Saliva, Machine Gun Kelly, Jamie Lynn Spears, and a host of others have added Central Iowa concerts over the past several days. Here are the details on those concerts, plus a look at the shows on the docket for Monday, July 21.
Wooly's in Des Moines has booked a trio of noteworthy shows in the past week. First, Memphis rockers Saliva filled an off-day on their current tour with a stop at the venue on Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. The band has nine Top 20 singles, five Top 20 albums, and a Grammy nomination to their credit. They released their new album Rise Up in April. Bordeaux, Through the Darkness, Shatter, RehTek, and Lake of Fat Kids will serve as openers for the all ages event. Tickets for the show are $16 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Check out Saliva's smash hit "Click Click Boom" in the nearby embedded video.
Minneapolis experimental hip hop/beatbox/looping artist Heatbox will come to Wooly's on Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. The "one-man entertainment system" uses his Boss LoopStation RC-50 and DigiTech Vocal 300 to make his music layer by layer, creating all the instruments and vocals with his own voice one track at a time. Tickets to see this amazing artist are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The show is a 21-and-over event.
The Purple Experience, a Prince tribute band, will perform at Wooly's on Thursday, October 16. Why is this tribute band so different from all the other tribute bands out there today? --Because Matt "Doctor" Fink, the original keyboardist and a contributing songwriter for Prince's band the Revolution, is in the band. Fink won three Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards during his twelve-plus years with Prince and co-wrote many of Prince's albums, including Purple Rain. Tickets to see The Purple Experience at Wooly's are $15, and they will go on sale on Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. The show will kick off at 9 p.m. with openers MAIDS. No announcement has been made on age restrictions for this show yet, but based on the start time, it will probably be a 21-and-over event.
24-year-old Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly (featured slideshow), who recently played the Seven Flags Event Center, will return to Central Iowa on September 20 for an 8 p.m. show at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. MGK's 2012 debut album Lace Up debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 on the Rap and R&B charts. He is currently working on his second album. Tickets for the all ages show are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. No opening acts have been announced at this time.
Little River Band will perform at Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. LRB was huge during the Seventies and Eighties, both in Australia and the U.S., releasing hits like "Reminiscing", "Lonesome Loser", "Cool Change", and "Take It Easy on Me". The band has twelve Top 10 hits in the U.S., and they released their latest album Cuts Like a Diamond last year. Tickets for the show at the casino's outdoor theater are $20 for general admission and $30 for tiered seating. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Country singer/actress Jamie Lynn Spears, little sister to Britney, will perform at the Iowa State University Memorial Union in Ames on Thursday, August 28. Spears (pictured), was supposed to be one of the performers at this year's VEISHEA celebration at ISU until riots caused the week-long celebration to be cut short before any of the scheduled performers took the stage. As an actress, Spears has won three Kid's Choice Awards and two Young Artist Awards. As a country singer, she released her debut EP The Journey in May. Tickets for the ISU show are $12 ($5 for ISU students). Brandon Lay will kick off the music at 8 p.m. This show will be an all ages event.
Rapper Cappadonna will headline the early show at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Saturday, July 26 at 6 p.m. Cappadonna is an on-again off-again contributor/unofficial member of the Wu-Tang Clan and also a member of rap group Theodore Unit with Ghostface Killah. The rapper's latest solo effort, Hook Off, came out on June 17. Also on the bill for the early show are Jamazz, Mars Black, Subject1ne, LT, and guest DJ DaiMon Bach. The show will have a $10 cover charge. No age limit has been set yet for this show.
Dessa of the Minneapolis hip hop group Doomtree will headline a Maximum Ames/Upstairs Underground show at DG's Tap House in Ames on Friday, September 12. Dessa released a her latest solo EP, entitled Parts of Speech, Re-Edited, earlier this year, and Doomtree has a new book due out in August entitled Doomtree: Every Single Day. Opening the Ames show will be Gadema and prettygirlhatemachine. Tickets for the 21-and-older 8 p.m. show are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
Make sure to mark all those on your calendar. Speaking of calendars, here is what is on the Central Iowa concert calendar for tomorrow (Monday, July 21):
Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery will perform at DG's Tap House in Ames Monday night at 9 p.m. The Indiana folk rockers have two recent releases an EP entitled The Commonwealth and a full-length album entitled Man Is Born For Trouble. The show will be free and open to all over the age of 21.
Monday night's other top show will see indie blues/rock/soul act Walker Luken & The Side Arms take the stage at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines. The Austin, Texas natives released their latest effort, Devoted, last April. Opening the 9 p.m. show will be Dang Felton. The 21+ show will have an $8 cover charge.