The fifth annual Landfall Festival of World Music comes to Cedar Rapids Sept. 19-22 and features over 50 musicians from 10 countries including Brazil, Portugal, Sweden, Tunisia, China and Mexico.
“This is one of our most diverse and exciting line-ups ever,” Legion Arts executive director F. John Herbert said. “The typical Landfall artist is extremely skilled in their particular tradition, which they spend a lot of time and imagination updating. This year the mix of influences is more volatile than ever: Tunsia’s MC Rai blends Algerian raï music with hip-hop while China’s Hanggai shows a clear affinity for American cowboy songs.”
- Festival kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at CSPS Hall
- Closes Saturday, Sept. 22 with a free slate of shows in Greene Square Park
- Tickets to shows are available at the door for $10 a show — or — $20 for all three shows each day
- A limited number of festival passes are available for $50 each at www.legionarts.org
Click here to play an interactive game featuring some of the artists.
Legion Arts, the nonprofit arts organization that runs CSPS Hall, presents Landfall each year. The 120-year-old former Czech social hall underwent a $7 million restoration and expansion last year.
The full schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 19
6:00 pm, Panorama Jazz Band – New Orleans USA, CSPS Hall
7:00 pm, Trio Brasileiro – Brazil, Opus Concert Cafe
8:00 pm, Deolinda – Portugal, CSPS Hall
Thursday, Sept. 20
6:00 pm, JPP – Finland, CSPS Hall
7:00 pm, Trio Brasileiro – Brazil, Opus Concert Café
8:00 pm, Movits – Sweden, CSPS Hall
Friday, Sept. 21
6:00 pm, Rana Santacruz – Mexico, CSPS Hall
7:00 pm, Global Blues Summit, African American Museum of Iowa
8:00 pm, MC Rai –Tunsia, CSPS Hall
Saturday, Sept 22, at Greene Square Park, FREE [rain location, CSPS]
11:00 am, The Beggarmen – Iowa City, USA
12:00 pm, Akash Gururaja – India/USA
1:00 pm, Hanggai – China
2:30 pm, Rana Santacruz – Mexico
4:00 pm, Terakaft – Mali
The schedule is subject to change. For more information and updates, visit www.legionarts.org or call (319) 364-1580.
The Landfall Festival of World Music and Legion Arts receive support from the Iowa Arts Council, the National Performance Network and the Hotel-Motel Fund of the City of Cedar Rapids. Media co-sponsors are Hoopla and Little Village Magazine.