Even with the 2014 Iowa State Fair in full swing, Monday will still be a slow day for concerts in Central Iowa. Dustin Lynch and Hairball top a short list of shows on the Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Monday, August 11. Here is a preview.
With the Iowa State Fair Grandstand featuring the Deery Brothers Summer Racing Series, all the attention at the fair will turn to the free stages for a second straight day. Country singer Dustin Lynch (pictured) will perform at the fair's Susan Knapp Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Monday. The Tennessee native watched his 2012 self-titled debut album top the Country and Indie charts and climb to #13 on the Billboard 200. The album's success came largely from the success of its platinum-selling debut single "Cowboys and Angels". The album also scored minor hits with "She Cranks My Tractor" and "Wild in Your Smile". Lynch's second album, entitled Where It's At, is due out on September 9. The album's title track has cracked the Country Top 10 and is featured in the nearby video box. Lynch has been nominated for two American Country Awards, one CMT Music Award, and one Academy of Country Music Award.
Midwest favorite Hairball will return to the Iowa State Fair on Monday. The perennial fair performers will play the Bud Light Stage at 7:30 p.m. Hairball bills themselves as "A Bombastic Celebration of Arena Rock". The Minnesota band covers and impersonates a wide variety of Eighties and early Nineties rock acts, including Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Van Halen, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Warrant, Journey, Skid Row, Aerosmith, AC/DC, and more. The band uses a trio of lead vocalists and countless costumes and wigs to impersonate and pay tribute to the arena rock idols of their youth.
The Fairview Stage will again host two shows by Vocal Trash. The environmentally conscious Texas-based vocal group uses makeshift street instruments made from trash cans, hubcaps, water cooler bottles and other "trash" to create a "Glee meets Stomp" stage show complete with award-winning break dancers. Vocal Trash performs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily.
Nashville-based country act Savannah Jack will return for a second night on the Fairview Stage, again performing shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The band is working on a new studio album, their first in four years, that will include tracks featuring Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Love and Theft, John Jorgenson, and Ronnie McCoury. Savannah Jack released a live CD entitled simply Savannah Jack Live through their website in 2012.
Not all of Monday's live music will be at the Iowa State Fair. Vaudeville Mews will kick off the work week with a concert doubleheader. The 5:15 p.m. early show will feature no wave punk/rhythm and noise band The Sediment Club. The trio of Brooklyn natives released their latest effort, a split LP with the Massachusetts jam band Guerilla Toss entitled Kicked Back into the Crypt, last September. White Women, Thee Beaches, MedPen, and Chester Culture will open the show. The all ages affair will have a $5 cover charge.
The nightcap at the Mews finds New Jersey rockers The Everymen headlining a 10 p.m., 21+ show with The Ultrasounds and Holy Rattlesnakes. The Everymen's third album, Givin' Up on Free Jazz, came out in May. The show will have a $7 cover charge.
Also on Monday:
Jazz in a Funky Place
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
8 p.m., 21+ (free)
The Lacona Quartet
Ritual Cafe in Des Moines
7 p.m., all ages (free)