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Five shows to watch this Friday

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If the blizzard passing through Central Iowa relents by tomorrow night, here are five shows worthy of the work it will take to dig your car out.

Legendary British songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson will play a solo acoustic show at Hoyt Sherman Place on Friday night. Thompson was named one of the "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone Magazine. He has written songs for R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Los Lobos, The Pointer Sisters, and a host of others. In fact, his songwriting has earned him Lifetime Achievement awards from BBC Radio and the American Music Association, as well as earning him a prestigious Ivor Novello Award. Thompson's latest solo album, entitled Electric, came out last year. Teddy Thompson, Richard's son, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for $35 at the Hoyt Sherman box office, or for slightly more through Ticketmaster.

The Civic Music Association welcomes two Grammy-nominated masters to Des Moines to close out the jazz portion of their season on Friday. Named “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, Kenny Barron joins bassist Dave Holland, entering his fifth decade as a performer, at Sheslow Auditorium (on the Drake University campus) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see the duo are $48 ($28.80 for Drake students) through MidwesTix. This is an all ages event.

Night Phoenix (formerly known as Roster McCabe) brings their polished Electric Dance Rock sound to Wooly's Friday for a 9 p.m. show. The band just released their latest single "Chasing" in January and is starting their first tour under their new moniker. Opening the 21-and-over show will be Wisconsin roots/reggae rockers Natty Nation and Des Moines-based digital funk band SP3. Tickets are $10, and they may be purchased at Wooly's box office or through Ticketfly.

Finally, Vaudeville Mews has a doubleheader tomorrow night. Iowa City rockers The Sapwoods will be headlining the early show at 6 p.m. with Des Moines rockers Diamonds for Eyes and The New Bodies opening. The early show has a $5 cover and is open to all ages. The nightcap features Des Moines indie pop/rock band The Wheelers, who recently released a new self-titled LP. Two more Des Moines rock bands, Druids and Quick Piss, will open the show. The nightcap has a $5 cover and is a 21-plus event.

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