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Loveless, Puckett, GDP, and The Host Country lead Saturday's concert calendar

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Tonight is a great night for live music in Central Iowa, so get out and catch a show music fans. Here is a look at some of the top attractions tonight.

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Ohio alt-country singer Lydia Loveless (featured slideshow) will perform at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines tonight. In January, Loveless was chosen as one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know". In February, the singer released her third full-length album, Somewhere Else. Opening the show at 9 p.m. will be Des Moines artists the Monday Mourners and Eric Kennedy. Tickets will be $10 at the door, and the show will be a 21-and-up event.

Sixties pop rock crooners Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (featured video) will play Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola tonight at 8 p.m. The group had five Top 10 singles in three years to end the Sixties before flaming out in the early Seventies. Tickets to the 21-and-over show are $10, $20, and $30 at the casino.

Cedar Falls acoustic folk duo The Host Country will headline a 9 p.m. show at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines tonight. Diana Garles and Ty Wistrand released their self-titled debut EP in 2011, and the duo is now busy recording a new full-length release. Opening for The Host Country tonight will be the Nashville indie rock act Sweaters, the Ottumwa folk duo The PBJs, and the Polk City folk duo Unpolished Silver. The show will be a 21-and-over affair and will have a $5 cover charge.

The highlight of today's live music will be the Des Moines Music Coalition's Gross Domestic Product music showcase. The mini music festival is a showcase of Iowa music talents set in Des Moines' East Village. There will be pop-up acoustic shows at local businesses during the afternoon (starting at 3:30 p.m.) and then free and ticketed shows at four different music venues tonight beginning at 5 p.m. Some of the 18 bands involved include Rumble Seat Riot (pictured), North of Grand, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, Lipstick Homicide, and Ira Grace and The Bible Belt Prophets. Click here to go to Examiner's full preview of the event.


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