Thursday's concert calendar is topped by tributes to George Gershwin and Michael Jackson. Here is a look at Thursday's top Central Iowa shows.
The Turner Center Jazz Orchestra will be joined by Bella Soul's Tina Haase Findlay for an evening of Gershwin tunes at Drake's Turner Jazz Center in Des Moines tomorrow night. “Rhapsody in Gershwin” will feature performances of Gershwin classics like “Summertime”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Embraceable You”, “A Foggy Day”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, and many others. The all ages show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are still available for $20 at the door.
The North Carolina-based Michael Jackson tribute band Who's Bad will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The group has been doing sold-out shows all over the world for more than a decade. Check out a sampling in the nearby video. Tickets for the performance are $15 through Ticketfly and the Wooly's box office. This will be an all ages show. [UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to travel issues by the band. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.]
Trouble Lights' Adrien Daller has had a busy year-and-a-half. The Fairfield, Iowa pop duo released their debut album The Endless Prom in September of 2012. After touring and promoting the album extensively with partner-in-crime Philip Rabalais, Daller won $10,000 on AMC's travelling talent show Showville in July of 2013. She followed that up with a Trouble Lights performance just days later at the 2013 80/35 Music Festival, then returned to the 80/35 stage later in the day to do a guest spot with her boyfriend's band Mumford's and got proposed to in front of throngs of screaming fans. Now Daller is planning on releasing a solo EP later this spring. Check out Daller and Rabalais on Thursday night, along with Doctor Murdock, Bleujack, and T.A.R.A.M.I.S. at DG's Tap House in Ames. The show is free and starts at 9 p.m. This will be a 21-and-over event.
Finally, if jazz and pop aren't your bag, check out Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines tomorrow night for a dose of heavy metal. California death/thrash metal band Exmortus will headline an all ages show with local bands Fetal Pig and Druids starting at 6 p.m. The show will have a $7 cover.