Friday's concerts offer a little bit of everything: blues, rap, folk, indie rock, and rockabilly. Check out Friday's top shows below.
Kansas City blues guitarist Samantha Fish will perform at the House of Bricks in Des Moines tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The 2012 Blues Music Award winner released her second album, Black Wind Howlin', in September of last year. Tickets for the show are $10, and they may be purchased at the door or online through MidwesTix. This will be a 21-and-over performance.
The "I Am T-Pain" Tour stops in West Des Moines tomorrow night when the rapper headlines a show at the Val Air Ballroom at 9 p.m. T-Pain has shared in two Grammy Awards and has two gold records, two #1 albums, and seven Top 10 singles to his credit, including the #1 smash "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')". The Forida native plans to release his latest album, entitled Stoicville: The Phoenix, later this year. Tickets for the show are $27 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP packages are also available for $50 to $99. Tickets are available online through TicketWeb. J.Shade and DJ Kane have also been announced for this show.
The Gas Lamp in Des Moines will have their traditional Friday doubleheader of shows again this week. The music starts early with the venue's weekly Work Release Party from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band will provide the music, and the Gas Lamp will provide free food while it lasts. The early show has a $5 cover. The late show features a performance by folk rock singer/songwriter, and future Des Moines resident (he is moving here next month), Dan Tedesco. Fresh off of opening for Lisa Loeb earlier in the week in the Quad Cities, Tedesco continues his current tour in support of his third album Death in the Valley, which was released in February. You can check out the "Storyteller Session" about the album in the nearby video box. The late show has a $10 cover and is a 21-and-over event.
The Maintenance Shop in Ames celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a show featuring Des Moines indie rockers The Envy Corps at 9 p.m. tomorrow. The Envy Corps has returned from a long layoff with a number of high profile shows like this and the pending premiere of their studio concert film Live at ARC at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines on May 29. Tickets for the show are $12 ($10 for ISU students) at the door. Des Moines "Midwest disco" duo MAIDS will open the all ages event.
DG's Tap House in Ames will host a night of rockabilly on Friday starting at 9 p.m. The 21-and over show will feature Des Moines' Rumble Seat Riot with openers The Surf Zombies (Cedar Rapids). The show will have a $5 cover charge.
The Sleepless Tour will bring rappers King Louis, Mr. Cota Cota, and Layzie Bone to the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive tomorrow night for a 9 p.m. all ages event. King Louie has made guest appearances on tracks by Kanye West, Soulja Boy, Twista, and others. The Chicago rapper has released nine mixtapes and recently signed a deal with Epic Records. Minneapolis' Mr. Cota Cota has collaborated with artists like George Clinton, Eve, and tourmate Layzie Bone and has toured by acts like Three 6 Mafia, Chingy, Rick Ross, and Ying Yang Twins. Layzie Bone is best known for his work in Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Bone Brothers. His new solo album Perfect Timing is due out later this year. Tickets for the show are $30 at the door. DJ Big Kid and DJ Laylow will also make appearances. Tickets will be $30 at the door.
Finally, Des Moines alt-rockers Cirrus Minor will headline Wooly's in Des Moines tomorrow night. The band will debut their new video for the single "Awaiting Dilation" as part of the event. Indianola reggae band Come Unity and Des Moines rockers The Maw will open the 7 p.m. 16-and-up show. Tickets are $7 at the door.