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Landfall Festival 2014

  • Tue Sep 16 - Sat Sep 20 2014 • CSPS Hall and locations TBA

Musicians from Europe, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East highlight the seventh annual Landfall Festival of World Music taking place in Cedar Rapids Sept 16 through 20.

Headline acts, appearing nightly at CSPS include:

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Tuesday)
The seven-piece (plus dancer), multi-generational group brings to life the music of southern Italy’s wild and remote Adriatic coast. Their atmospheric concerts range from tender love songs to a frenzied dance music called pizzica tarantata.

Calypso Rose (Wednesday)
Calypso Rose is the ambassador par excellence of Caribbean music. Born in 1940 in the tiny island of Tobago in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the West Indies, Calypso Rose has written more than 800 songs and recorded over 20 albums.

La Yegros (Thursday)
Boldly feminine, joyous and tropical, Argentina’s La Yegros mixes the skittering rhythms of Colombian cumbia with cutting-edge beats and electronica. The group’s flamboyant leader Mariana Yegros has emerged as queen of the Buenos Aires scene, scoring a huge hit across South America with ”Viene De Mi, “ a song as fun as the Lambada, only more sultry and ingenious.

Emel Mathlouthi (Friday)
Tunisian Emel Mathlouthi–inspired singer, poet and composer–stands directly in line with the great divas of the Arab World but has also inherited the legacy of the protest singers from the ‘60s. With sources and influences ranging from Dylan to Cheikh Imam, and above all sounds of our time, she vests her protest songs in the rock and electronica.

Other artists performing during the festival include South African guitarist Derrick Gripper, Turkish jazz ensemble the Telvin Trio.

The five-day festival concludes with a free concert on Saturday Sept 20 featuring Ugandan drummers Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit, and a favorite group from last year’s festival, the Appalachian-Brazilian hybrid Matuto. (Landfall Saturday has been moved indoors to CSPS Hall due to the possibility of rain on Saturday.)


Landfall venues include CSPS Hall, Opus Concert Cafe, Cedar Rapids Public Library and First Presbyterian Church.

Opus Concert Café is located at 119 Third Ave SE. First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. SE, and the Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, both adjoin Greene Square Park, corner of corner of Third Avenue and Fifth Street SE.

Tickets to Landfall Mainstage shows at CSPS are $9 in advance (until Sept. 14), and then $15.

The full schedule is currently:

Tues, Sep 16
8:00 pm, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Italy, CSPS Hall

Wed, Sep 17
6:30 pm, Derek Gripper , South Africa, Opus Concert Café
8:00 pm, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town, Trinidad and Canada, CSPS Hall

Thu, Sep 18
12:00 pm, Vanessa Vo , Vietnam, Cedar Rapids Public Library
5:00 pm, Vanessa Vo , Vietnam, Cedar Rapids Public Library
6:30 pm, Telvin Trio, Turkey, First Presbyterian Church
8:00 pm, La Yegros, Argentina, CSPS Hall

Fri, Sep 19
8:00 pm, Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisia, CSPS Hall

Sat, Sep 20 (CSPS Hall)
12:00 pm: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, CSPS
1:15 pm: BrightSky, Cedar Rapids music of India, CSPS
1:45 pm: Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit, Uganda, CSPS
3:00 pm, BrightSky, CSPS
3:30 pm: Matuto, Brazil/US, CSPS