Perhaps the most anticipated opening in Des Moines since the opening of Zombie Burger in the East Village will take place on Saturday: the Grand Opening of the Des Moines Social Club's new home in the old downtown firehouse. Check out the details below, along with a look at Saturday's top live music events.
The Des Moines Social Club will hold their official Grand Opening event tomorrow night from 5 to 9 p.m. (with an after party to follow). The event will showcase the live music, art, theater, burlesque, pro wrestling, classes, non-profit work, and other activities that will take place at the new mecca for downtown entertainment, as well as the venue's new restaurant, bar, comic book shop, and rooftop patio. For music fans, there will be live performances by Tires, Maxilla Blue, Land of Blood and Sunshine, and Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos (featured video) in the Courtyard, and Modern Love and DJ Eight Ten will play the 21+ afterparty starting at 9 p.m. in the Basement Bar. The keynote address will be given by Talking Heads founder and frontman, Grammy winner, Golden Globe winner, Oscar winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, David Byrne. The event is free and open to the public. To find out more about DMSC programming, go to the non-profit's website.
NYC-based pop/rock/folk singer and songwriter Eric Hutchinson will headline Wooly's in Des Moines on Saturday night. Hutchinson released his fifth album, Pure Fiction, on April 8. The album's "Tell the World" was chosen as the theme song for NBC's Growing Up Fisher. Texas alt-rockers Saints of Valory will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. This will be an all ages show.
Des Moines Americana/country band Randy Burk and the Prisoners will perform at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Saturday night at 9 p.m. The band has released a couple of albums already and won $25,000 through fan voting on Artist Signal to record their third album. The show has a $5 cover and is a 21+ event.
Vaudeville Mews will host a concert doubleheader on Saturday night. The 5 p.m. early show, "G's and Gents 2", is a hip hop showcase that will feature performances by Everyday Token, Ac Cavan, Eddie Yetti Perkins, Marz Mayfield, Randy Duncan Pipemanshawty, Billionz SaywatSon, Kabeion Teagues, Jensen Thomason, Jonny D Webber, FatMac Hall, Datdude Biggz, and Bloody Money. The all ages event will have a $7 cover charge. The nightcap will feature the Lake Tahoe roots band Dead Winter Carpenters. The band released a new 6-song EP entitled Dirt Nap in January. The 10 p.m. 21-and-up show has a $10 cover.
Finally, Monticello, Iowa country act Chasin' Grace will make their Des Moines debut at Whiskey Dixx tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The duo of Adam Keith and Callie McDermott were 96.5 FM KISS "Band of the Week" last week. The 21+ show is free.