Mission Creek Festival: Margaret Cho
Thursday, April 6
An accomplished performer in all formats, comedian Margaret Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theater. Nominated for four Grammys and one Emmy Award, she continues her pursuit of all things creative. No topics are taboo for her standup shows, with a socially aware, no-holds-barred approach to comedy. Deemed the “Patron Saint for Outsiders,” she speaks for those who are not able to speak for themselves and encourages people who can to use their voice to promote change. She is recognized for her charitable work with gay rights, anti-bullying campaigns and the homeless community, which grew out of a tribute to her friend, Robin Williams.
Margaret Cho: 7:30 p.m. today (4/6), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $25 to $39.50, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org
Eli Young Band
Saturday, April 8
Somewhere in the midst of 10,000 towns, along a lonely highway between packing clubs in their native Texas and opening for Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour, the four members of the Eli Young Band are working their way up the ladder of contemporary country music. The quartet has chalked up three No. 1 hits, as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year with “Crazy Girl.” Two more chart-toppers followed, with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night,” the lead single off the “10,000 Towns” album.
Eli Young Band: 8 p.m. Saturday (4/8), Riverside Casino Event Center, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside; $25 to $50, Casino Gift Shop or Riversidecasinoandresort.com
Mission Creek: Rufus Wainwright
Saturday, April 8
Rufus Wainwright, a Canadian-American alt-pop crooner-turned-opera-composer, comes by his talent naturally, being the son of acclaimed folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. Forging his own path, he has collaborated with such stars as Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. At age 14, Wainwright was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. He has released eight studio albums, receiving a Grammy nod for “Rufus does Judy,” his tribute to Judy Garland, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Laura Gibson opens the Mission Creek Festival concert.
Rufus Wainwright: 8 p.m. Saturday (4/8), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $39.50, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org