Corridor full of live music this weekend
BENNY SHARONI SAX QUARTET
Tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni is a U.S. bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the international jazz scene. Fusing the classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, among many others, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive.
Benny Sharoni Jazz Quartet | 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday (12/8) | Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City | Free
With a folk-punk delivery, Bryan McPherson sings of the labor movement, race relations, income inequality, women’s rights, gay rights and other causes of the oppressed and marginalized. His agile and shouted tenor, uptempo guitar playing and frenetic harmonica accompaniment are reminiscent of an amped-up Woody Guthrie — or maybe Dylan on speed — and McPherson is fearless about taking his message to the people, logging thousands of miles playing solo shows from coast to coast.
Bryan McPherson | 8 to 10 p.m. Friday (12/8) | Illuminations, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 115, Cedar Rapids | $5
JON DEE GRAHAM AND DAVE MOORE
Jon Dee Graham is a guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers, Graham is the only musician to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Moore was raised in Cedar Rapids and resides in Iowa City. He has toured throughout North America.
Jon Doe Graham and Dave Moore | 8 p.m. Friday (12/8) | The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City | $12 advance, $15 door | Icmill.com
A founding member of both The Jayhawks and The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, alt country/Americana artist Mark Olson now makes music with his wife, Norwegian musician Ingunn Ringvold. They recently released “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun.”
Mark Olson | 8 p.m. Friday (12/8) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $16 advance, $19 door | Legionarts.org
This young Memphis band with a deft blend of R&B and Southern-fried blues is led by sisters Tierinii (vocals) and Tikyra Jackson (drums). The quintet also includes Israeli guitarist Ori Naftaly, jazz bassist Daniel McKee and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. The young but savvy lineup conjures up a spiritual vibe, thanks to its soulful vocals and gritty guitars.
Southern Avenue | 8 p.m. Saturday (12/9) | CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | $16 advance, $19 door | Legionarts.org
AL & ALETA MURPY
Alan Murphy is a renowned Midwestern fiddle player and American acoustic historian. Aleta Murphy has been singing all her life, beginning in the church where her father was a minister. Performing together since 1982, they feature classic songs, close harmony and American roots music, including gospel, folk, cowboy, country and bluegrass.
Al and Aleta Murphy | 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (12/10) | Farmers Mercantile Hall, 100 W. Main St., Garrison | $8
RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER
Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins credits 15-time Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” Beginning with bluegrass, his path has taken him to various musical genres.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder | 7:30 p.m. Saturday (12/9) | Sondheim Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield | $10 to $40 | Fairfieldacc.com
Dec. 8: Holiday Tubas, 12:30 p.m., Old Capitol Museum steps, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City; new, unwrapped toys accepted.
Dec. 8: A Million Dollar Christmas: Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash, 8 p.m., Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, 1504 305th St., Tama; $20 to $25 plus tax, Meskwaki.com/live-entertainment/buy-tickets/
Dec. 8 & 9: Holiday Cabaret, 7:30 p.m., Grandon Studio, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE; $21 to $25, Theatrecr.org
Dec. 9: Cedar Rapids Community String Orchestra, 7 to 8 p.m., Cedar Hills Community Church, 6455 E Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids, free
Dec. 9: Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $12 advance, $15 door, Crchorale.org
Dec. 9: Eastern Iowa Brass Band: “The Spirit of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium, 525 Palisades Rd., Mount Vernon; $10, Easterniowabrassband.com
Dec. 9: Revival Theatre Company: A Broadway Christmas, 7:30 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids; $40, Revivaltheatrecompany.com
Dec. 9: Tony Orlando, 3 and 7 p.m., Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, 301 Bell St., Dubuque; $25 to $45, Moonbarrocks.com/events
Dec. 10: Eastern Iowa Brass Band, 3 p.m., Hanson Auditorium, 701 New St., Manchester; free to $10, (563) 927-3515 or Hansonauditorium.com
Dec. 10: Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande Tour, 2:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, $29 to $45, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com
Dec. 10: Home for the Holidays, an Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Women Build Benefit, 2:30 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City; $15, Icmill.com