The last week has produced a great deal of music news in Central Iowa. Check out details below on new shows from the Gin Blossoms, Diamond Rio, and more, plus information on the Iowa Blues Challenge (solo/duo competition) and the cancellation of the Primus show in Clive.
The Seven Flags Event Center in Clive announced the cancellation of the September 17 Primus concert yesterday. Primus was forced to cancel several dates after drummer Tim Alexander suffered a heart attack on July 15. Doctors would subsequently find three blockages near Alexander's heart, leading to a triple by-pass surgery on July 21. Alexander is expected to make a full recovery, but he is not projected to be tour-ready until mid to late October. Refunds are available at the point of purchase for all of the cancelled shows, and tickets ordered over the internet will automatically be refunded.
While the Seven Flags Event Center may have lost one concert, they added two more shows to their schedule over the past week. First, L.A.-based electronic trio The Glitch Mob will visit the venue on October 15. The M Machine and Chrome Sparks will open the all ages 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Then on December 1, post-hardcore bands Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil will play the venue with openers Beartooth and This Wild Life. Tickets for the 7 p.m. all ages show are $27.50 in advance and $32 at the door.
Another concert that might possibly end up at Seven Flags is the Bret Michaels show scheduled for November 22. Rock Royal Promotions had scheduled the show for Rock Royal Americana (formerly The Warehouse) in Des Moines, but that venue has had too many problems with the city of Des Moines and has never quite gotten off the ground. Rock Royal Promotions will officially announce the new home for the concert in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can check out Michaels' new single "A Beautiful Soul" in the nearby video.
Rock Royal Promotions is also expected to announce another big show on August 8. This show, also originally slated for Rock Royal Americana, is being advertised as a Seven Flags show set to take place on October 31 with the Pink Floyd tribute act Think Floyd opening. Two to three local bands are also expected to be added to this show later. Tickets for this show will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and they should go on sale shortly after the show is officially announced.
In other new show news, Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola has announced three new concert dates for their outdoor theater. Arizona alt-rockers the Gin Blossoms (featured slideshow) will play Lakeside on August 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and $25 for tiered seating. The casino will host an event called "Divas Live in Concert" on September 5 at 7:30 p.m. The show features tributes to Celine Dion, Madonna, and Cher. Tickets to this concert are $10 for general admission and $20 for tiered seating. Finally, country legends Diamond Rio will stop by the casino on September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see the award-winning band are $25 for general admission and $35 for tiered seating. You must be 21 or older to attend any of these three events.
Wooly's in Des Moines also added three more national acts to their schedule. Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright will play a 9 p.m. show at Wooly's on September 9. Tickets for the all ages event are $20 ($50 for VIP). Jarren Benton will open the show. Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear will visit the venue on October 25. Young Widows will open the all ages event at 9 p.m. Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. on August 1 for $18.50 ($20 at the door). Finally, Austin-based folk rock/blues artist Shakey Graves comes to Wooly's on December 7 for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and they, too, will go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Sean Rowe will open the all ages event.
The Des Moines Civic Center will again host "A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" on December 19 and 20. Grammy-winner Chip Davis will bring yet another dazzling mix of music and multimedia effects to the venue for a Friday night show at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets for the shows are $43.40 to $88.50
Finally, the Central Iowa Blues Society will hold the Solo/Duo regional qualifier for the Iowa Blues Challenge at the House of Bricks in Des Moines on August 3. The cover charge for the 5:30 p.m. event will be $7 ($5 for blues society members). The Quay Thomas Duo, Joel Monroe, Thankful Dirt, Rob Lumbard, and Salem & Moore will compete for a chance to join Quad Cities qualifiers The Zach & Mike Show and Charlie Hayes & “Detroit” Larry Davidson in the IBC finals. The top two acts on August 3 will face the two Quad Cities qualifiers at 6 p.m. on August 24 at Zimm's Food & Spirits in Des Moines. There has been no announcement yet by the CIBS as to the cover charge for the finals.