Three big country music acts have announced stops in Des Moines in the past few days. Here is a look at the details.
Yesterday morning, Hoyt Sherman Place (1501 Woodland Avenue) announced that the Oak Ridge Boys would be playing two shows at the venue on November 30--one at 3 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Both shows will feature a set celebrating the band's 40th Anniversary, followed by a set of the band's favorite Christmas tunes. The band behind hits like "Bobbie Sue", "American Made", and "Elvira" has earned Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards, and they have garnered twelve gold albums, three platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. Tickets for the two shows are $37 or $47 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster, and they will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 4. Tickets will also be available through the Hoyt Sherman box office.
On Monday, it was announced that John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, will be speaking and performing at Wooly's (504 East Locust) on November 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the Wonder of Words Festival. The author, musician, and Grammy-winning producer will shares stories about his parents and perform some of their music. Tickets for the all ages "House of Cash" event are $25, and they may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly.
Finally, it was also announced on Monday that George Strait is bringing his farewell tour to Wells Fargo Arena on April 18 of next year. The country legend will be retiring from regular touring at the end of his two-year “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour in June of 2014. During a streaming press conference on his website, Strait announced that he would have "special guests on each tour weekend that will be matched with the corresponding tour date and market via a 'tweet to unlock' campaign". The special guests will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young, and more. Strait has 60 #1 hits to his credit, and he has won more awards than you can shake a stick at. No ticket information has been released yet for the Des Moines date.