Def Leppard, KISS, and SoMo top the list of talent that will be taking Central Iowa stages on Wednesday night. Find out all the details on those shows and more below in the Central Iowa Concert Calendar for August 20.
Def Leppard and KISS bring their co-headlining tour to Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. show. The all ages event still has tickets available for $34 to $151. Tickets may be purchased at all Dahl's Tickets outlets. Rock collective The Dead Daisies will open the show. The Dead Daisies currently consist of Jon Stevens (INXS), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Lynch Mob, Ted Nugent), David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink, Doc Neeson’s Angels), Dizzy Reed, and Brian Tichy. The rotating group of musicians, formed by Stevens and Lowy in 2012, has released one album and two EPs.
Def Leppard has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and they have racked up 12 Top 20 albums (including two #1's), 23 Top 20 singles (including six chart-toppers), and two American Music Awards. The British rockers released a new live album entitled Viva! Hysteria last year. Check out the band's first #1 single, "Photograph", in the nearby video box.
KISS (see slideshow) has also sold more than 100 million records. The band is celebrating 40 years of making music in 2014. KISS has collected up 16 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards, a People's Choice Award, a Grammy nomination, 17 Top 20 albums, and 12 Top 20 singles. The band released the compilation KISS 40 and the boxed set KISSteria – The Ultimate Vinyl Case earlier this year.
Wooly's in Des Moines's East Village will host Texas R&B singer Joseph Somers-Morales, known by his stage name SoMo, Wednesday at 7 p.m. SoMo first gained notoriety by posting videos on original and cover songs on YouTube. After over 50 million views on YouTube and an independently released mixtape, SoMo signed with Republic Records. He released his self-titled debut album in April and watched the album reach #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the R&B chart. The album's first single, entitled "Ride", peaked at #20 on the R&B chart and achieved gold status. Opening for SoMo at Wooly's will be Micah Martin and Ryne Doughty. Tickets for the all ages show are sold out.
Also on Wednesday:
Straight Line Stitch
w/ Dead Horse Trauma, Dead Volt,
Cage 9, and Apathy Syndrome
The House of Bricks in Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages ($12)
w/ Twins and The Wheelers
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($7)
The High Crest
w/ Comfort Kings
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)
Decoy at Zoo Brew
Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., 21+ ($11, free for zoo members)
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
8:30 p.m., 21+ (free)
Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee
5 p.m., 21+ (free)
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m. (free)