Sunday is full of good live music opportunities for Central Iowa music fans. The John Butler Trio, Kristopher Roe of The Ataris, and Freakabout all make stops in Des Moines, and the Central Iowa qualifier for the Iowa Blues Challenge will also be in town. Check out the details on all of those events and more in the Central Iowa concert calendar for August 3.
The John Butler Trio (see slideshow) will play the Simon Estes Amphitheater on Sunday night as part of the Nitefall on the River summer concert series. The Australian roots jam band has seen three of their albums top the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) charts and five top the Australian Independent Record Label Association (AIR) charts. JBT has sold more than 12 million records down under, and they have won five ARIA Awards and four Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards. The band's latest album, Flesh and Blood, came out in April and peaked at #2 on the ARIA charts and at #59 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Tickets to see the Nitefall show (one day after the band plays Lollapalooza in Chicago) are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Max Jury will open the 7 p.m. all ages event.
The Gas Lamp in Des Moines will host a concert doubleheader on Sunday. The 6 p.m. early show will feature a special acoustic performance by the lead singer of the Indiana pop punk band The Ataris, Kristopher Roe. Best known for their punked-up remake of Don Henley's hit "The Boys of Summer", The Ataris hit it big in 2003 with their gold-selling fourth album So Long, Astoria. Their Henley remake hit #2 on the Alternative chart, and the album also produced the #11 Alternative single "In This Diary". Through the years the band has gone through twenty members (counting the current four), but Roe has always been the constant. Roe released his first full length solo acoustic album Hang Your Head in Hope in November 2011. The album and four non-album Ataris songs are available on the band's Bandcamp page for free. Tickets for the Gas Lamp performance are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for this special all ages show, and Hookshot and Volcano Boys will open.
The 9 p.m. nightcap at the Gas Lamp will feature two up-and-coming acts: Lincoln, Nebraska's Freakabout and Des Moines' own Madison Ray & All the Single Ladies. Headliner Freakabout got their start back in 2011, and they have developed a large Midwestern following. The dynamic live act is now working on harnessing that energy in the recording studio to finish their first full-length album. Freakabout released a 4-song EP last year entitled Carousels, Cassettes and Candy Cigarettes. You can check out the single "Tonight" from that EP in the nearby video. Opener Madison Ray has already been named the 2012 RAW Des Moines Musician of the Year, played Tom Collins in the Des Moines Playhouse's production of Rent, sang with the Des Moines Metro Opera, founded the LOVE clothing brand, and performed in Tokyo. Ray released his debut EP The Revolution, Volume 1 in 2010 and along with his band, All the Singles Ladies, the full-length Starship to Mars in 2013. The late show is a 21+ event and has a $5 cover charge.
The Central Iowa Blues Society will hold the regional semifinals of the Iowa Blues Challenge (solo/duo division) at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the House of Bricks in Des Moines. Examiner has all the details here.
Music Under the Canopy's Jazz Festival hits Day 3 on Sunday. Check out Examiner's preview of the event for details.
Also on Sunday:
Brother Trucker at Roosevelt Summer Sundays
Roosevelt School Playground in Ames
7 p.m., all ages (free)
w/ Beach Toys, Zantow, and The Intruders
DG's Tap House in Ames
9 p.m., 21+ (free)
Framing the Red
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
7 p.m., 21+ ($7)
The El Dorados
Saint's Pub & Patio in West Des Moines
4 p.m., 21+ (free)
Land of Blood and Sunshine
w/ The Fatty Acids, Quick Piss, and Goldblums
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
5:45 p.m., all ages ($7)
Community Jazz Center
Java Joes in Des Moines
2 – 4 pm., all ages (free)
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages (free)
Tom Gary Blues Project
Hull Avenue Tavern in Des Moines
7 p.m., 21+ (free)
Prairie Moon Winery near Ames
3 p.m., 21+ ($3)
Summerset Winery near Indianola
3 p.m., 21+ ($3 per person or $10 per carload)
Pianopalooza (with full band) at Live at the Creek
Jordan Creek Town Center amphitheater in West Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages (free)
Hotel Pattee in Perry
Noon, all ages (free)
Tony Valdez Duo
Two Saints Winery in St. Charles
1 p.m., 21+ (free)