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Friday's finest: Skypiper, Bella Soul, Bob Pace, Talbott Brothers, and more

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The weekend weather in Central Iowa is supposed to be reasonably warm for the first time in ages. So shake off the winter blues with, well, some blues, or rock, or soul, or whatever you are into. Here is a look at the top concerts for Friday, March 7.

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As always, Gas Lamp in Des Moines will kick off their Friday with the Work Release Party featuring Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band. Check out the Iowa Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer and his crew starting at 4:30 p.m. for just $5. There will be free food while it lasts. The 9 p.m. late show will feature Des Moines rocker Josh Davis of Bright Giant opening for Omaha alternative rock band The Talbott Brothers. The Talbott Brothers released an album of songs written during their 2012 tours entitled The Road in August of 2013. The band then released a free 4-song EP (available via download through the band's website) entitled Coming Home on March 4. Check out a song from the EP in the nearby video. The show has a $5 cover and is open to all 21 and older.

Another Omaha rock band, Skypiper, will headline the Maintenance Shop in Ames Friday night. Skypiper released a new 4-song EP entitled Troubledoer on May 25 of last year. Chicago indie rockers The Kickback will open. Tickets for the show are $10 at the door (and free if you are an ISU student). This is an all ages concert.

Grab a cocktail or two, mingle, and explore science while enjoying live music from Des Moines rock and soul band Mint tomorrow night at the monthly Mixology event at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to all over 21. Admission is $5 (free if you are a SCI member), and there will be a cash bar. The live science presentation "The Science of Sound" will begin at 7 p.m.

Blues/rock/soul jam band Bella Soul will perform in Altoona at the Finish Line Show Lounge inside Prairie Meadows at 9 p.m. The Des Moines group, and frequent hosts of the "Iowa Homegrown" radio show on 99.1 FM, released their latest album Genesis of the Exodus last fall. The performance is free, and you must be 21 or older to get in.

Auburn, Iowa roots rockers King f the Tramps will play DG's Tap House in Ames Friday night at 9 p.m. The band released their second album Wicked Mountain last year. The show is only $5, and it is a 21-and-over event.


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