It is Hump Day in Central Iowa--time to start planning your weekend. If a concert is in your plans, here are a few suggestions.
Start your weekend off right on Friday, December 6 with the Gas Lamp's Work Release Party. The Des Moines venue's weekly event features music from Iowa guitar legend Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band and free food while it lasts. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door, and the party will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stick around for the late show at 9 p.m. featuring Des Moines alternative band Late Night Lucky with opener Acoustic Nonsense (from Sioux City). The late show has a $5 cover and is a 21-plus event.
On Friday and Saturday, Sixties and Seventies vocal trio The Lettermen will play Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola. Known for hits like "The Way You Look Tonight", "When I Fall in Love", "Goin' Out of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Off You", and "Shangri-La”, The Lettermen have totaled 16 Top 10 singles, 11 gold records, and 5 Grammy nominations. Shows will be at 8 p.m. both nights, and The Lettermen will be mixing in holiday favorites with their hits. Tickets are $10, $20, and $30, and they can be purchased through Red Truck Tickets. You must be at least 21 to attend.
If you miss Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band on Friday (and even if you don't), you can catch them again on Saturday at Altoona's Olde Town Tap from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be no cover for the show.
Also on Saturday, December 7, Minnesota reggae rockers Jon Wayne and the Pain (featured in the nearby video) will play DG's Tap House in Ames at 9 p.m. Ames locals Fuzzy Logic will open the show. There will be an $8 cover at the door, and you must be 21 or older to attend.
Americana singer/songwriter Tommy Womack comes to Des Moines on Saturday for a 10 p.m. show at Vaudeville Mews. The musician, writer, and humorist has been called "Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster". Womack, the former leader of the band Government Cheese, is also active in several other bands back in Nashville, including DADDY, Alphabetical Kinks, Tommy Gun, Rush to Judgement, and Lisa Oliver-Gray's band. There will be a $12 cover at the door, and Des Moines' own Jordan Mayland (who is involved in a great deal of musical projects himself) will open the show. This is a 21-and-over show.
Speaking of Vaudeville Mews, you can catch their early show at 6:30 p.m. The show features performances by upstarts Kenzie Spensley, Attack My Imagination, and headliner Rob Sheppard. Sheppard is a young, up-and-coming Des Moines hip-hop artist. The show is open to all ages, and there will be a $5 cover.
Zeke's in Ames will have the California indie soul duo Genna and Jesse on Saturday. Opening for the nomadic duo will be Ames locals the Gatehouse Saints and Chris Akers. The music will start at 7:30 p.m., and the show will be open to all ages. Advance tickets may be purchased at Capanna Coffee for $5. They will be $8 at the door.
Gas Lamp in Des Moines has a doubleheader on Saturday night. The early show is a benefit for non-profit Toys for Pine Ridge that features performances by Vago, King of the Tramps, and One Hundred Mondays. Admission to the 5 p.m. show is a donation of a new, unopened toy or $10. The 9 p.m. show will feature alt-country locals Monday Mourners with openers Left is West and Eric Kennedy. There will be a $7 cover, and you must be 21 to get in.
Wooly's in Des Moines will host Pella-born country singer Jason Brown's "Country Christmas" on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Brown has opened for the likes of Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, and Little Big Town. He has new EP entitled Something Wonderful due out in January. Tickets for the show are $10, and they may be purchased through the Wooly's box office or Ticketfly. Josh Davis will open this all ages event.
Also in Des Moines on Saturday night, Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium will host the Canadian Brass at 7:30 p.m. The Canadian Brass, a brass quintet founded by Charles Daellenbach and Gene Watts in 1970, cover a wide variety of genres and styles from Classical to Broadway, ragtime to Latin, jazz to Christian, and modern pop standards to holiday favorites. Their show Saturday will include a special appearance by the Heartland Youth Choir. Tickets for the all ages performance are $20 to $48, and they are almost gone. You can pick them up online, while they last, through MidwesTix.
Cap your weekend off on Sunday night with the Mumford's album release show at The Space For Ames. The 6 p.m. all ages show will feature performances by Holly & The Night Owls, Gloom Balloon (who just had their album release party on November 30), and Mumford's. Mumford's new record Immediate Family will be performed in its entirety, along with some old faves. Admission is $5, or free with purchase of Immediate Family on CD or vinyl.