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America, The Straits, and Bottom up Blues Bash head Saturday's concerts

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There are quite a few good concerts in Central Iowa on Saturday. Here is a look at some of the best.

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America, the 70's folk rock sensation behind the #1 smashes "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair", will perform at Meskwaki Casino (near Tama) at 8 p.m. The Grammy-winning band has 13 Top 20 singles in all (including five #1's) and has had 6 albums certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. Tickets are $20 or $30. This is a 21-and-up show.

The Straits, a band made up of former Dire Straits members Alan Clark and Chris White and five hand-picked musicians, will perform all of Dire Straits hits at Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola at 8 p.m. Fans of "Money for Nothing", "Walk of Life", "Sultans of Swing", "So Far Away", "Heavy Fuel", and other classics can get tickets for $10, $20, or $30. This is a 21-and-up show.

Irish folk and roots group The Henry Girls will perform at the Holy Trinity Hall in Des Moines at 8 p.m. The trio from Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland play a mix of folk, bluegrass, and traditional Irish music in three-part harmonies. The sisters released their latest album Louder Than Words earlier this year. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Wooly's will host the Bottoms Up Blues Bash at 6 p.m. The event will raise money and awareness to fight colon cancer. Taking the stage will be Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, the Jean Marie Salem Project, and Dustin Busch & Mark Janssen. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Singer/songwriter Griffin House plays the Maintenance Shop in Ames at 9 p.m. The folk rock artist released his eighth album, entitled Balls, last February. Des Moines folk artist Max Jury will open the show. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door ($12/$14 for ISU students).

Auburn, Iowa roots rockers King of the Tramps will perform at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines at 9 p.m. The band's second album, Wicked Mountain, came out last year. There will be a $5 cover, and this show is 21+ only.

New hillbilly rock band Slackjaw will play an Indoor Tailgate Party at the 7 Flags Event Center on Saturday. Doors for the event open at 7 p.m., and Josh Davis of Bright Giant and Danny Grause will also be performing. Tickets are $7 for singles and $12 for couples at the door.

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