Mostly music - Beatles, Outlaw, Christian - plus The Music Man - all on the schedule for next week.
• The NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series presents "Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience," a free event as part of Main Street Mason City’s Friday Night Live at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28.
"Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" is anchored by brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan. They perform as themselves – not impersonators – and connect with the audience through a shared passion for the music of The Beatles. The McGuigan brothers performed at the NIACC Auditorium last January.
• Steve Earle and the Dukes will play at Surf Ballroom on Saturday, July 29, in support of his new album, "So You Wannabe An Outlaw." The album, released June 16, is his ode to Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and others. He's been nominated for two Grammy's for this record, which was named to Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Records of All Time list.
Opening band will be The Mastersons, the husband-and-wife duo of guitarist Chris Masterson and string player Eleanor Whitmore, who are also members of Earle's band, The Dukes. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
• Rend Collective will headline a concert Saturday, July 29, on the lawn of Grace Church, 440 N. Illinois Ave., Mason City. The concert will also feature GAWVI, Mike Mains & The Branches, and Shawn McDonald.
Doors will open for the outdoor concert at 3:30 p.m., with music from 5 to 11 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food will be available from Mr. Taco, Ritz Rings & Things, the Iowa Grill, and Roller City Sno Shack.
• Preparations are underway for a new production of the classic musical "The Music Man" by the new Cedar Summerstock Theater based in St. Ansgar.
The Cedar Summerstock Theater is an intensive program for college theater performance majors from across the country. Cast and crew members come from Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington. Several local school students and community members are also part of the cast, chorus, and orchestra.
Their first show, "Jesus Christ Superstar," opened at the end of June. The current production, "James and the Giant Peach," runs through Sunday, July 23. All shows are presented at the Cedar River Complex’s Krapek Family Fine Arts Center in Osage.
The Music Man will run for two weeks with performances Thursday through Sunday, from July 27-Aug. 6. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students/children. Group sales discounts are available by calling the box office at 763-312-8319. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cedarsummerstock.org or at the door.