While this weekend's concert calendar does not the big name appeal that last weekend did, there are still some strong shows in Central Iowa. Tonight's shows include gems from rapper T-Pain, blues guitarist Samantha Fish, and folk rocker Dan Tedesco. Tomorrow night features shows from Gabriel Kahane, Tele Novella, and Useful Jenkins. Here is a look at Saturday's top shows.
Singer, composer, guitarist, and pianist Gabriel Kahane will play Des Moines Performing Arts' Live at the Temple Series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Brooklyn-based classically-influenced folk pop musician is due to release his third album, The Ambassador, on June 3. Kahane will be accompanied tomorrow by violinist Rob Moose from the Grammy-winning band Bob Iver. Tickets for the concert at the Temple Theater are $29 to $39 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster.
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host a concert doubleheader on Saturday night. The 5:45 all ages early show will feature Minneapolis thrash band In Defence with openers The Lurking Corpses, Vickers, and Traffic Death. The early show has a $5 cover charge. The 10 p.m. nightcap is headlined by Austin, Texas psych-pop band Tele Novella (see embedded video). Canby and Ramona Muse will open the show. The late show is a 21-plus event with a $5 cover charge.
Mankato, Minnesota's Useful Jenkins will perform at DG's Tap House in Ames tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The acoustic bluegrass jam band released their second album, Festival Express, in 2012. The show has a $10 cover charge and is a 21-and-up event.
The Maintenance Shop continues to celebrate its 40th year as a venue with a performance by psychedelic blues rock band General B and The Wiz. The Minneapolis quintet recently released a new EP entitled Lie Until You Prove It. Sioux City folk/pop group Illium and Ames alt-rockers Bull of Arc will also perform. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door ($5/$7 for ISU students). Advance tickets may be purchased at the M-Shop box office or online through MidwesTix.
Austin rockers Nelo will take the stage at the Gas Lamp tomorrow with the Boston country folk band The Novel Ideas and Des Moines alternative pop rockers Sky Patrol. Nelo released a new self-titled album in February. The 9 p.m. show has a $5 cover charge and is a 21-plus event.
Wooly's will host "Operation Midwest Revelry" on Saturday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Des Moines metal band Dead Horse Trauma will headline the event with support from Emergent, Dirtfedd, Left4Dead, and Apathy Syndrome. The first 50 paid admissions through the door at 6 p.m. will receive a limited edition DHT bandana. The event will also be a drop-off point for Youth Emergency Services and Shelter. To see a list of the items that the non-profit needs, go to the event's Facebook page. Tickets for the show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly.