Saturday, Sept. 9
Alan Jackson, a 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, is bringing his Honky Tonk Highway Tour to Cedar Rapids, with opening guest Lee Ann Womack. For more than 25 years, Jackson’s music has chronicled the hopes, dreams and values of everyday people, with “Remember When,” “Drive” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” His observational skills have served him well throughout his 25-year career. The Newnan, Ga., native has sold nearly 60 million albums and released more than 60 singles, with 35 soaring up to No. 1. Womack has found fame in the crossover realm, thanks to her 2000 megahit, “I Hope You Dance.” Her new album, “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” is due out in October.
Alan Jackson: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (9/9), U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; $42 to $125, U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Uscellularcenter.com/events/
Wednesday, Sept. 13
This event is currently being rescheduled to a time not yet determined.
Renowned journalist Cokie Roberts is coming to the Hancher stage to deliver “An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” Her appearance is the 2017 Levitt Lecture, presented by Hancher, the University of Iowa College of Law and the UI Lecture Committee. She was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008. She is a New York Times best-selling author, trusted historian on women in America, and a sought-after political commentator. Roberts will offer her unique perspective on the goings-on in the nation’s capital.
Cokie Roberts: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (9/13), Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City; free admission, no tickets required; Hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/CokieRoberts
Yestival: YES & Todd Rundgren
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Since its founding in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire, YES has woven symphonic progressive rock into rock history’s colorful tapestry, with songs like “Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Starship Trooper” and platinum and multiplatinum albums like “Fragile,” “Close to the Edge,” “Tales from Topographic Oceans” and “90125.” Following the death of bass player Squire in 2015, former YES man Billy Sherwood is back in the groove on bass. Prog rocker Todd Rundgren will open the show.
Yestival: YES & Todd Rundgren: 7 p.m. Tuesday (9/12), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $49.50 to $85, U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Mcgrathamphitheatre.com/events/