Friday, July 11 kicks off a big weekend of music in Central Iowa that includes multiple music festivals, a legendary rock band's final tour, and more. Friday's offerings include Motley Crue, Crystal Gayle, The Soulshine Tour, The Danielle Nicole Band, and a lot more. Here are the details.
"All Bad Things Must Come to an End: The Final Tour" is what Motley Crue is calling their final tour ever. The band signed legal documents preventing any incarnation of the band ever touring again under the Motley Crue name back in January, and they are now winding their way around the globe wrapping up their time together. The band has sold more than 80 million records, has had 7 albums crack the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 (including the #1 smash Dr. Feelgood), and has recorded 14 Top 20 rock singles. Expect to hear favorites like "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Kickstart My Heart", "Dr. Feelgood", and "Smokin' in the Boys Room", and be ready to experience a whole lot of surprises as the band performs tunes from their 33 years together. Opening the show for the Crue will be another rock legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper. Cooper celebrates 50 years in music this year, and he is known for his theatrical shows and hit songs like "School's Out", "Poison", "Only Women Bleed", and "Welcome to my Nightmare". The tour stops at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets for the concert are $20 to $95, and tickets to a special tailgate event in the parking lot before the show (starting at 3 p.m.) are $5. Both are all ages events.
Legendary country singer Crystal Gayle comes to Meskwaki on Friday for an 8 p.m. performance. Gayle, who is Loretta Lynn's youngest sister and Patti Lovelace's cousin, has collected 4 ACM Awards, a Grammy Award, 4 American Music Awards, 2 CMA Awards, a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a spot in the Native American Hall of Fame. Gayle is known as much for her incredibly long hair as she is for smash hits like "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", "I'll Get Over You", and "Ready for the Times to Get Better". Gayle has amassed 18 #1 Country singles and 9 Top 10 albums over her 44 years in music. Tickets for the show are $20 to $30, and only a few remain for the show. You have to be at least 21 to attend.
The Soulshine Tour will come to the Simon Estes Amphitheater for the Nitefall on the River summer concert series on Friday at 7 p.m. The tour features performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall, as well as live yoga before the show (registration at 3:30 p.m. and yoga starts at 4 p.m.) with Michael Franti and the tour yogiis. Headliner Franti and his band Spearhead blend hip hop with funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. The band released their latest album, entitled All People, in 2013. Tickets for the show are $40 in advance ($50 to include the yoga jam) and $45 at the door. This is an all ages event.
The Danielle Nicole Band will stop in Des Moines on Friday for a 9 p.m. show at the Gas Lamp. Danielle Nicole Schnebelen is the lead singer and bassist for the award-winning blues band Trampled Under Foot. The Kansas City band won the International Blues Challenge in 2008, topped the Billboard Blues chart in 2013, and won "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" at the 2014 Blues Music Awards. Schnebelen also won "Best Instrumentalist – Bass" at the BMAs. Schnebelen remains the TUF lead singer, but is now fronting her own solo project, The Danielle Nicole Band, as well. Tickets for the concert at the Gas Lamp are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This will be a 21-and-over show.
The Hotel Pattee's Lit by the Sun Signature Series will host Atlanta-based Americana/pop singer Callaghan on Friday night. The series combines live music and a light 3-course meal prepared by Chef Chris Caes. The meal for this event includes Grilled Zucchini Salad with Sweet Corn Salsa, Stout Roasted Chicken, and Chocolate Caramel Torte. Callaghan moved to the U.S. from the U.K. in 2010 and teamed up with "Lullaby" singer and Grammy Nominee Shawn Mullins. Mullins played on and produced Callaghan's American debut album Life in Full Colour. While touring the U.S., Callaghan recorded a live album entitled Callaghan: Live in America, which was released in 2013. Callaghan is currently recording songs for her second U.S. studio album. Concert-only tickets are $25 and dinner/concert tickets are $35 through the Hotel Pattee website. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to all ages.
Music Under the Canopy kicks off their Singer/Songwriter Music Festival on Friday at 7 p.m. Iowa folk legend Greg Brown will headline Day 1 of the festival. Here is Examiner's preview of the event.
The Promiseland Christian Music Festival kicks off in Ottumwa on Friday at 5 p.m. Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp headlines Day 1 of the festival. Here is Examiner's Promiseland preview article.
Here is a look at the rest of Central Iowa's top shows on Friday, July 11:
Submerged (album release party)
w/ Omens, Heartland, Peer Pressure, and Porch Swing
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
5:15 p.m., all ages ($8)
Wrestling with Wolves
w/ Cardboard Kingdoms
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($5)
Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
4:30 p.m., 21+ ($5)
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)
King of the Tramps
DG's Tap House in Ames
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)
Abby Normal at Urbandale Friday Fest
Walker Johnston Complex in Urbandale
5:30 p.m., all ages ($8, free for kids 12 and under)
Synergy Jazz at Jazz Happy Hour
The rooftop patio at the Des Moines Social Club in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., all ages (free)
The Soul Searchers
The Finish Lounge Show Lounge at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona
10 p.m., 21+ (free)
Richie Lee & The Fabulous 50's
The Lounge at Meskwaki Casino outside Tama/Toledo
8:30 p.m., 21+ (free)
Pie in the Sky at Ankeny Summerfest
Prairie Ridge Middle School and Sports Complex in Ankeny
7:30 p.m., all ages (free)