If you live within forty miles of Cedar Rapids, love music, love travel, and have an adventurous spirit, then Legion Art’s Landfall Music Festival is for you. Now in its tenth year, the festival brings musicians from all over the world. The concerts are free with free will donations. Most concerts will take place in the New Bohemia area at CSPS Hall (1103 Third Street Southeast) and across the street at the NewBo Market outdoor stage.
On Tuesday, September 12, Ranky Tanky will perform at 7 at CSPS. The band updates the Gullah tradition of the Georgia and Carolina Sea Islands. Ranky Tanky is a Gullah phrase which means “work it” or “get down.” The band, according to Legion Arts, “transforms the hymns, party anthems and children’s songs of the islands into infectiously rocking numbers.”
On Wednesday, September 13 at 7 Indian sitar player Roopa Panesar will perform.
Thursday, September 1,4 you can catch Ranky Tanky again at 4:30 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. And then Mdou Moctar will perform at CSPS at 8. Of Tuareg ethnicity, Moctar starred in the first-ever Tuareg film, inspired by the film “Purple Rain.”
If you can get a table, you might fill your belly at the urban taco joint Caucho. Though calling it an "urban taco joint" doesn’t seem to do the place justice.
Friday, September 15 bring your folding chair and energy. Ranky Tanky will perform again at NewBo Market at 4:30. Then Ladama will take the stage at 6. Ladama is a collective of women musicians from across the Americas: Brazil, Colombia, United States and Venezuela. Then mosey indoors to CSPS for an 8 p.m. concert by Pascuala Ilibaca, a Chilean accordion player, who will perform with her band, Fauna.
While you are in NewBo, find some unique gifts at New Bo Vintage Mercantile and Vintage Shop, or let Bart help you find your next fantastic read at NextPage Books. Both are located in the CSPS building. And if you want an outside-the-box, transcendent, inspirational shopping experience, check out the riveting make-it-yourself fabrics emporium, DelveMIY, a storefront for Frond Design Studios.
The festival concludes on Saturday with Oakland-based Bang Data performing at NewBo Market at 4:30 p.m. Finally, at 8 p.m. in CSPS you can be born again. Maria Pomianowska and the Reborn will perform. Pomianowska reconstructed an ancient Polish instrument – (Bilgoraj suka) a precursor to the violin – and wrote new music for it. Legion Arts says she “spins a hypnotic musical experience that invokes powerful ancient spirits.”
In a beautiful neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, you can travel to India, the South Carolina and Georgia islands, Poland, Niger, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Oakland. You can find the schedule at LegionArts.org.
CSPS Hall always gives you an intimate experience with bands. Why not take a musical tour of the world without leaving Iowa?
Photo: Patrick Muller