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Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Cadillac Three, Trixter, Wah and more play Thursday

The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Thursday, August 14 features Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour, Trixter, Wah, and more. Here are the details on those shows and others.

Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour.
Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Wah.
Wah.Lee Everett for Wah Press Kit

Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour (see slideshow) stops at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday for a 7 p.m. show at the Grandstand. Owen was the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Male Vocalist" in 2009, and he took home the award for "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" at the American Country awards in 2012. All of the Florida native's albums and EPs have ended up in the Country Top 10, and his 2011 album Barefoot Blue Jean Night made it all the way to #1. He has totaled five #1 singles.

Joining Owen on the tour are the Eli Young Band and The Cadillac Three. The Eli Young Band has topped the Country charts with three singles and also their latest album, 10,000 Towns (which came out in March). The Texas band has been nominated for 23 major awards, and they have taken home the Academy of Country Music Award for "Song of the Year" and MusicRow's "Breakthrough Artist" Award. The Cadillac Three's first album debuted at #19 on the Heatseekers chart last year. Members of the band have also written songs for Jake Owen, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban. Tickets to see the Days of Gold Tour at the Grandstand are still available for $40, and the show is open to all ages.

The fair's free stages will also feature a number of musical acts. The Nineties hair band Trixter will perform on the Fairview Stage at 8 p.m. The New Jersey rockers scored minor hits with "Give It to Me Good", "Surrender" (featured video), and "One in a Million". The band has a new album planned for next year. Vocal Trash, billed as "Glee meets Stomp", will play the Fairview Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The eco-friendly vocal group uses award-winning break dancers and makeshift recycled street instruments to play original tunes and cover hits of the past and present. Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth will play the Bud Light Stage at 8 p.m. Finally, the Susan Knapp Amphitheater will host a "Fair-well to Summer Dance Party" at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The show will feature sets by DJ Jesse Jamz, DJ Raj, DJ Mad Mardigan, and Mister Black, plus some surprise special guests. The event will be emceed by Shawn Brighton.

New Age/World Music innovator Wah (often stylized Wah!) will perform a show at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The California-based musician, born Wah Devi (pictured), is a record label owner and is considered one of the founders and pioneers of the World Music movement. She has performed with Deepak Chopra, and she is known for her meditative Savasana music. Wah released Healing: A Vibrational Exchange Book & CD earlier this year. The concert at Hoyt Sherman is a fundraiser for the Buddha Relics-Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, which will be at Hoyt Sherman Place on August 15 through August 24. Tickets for "The Healing Concert" are $25 to $100 through the Hoyt Sherman box office and Ticketmaster. (Admission to see the Buddha Relics will be free.)

Also on Thursday:

515
w/ Grandchamp
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages ($5 cover)

The River Monks
w/ Canyons and I Say Yes
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($7 cover)

Bull Black Nova
w/ Lion’s Keep and Ben Witmer
DG's Tap House in Ames
8 p.m., 21+ (free)

Flipside at Music in the Junction
5th Street and Railroad Avenue in West Des Moines
5:30 p.m., all ages (free)

The Soul Searchers
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)