A slow Sunday for big name concerts got even slower yesterday with the announcement that Ingrid Michaelson's Nitefall on the River concert date was being cancelled. Michaelson announced early yesterday that she was cancelling the remaining concert dates on her current Lights Out Tour (only August 8 through August 13 dates were left). Michaelson (pictured at left) cited only that it was a "family emergency" on her official Facebook page, but the indie pop star had asked for "good vibes" for her mother in an earlier post on Facebook and Twitter. After her current U.S. tour, Michaelson had one more U.S. date scheduled in early September before she was scheduled to spend most of September and October touring Australia, Singapore, Germany, and the United Kingdom. None of those dates have been cancelled as of yet. Michaelson's tour dates are in support of her April release, Lights Out, which has already topped the Indie chart, hit #2 on the Rock chart, and climbed to #5 on the Billboard 200. Michaelson did state that she would try to reschedule the cancelled shows if possible. Those with tickets to the cancelled Nitefall on the River show can get refunds at the point of purchase.
The cancellation leaves a big void in the Central Iowa concert calendar for Sunday, as the Iowa State Fair Grandstand will have winged sprint car racing and the stars of A& E's Duck Dynasty instead of live music, and one of the four free stages will host a hypnotist. There will be a few free stage shows to check out, though. Early Nineties rockers Slaughter will perform at 8 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage. The Las Vegas-based band hit it big in 1990 with their double-platinum debut album Stick It to Ya. The album produced the hits "Up All Night" (featured video), "Fly to the Angels", and "Spend My Life", and it won them an American Music Award. However, the band's 1992 sophomore effort The Wild Life only went gold, despite peaking at #8 on the Billboard 200, and Slaughter was dropped by their label. In the years that followed, the band was plagued by vehicle accidents, legal problems, and lineup changes, and they have only released three studio albums in the 22 years since The Wild Life debuted.
Vocal Trash, billed as "Glee meets Stomp", will perform on the Fairview Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Fort Worth vocal group that plays street instruments (made out of water cooler bottles, hubcaps, trash cans, and other items), break dances, and promotes "going green", will perform covers of songs both old and new, as well as original music. Members of Vocal Trash have written a book promoting recycling, and they have been performing together for 13 years now.
Country act Savannah Jack will play the Fairview Stage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday. The Nashville-based band has toured with the likes of John Fogerty, Vince Gill, and Kenny Rogers. The band released their latest album, simply called Savannah Jack, in 2010, and they are currently working on a new album that will include tracks featuring Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Love and Theft, John Jorgenson, and Ronnie McCoury.
Reunited country act Trick Pony will play at the Iowa State Fair for the first time since 2001. The band disbanded in 2008 after three Top 20 Country albums, four Top 20 Country singles, and a CMA for "Artist of the Year", but they found their way back to each other last year. Trick Pony will perform at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Here is a look at the rest of Sunday's top Central Iowa shows:
w/ AntiParties, I Grimes, and Days Left
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., all ages ($8 cover)
Wellman's Pub & Rooftop in West Des Moines
3 p.m., all ages (no cover)
Aquamarine Dream Machine
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m., (free)
Brewer Project at Roosevelt Summer Sundays
Roosevelt School Playground in Ames
7 p.m., all ages (free)
Hot Tamale and the Red Hots
Two Saints Winery near St. Charles
1 p.m., 21+ (free)
Snus Hill Winery near Madrid
2 p.m., all ages (free)
Prairie Moon Winery near Ames
3 p.m., 21+ ($3)
Tony Valdez Large Band at Live at the Creek
Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheater in West Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages (free)
Tom Gary Blues Project
Hull Avenue Tavern
7 p.m., 21+ (free)
David Gerald Band
Summerset Winery near Indianola
3 p.m., all ages ($3/person or $10/carload)
El Patio Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages (free to diners)
Team 36 Bar & Grill in Mitchellville
3 p.m., all ages (free)