Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday this year, many Central Iowans will have to celebrate the holiday this weekend. If you want to make live music a part of your celebration, here are some shows in the area that you might want to consider.
Bob Pace (pictured) will perform at Billy Jak's Saloon in Pella on Saturday night at 9 p.m. The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer brings The Dangerous Band to town for a special free Tulip Time (21+) show. If you can't make it to this show, you will have another chance to see the Iowa guitar legend on Sunday in Des Moines (see below).
Valley Junction will hold their tenth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday. The free event will have live music, dancing, artwork, food, children's activities, a multimedia presentation, and more spread out across the 200 and 300 blocks of 5th Street in West Des Moines from noon to 10 p.m. Mariachi Zapata will perform from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the Tony Valdez Large Band will close the night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, go to the Valley Junction website.
Saturday will be another doubleheader day at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines. Waterloo "space rock" band Hazer will headline the 6 p.m. early show. The band released their first full-length album, entitled Something Rational, last year. Also on the bill for the early show will be Cedar Valley indie rockers Guss Royall and upstart Indianola alt-rockers The Shrooks. There will be a $5 cover, and the show is open to all ages. The 10 p.m. nightcap features the L.A. psychedelic band Mystic Braves, touring in support of their new album Desert Island (released on April 29). Iowa City folk rock group Crystal City and Des Moines rockers The New Bodies will open the show. The 21-and-over show will have an $8 cover charge.
Led Zeppelin tribute band ZOSO will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines on Saturday at 8 p.m. The highly-acclaimed Los Angeles band is in their 19th year of thrilling audiences as the legendary English rock band. Tickets for the show are $15 for this 16-and-older event.
Des Moines folk/funk/soul band GoodcaT will top a bill at DG's Tap House in Ames that also includes Ames folk group Holly and The Night Owls, Atlanta folk group Lily and the Tigers, and Omaha Americana/soul band Blue Bird. GoodcaT released their first studio album "And So..." last October. The show will have a $5 cover charge and is a 21+ event.
Sunday, May 4 kicks off with a benefit for blues guitarist Walter Trout at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Trout has been battling serious health issues for some time, has lost over 100 pounds, and is currently awaiting a liver transplant. The event will feature performances by Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band, as well as James Biehn. Pace, who organized the event, will also serve as host. There will be a suggested $10 donation at the door. Donations may also be made through Trout's website.
At 8 p.m., the Gas Lamp will host the Pittsburgh roots band Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band (featured video). Orvis's group released their latest album, Bless This Mess, last year. Opening the show will be Orvis' guitar player James Hunnicutt and Matthew James and The Back Home in Michigan Band. The 21-and-over show will have a $10 cover charge.
If you missed Lily and the Tigers in Ames on Saturday night, you can catch them in Des Moines on Sunday. The Atlanta-based indie folk band will headline an all ages 6:15 p.m. show at Vaudeville Mews. The band's latest album, The Hand You Deal Yourself, came out last year. Des Moines alt-country act Conrad Bascom and West Des Moines blues rockers Royal Nonesuch will open. The show will have a $5 cover charge.
The nightcap at Vaudeville Mews on Sunday will feature Brooklyn rapper Louis Logic touring in support of his November 2013 release Look On The Blight Side. L.A. hip hop artist Coolzey, who grew up in Dallas Center, will return to his home state to open the show. The 21+ show will kick off at 10 p.m., and it will have a $7 cover.
Finally, the Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward will host The Wailing Big Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The event will have a $10 cover charge.