Weekender Eastern

Music is rocking through eastern Iowa this weekend. From Cedar Rapids where A.J. Croce, son of folk-rocker Jim, will be playing his fathers work along with some of his own, to Iowa City where the Englert Theatre will offer a taste of what the Iowa Arts Festival has in store with a benefit concert. Top Pick: 'The Mystery Hour with Jeff Houghton' is a touring performance done in the style of a talk show. As Houghton, an Iowa City native, told Little Village, “We were definitely heavily influenced by the old Letterman 'Late Night' days ... when he would do fun, odd things just to do them." Tickets for the show benefit Inside Out Reentry Community, an Iowa City-based nonprofit that helps support those who have been involved with the criminal legal system re-enter the community.