Tournament of Drums
Saturday, Aug. 5

The beat goes on, marching into Kingston Stadium on a field of history stretching back to 1927. That’s when 12 charter members formed the Cedar Rapids Playground Drum and Bugle Corps, the first group of its kind in Iowa. The tradition carried on through different names and missions, until the mid-1990s. The Emerald Knights marked its 50th anniversary in 2015, and the open class competitions have continued each year, drawing corps from coast to coast. The year’s event, co-hosted by Dubuque’s Colt Cadets and the Iowa Music & Arts Association, features the Colt Cadets; Gold from San Diego, Calif.; Guardians from Houston, Texas; Les Stentors from Sherbrooke, Quebec; Shadow from Oregon, Wis.; Spartans from Nashua, N.H.; and Vanguard Cadets from Santa Clara, Calif.

Tournament of Drums: 7 p.m. Saturday (8/5), Kingston Stadium, 907 15th St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $13 advance at, $15 gate, free ages 5 and under

Garrison Keillor
Aug. 10

America’s favorite storyteller brought his “America the Beautiful” tour to Cedar Rapids in 2015 shortly after announcing his retirement from “A Prairie Home Companion.” But the public radio icon has more stories to share and a 75th birthday to celebrate, so he’s coming back to the McGrath Amphitheatre with his Prairie Home “Love & Comedy” tour. It’s a mix stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts and a singing intermission with the audience. Along for the ride are vocalist Heather Masse, sound-effects master Fred Newman and Richard Dworsky and The Road Hounds band.

Garrison Keillor: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $35 to $96, U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or

Primus and Clutch
Friday, Aug. 4

Who knows what the alt metal, experimental rockers of Primus will bring to the McGrath Amphitheatre, but it’s bound to skip over boundaries for a mind-blowing musical experience. The California band typically tosses liberal doses of extended solos and improvisation into its live performances. Frontman Les Claypool came to Iowa City in 2016 with the Claypool Lennon Delirium band he cooked up with Sean Lennon. The eccentric Claypool is known for his eclectic, electric bass style, mixing tapping, strumming, slapping and vibrato. Tickets are available in the pit and some lawn sections.

Primus and Clutch: 7:30 p.m. Friday (8/4), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $35 to $75, U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or