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Saving Abel, Little River Band, and Eyes Set to Kill top Friday's live music

The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Friday, August 22 includes concerts from Saving Abel, Little River Band, Eyes Set to Kill, Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band, the Quay Thomas Trio, The El Dorados, Will Kimbrough, SP3, and more. Check out all the details below.

Eyes Set to Kill.
Eyes Set to Kill. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Saving Abel.
Saving Abel. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

Mississippi rockers Saving Abel (pictured in their early years) will headline a concert under the new canopy at the Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines (moved from Whiskey Dixx) on Friday at 7 p.m. Saving Abel has experienced a great deal of success despite a great deal of upheaval within the band. The band has released three albums and two EPs since forming in 2004--their latest effort being last year's Crackin' the Safe EP. They have racked up seven Top 20 Mainstream Rock singles, including the 2011 #1 single "The Sex Is Good" and the platinum-selling #2 single "Addicted". However, the band has lost five members over the years, including co-founder/lead singer Jared Weeks and their third drummer Michael McManus on December 26 of last year. Opening the show on Friday will be Picture Yes, Strange Daze, and Index Case. Tickets for the all ages concert are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the show.

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, Little River Band has gone on to become wildly popular in not only their home country, but around the world. The band was inducted into the Australia Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2004. LRB, now based out of Nashville and made up of mostly Americans, has recorded 12 Top 20 singles in the U.S., including the smashes like "Reminiscing", "Lonesome Loser", "Lady", and "Cool Change". Little River Band released their latest album Cuts Like a Diamond last year. The band stops at Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. show at the casino's outdoor theater. Tickets for the show are $20 for general admission and $30 for tiered seating. This is a 21-and-older event.

Arizona metal band Eyes Set to Kill (see slideshow) will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines on Friday. Led by sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez, Eyes Set to Kill has had its share of lineup changes as well. But despite totaling 12 past members, Eyes Set to Kill has seen their latest release, last September's Masks, become the band's highest charting album to date. The album has reached #5 on the Heat chart, #11 on the Hard Rock chart, and #34 on the Indie chart to date. You can check out the band playing a set for EMGtv in the nearby video box. Close to Home, The Relapse Symphony, Through the Darkness, A Better Reality, Beauty Killed the Beast, and Crisis Child will also be on the bill for Friday's 7 p.m. show. Tickets for the all ages event are $14 in advance and $16 on the day of the show.

Also on Friday:

Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
4:30 p.m., 21+ ($5)

The El Dorados
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)

Obsidian's Dream
w/ Strong Like Bear
DG's Tap House in Ames
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Quay Thomas Trio
Peace Tree Brewery in Knoxville
8 p.m., 21+ ($5, free for Tree House members)

Will Kimbrough
w/ Brigitte DeMeyer
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
6:30 p.m., all ages ($12)

Bleujack
w/ Dang Felton
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($5)

SP3
Prairie Meadows lounge in Altoona
10 p.m., 21+ (free)

Colt 45
Meskwaki Casino lounge near Tama
8:30 p.m., 21+ (free)

The Soul Searchers at unWINEd
The Riverwalk Hub in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., 21+ (free)

AcoustiBeast
The Thirsty Sportsman in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Get Off My Lawn
10th & Main in Adel
7 p.m., all ages (free)

Big Joe Kinser and Sam Hall
Hotel Pattee in Perry
7 p.m., all ages (free)

Jessica DeWitt
w/ Alicia Rae and This Old Guitar
Java Joe's/4th Street Theater in Des Moines
7 p.m., all ages ($7)

Nice Bangs
Snus Hill Winery near Madrid
6:30 p.m., all ages (free)

Scot Sutherland
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)