Downtown Des Moines music venue Vaudeville Mews will host a concert doubleheader on Thursday, February 21. The early show will feature jazz, blues, and rock guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel, and the late concert will see the alternative punk rock duo the Birthday Suits headline a show that also features MediumPenis and Skin of Earth. Doors for the early show will open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. show time. The late show will start at 10 p.m., with the doors opening at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the Stephane Wrembel concert are $15, and they may be purchased in advance online through Tikly or at the door. The Birthday Suits show will have a $5 cover at the door. Wrembel's show will be an all ages event, while the Birthday Suits show is 21 and older.
French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel is perhaps best known for his Gypsy Jazz performances. Woody Allen sought Wrembel out to score the 2012 Academy Award-winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed at that year's Oscars. He had previously written a song for Allen's 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Wrembel released his fifth album, entitled Origins, in 2012.
The Minneapolis rock duo of Yuichiro Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi formed the Birthday Suits in the spring of 2005 and released their debut album Cherry Blue later that year. The Minneapolis/St. Paul media have taken notice. The band was named the Twin Cities "Best Live Artist" in 2006. The band has put out a number of split singles, compilations, and albums since, and their following and positive reviews have spread across the U.S. Check out music from the band in the nearby video.