Blues, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and holiday concerts top Saturday's concert calendar. Here is a look at tonight's top shows.
2012 Blues Music Award-winner for "Best New Artist" Samantha Fish comes to Des Moines tonight. The young, Kansas City-based blues guitarist and singer will take the stage at the House of Bricks at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $10, and they may be purchased through MidwesTix or at the door. Fish (featured in the nearby video) is touring in support of her second album, Black Wind Howlin', which came out in September.
Max Wellman will play his annual "Home for the Holidays" concert at Wooly's in Des Moines tonight starting at 7 p.m. The event will also serve as an album release show for the jazz singer's new album You Must Believe in Spring, which features Wellman covering tunes by greats like George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Wellman will be accompanied by a six-piece band, as well as Tina Haase Findlay (of Bella Soul) and Christopher Ford (of Christopher the Conquered). Tickets for the all ages show are $22 to $42, and they may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or through Ticketfly.
Des Moines' Vaudeville Mews has a concert doubleheader tonight. The early show features alt-metal headliners Polkadot Cadaver. The Maryland-based quartet released their latest album Last Call in Jonestown in May and a new EP, entitled From Bethlehem to Oblivion, earlier this month. Opening the show will be Violent Fade, Apathy Syndrome, and Before 13 Ends. The all ages concert kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and has a $13 cover charge.
Des Moines hip hop trio prettygirlhatemachine (styled as all one lower case word) headlines the late show at Vaudeville Mews tonight with Angle, P-Tate, Moonlight Grammar, and Tomb opening the show. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $5 at the door.
A capella quartet Tonic Sol-fa wraps up a two-night stint at Des Moines' Hoyt Sherman Place with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight. Tickets to see the group, which includes Iowa native Shaun Johnson, are $28 to $33 for those 13 and older and $23 to $28 for those 12 and under, and they can be purchased at the box office.
The country/rock band Lonesome Road finishes their two-night engagement at Meskwaki Casino (west of Tama) with an 8:30 p.m. show tonight. The free show will be held in The Lounge, and you must be 21 to attend.
Finally, Gas Lamp will hold their 4th Annual Keith Richards Birthday Party tonight at 9 p.m. The Rolling Stones' guitarist turned 70 and celebrated his 30th Wedding Anniversary with his wife Patti on December 18, so technically, this is a belated birthday party this year. The celebration will feature Stones cover sets by Johnny Reeferseed and The High Rollers and Agents of Mischief. There will be a $10 cover for this 21-and-over show.