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August 30 music events led by Granger Smith, Burton Ball, Sarah's School Benefit

Country singer Granger Smith.
Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Saturday, August 30 is led by the Burton Ball and Sarah's School Benefits, as well as a show by country singer Granger Smith. Here are the details on those shows and more.

The Des Moines Social Club will host a tribute to director/producer/writer Tim Burton on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the Burton Ball will benefit the John Stoddard Cancer Center at Iowa Methodist Hospital. There will be live music from Des Moines bands Green Death, The Maw, The Spartan Blue, and Rumble Seat Riot, and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Tim Burton movie character for the costume contest. There will also be visual art from Kelly Doty, Tanane Whitfield, Scotty Munster, Quyen Dinh, and others. Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are also available for $50. Attendees must be 18 or older. To learn more about the event, go to the Des Moines Social Club website.

[Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Burton Ball has just been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled for sometime in December. Ticketholders can receive refunds at their point of purchase or wait and exchange their tickets for new ones when the event is rescheduled.]

Country singer Granger Smith (pictured), who sometimes goes by his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr., will headline a show at Wooly's in Des Moines on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Smith's seventh studio album, 2013's Dirt Road Driveway, peaked at #1 on the Indie chart, #15 on the Country chart, and #48 on the Billboard 200. Hailey Whitters and Jesse Allen Stewart will open the show. Tickets for the all ages event are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Art for El Salvador, a non-profit organization that raises money to support mission work in El Salvador, will hold Sarah's School Benefit at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Saturday at 3 p.m. The organization is currently raising funds to build a school in El Salvador and is only $3000 away from meeting their goal. The third annual event will feature performances from SP3, Brother Trucker, Rainbow Penley, and Jeremy Alvarez. Admission is a free will donation, and the 3 p.m. event is open to all ages.

Vaudeville Mews will also host another event later in the evening. Tulsa instrumental rock/ambient act Unwed Sailor will headline a 9 p.m. show with Pussywillow, Canby, and Windsor Airlift. Unwed Sailor is a rotating collective of musicians headed by Johnathon Ford that has released seven studio albums, a 7" single, and two EPs. The nightcap has a $10 cover charge and is a 21+ event.

The Bushwak Camping and Music Festival hits Day 2 on Saturday. For info on the 3-day event, check out Examiner's Bushwak preview.

Also on Saturday:

Bowlful of Blues
The Maytag Bowl in Newton
Noon, all ages, ($15 adv/$20 at gate)
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Meskwaki Casino lounge near Tama
8:30 p.m., 21+ (free)

Circle of Heat
w/ Electric Jury
DG's Tap House in Ames
8 p.m., 21+ ($5)

David Zollo
Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

The Talbott Brothers
w/ Josh Davis and Sister Sara
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)

Ashton Mount
Madison County Winery near St. Charles
7 p.m., 21+ ($3)

James Biehn
Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Marilyn Jerome
Hotel Pattee in Perry
7 p.m., all ages (free)

North of Grand
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

The Tarakis
Prairie Meadows lounge in Altoona
10 p.m., 21+ (free)

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