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Strait, Kool and the Gang, and Bonamassa top a stacked Friday concert calendar

Tomorrow night will be one of the best concert nights that Central Iowa has seen in quite some time. Friday will bring big name acts George Strait, Kool & The Gang, and Joe Bonamassa to the Des Moines Metro, and there are several other good shows in the area worth checking out as well. Check out all the details below.

Joe Bonamassa.
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George Strait comes to Des Moines on Friday.
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Country legend George Strait brings The Cowboy Rides Away Tour to Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena Friday night for what was supposed to be his final tour. However, he recently signed a new deal with MCA Records to continue to record music and perform select live dates. Strait has 60 #1 Country singles (more than any artist in any other genre), and has won numerous awards over the years. Strait became the only country artist to receive Billboard's Legend of Live Award last November, one of more than 70 major awards that Strait has collected over his career. Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn fame) will open the show for Strait Friday night. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $71.50 to $91.50, and they may be purchased at all Dahl's Tickets outlets and the Wells Fargo box office.

Legendary funk, R&B, soul, and disco act Kool & The Gang will perform at 8 p.m. Friday night at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona. The group has won two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards, and they have racked up 26 Top 10 R&B singles and 11 Top 10 R&B albums. Tickets to the concert are $45, $55, and $65 through Ticketmaster. This is a 21-and-over show. Check out a classic performance from Kool & The Gang in the embedded video.

Blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa (featured slideshow) returns to the Des Moines Civic Center on Friday for an 8 p.m. performance. The 36-year-old Bonamassa has been widely hailed as the future of blues rock, but his eleven #1 Blues albums (and counting) clearly illustrate that the future is now. Tickets to see the European blues influenced superstar play both acoustic and electric sets are $72.50 to $102.50 through Ticketmaster and the Civic Center box office.

Minneapolis' Jon Wayne and the Pain will bring their "Reggaetronic Dub" music to Wooly's in Des Moines Friday night for a 9 p.m. show. The band bent an axle and blew out the bearings on their trailer late last night, but has not yet cancelled any shows because of the setback. If you are planning on hitting this show, make sure to check Wooly's website and Facebook page before heading out to make sure that the show is still a go. Tickets are $15 for this 21-and-over show through the Wooly's box office and Ticketfly.

DG's Tap House in Ames will host an album release spectacular on Friday night. Starting at 9 p.m., you can catch album release performances by Waterloo power pop brats Twins, Ames experimental folk collective Morning Sex & The Good Weed, Ames melodic rockers Strong Like Bear, and Ames alternative/post-punk rockers Moonrabbit. The Des Moines folk duo Gloom Balloon will also perform. The show is free, but you will want to bring along some cash to pick up the new albums. This is a 21-and-over event.

Lincoln, Nebraska natives Stonebelly will headline a 9:30 p.m. late show at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines Friday night. The blues/rock/reggae power trio just released their second album Perspectives and Perceptions a few days ago. Opening the show will be Des Moines rockabilly band Peace, Love, and Stuff and Des Moines jam band Best of Fools. This 21-and-over show has a $5 cover. Also, don't miss the Gas Lamp's weekly Work Release Party with Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Work Release Party has a $5 cover and free food while it lasts.

Metal fans can catch the Marc Rizzo Band headlining at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines Friday night starting at 5 p.m. The New Jersey native is a veteran of a number of metal bands and has released his four solo albums as well. Navene-k, Violent Fade, The Fallen Truth, and Underdog Story will open this all ages show. The early show has a $13 cover. The 10 p.m. late show will feature Alabama rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires with special guests Pageant and Karen Meat & The Players. The late show is a 21-plus event and has an $8 cover.

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