Texas blues, rock, and soul artist Hamilton Loomis (featured video) will perform the 8 p.m. late show at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines tonight. A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis started playing, collaborating, and recording with the legend at the age of 16. Loomis released his latest album, entitled Give It Back, last year. The 21-and-over show has a $15 cover charge. The blues kick off early at the venue with the weekly Friday Work Release Party from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. hosted by Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band. The early show also has a $5 cover charge.
Los Angeles pop/rock singer and songwriter Andy Grammer (see slideshow) will play a free show at the Science Center of Iowa tonight at 7 p.m. Grammer's time was freed up by the cancellation of this year's VEISHEA week activities due to an incident earlier this week. STAR 102.5 FM is giving out free tickets for the event until they are gone. Grammer released the first single ("Back Home") from his as of yet untitled second album earlier this week. The album is due out at the end of this summer.
Iowa City roots rocker David Zollo will perform tonight at 9 p.m. in Ames at DG's Tap House. Zollo has become an Iowa music legend after overcoming cancerous vocal chord tumors early in his career to become a successful singer, songwriter, record label founder, and producer. Zollo's journey includes work with Todd Snider, William Elliot Whitmore, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, High & Lonesome, The Pines, and Brother Trucker. The Ames show has a $5 cover and is open to all 21 and over.
Iowa City natives, and current Colorado residents, Euforquestra return to their home state on an album release tour tonight. The funk and soul band will play an album release show for their latest effort, Fire, at Wooly's in Des Moines at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $15 at the door. New Sound Underground will open the show.
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines has a concert doubleheader on tap tonight. The early show features L.A. alternative hip hop artist Awol One with Gel Roc, Mine + Us, Eraserhead, and SG & J6. The all ages event has a $10 cover charge. The 10 p.m. late show is an album release party for Waterloo power pop group Twins. Twins will celebrate the release of Tomboys on Parade by headlining a show with Mantis Pincers and H.D. Harmsen. The release party has a $5 cover and is a 21-plus event.