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Eric Johnson and Sick Puppies top Wednesday's and Thursday's shows

Wednesday and Thursday will bring Eric Johnson, Sick Puppies, and many more bands to Central Iowa. Here is a look at the Central Iowa concert calendar for Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31.

Sick Puppies.
Sick Puppies. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Sick Puppies.
Sick Puppies. Photo by Rich Polk

Guitar legend Eric Johnson will come to Des Moines on Wednesday for a 9 p.m. tour stop at Wooly's. The "Cliffs of Dover" (see video) guitarist has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the 1992 Grammy for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance". Including his solo work, Johnson has played guitar on more than 80 albums. Johnson's latest solo album, entitled Europe Live, was released in June. Johnson begins a three week solo tour in Des Moines before returning to the Experience Hendrix Tour. Tickets for the Wooly's concert are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. The concert will be a 21-and-over event. No opening act has been announced for this show.

Also on Wednesday, the Des Moines Music Coalition will hold their "Music Saves" event at Vaudeville Mews in Downtown Des Moines starting at 5:45 p.m. The event is a "thank you" for all of the community support, as well as a chance for music fans, musicians, volunteers, and music industry professionals to network. There will be free appetizers and drinks provided, and MAIDS and Twins will perform. The event is free and open to all ages. After "Music Saves", Vaudeville Mews will host a 10 p.m. late show starring experimental sax player Curt Oren with openers Used Alien Mind/Statocyst, Kamrar, and DJ Tanner. The show is a 21-plus event and has a $5 cover charge.

Here are the rest of Wednesday's top shows:

Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band
Zimm's Food & Spirits in Des Moines
7 p.m., 21+ (free)

Burning Down the House at Zoo Brew
Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., 21+ ($11, free for zoo members)

The Soul Searchers
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Fuzz Regal
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., 21+ (free)

Ballyhoo Foxtrot
Java Joe's in Des Moines
7 p.m., all ages ($7)

Topping Thursday's shows, Sick Puppies will return to Des Moines for a 7 p.m. show at Wooly's. The Australian rock band, now based out of Los Angeles, has totaled three Top 10 albums and eight Top 20 singles in the United States. The band has won a BMI Pop Award, a Yahoo! Music Award, and a YouTube Award in the U.S., as well as earning an award in Sweden and two awards in their native Australia. Sick Puppies' latest album, entitled Connect, came out last year. Tickets to see the band are $20 in advance and $22 on the day of the show. The concert is open to all ages, and Like a Storm, Stars in Stereo, and Fatal Addiction will serve as openers.

Here are the rest of Thursday's top live music events:

Randy Burk & The Prisoners at Music in the Junction
Railroad Avenue and 5th Street in West Des Moines
5:30 p.m., all ages (free)

Jason Bordeaux
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

"Songwriter Night"
w/ Madam Jules, Lily DeTaeye, Ole Tex and Josey Todd
The House of Bricks in Des Moines
7 p.m., all ages (free)

Artifas
w/ Surrender the Fall and I Cry Wolf
The House of Bricks in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($12 cover)

Stewardesses
w/RAGElife
DG's Tap House in Ames
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Cannabis Corpse
w/ Drowning in the Platte, Deplorable Immaculacy, and Slyde
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages (Tix: $11 advanced/$13 day of show)

Crosstown DSM
w/ Indigo Dream Band
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($5 cover)

Final Mix Show Band
Jasper Winery in Des Moines
6 p.m., 21+ (free)

Brad Seidenfeld
Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee
5 p.m., all ages (free)