Indian Creek Nature Center

Concerts at the Creek: The Feralings and Sonia Rao

Time: 7:00 PM to 7:00 PM
5300 Otis Rd SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Indian Creek Nature Center presents Concerts at the Creek, featuring The Feralings and Sonia Rao.

DOORS OPEN at 6:00pm prior to the 7:00pm show.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80. Their songwriting reflects parenthood, friendship, imperfection, magic, and a big love for storytelling, as well as the folk, bluegrass, jazz, alt-country, Americana, gospel, and roots that form each member’s musical DNA.


A UC Berkeley graduate, Sonia Rao was on her way to becoming a psychologist, with offers from both Stanford University’s doctorate program and Columbia University’s master’s program. Sonia decided to go a different way, though. She turned down both of these offers, left her job at a consulting firm, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her love of music. Sonia grew up studying violin, piano, guitar, flute, and ukulele, but classically trained, had always stayed within the strict confines of what her traditional teachers and orchestra conductors taught her. After experiencing an unexpected personal loss when her boyfriend passed away, Sonia started writing songs for the first time as a way to process what had happened and fell in love with music in a new and more personal way. This new relationship to music is what Sonia says made the decision very clear for her. Being first generation Indian-American – the child of immigrants – it was a difficult choice to make and one that challenged her relationship with her family, but it has proven to be the right one in hindsight.