Winter has taken over Central Iowa, but for those who can fight off the cold and winter bugs, there are a number of concerts and events worth taking in this weekend. Here is a preview.
DG's Tap House in Ames has the "Solar String Band" Mr. Baber's Neighbors at 8 p.m. Friday. The bluegrass band from Des Moines will be joined by the folk duo The Lowest Pair. There will be a $5 cover for this 21-and-over show.
Originally from the Quad Cities, The Multiple Cat comes to Des Moines' Vaudeville Mews on Friday. The Patrick Stolley-fronted pop group released their first new album in more than a decade earlier this year with The Return of the Multiple Cat. Opening the 9 p.m. show will be Davenport garage rock band American Dust, Waterloo power pop trio Dylan Sires and Neighbors, and Des Moines rockers The State of California. There will be a $5 cover for this 21-and-over show.
The Gas Lamp in Des Moines has a double-feature on Friday. Like every Friday, the weekend will kick off with the Gas Lamp's Friday Work Release Party featuring Iowa blues rock legend Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band starting at 4:30 p.m. The party has a $5 cover, free food, and all the blues that you can handle. The late show will be Des Moines rockers North of Grand (see featured video) performing their Annual Christmas Show. Squidboy and DJ Pat Curtis (of NoG) will also perform. This 21-and-over show also has a $5 cover.
Wooly's in Des Moines will team up with On Pitch to throw an Eighties Video Dance Party on Friday starting at 8 p.m. The event will feature VJs Nice Kicks, Scrunchie Brewster, and Material Girl playing your favorite Eighties music videos. There will be a $5 cover for this all ages event and Eighties attire is recommended.
Also on Friday, Allan Robuck's Elvis Experience will return to the Finish Line Show Lounge at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona. Robuck, a Knoxville native, is Iowa's foremost Elvis impersonator. The show is free, and it begins at 8 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend.
On Saturday, the Gas Lamp hosts New England punk/bluegrass/folk band Filthy Still at 9 p.m. The show is 21-plus and has a $5 cover. Ten Speed Wipeout will open the show.
Vaudeville Mews has a doubleheader on Saturday. The 6 p.m. show features Omaha rock band Screaming for Silence and Rockford rockers Silence Is Broken opening for Des Moines' own Index Case. The all ages show has a $5 cover. The nightcap features Nashville-based alt-country artist Tim Easton with folk rock openers Crystal City (Iowa City) and Lucca Soria (Des Moines). The 21-and-over show starts at 10 p.m. and has an $8 cover.
Finally, Saturday at Prairie Meadow's Finish Line Show Lounge, the Fred Gazzo Big Band (out of Des Moines) will play a Christmas show starting at 8 p.m. The show is free and open to all over the age of 21.
On Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., Simon Estes and the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra and Choir will perform in Ames at ISU's Hilton Coliseum. Centerville-born opera singer Simon Estes has performed all over the world for multiple popes and U.S. Presidents, Desmond Tutu, Boris Yeltsin, Yasser Arafat, the late Nelson Mandela, and more. Tickets to see the internationally-renowned opera star's Christmas concert range from $12 to $52 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster. This is an all ages concert event.
Also on Sunday, Vaudeville Mews hosts the San Jose death metal band Exhumed at 5:30 p.m. The all ages show also features performances by Iowa metalheads Hours of Decay, Agrinex, and Ghostbusters. Tickets are $11 in advance through Ticketfly or $13 at the door.