Mike Mangione & The Union to perform in Cedar Rapids on July 24

BY DI STAFF | JULY 19, 2012 6:30 AM

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Mike Mangione & the Union will perform at the CSPS Hall, 1103 Third Street S.E., Cedar Rapids, on July 24.

The band, which features a mix of folk rock and orchestrated strings, sets out to create a sense of togetherness during the performances.

Mangione, a singer/songwriter who helped form the band, said the band likes to bring the audience together with the band instead of separating the two.

"We like to look at shows as an opportunity to experience something new with an audience rather than just play for an audience," he said. "If there's one thing that we want people to take away, it's that together we did something different and unique."

Mangione said part of the groups success is their unique sound.

"For one, the instrumentation is kind of unique, having a violin and cello is a little bit different, not only having it but the way its used," he said. "We use the two string instruments as an orchestrated string instruments. Then there's an upright bass drum kit, acoustic and electric guitar. It kind of lends itself to a soulful Americana sounds."

The band has played for seven years; this is its second appearance at CSPS. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

— by Anna Theodosis

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