If Thursday finds you jonesing for some music in your life, here are 4 ways to get your sonic fix. Check out today's top shows.
Take a long lunch and enjoy Roxi Copland in concert as part of Des Moines Performing Arts' Lunch Unplugged concert series. Copland fans can still get special pre-order package deals on her upcoming album Truth Be Told through her website until 8 p.m. tonight. The jazz pop singer/pianist will play from noon to 1 p.m. at the Temple Theater, and tickets are only $5. Bring your own lunch, or buy one there.
Country/Americana singer and songwriter Robert Earl Keen is playing Hoyt Sherman Place tonight at 8 p.m. Keen has been writing and recording music for almost 35 years and has had his songs covered by the likes of George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks. In 2012, Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 with Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. Tickets to see Keen in concert are still available at the box office for $25.50, $30.00, or $40.00.
James McMurtry, son of novelist Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), will perform at the Maintenance Shop in Ames tonight at 8 p.m. McMurtry's mix of rock, folk, country, and Americana is hard to pigeon-hole into one genre, as evidenced by his albums' ability to chart on the Americana Music Radio, Country, Heat, and Indie charts, as well as the Billboard 200. 2005′s Childish Things topped the Americana Music Radio chart in for six weeks in late 2005 and early 2006. Tickets to see McMurtry are $22 ($20 for ISU students).
Finally, Des Moines "exotic" indie pop group In Rooms will headline Vaudeville Mews tonight at 8 p.m. The band blends classic pop, reggae, and Latin American genres such as MPB, samba, and cumbia to create a unique and diverse sound. Opening the show will be Des Moines jazz/soul/R&B songstress Paige Harpin, Iowa City funky jazz rocker Dana T, and Ames indie pop singer and songwriter Jordan Mayland. There will be a $5 cover at the door, and the show is restricted to those 21 and older.