2019 was a damn good year for live music in Eastern Iowa.

We saw some legendary performers who traveled through on national tours and local favorites who filled the stands with pop music. Add some gutsy blues, jazzy progressive and heavy doses of classic rock, and you have every reason to say it was very good year for live music.

Here's my list of the Top Ten Live Concert Performances of 2019 in Eastern Iowa:

  • Vivien Killilea, Getty Images
    Vivien Killilea, Getty Images

    Tedeschi-Trucks Band

    January 17, 2019 - Paramount Theatre

    Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks kicked off 2019 at the Paramount Theatre with a sold-out show filled with a smokin' hot set list of blues guitar wizardry.

  • Ryan Kelller
    Ryan Kelller


    May 18, 2019 - US Cell Center

    The threat of rain forced this show to move indoors from McGrath Amphitheater to the US Cell Center. It was the correct call to make. The band was spectacular and everyone loved the show.

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    AVP Facebook

    Alisabeth Von Presley

    June 25, 2019 - Balloon Glow

    Cedar Rapids' Pop Music idol AVP made the Freedom Festival's Balloon Glow shine brighter than ever with an incredible performance at the Sinclair Levy, in the first year at the Glow's new location.

  • Alex Kluft, Ultimate Classic Rock
    Alex Kluft, Ultimate Classic Rock


    March 29, 2019 - US Cell Center

    Larry the Cable Guy didn't make it but Styx fans didn't seem to care. In fact, we were kinda confused about the original comic-and-rock-band double billing to begin with. Tommy Shaw and JY put on a great show regardless.

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    Santiago Felipe, Getty Images

    Steely Dan

    September 4, 2019 - TaxSlayer Center

    Donald Fagen continues the Steely Dan tradition of delivering jazz-infused progressive rock to rave reviews. But he's never answered the burning question, "where did you get those shoes?"

  • Mike Ferris
    Mike Ferris

    Pork Tornadoes

    August 17, 2019 - Vet's Memorial Stadium

    Cedar Rapids' hometown heroes brought their uniquely pop playlist to the baseball field at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on a summery Saturday night. Not surprisingly they would sell out their Halloween show just two months later.

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    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Stagecoach

    Bret Michaels

    November 9, 2019 - US Cell Center

    Bret did an awesome job as usual, and Night Ranger really rocked it...but some say Lita Ford stole the show as opening act on this Hometown Heroes tour stop. Kudos to KRNA DJ Jaymz Larson for welcoming Iowa's youngest philanthropist Carson King onstage to a standing ovation.

  • Patrick Tewey
    Patrick Tewey

    Peter Frampton

    July 29, 2019 - McGrath Amphitheater

    Peter chose Cedar Rapids as one of the stops on his Farewell Finale tour and we're sure glad he did. After playing all our Frampton favorites, his heartfelt tribute to former Beatle George Harrison was icing on the cake.

  • Kevin Winter, Getty Images
    Kevin Winter, Getty Images


    March 10, 2019 - TaxSlayer Center

    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley did not disappoint their fans in Moline. After all these years, they still prove they can rock n roll all night...but the KISS Army was a little confused by the opening "act" - a rock n roll speed painter who splashed it all over the stage.

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    Kevin Winter, Getty Images

    Paul McCartney

    June 11, 2019 - TaxSlayer Center

    Sir Paul performed all the Beatles hits that would fit into a spectacular concert that lasted well over two hours. Not bad for a guy who would celebrate his 77th birthday a week later. Fans shed tears of joy as they shared fond memories from the golden era of rock n roll.

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