Award-winning Kansas City blues band Trampled Under Foot will play Forte (formerly All Play) in Des Moines on Friday night at 9 p.m. TUF won the International Blues Challenge in 2008 with guitarist Nick Schnebelen also taking home the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist. That was just the beginning for he band. In the next few years, Trampled Under Foot would go on to rack up two Blues Blast Music Awards for "Band of the Year", two Pitch Music Awards for "Best Blues Band", three Blues Music Award nominations, and an Independent Music Award nomination, just to name a few of their accolades. The band's most recent album, 2013's Badlands, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart, the iTunes Blues chart, and the Amazon Blues chart. Tickets for the all ages show at Forte are $15, and they may be purchased at the door or online through MidwesTix. Check out the band in the nearby video. Rumor has it that singer Danielle Schnebelen will be starting a solo project soon, so this might be your last chance to see TUF for a while. Don't miss it!
Gas Lamp in Des Moines will have two shows Friday night. From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Iowa Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace brings The Dangerous Band to the Gas Lamp stage for the venue's weekly Work Release Party. Pace and his band will have Iowa Blues Hall of Famer (and Pace's partner when the duo won the Iowa Blues Challenge a few years back) Steve George sitting in for the show. The early show has a $5 cover and offers free food while it lasts.
The 9 p.m. late show features Ames Alternative rockers Doctor Murdock. The band released its debut album A Man from Earth on Mercury in January through Nova Labs. Des Moines funky folk rock band GoodcaT will open the show. The late show has also has a $5 cover.
Friday's other top show features country singer Aaron Watson performing at Wooly's in Des Moines at 7:30 p.m. Watson's most recent album, 2012's Real Good Time, peaked at #9 on the Country chart and #19 on the Indie chart. Watson has recorded with the likes of Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Opening the show for Watson will be Texas country singer Jeff Allen. Tickets to the show are $12 at the box office or online through Ticketfly.