Folk rock singer Ani DiFranco (pictured) will perform at Stephens Auditorium in Ames on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Buffalo native has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning the "Best Recording Package" Grammy for her 2003 album Evolve. She has also won a Gibson Guitar Award, a BMI Cable Award, a Woodie Guthrie Award, and numerous awards for her work in support of human, women's, and GLBT rights. DiFranco's new album Allergic to Water is due out on October 14. Tickets for the show at Stephens Auditorium go on sale on September 5 through Ticketmaster for $36.50.
The undead funk band Here Come The Mummies will return to Iowa on September 20 to play Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola. The talented band of musicians dressed in full mummy attire are in the process of releasing three EPs in 2014 that are free to download through the group's website. The first two, A La Mode and Pull It Off, are already available, and a third is due out in late fall/early winter. HCTM also release a new live concert Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack entitled Rejuvannihilation earlier this year. The band puts on an incredible live show, so if you missed them at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, don't miss this one. Tickets for the 21-and-older 7:30 p.m. show at Lakeside's outdoor theater are $15 for general admission (bring your own chairs and blankets) and $25 for (limited availability) tiered theater seating. Check out Here Come The Mummies in action in the nearby video.
Multi-platinum Eighties pop sensation Tiffany will perform at The Garden Nightclub in Des Moines on Saturday, September 20 at 10 p.m. The singer's self-titled 1987 debut album sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide and topped the charts in the U.S. and Canada. The album produced the #1 singles "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been", as well as the Top 10 hit "I Saw Him Standing There". Her 1988 follow-up Hold an Old Friend's Hand sold over 3 million copies worldwide and made the Top 20 in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. The album produced the lone Top 10 hit "All This Time". Tiffany's next several albums did not chart, but the singer made a triumphant return in the late 2000's with two Top 20 Dance singles. The California native has since moved to Nashville, recorded her first country album (2011's Rose Tattoo), and began a successful acting career. General admission tickets to see the Eighties pop star in Des Moines are $10. This will be a 21-and-over show, and there will be a meet and greet session after the performance.
The Smokers Club-sponsored World Wide Rollers Tour featuring Method Man and Redman will invade Des Moines on October 29 en route to a show at Wooly's. Grammy-winning Long Island rapper (of the Wu-Tang Clan) Method man has accumulated three #1 solo albums and six Top 10 singles, including the #1 Rap and R&B smash "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By". Grammy-nominated Newark rapper (of the Def Squad) Redman has racked up four #1 albums and twelve Top 20 singles including the #1's "Blow Your Mind" and "Time 4 Sum Aksion". The two rappers began collaborating way back in 1994. The duo (featured slideshow) released their first platinum-selling album together, entitled Blackout!, in 1999. The album topped the R&B chart and reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on the Rap chart. In 2009, the two released Blackout! 2, reaching #2 on the Rap and R&B charts and #7 on the Billboard 200. Together, Method Man and Redman have five Top 20 singles. Joining the two headliners on the World Wide Rollers Tour are B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner, and Mick Jenkins. Tickets for the all ages 7 p.m. event at Wooly's are $35 ($75 for VIP)