Friday's central Iowa concerts will feature performances by the Melismatics, The Cold Hard Cash Show, Satellite State (record release party), Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band, and much, much more. Here are the highlights.
The Gas Lamp in Des Moines will host two shows on Friday. The early show will feature Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band playing the venue's weekly Friday Work Release Party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The party will have free food while it lasts, and there will be a $5 cover charge. The Melismatics will headline the 9 p.m. nightcap (21+). The Minneapolis indie rock band has played at Lollapalooza, the CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, and Summerfest. The Melismatics' latest album, entitled Rising Tide, came out last October. Des Moines rockers Left Is West will open the show. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door.
The Cold Hard Cash Show and The Velvet Elvis '56 will co-headline Wooly's tomorrow at 9 p.m. The Cold Hard Cash Show has been touring the U.S. for nine years paying tribute to Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three. The band has played on the The Late Show with David Letterman and has opened for everyone from Eddie Money, Eric Church, and the Charlie Daniels Band to Saliva, Lonestar, and the Eli Young Band. Headed by Jonny Barber, an ordained minister from Denver, The Velvet Elvis '56 has been portraying Elvis all over the world for 10 years. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Des Moines alternative fuzz pop band Satellite State will hold a record release party for their new EP at Vaudeville Mews Friday at 5:30 p.m. The 3-song EP (apparently titled EP) will be officially released tomorrow, and Satellite State will celebrate by taking the Mews stage with area bands Gloom Balloon, Foxholes, Thee Goons, and Free Milo The Penny Cat. There will be a $5 cover charge for the all ages early show. The venue will also hold a late show at 10 p.m. with Minneapolis rapper Moonlight Grammar headlining. The man who once vowed to release a new song every full moon at sundown for a year on his Facebook and Bandcamp pages released two albums last year, High Tide and Lies, Cages, and Sharks. Opening the show are prettygirlhatemachine, Aeon Grey, Sotr Caf, and Cherry Sky Studios. The 21+ show has a $5 cover.
The Dan Band, a comedy band headed by by actor/comedian Dan Finnerty, will perform at the Val Air Ballroom at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. The Dan Band has performed in the movies Old School, The Hangover, and Starsky & Hutch, and they have played on nearly every talk show know to man. While the band has a number of original tunes (they have released two albums), they are, perhaps, best known for performing profanity-laden versions of female-performed hits like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Kelis' "Milkshake", and Toni Basil's "Mickey". Tickets for the all ages show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Ames multi-genre band Fuzzy Logic will perform at DG's tap house in Ames tomorrow night. Storm Lake classic rock/blues band Short Notice will serve as the opener. The show is a 21+ event and has a $5 cover.
Southeast Iowa classic rock cover band Mr. Fugly will perform at Newton's first "Thunder Nites" bike night of the season tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the town square. There will be food and beverage vendors available and the free event is kid-friendly. DJ Todd Stein hosts the unofficial afterparty (21+) across the square at First Avenue Speakeasy following the event.
Finally, acoustic southern rock/blues performer Richard Arndt will take the stage at Whiskey Dixx Friday at 9 p.m. Arndt was Cityview's 2013 "Best Local Musician", and Arndt has opened for the likes of Bret Michaels, Molly Hatchet, the Little River Band, Better Than Ezra, Sister Hazel, and Tonic. The show is free and open to all over the age of 21.