A number of big country shows have been announced in the last several days for Central Iowa venues. Here is the info on upcoming concerts from Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann, Will Hoge, Aaron Watson, and Sawyer Brown.
Award-winning country singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert will be coming to Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, October 23 for a 7 p.m. show that will also feature Aaron Lewis, Chase Bryant, and Brian Davis. Gilbert's young career has skyrocketed in the past four years. His 2010 sophomore album Halfway to Heaven made it to #2 on the Country chart and #4 on the Billboard 200, while his third album Just As I Am (released this May) hit #1 on the Country chart and # 2 on the Billboard 200. Those albums produced three platinum-selling #1 singles: "Country Must Be Country Wide" (featured video), "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", and "Bottoms Up". Gilbert also co-wrote Jason Aldean's quadruple-platinum #1 single "Dirt Road Anthem", and Aldean's cover of Gilbert's "My Kinda Party" sold a million copies and climbed to #2 on the Country charts. Tickets for the Wells Fargo performance are $24.75 to $37, and they go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through the box office and all Dahl's Tickets outlets. This is an all ages event.
Kansas native Jerrod Niemann will perform at the 2014 Farm Progress Show at the renovated ISU Harvester Plaza on Wednesday, August 27. Niemann topped the Country album chart in 2010 with Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, the Hot Country Singles chart with "Lover, Lover" that same year, and the Country Airplay chart in 2013 with the single "Drink to That All Night". Niemann's latest album, entitled High Noon, came out on March 25. The outdoor show at ISU is open to the public, and tickets are $25 (plus fees) through Ticketmaster. Craig Campbell will open the show.
Wooly's in Des Moines will host country singer and songwriter Will Hoge on Saturday, September 20. Hoge released his latest album, Never Give In, in October of 2013. The album was his first to chart on the Country chart (#23) and provided his first charting Country single, "Strong" (#42). However, Hoge has seen a lot more success as a songwriter. The Franklin, Tennessee native earned CMA, Grammy, and ACM nominations for the song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", which was a #1 single for the Eli Young Band. Clair Dunn and Danny Grause will kick of the Wooly's show at 8 p.m. Tickets for the all ages event are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show through the Wooly's box office and Ticketfly.
Texas native Aaron Watson will play Wooly's five days later on September 25. Watson broke through with his latest album, 2012's Real Good Time. The album was Watson's highest charting album to date, reaching #9 on the Country chart and #19 on the Indie chart. Watson's Des Moines show will kick off at 8 p.m. Tickets for the all ages concert are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show through the Wooly's box office and Ticketfly. No openers have been announced yet for this show.
Finally, Meskwaki Casino outside of Tama will host country superstars Sawyer Brown on September 20 at 8 p.m. The Florida natives have racked up six TNN Awards, three CMT Awards, one CMA award, one ACM award, eight Top albums, and nineteen Top 10 singles (including three #1 singles) during a career spanning more than 30 years. The band's latest album, Travelin' Band, came out in late 2011. Tickets to see Sawyer Brown at Meskwaki are $20 to $30, and they are available through the casino's website. You must be 21 or older to attend this show.