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A look at Wednesday night's top concerts: Duhks, LAZERfest qualifier, and more

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Wednesday, January 22 should be a good night for concerts in Central Iowa. Here are a few recommendations.

The Maintenance Shop in Ames will host the Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks (featured in the nearby video) at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The Grammy, Juno, and Americana Music Association Award winners are currently working on a new fan-funded indie album that they hope to release later this year. Tickets for this all ages show are $15 in advance ($10 for ISU students), and $2 more at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased online through MidwesTix or at the M-Shop box office.

Also Wednesday night, the Keller Williams "What the Funk 2014 Tour" stops at DG's Tap House. The 8 p.m. show will also feature Williams performing with More Than a Little. The Fredericksburg, Virginia native classifies his music as "jazzfunkraggaelectronicagrass". Williams is current tour is in support of his 2013 release Funk. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $30 in advance and $32 at the door. They may be purchased online through MidwesTix.

In Des Moines on Wednesday, Wooly's hosts one of the first preliminary round of the LAZERfest Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. Battling it out to try to earn a spot on a LAZERfest stage will be Stone Park Ritual (Odebolt), Apathy Syndrome (Des Moines), Mistaken for Halos (Waterloo), Ashes Armada (Albia), and Green Death (Des Moines). Tickets to the all ages show are free and audience participation counts for 40% of the voting (the other 60% comes from the three judges).

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