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Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series brings another solid set of authors to the metro area this summer for the 12th consecutive year. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Craig Johnson, Christine Henriquez, and Jennifer Weiner on three Friday nights in June at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The series will begin with Craig Johnson on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. Author Cristina Henríquez will continue the series on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, and was chosen one of the best books of the year by BookPage, Oprah.com, and School Library Journal. It was also longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Henriquez is also the author of The World In Half (a novel), and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago. The series will end with internationally bestselling author Jennifer Weiner on Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. She is the author of the novels Good in Bed (2001); In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); Fly Away Home (2010); Then Came You (2011); The Next Best Thing (2012); All Fall Down (2014), and Who Do You Love (2015). She is also the author of two middle-grade novels, The Littlest Bigfoot (2016) and Little Bigfoot, Big City (2017), and the nonfiction collection Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing (2016). While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org. All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations. More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud. Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Additional support comes from the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, and Friends of the Marion Public Library, and Hills Bank and Trust.

Location: Kirkwood Community College 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard Southwest Cedar Rapids, IA. | Start: 6/14/2019 7:00:00 PM End:
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Artist: Environmental Coalition Benefit ConcertDate: Sunday, April 28th 2019 Time: 8:00pmCity: Iowa CityVenue: The MillCountry: United StatesNotes: More info coming soon!Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal

Location: The Mill 120 East Burlington Street Iowa City, IA. | Start: 4/28/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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Artist: WRAC Benefit ConcertDate: Sunday, April 14th 2019 City: Iowa CityVenue: The MillCountry: United StatesAdmission: TBAAge restrictions: 19+ After 10 pmNotes: More info coming soon!Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal

Location: The Mill 120 East Burlington Street Iowa City, IA. | Start: 4/14/2019 12:00:00 AM End:
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Great to be back at the Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ! We're bring our full Chicago show and nothing less!

Location: Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ 300 Potter Drive Bellevue, IA. | Start: 5/11/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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Audio Curve live at Lefty's Live Music in Des Moines, Iowa! Audio Curve is an American four-piece rock band from Des Moines, Iowa. Guitar driven and action-packed with powerful vocals and meaningful lyrics, Audio Curve is a band everyone can enjoy. With dynamic song writing variety that spans between a hard edged roof raging rock, music that will have you out of your seat shaking it to songs that will have u pulling that significant other into your soul. The band consists of Igor Dimitrienko on lead vocals and guitar, Mike Adams on bass, Bernard Anderson on keys, and Celestino Sal Ramirez on drums. These four were able to define and create their own sound that keeps them true to their nature and sets them apart from other bands. In 2018, Audio Curve released their debut album, Through the Crests and Troughs. "Through the Crests and Troughs is a metaphor to symbolize the peaks and plights we all experience throughout our lifetimes aligned with an individualized sense of right and wrong, good and evil in a chaotic world we must all face and understand every day. It is a hybrid compilation of multiple rock stylings which cover an amazingly diverse and vast bandwidth. Ranging from hard rock gritty adrenaline driven songs to passionate melodic arrangements which will envelope you into a blanket of soulful melodic bliss. A very powerful, action-packed album, filling the void in modern rock music. Through the Crests and Troughs is one of those albums everyone can enjoy." Through the Crests and Troughs is available worldwide on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, CD Baby and other media outlets. Follow Audio Curve on Social Media http://www.facebook.com/audiocurve http://www.audiocurve.bandcamp.com http://www.soundcloud.com/audiocurveband http://www.reverbnation.com/audiocurve http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojKH... http://www.wamza.com/audiocurve http://www.instagram.com/audio_curve http://www.twitter.com/audio_curve Audio Curve Contact Info: Igor Dimitrienko 15156815910 igordimitrienko@hotmail.com Album review by Madness To Creation https://madnesstocreation.net/2018/08/25/album-review-through-the-crests-and-troughs-by-audio-curve "It is not everyday that a band captures my attention. These days, I feel that there are so many bands and recording artists that they have to do something really special in order to grab the attention of Madness To Creation. That said, Midwest rockers Audio Curve have certainly done that with their release of “Through the Crests and Troughs”. Through the examination of the album cover, it seems to cover that theme of the spiritual battle between good vs. evil, and based upon the scientific definition of “crests” and “troughs”, they represent the different wavelengths where the crest is the maximum value of upward displacement within a cycle and the “trough” is the minimum value in that same cycle. In this record, Audio Curve certainly covers that concept throughout the album to tell a beautiful story of the human and spiritual condition. “Through the Crests and Troughs” certainly rips and roars with the intertwining of the sleek guitar work that frontman Igor Dimitrienko provides, while Bernard Punelli Anderson exorcises his sorcery while tickling the ivories on the keys. Celestino “Sal” Ramirez on the drums and Mike Adams on the bass round out the band with their sleek rhythms that allow Audio Curve to ride the fence between blues/arena rock and that funk/soul rock that causes the ladies to swoon and the dudes to groove. The beautiful thing about this album is that with each listen of the album, there is another layer to peel away that allows the listener to dive deeper into Audio Curve. Case in point, on first listen, Madness To Creation was enamored with the sleek guitar work of Igor and on the next listen, how the outro played through was masterfully done by Bernard on the keys. This shows that Audio Curve carefully crafts each note and each measure of the song while allowing the emotions of the music to take over the listener’s senses, as the song “Summer Nights” is living proof of the emotions. In “Summer Nights”, it feels like that song that should be the soundtrack to the days where friends sit around the campfire, while stories are told and memories are shared as the embers dance among the fire. This song showcases the complete package of Audio Curve where each member showcases their skillset at their craft while Igor sings about those memories. “Tickin’ Away” allows the listener to get to know Audio Curve on a personal level as Igor sings about his time growing up in Russia. This album is certainly an enjoyable listen, especially when you get that feeling of cruising the open road to no particular destination. Let Audio Curve remind you that life is not the destination, but about the journey with “Through the Crests and Troughs”. Madness To Creation gives this album a strong recommendation due to its listenability and for its uncanny way of crossing genres."

Location: Lefty's Live Music 2307 University Avenue Des Moines, IA. | Start: 4/13/2019 9:00:00 PM End:
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Location: Gabe's 330 E Washington Iowa City, IA. | Start: 5/2/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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Kind Country w/ Flash in a PanFriday, April 26, 2019 9:00 PMRedstone Room$10 adv / $12 day of showDoors: 8pm / Show: 9pmOpening Act: Flash in a PanAge Restriction: 19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian) Web: https://www.kindcountryband.comGenre: JamgrassAll tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.   Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike. Kind Country released their debut self titled album “Kind Country” in the fall of 2013. Since then they have been bringing their music on the road playing live performances at theaters, bars, auditoriums, festivals, and everywhere in between all throughout the United States. The band released their second independently released full length album, Hwy 7, in the fall of 2015. Produced by Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Hwy 7, thrust the band further into a regional spotlight. The guys quickly followed up with a 5 track studio EP, Mountains, which was released in the spring of 2017. The band has no plans of stopping and will be releasing new material on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. "Snagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have something special going on, withthe addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time."-Ming Lee Newcomb, Live for Live Music. From article Five Up and Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised to Take Over the Scene.*Seating Disclaimer* The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis: Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table. General Admission Tables: A number of tables are available when doors open. First come first serve.  Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately.*Ticket Disclaimer* All tickets for RME events are sold via Eventbrite and all carry applicable transaction fees. Tickets can be purchased the day of event online, at the RME Box office during business hours, and at the door (subject to availability). All tickets purchased with credit cards and/or cash will be subject to all applicable service fees whether the purchase takes place online, over the phone, or at the RME box office. Ticket fees also still apply for admission at the door.TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:River Music Experience 129. N. Main Street Davenport, IA 52801 Mon: 12pm - 5pm Tues: 12pm - 6pm Wed: 12pm - 5pm Thurs: 12pm - 6pm Fri: 12pm - 5pm Sat: Closed Sun: Closed *Box Office hours may vary due to event schedulesEventbrite Online: www.eventbrite.comFAQs  Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. When using the ramp, make sure that you prepay at the pay stations in the garage stairwell or on the Parkmobile app. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights.  How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You may call the RME's box office at (563)326-1333 or email feedback@rivermusicexperience.org  What's the refund policy? Purchased tickets are nonrefundable.  

Location: Redstone Room 129 Main Street Davenport, IA. | Start: 4/26/2019 9:00:00 PM End:
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Artist: University of Iowa — Jazz PerformancesDate: Tuesday, April 23rd 2019 Time: 6:30pmCity: Iowa CityVenue: The MillCountry: United StatesAdmission: $3 Students/ $5 Non-studentsAge restrictions: All AgesNotes: Big Band Dance The Mill plays host to the University of Iowa’s jazz series which features student ensembles and collaborations with professors from the jazz program. Each installment features one or two particular groups focusing on a style or sub-genre of jazz.Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal

Location: The Mill 120 East Burlington Street Iowa City, IA. | Start: 4/23/2019 6:30:00 PM End:
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Artist: Lavender CountryDate: Wednesday, April 17th 2019 Time: 8:00pmCity: Iowa CityVenue: The MillCountry: United StatesAdmission: $10 Advance / $12 Day of ShowAge restrictions: 19+ After 10 pmBuy ticketsNotes: w. Paisley FieldsIn 1973, Patrick Haggerty recorded and released Lavender Country, a collection of gay radical country music. Though all of the records sold and the project was celebrated in a small portion of the gay community, Lavender Country proved too extreme for the music industry of the 70s and the project fizzled. 40 years later, independent record label Paradise of Bachelors reissued Lavender Country to rave reviews and a much more accepting public. Patrick and his music became the subject of an award winning short documentary, Cryin’ These C*cksuckin’ Tears, and Lavender Country went from being a lost obscurity to an underground legend. Lavender Country concerts incorporate powerful and touching stories from Patrick’s life – his upbringing in rural Washington, his expulsion from the Peace Corp for “deviant behavior”, life before and after Stonewall, and much more. From beginning to end, Lavender Country is one of the most dynamic and poignant shows of our time. You will laugh, cry, sing and dance to the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is Lavender Country!Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal

Location: The Mill 120 East Burlington Street Iowa City, IA. | Start: 4/17/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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Artist: Ben Eaton + Atom RobinsonDate: Saturday, April 13th 2019 Time: 8:00pmCity: Iowa CityVenue: The MillCountry: United StatesAdmission: $7 at the doorAge restrictions: 19+ After 10 pmNotes: w. Atom Robinson w/guests Frankie Zoloft and the Electrolytes and Bootleg GingerMore info coming soon!Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal

Location: The Mill 120 East Burlington Street Iowa City, IA. | Start: 4/13/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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