Four new exhibits are on view this month at CSPS. Dan Perry (Cedar Falls) creates sculptures that manage to feel organic and mechanical, fractured and totemic, comic and spiritual, all at once. Hannah Givler (Iowa City) + Tim Nickodemus (Chicago) have collaborated on a group of ... read more

  • Thu Feb 2 - Wed Mar 1 2017
  • CSPS Hall Galleries
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All tickets $35 at http://www.artsiowa.com/tickets/concerts/grey-gardens/

Revival Theatre Company presents the area premiere of an acclaimed new musical, based on a documentary about two extraordinary Americans, Edith Bouvier Beale and “Little” Edie. This hilarious an... read more

  • Thu Feb 23 - Sun Feb 26 2017
  • CSPS Hall
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Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships. Today the duo meets as old friends, inviting audiences into their Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts, as well as Kathy’s beloved classics an... read more

Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor had each established himself as a successful singer-songwriter, and road-tested performer, before they came together in 2010 to form a trio that’s been called “a powerhouse collaboration of song, and voice, and justice.” Reflecting the folk communities that hatched them ― New York, Boston... read more

As a highlight of our 25th anniversary season, we’re delighted to welcome back the great Tom Paxton, one of America’s truly legendary folk singers. Paxton began his career in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, where his colleagues included Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen. Before long his talent as a singer, songwriter and ... read more

Born in India, raised in Toronto, Kiran Ahluwalia has been called “a powerful woman who shows a depth of character in her wonderfully expressive voice” (Observer). Yet at the center of her music is love in all its shades, from the yearning of the romantic, to the divine love of the Sufi mystic. She’s a modern exponent of the great vocal tr... read more

Foghorn Stringband’s tight instrumental work and line-up ― fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar ― is reminiscent of early bluegrass, but their powerful approach is whole-heartedly old-time and centered on the fiddle. Devoted to the interpretation and performance of American stringband music, their style encompasses early country, the f... read more

Dervish has been bringing traditional Irish music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music,” the band has played at festivals ranging from Glastonbury to Rock in Rio, where they performed for a quarter of a million people. They’ve toured with the president of Ireland and struck up tunes on the Gr... read more

Carrie Newcomer has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, as one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone, and as “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” by the Austin Statesman. One of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, this past fall Carrie released her 14th album, The ... read more

The musical partnership between Scotland’s premier fiddler and the young California cellist is the stuff of magic. Alasdair Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards and soundtrack credits extending from ... read more

Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Feufollet is Americana at its finest — reverent and completely nonconformist.  Taking Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, the five-piece keeps an open mind about where the music will lead them. On Two Universes, their 2016 studio album, Feufollet proved that their Cajun root... read more

A unique and dazzlingly talented international trio, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc has, in six short years, become something of an international phenomenon. On their own, Olav Luksengård Mjelva (from Norway), Anders Hall (from Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (from Shetland Islands), are master musicians, each recognized as an outstanding exponent of hi... read more

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 22nd.

Minnesota’s Mason Jennings has released a dozen albums since his self-titled debut in 1997, and his music brings to mind artists like Leonard Cohen and John Lennon. His songs are poignant and playful, serious and light. All Music called his release, Always Been, “a ... read more

  • 8:00 pm
  • Sat Mar 25 2017
  • CSPS Hall
  • $22 advance | $27 door
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Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 22nd.

He’s been called “the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” “a musical evangelist” and “the consummate team player.”

He’s Jayme Stone, two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist, composer and instigator. Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, in the proces... read more

  • 7:00 pm
  • Sun Mar 26 2017
  • CSPS Hall
  • $18 advance | $22 door
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The ninth season of SPT Theatre's Tales From the Writers' Room this year proudly reminds us that "It's a Zoo!" Each original episode takes an unlikely theme, a pool of clever sketch writers, and some of the hottest musicians in the corridor to weave together an original two-hour fun-fest.

This outing comes under the title “Fish Out of Wa... read more

Another in our series of Reunion Concerts, marking the 25th anniversary of Legion Arts, brings together another pair of our favorite musicians.

John Gorka has been called America’s quintessential singer-songwriter. Hailing from New Jersey but forged in Greenwich Village, he early on honed his craft and persona into an indelible image: th... read more

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 22nd.

We rarely present tribute shows at CSPS, but this UK production knocked us out. We think it might have the same effect on you.

Accompanied by a live string quartet, two exceptional singers, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who call themselves Bookends, perform the unforgettab... read more

  • 8:00 pm
  • Sat Apr 29 2017
  • CSPS Hall
  • $25 advance | $30 door
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Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such has been the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who’d happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices. But over... read more

The ninth season of SPT Theatre’s Tales from the Writers’ Room this year proudly reminds us that “It’s a Zoo!” Each original episode takes an unlikely theme, a pool of clever sketch writers, and some of the hottest musicians in the corridor to weave together an original two-hour fun-fest.

SPT wraps up season nine of Tales from th... read more