The Central Iowa music scene has been a busy one over the past seven days. There have been a number of new concerts announced, a venue's website hacked, and a former resident nominated for an award in her new home. Here are some news items that you may have missed.
Des Moines music venue Gas Lamp had their website hacked last week. The site itself would load but none of their concert info would display. The venue's tech team was able to get the situation corrected later in the week, and the site is now fully functional again.
Former Des Moines resident and current Milwaukee transplant, Roxi Copland has been nominated for an award in her new home. The jazz pop phenom is up the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) "New Artist of the Year" award. Copland, who finished third last month in the Artist Signal $10,000 monthly contest, will be back in Central Iowa soon. She begins her "Spring 2013 No Coast Tour" later this month, and Iowa fans can catch shows in Ames, Iowa City, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Grinnell, Pella, and Knoxville during the next four months. For dates, times, locations, and other info, check out Copland's website. Copland fans, don't forget to vote for Roxi in this month's Artist Signal contest, as she tries again to win $10,000 to help her cover the costs of her upcoming full band album.
The Historical Valley Junction Foundation is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, March 23 to celebrate 20 years of being dry after the floods of 1993 decimated Valley Junction (and much of Iowa). The Rubber Boot Bash will raise money for the foundation and will feature live music from Brother Trucker, Matt Woods, and SP3. There will also be a "Pass the Boot" fund drive and a silent auction. Admission will be $5, and the event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Val Air Ballroom. For more details, go to the HVJF website. Tickets may be purchased in advance online through TicketWeb.
First Fleet Concerts and Wooly's announced a number of new concerts in the past week. Soilwork comes to the Des Moines East Village venue on March 26. Dead Larry will hold a CD release show at Wooly's on April 27. Wooly's will host Night of Tributes II on March 23 featuring Critical Mass (Rage Against the Machine tribute band) and The Pot (Tool tribute band). Pert Near Sandstone comes to the venue on April 26. Toots and The Maytals (featured below) will play Wooly's on April 5, and Streetlight Manifesto has been announced for June 24. Finally, Mooseknuckle, the Steve Pellow Trio, Mighty Shady, and The Colt Walkers will play Wooly's St. Patrick's Day Jam on March 16. For more information on all of these shows, go to the Wooly's website.
Downtown Des Moines venue Vaudeville Mews also announced a number of new shows over the past few days. Sean Forbes added a show for this Wednesday. Talking Mountain was signed for March 30. You Me & Apollo, Ghosts of Guyana, Maddi3pping, Everyone Dies in Utah, B. Dolan, Justin Jones, Moonlight Grammar, Is/Is, and Viva Montessa were all booked for shows in April. Also, on April 27, Vaudeville Mews will host the "Playing Our Part" Earth Month benefit featuring performances from Cause for Concern, Crystal City, The Getaway Scene, and Stone Mills. The venue also announced May concert dates for Michale Graves and Young Man.