Sunday's Central Iowa concert calendar is headed up by shows from the American Hitmen and Kid Slim. Check out the details on June 29's top shows below.
The American Hitmen formed in the U.S. Marine Corps while stationed in Fallujah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. After honorable discharges in 2007, the trio returned home to California and played some shows before relocating to Salt Lake City, Utah for a fresh start. In Salt Lake City, the band added a fourth member and really began to take off. Since then, the American Hitmen have performed on America's Got Talent, surviving three elimination rounds, and they have opened for acts like Sheryl Crow, .38 Special, Lt. Dan Band, Black Stone Cherry, Royal Bliss, Quiet Riot, Dave Grohl (of the Foo Fighters), Wayland, and Living Colour. During their time together, the band has also opened for the Charlie Daniels Band on a USO Tour, became the first American rock band in 36 years to perform in Communist Vietnam, and became the first rock band of Marine Corps combat veterans to play on the flight deck of the USS Midway. The Hitmen will headline Sunday at the House of Bricks in Des Moines with openers Bordeaux, Section Hate, and the Matty Ranallo & Don Brown Duo. Doors for the show will open at 5 p.m., and the music will kick off shortly thereafter. Tickets for the all ages event are $12 in advance through Ticketfly and $15 at the door. Check out the American Hitmen's audition for America's Got Talent in the nearby video.
Vaudeville Mews will host rapper Kid Slim on Sunday. Born, Gianni Schneider in Illinois, the 6'7" 20-year-old rapper was playing Division I college basketball for Western Illinois University on a full ride scholarship when he decided to drop out of school and return to his first love: music. Since, Slim has released two full albums, The Slimstones (2011) and Freshman 15 (2013). The rapper's latest release, the EP Finally Here, came up in January. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance through Tikly and $12 at the door. Zero Calories and Confession Kills will serve as openers for the 6:30 p.m. all ages event.
Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace will bring The Dangerous Band to Summerset Winery in Indianola on Sunday afternoon. Pace and the boys will perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per car load. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase from the winery.
The Live at the Creek summer concert series kicks off Sunday at the amphitheater at the Jordan Creek Town Center. Des Moines pop rockers Decoy will kick off the series at 5 p.m. with fireworks following the concert at dusk. Decoy released their latest, a five-song EP entitled The Open Road, in April. The concert is free and open to all ages, and patrons are invited to dine and listen from the patios of the five lakeside restaurants or watch the show from the amphitheater and enjoy food and beverage from the beer garden and other vendors.
Sunday afternoon, Bill Melton will perform at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. Melton is a sixth-generation musician who has performed across the U.S. as well as at the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Governor's Mansion. Currently performing solo shows and as one-half of the duo the Homegrown Tomatoes, Melton has spent nearly two decades on the touring roster of the Iowa Arts Council. The performance at Hotel Pattee will run from noon to 3 p.m., and it is free and open to all ages.