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Four Wednesday night concerts to catch in Central Iowa

Wednesday night there are four outstanding concerts in Central Iowa. Here are some details to help you choose one that might be right for your Hump Day.

The Soul of John Black will be in Des Moines on Wednesday.
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The Gas Lamp in Des Moines hosts The Soul of John Black (featured video) on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The soul, blues, and rock band is led by John Bigham. Bigham was a member of Fishbone and has also played with Miles Davis and Everlast. Bigham and the band were nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" at the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2008 and won "Best Blues Song" at the 11th annual event in 2012. Tickets are $10 through MidwesTix or at the door for this 21-and-over concert. Stick around afterward for Gas Lamp's weekly Open Jam featuring Scott Long and The Greasefire Keys.

Country/Americana/Southern rock artist Chris Knight brings his band to Wooly's in Des Moines on Hump Day for an 8 p.m. show opened by Des Moines alt-country group Monday Mourners. Besides his own work, Knight has written songs for the likes of Confederate Railroad, John Anderson, and Randy Travis. The Kentucky singer/songwriter released his latest album, Little Victories, in 2012 and saw it hit #4 on the Heat chart, #25 on the Country chart, and #33 on the Indie chart. Tickets for the all ages show are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. They may be purchased online through Ticketfly or at the Wooly's box office.

Japanese expatriates Cibo Matto bring their ever-evolving sound that blends indie pop, rock, trip hop, bossa nova, acid jazz, and ambient genres to Des Moines' Vaudeville Mews Wednesday for an 8 p.m. show with Japanese indie rockers Buffalo Daughter. The reunited Cibo Matto, currently based in New York City, released their first full-length studio album in nearly 15 years on Valentine's Day entitled Hotel Valentine. Tickets for the 21-plus show are $15, and they may be purchased at the door or online through Tikly.

The Maintenance Shop in Ames will host indie folk singer/songwriter Mindy Gledhill on Wednesday night. Gledhill released her latest album, Pocketful of Poetry, in September of last year. Gledhill has made her living on folk music, earning 3 Pearl Awards and placing songs on television shows like Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and 20/20. Ironically, though, she may be better known for her collaboration with DJ Kaskade. Kaskade's Fire and Ice was nominated for a "Best Dance/Electronica Album" Grammy, and Gledhill was a featured vocalist on the album's successful first single "Eyes". Tickets to see Gledhill are $15 ($10 for ISU students) in advance through MidwesTix and $2 more at the door. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages.

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