A lot has happened in the past week in Central Iowa. Here are some music notes that you may have missed.
Blues guitarist Walter Trout has been struggling with health issues for some time. Now awaiting a kidney transplant, Trout has drawn shout-outs and well-wishes throughout social media in recent weeks. One Des Moines musician, however, is doing more than just wishing Trout a speedy recovery. Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace has set up a benefit concert for Trout at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Sunday, May 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pace and The Dangerous Band will perform with special guest James Biehn. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door for the event. Those wanting to make donations to help Trout's recovery may also do so through Trout's website.
Ames DIY venue The Space for Ames (renamed The Ames Collective Arts Space recently) has hosted its final event. On Monday, April 7 Chloe Carson, Taramis, Secret Freedom, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Thee Goons, Holly and The Night Owls, and Utopia Park gave the venue a proper send-off with inspired musical performances. The venue had faced a lack of revenue and interest in recent months, and it is now no longer financially feasible for the venue to continue to operate.
Oskaloosa metal band This Sudden Darkness will spend April re-tooling its lineup. Frontman Cory Gullion recently made two announcements via the band's Facebook page concerning the changes. The first post announced that Adam Hulen would be joining the band as their new drummer. The second post announced open try-out later this month for TSD's lead guitar and bassist positions. The band had announced in March that they planned on spending most of April writing new material. There has been no word on whether that will still be the case.
Bettendorf native (and current Chicago resident) Tim Stop announced recently that he was planning to release a new acoustic album next month. The pop/rock singer and songwriter hinted on his Facebook page that the album might include some live recordings from his time in Canada with the legendary pop/rock band Chicago. Stop played the Des Moines Music Coalition's Gross Domestic Product Iowa music showcase on Saturday night. Check out music from Tim Stop in the nearby video.
Finally, Wooly's in Des Moines will host a Camp Euforia Battle of the Bands on Saturday, May 24, starting at 7 p.m. The event's competitors have not yet been announced. Tickets to the all ages event went on sale late last week for $5 through Ticketfly. The 11th Annual Camp Euforia music festival will take place on July 11 and 12 in Lone Tree, Iowa (just south of Iowa City). Camp Euforia 2014 will feature performances by Euforquestra (event founders), Keller Williams, the Motet, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Juno What, Head for the Hills, Jon Wayne & The Pain, Night Phoenix (formerly Roster McCabe), Funkma$ter, the Grosso Family Band, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, Natty Nation, Old Shoe, Mr. Baber's Neighbors, Dead Larry, and a host of other bands.