy-winner Dom Flemons is musician, singer, songwriter, historian and slam poet. In 2005 he cofounded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album, “Genuine Negro Jig.” His solo album, “Prospect Hill,” features ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music.
Dom Flemons | 7 p.m. Monday (7/24) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $14 advance, $17 door | (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org
ADAM EZRA GROUP
Five-time winners at the New England Music Awards, this band’s live performances have drawn comparisons to Springsteen and U2. Not content to be “just a band,” members of the Adam Ezra Group see themselves as activists and community leaders, out to change the world. Ezra has lived out of a van, farmed in Canada, volunteered for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practiced environmental geography in South Africa. He rolls all that into music that’s joyous and driving, and his band has toured with the Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos. Through a variety of nonprofit endeavors, the group also supports causes in communities across the country and worldwide.
Adam Ezra Group | 7 p.m. Tuesday (7/25) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $15 advance, $18 door | (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org
EMILY SCHOEN DANCE
Emily Schoen, a Wisconsin-born, New York City-based dancer and choreographer, will guide the audience through her choreography process through the use of lecture, demonstration and audience participation. The event, which is open to the public, is part of the Open Doors Dance Festival for students ages 12 to 22.
Emily Schoen | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (7/25) | Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. | $17 to $22 | (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org
New West Guitar Group
Featuring guitarists Perry Smith of New York, and John Storie and Will Brahm of Los Angeles), this trio has developed a signature sound that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity, while combining acoustic and electric guitars. Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, their recordings are regularly featured on public radio and jazz stations, while their repertoire has been performed in college and high school programs across the country. Founded by Smith and Storie 10 years ago, the group has released five albums and continues to tour throughout the United States and abroad.
New West Guitar Group | 7 p.m. July 27 | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $16 advance, $19 door | (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have achieved sensational success by taking cello to a new level. Their playing style breaks down the boundaries between musical genres, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They’re equally at home playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are rocking out AC/DC. They rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” became a YouTube viral sensation, leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.
2Cellos | 7 p.m. July 27 | McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids | $39.50 to $95 | 1-(800) 745-3000 or Mcgrathamphitheatre.com