Jazz Under the Stars
Thursday, Aug. 27
Soak up the stars at Lake Street Dive’s show this week at Jazz Under the Stars. Hailing from Boston, and led by bassist (and Iowa City West graduate) Bridget Kearney, the ensemble creates a blend of jazz, R&B, pop and their own sweet sounds. The Jazz series – in its 22nd season – has been entertaining Corridor music lovers for more two decades. Food and beverages are sold during the show, but you can also bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic. Don’t miss the final installment of the 2009 season.
Lake Street Dive @ Jazz Under the Stars
7 p.m. Thursday (8/27), Noelridge Park, Cedar Rapids, Free, www.kcck.org
Sand in the City
Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30
We may not have ocean-side resorts or miles of coastline beaches in Corridor. But this weekend in Iowa City we do have plenty of sand — and that’s the best part of going to the beach anyway, isn’t it? As a fundraiser for Iowa City’s Summer of the Arts, Bank of the West is sponsoring a weekend-long event for families – Sand in the City. The free event lines Iowa Avenue and Linn Street downtown Iowa City with giant sandboxes, elaborate sand sculptures, live music and kids’ activities. Teams from area business build sculptures and eventgoers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. The sand-filled fun will run from Friday (in conjunction with the Friday Night Concert Series) through Sunday.
Sand in the City
10 a.m. Friday (8/28), Saturday (8/29), Sunday (8/30) Iowa Avenue and Linn Street, Downtown Iowa City, Free, www.summerofthearts.org
Cracker @ The Mill
Sunday, August 30
The men who put a new spin on alt-rock in the mid-80s are still rocking today — or more specifically, Sunday at the Mill in Iowa City. Cracker is currently on tour promoting their ninth studio album, “Sunrise In the Land of Milk and Honey.” The group first made a mark on the college-aged MTV crowd 17 years ago, and are still making music that channels late ‘70s-early ‘80s pop-punk rock. Weaving decades of musical experience and plenty of unique style, Cracker is sure to be a one-of-a-kind Corridor show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and Detroit pop band The High Strung is set to open the show.
9 p.m. Sunday (8/30), 120 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, $15, www.icmill.com
Three more things
- CR Rollergirls – “Death Proof Derby”
- 7 p.m. Saturday (8/29)
- US Cellular Center, 370 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, adults $13 in advance, $16 at the door, kids 5 & under free, www.uscellularcenter.com
- BrewBQ and The Blues
- 4 p.m. Saturday (8/30)
- Millstream Brewing, 835 48th Avenue, Amana, www.millstreambrewing.com
- Cedar Rapids Kernels Family Day
- 2 p.m. Sunday (8/30)
- Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, $7-$10, www.kernels.com