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Kevin Selfe and The Giving Tree Band top Thursday's shows

Blues and folk rock will take center stage in Central Iowa on May 15 as Kevin Selfe and the Tornados and The Giving Tree Band both have shows on the calendar. Here is a look at how Thursday's concert list is shaping up.

Award-winning blues musician Kevin Selfe comes to Des Moines on Thursday.
Kevin Selfe press kit photo by Devin McMasters

Kevin Selfe and the Tornados make their way to the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Thursday for a 7 p.m. show. Selfe and his band have won 15 Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association and were 2012 inductees in the CBA Hall of Fame. The group released their latest album, Long Walk Home, in 2013. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $10.

Illinois folk rock group The Giving Tree Band (featured video) will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The environmentally conscious band records their albums with renewable energy and packages them in 100% recycled materials. They released their latest album, Vacilador, in 2012. Tickets for the all ages show are $15.

Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows on Thursday night. The all ages early show will see Waterloo power pop brats Twins take the stage with opening acts Christopher the Conquered and Tim Schweiger & The Middle Men. Twins released their new album Tomboys on Parade last month. The early show has a $5 cover charge. The 21+ late show has Los Angeles Americana artist Christian Lee Hutson with openers Willy Muse and Derek Lambert. Hutson is releasing his 2nd album, Yeah Okay I Know, in installments of one song a month (since January) through the end of this year. The late show also has a $5 cover charge.

Des Moines-based rock quintet Deadnote will perform at DG's Tap House in Ames Thursday night at 9 p.m. The band will be filming a live music video at the venue, so be prepared to smile for the camera. Deadnote followed up their 2012 debut album, Redhead, with a self-titled EP release last year. The show is free and open to all those over 21.

Boomerang will open up the 2014 Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series on Thursday night, playing from 6 to 9 p.m. The Des Moines winery will have burgers, brats, wine, sangria, and Madhouse beer available for purchase, and Chocolaterie Stam and Gusto Pizza are also slated to make vendor appearances. The R&B/soul/rock band based out of Clive has two Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on its roster. The show is free and open to the public.