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Gin Blossoms, Rocktastic, Ingersoll Live, Altoona Palooza top Saturday's music

Saturday will be a busy day for concerts in Central Iowa. On top of Rocktastic, Ingersoll Live, and Altoona Palooza, there are big shows by the Gin Blossoms, Atmosphere, and Mighty Shady. Check out all the details below in the Central Iowa Concert Calendar for August 23.

Gin Blossoms.
Gin Blossoms.
Charles Walton
Mighty Shady will celebrate the release of their new CD on Saturday night.
Charles Walton

The Stuart Speedway in Stuart, Iowa will host Rocktastic 2014 on Saturday. The gates will open at 2 p.m., and the music will kick-off at 3:30 p.m. with the Des Moines cover band Oreo Meatwagon. At 5:30 p.m., Illinois rockers Head East (known best for their singles "Never Been Any Reason (Save My Life)" and "Since You Been Gone") will take the stage. Multi-platinum Nineties rockers FireHouse will headline the event at 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina band famous for hits like "Don't Treat Me Bad" (featured video), "All She Wrote", "Love of a Lifetime", and "When I Look Into Your Eyes" won an American Music Award for "Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist" in 1992 (beating out Nirvana and Alice in Chains) and similar awards from Metal edge Magazine, Young Guitar Magazine, and Music Life Magazine. Tickets for the all ages event are $30 ($75 for VIP).

The Gin Blossoms (see slideshow) will perform at Terrible's Lakeside Casino on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Arizona alt-rockers exploded onto the scene in 1992 with the quadruple-platinum album New Miserable Experience. The album, the band's second, produced the four hit singles "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You", "Until I Fall Away", and "Allison Road". The band would add two more Top 10 singles, "Til I Hear It from You" and "Follow You Down", before splitting up for five years. The Gin Blossoms reunited in 2002 and have since recorded two more albums. Tickets for the concert, which will be at Lakeside's outdoor theater, are $15 for general admission and $25 for tiered seating. This will be a 21-and-over event.

Des Moines indie groove rockers Mighty Shady (pictured) will celebrate the release of their first full-length album with a party at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines Saturday night at 9 p.m. After previously releasing two EPs, The band's Double Think will debut tomorrow night. Mighty Shady has performed at Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 80/35, Little Big Fest, Schwagstock, Family Gathering, Adventure Camp, and a number of other festivals and has become a Central Iowa favorite. The band blends reggae, funk, and psychedelic rock to create their unique sound. Advanced tickets for the show are $8 and include a copy of the CD (to be picked up at the show). The 21+ event will also feature performances by Ames experimental band Tires and Waterloo power pop trio Dylan Sires & Neighbors.

Altoona will hold Altoona Palooza 2014 at the Sam Wise Complex on Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. The fifth annual event will feature live music, bike races, a pancake breakfast, car and motorcycle shows, mud volleyball, inflatables and other kid's activities, a kickball tournament, a beer garden, food and other vendors, and more. Performing at Altoona Palooza 2014 will be Iowa City blues rockers the JB Morrison Band from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Des Moines pop/rock/hip hop group Pie in the Sky from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Iowa party rock cover band Toaster from 8:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Admission to Altoona Palooza is free, and the event is open to all ages.

The 11th Annual Ingersoll Live will be held Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines between 28th Street and 29th Street. Ingersoll Live 2014 will feature kid's activities and over 30 vendor booths from area businesses, artists, and restaurants, as well as two entertainment stages. The event is free and open to all ages. Here is the entertainment schedule for the event:

Main Stage
4:30 p.m. - Jason Carl & the Whole Damn Band
6:45 p.m. - Crooked Mile
9:00 p.m. - Bonne Finken

Palmer's Stage
4:30 p.m. - Des Munks
6:15 p.m. - parksixty3
8:00 p.m. - Sonny Humbucker Band

Minneapolis hip hop legends Atmosphere will headline Nitefall on the River in Des Moines on Saturday night. The group has chart five albums in the Top 5 of the Indie chart and three albums in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and R&B charts. Atmosphere's latest album, Southsiders, came out in May and has reached #8 on the Billboard 200, #3 on the R&B chart, and #2 on the Indie chart. Atmosphere started their own record label in Minneapolis, Rhymesayers Entertainment, and they are considered pioneers of the city's hip hop scene. Also taking the Simon Estes Amphitheater stage on Saturday will be Prof, Dem Atlas, and DJ Fundo. Tickets for the all ages 7:30 p.m. show are $25.

Also on Saturday:

Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band
Prairie Meadows lounge in Altoona
10 p.m., 21+ (free)

w/ Holy White Hounds
Wooly's in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages (Tix: $8 in advance/$10 day of)

w/ Thira, Violent Fade, Astral Space,
Chasing Silence, and The Fallen Truth
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
4:30 p.m., all ages (Tix: $10 advance/$12 day of)

The Jetbirds
w/ Virgin Whores, No Coast Criminals, and Die Mutts
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($10)

w/ The Modern Era, Contra Social, and Bombardier
DG's Tap House in Ames
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)

Brian Congdon
Madison County Winery near St. Charles
7 p.m., 21+ ($3)

Jethro's All Stars
The Thirsty Sportsman in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Paul Doffling
Hotel Pattee in Perry
7 p.m., all ages (free)

Plastic Apartment
(featuring Brian Gorman and Chad Blomker)
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ (free)

Rainbow and Alvarez
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Colt 45
Meskwaki Casino lounge near Tama
8:30 p.m., 21+ (fee)

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery near Tama
7 p.m., 21+ (free)

Tom Hamilton
Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee
5 p.m., 21+ (free)

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