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Paul Thorn, Chuck Mead, and GoodcaT top Tuesday's shows

Tuesday's concert calendar features shows from Paul Thorn, Chuck Mead & The Grassy Knoll Boys, and GoodcaT. Here are all the details.

Chuck Mead performs at the House of Bricks in Des Moines tonight.
Photo by Frazer Harrison

Americana/rock singer/songwriter Paul Thorn (featured video) will stop at Wooly's in Des Moines tonight for an 8 p.m. show. Thorn's path to music was an unusual one that included a six-round TKO loss to boxing great Roberto Duran in Atlantic City in 1988 and a reign as the Mid-South Middleweight Champion prior to that. Thorn was 10-3-1 as a boxer, but eventually thought better of the career and moved on to music. After being discovered by Miles Copeland, Thorn has gone on to chart three albums on the Billboard 200 and Indie charts, and he has toured with the likes of Sting, Huey Lewis & the News, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Cray, Toby Keith, and others. Opening for Thorn will be Chicago Americana singer Ernie Hendrickson. Tickets for this 16-and-over show are $20 at the door.

A 3-time Grammy nominee and one-time CMA winner with his alt-country band BR549 (currently on hiatus), Chuck Mead brings his side project, the rockabilly/country band The Grassy Knoll Boys, to Des Moines tonight for a 7 p.m. show at the House of Bricks. Mead also was the music director for the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, formed the Hillbilly All-Stars, and co-produced Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings tribute albums, among other things. You can check out Chuck Mead & The Grassy Knoll Boys for $15, and then stick around for the House of Bricks' free weekly "Open Mic Night" at 9:30 p.m. Both events are 21-plus only.

Finally, Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host local folk/funk/soul/rock group GoodcaT at 6:30 p.m. The band released their first album "And So..." last October, and they are already working on album number two. Des Moines-based folk/pop/hip hop group River Glen will open this all ages event. There will be a $5 cover at the door.

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